While there's still plenty of spring skiing to come, especially at A-Basin, now's also when locals (and some visitors) dust off their hiking shoes and get their bikes tuned. Mild weather in March means April will likely showcase prime weather for exploration by foot and two wheels.
With that in mind, I'm in the market for new trail-running shoes and am checking out my options. I recently stopped in Vertical Runner Breckenridge and viewed its great wall of shoes. What's cool about Vertical Runner is that it supports a tight-knit group of runners across Summit County and sponsors a variety of races. The 2017 Breckenridge Road Marathon is planned for Sept. 16. It also has a hand in the Summit Trail Running Series, which kicks off on June 10 with a French Gulch run.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Vertical Runner Breckenridge
Dine Like a Local
As it's often difficult to pinpoint the best, off-the-beaten-path dining options, here are two of my recent favorites.
Vinny's Restaurant in Frisco offers a seasonal menu based on the farm-to-table food concept. I really like its focus on organic dining, and it was the perfect spot for a recent low-key birthday celebration. The dining room and pub feature a cozy atmosphere, so it's best to make a reservation, especially for dinner. I ate the gluten-free rigatoni with a house-made sweet fennel Italian Berkshire pork sausage. It was delish!
Pho Real in Breckenridge is more casual than Vinny's and is perfect for lunch after a morning on the slopes. You can eat outside on the patio or take food to go. The pho is a traditional Vietnamese recipe, and I particularly loved the broth, which is both savory and tart with a hint of something citrus. I ordered the small bowl, which is actually pretty big.
Photo: By Caitlin Row, Pho Real
Things to Do in Summit
Springtime in the mountains often means warm afternoons, giving visitors ideal weather for an outdoor walking tour. Breckenridge Tours offers some fun options, including its popular ghost tour. Boo!
Continental Divide Winery in Breckenridge is offering daily wine tastings from 1-8 p.m.
The USASA National Championships kicks off at Copper Mountain on Saturday, April 1, and runs through April 13. This snowboard and free-ski competition is a big deal because it hosts 2,000 top athletes competing in half-pipe, cross, slope-style and alpine for the title of national champion.
The Red Bull Schlittentag is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at Keystone. In this sledding event three-person teams craft homemade sleds and compete for the fastest ride, with one person riding and two pushing. It kicks off at Lower Haywood near Mountain House Base Area, and registration is free.
Photo: Continental Divide Winery
A lot of live music is planned around Summit County this weekend.
Rocky Mountain Underground in Breckenridge will host an '80s night on Saturday, April 1. Cranford Hollow will perform at Snake River Saloon on Friday and Saturday.
Photo: The Goat