While Summit County boomeranged back to winter last week, we're looking at mostly sunny and warm weather through Saturday. Then rain will hang on for a good chunk of the following week.
That means now is the time to play outside — on skis and snowboards if you're still hanging at A-Basin, or by bike and boots if you're leaving winter behind.
Colorado's High County is currently straddling seasons, going back and forth from one day to the next, making it hard to decide whether it's time to pack away winter gear just yet. I suggest embracing it and not to put away your skis too fast.
With that in mind, here are my top picks for Summit This Week.
Photo: By Everything Summit, featuring snowy Summit County last week
Things to Do
On Thursday, May 4, The Town of Breckenridge's Recreation Center is hosting an Open House and Free Day from 5:30-8 p.m. It's offering free admission, complimentary fitness classes and a bounce house. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this is a fun thing to do (especially if you have kids).
REI Co-Op is celebrating its Grand Opening this weekend (May 5-7) in Dillon (by City Market). REI Outdoor School classes, music, food and more will be part of the fun. According to REI.com, "The first 200 people (age 18 and older) through the door on Friday, Saturday and Sunday receive a limited-edition CamelBak water bottle with a $10, $50 or $100 REI promotional card inside."
Shakin' at the Basin Spring Concert Series is back at A-Basin for its second in a slew of free live-music shows at Base Area Plaza on Saturdays through the first weekend in June. Pg. 6ix is set to perform on Saturday, May 6. The family-friendly event will run from 1-4 p.m. Free transportation on Summit Stage is available from all Summit County towns.
Photo: Pg. 6ix, A-Basin
Mud season is synonymous with dining and nightlife deals. Last week I listed a few. Here are a few more recent finds.
Nozawa in Dillon is offering 40 percent off a variety of dining offerings, including hibachi entrees and select sushi rolls.
Cecilia's, a nightclub in the heart of Breckenridge, is doing a 2-for-1 martini deal from 4 p.m. until midnight.
BoLD Restaurant and Bar in Breckenridge is offering a $10 lunch entree with a draft beer or house wine from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As far as shopping goes, my favorite place to go in Frisco is Rivers Clothing Company. From what I hear, they are doing a big May sale with savings of up to 70 percent available on select items. You may see me there.
Looking Ahead to Summer
If you're a wine lover, it's best to mark your calendars now. Keystone's Wine and Jazz Festival is planned for July 15-16. Live music, wine tastings and food are all part of the agenda. Seminars spanning wine, craft distillers and cigars at Keystone's Warren Station is also on the books that weekend. Get your tickets now.
Copper Mountain is hosting a variety of food and drink festivals this summer, one of them being the Mac and Cheese Fest July 29-30. There folks can compete for the title of "Best Mac & Cheese in Summit County," which results in a $1,000 cash prize. Attendees will enjoy an eating contest, kids' activities and live music as well.
Keystone's River Run Village Art Festival is planned for July 29-30. It will feature more than 80 artists from around the nation. This festival is juried, so those in attendance can expect to see high-quality work.
Photo: I'm betting Copper's mac and cheese samples will look tasty (yum!)