Winter now in high gear around Summit County

By Caitlin Row | Friday, December 30, 2016

A new year in Summit County means refreshed energy to explore, taste and ride the mountains. For me, it means getting my new powder skis mounted so I can test them (hopefully) at A-Basin. I'm thinking off Pali chair or Zuma Bowl. Zuma recently opened its blue runs, including Columbine, Larkspur, Elk Meadow, Ned's Cache, Independence and Shining Light.

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Now let's get to my top picks for Summit events and things to do over the next few weeks:

Go Nordic Skiing

It's time to work off those extra holiday calories with a day on cross-country skis. The Frisco Nordic Center is my pick for a day on skinny skis or snowshoes if you'd rather.

There's a good mix of offerings spanning miles of ski trails ideal for skate, classic and snowshoe. Rentals and lessons can be part of the fun. Make a day of it by heading over to Frisco Adventure Park's tubing hill (it's pretty fast!) and a beginner ski/ride hill (good for kids just starting out). The Nordic area is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo: Town of Frisco

Listen to Music

Summit County hosts an abundance of live music over the next few weeks. Here's the high level: 

Liver Down The River, a jam-style bluegrass group from Durango, will play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Friday, Jan. 6. Road Man Trio, a John Brown's Body side project, plays The Historic Brown in Breckenridge on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Everyone Orchestra, which is made of popular jam-scene musicians and conducted by Matt Butler, will perform Thursday, Jan. 12, at Keystone's Warren Station. The Motet will play Warren Station Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Pray for More Snow

The annual and much loved Ullr Fest returns to Breckenridge Wednesday, Jan. 11, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 14. The Thursday parade is apparently insane (lots of horned helmets and fur pelts) and hundreds of people are expected to participate in the World's Longest Ski Shot challenge (also Thursday, $5 per person). According to, 777 people took part in the Ullr Shot Ski event last year and proceeds benefit Breckenridge Mountain Rotary. The Ullr Ice Plunge is Friday, Jan. 13, where participants submerge themselves in frozen Maggie Pond (sounds fun to watch, not to do).

Ullr is pernounced "Oool-er" by the way. He's the very old Norse God of Skiing and Winter, step-son to Thor (the God of Thunder) and son of Sif (Thor's wife, a grain goddess known for her golden locks). Ullr is remembered as a superior skater, skier and hunter with an aptitude for war. He's also supposed to be quite handsome. 

Skål! (Cheers!)


Get Happy

After a day on the mountain, many visitors (and locals alike) are in search of a great happy hour special.

I recommend Blue River Bistro's 2-for-1 martini special after skiing at Breckenridge Mountain Resort. It's within walking distance of the gondola right on Main Street. The Breckenridge restaurant offers a diverse martini menu plus other drink and appetizer deals from 3-6 p.m. The special also returns for a second showing daily from 9 p.m. to midnight, which is a pretty cool Breckenridge thing to do. 

Silverheels Bar and Grill in Frisco offers its own happy hour deals from 4-6 p.m. Live music is additionally offered from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

What I like about Blue River Bistro and Silverheels is the higher-end experience. The ambiance is good for a date night, Mom and Dad in town or a quick drink after work. Deals abound on both menus, which also cater to the inner foodie.

Photo: Blue River Bistro Facebook

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin is a High Country local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all Summit County has to offer.