New Year, New Fun in Summit County

By Samantha Blair

Happy 2018! If your New Year's resolutions include adventure, new experiences and good times, we can help. This week, Summit offers events for all tastes, including comedy, a food and drink festival, and the opportunity to watch or participate in winter sports. Mark your calendars and make sure you live each day of this year to the fullest. 

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Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

Join some of the world’s most renowned brewery owners and brewmasters for a three-day weekend of beer and food pairing. This happens Thursday, January 4, to Saturday, January 6, at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center. Voted one of USA Today’s 10 Best Beer Festivals, Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is perfect for beer lovers of all backgrounds. Along with the tasting events, choose from a variety of brewmaster dinners and brewing seminars. Purchase tickets online.

Stand Up with Bob Dubac

Need a reason to smile? BreckCreate presents Oddville + smART STAND UP with Bob Dubac. The show will play Thursday, January 4, to Saturday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theater. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

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Breckenridge Bolts

Come watch the Breckenridge Bolts take on the Steamboat Wranglers at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breck. The game is on Saturday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m. The Breckenridge Bolts are an elite developmental team for athletes pursuing a collegiate career in ice hockey.

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Learn to Skijor

If you’re a cross country skier looking for the next challenge, come to the Dog Skijoring Clinic at the Frisco Nordic Center on Saturdays January 6, January 20 and February 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. The introductory course is $35 for season pass holders and $45 for non-pass holders. The clinic will focus on training, places to skijor, dog care and equipment. Register online.

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Ice Castles

Dillon Town Park will feature a new winter attraction, Ice Castles, through February 3. Made from crushed ice, the Castles are an acre wide and twinkle at night with LED lights. The Castles will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 12 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets online.

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Stay and Play

Need a place to stay so you can enjoy more days in winter wonderland? Check out our Stay and Play accommodations for this week:

Summit Mountain Rentals offers rentals for groups of 2 to 22 people in Breckenridge and Frisco. Whether you’re looking for an apartment, a seven-bedroom home, a condo, a hotel, a lodge or something else, Summit Mountain Rentals owns more than 140 properties to suit every taste. Accommodation options include ski-in/ski-out and pet-friendly residences with a variety of amenities. Check online for current lodging specials.

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Hotel Frisco’s roots date back to the 1880s. Located right in downtown Frisco, the hotel has been named the best lodging in Summit County for the eighth year in a row. Check online for updated accommodation offers.  

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About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.