Ullr Fest, Snow and Safety in Summit

By Samantha Blair | Monday, January 8, 2018

It's a great week to be in Summit County! Weather reports are calling for a major snow storm (fingers crossed!), and Ullr Fest, Breckenridge's biggest, baddest event of the winter, is here for the 55th year in a row. 

From January 10 to 13 celebrate the coming of snow with the Ullr Ice Plunge, a huge parade and an attempt to break the record for the World’s Longest Shot Ski, presented by Breckenridge Distillery. Bring your retired Christmas trees for a big bonfire. Be sure to wear your viking attire.

Close out Ullr Fest with a night of movies portraying communities across the world working to solve climate change issues. The Continental Divide Land Trust and HC3 have teamed up to offer a night of beer, wine, soda and snacks. Prizes will be given away at intermission. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 

Lead photo: Silverthorne Colorado Facebook; Photos at right and left: Everything Summit

Safety Awareness Week

It’s the National Ski Area Association’s Safety Awareness Week, and Summit’s mountains are finding lots of ways to make safety fun.

In A-Basin on Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. check out Safety Village from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet the Basin’s favorite avy dogs and win a Jr. Ski Patrol Badge by showing you “Know the Code.”

Photo: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Facebook

Copper Mountain takes ski safety to the next level with SafetyFest all weekend long (January 13 and 14). Learn about the aspects of snow safety, including sun and forest safety, first aid, avalanche awareness, slope operations and more. Meet the mountain’s patrollers, explore the history of Summit’s backcountry huts, learn about the Flight for Life program and participate in beacon practice and other riding educational demonstrations. Throughout the weekend there will free yoga, patrol sweep opportunities and raffles with prizes totaling $10,000. Meet Copper’s avy dogs and head over to Woodward for an athlete autograph signing, Q&A and move screening. Also, for the whole month of January, you can pop into the Ski Patrol stations for free hot cocoa!

Tiki Tuesdays

Every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. head over to Breckenridge Distillery for a special tiki-themed cocktail menu and 10-person decorated drink bowls. There will also be food specials to complement the drinks.

Photo: Everything Summit

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Visit our Daytime and Nightlife sections to find many more things to do. 

Stay and Play

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

Residence Inn Breckenridge is a Marriott hotel located on historic downtown Main Street. With peak-to-peak views, the 129-room, all-suite hotel is a perfect spot for a winter vacation. On-site ski storage and a two-minute walk to Peak 9 chair are among the many amenities and perks the Residence Inn offers. Check online for special deals.

The Ramada Frisco hotel is a pet-friendly place for your next getaway. Free breakfast, free internet, BBQ grills and adjoining rooms make it a great spot for small or large crowds. There’s even special group rate offers for teams, family reunions, etc. Just minutes from Dillon Reservoir and centrally located between several ski resorts, Ramada Frisco's location is ideal for your next vacation.

Photo: Everything Summit

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.