Summit County weather returns to winter this week, vacillating between snow showers, clouds and sun here and there. That's good for the area's four ski resorts where fresh, white stuff is always welcome.
Two Saturdays ago, when much of Eagle and Summit counties were experiencing sleet and intermittent snowfall, a trip to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area reminded my why I love the High Country so much. Its high elevation means whiteout conditions when other spots are just wet. A-Basin is also generally open well into June on any given year. That allows for plenty of time to get in springtime turns between now and the end of ski season.
Here at Summit This Week, we offer lots of suggestions regarding fun events, activities, dining and retail. Here are my top picks:
Photo: Instagram image by @that_low_life_ of A-Basin
Check out Get Real Bazaar, a gift boutique located in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. It offers lots of Colorado-grown retail options for locals and visitors alike.
According to Get Real Bazaar owner Heather Wickstrom, her shop focuses on featuring local artists, handmade items and mountain flavor. She carries Ullr helmets, handmade beer mitts, Breckenridge Bears (chainsaw carvings, which I love, mentioned in a previous blog here), Breckenridge Candles, body product lines (think essential oils, lotions, bath salts and lip butters), handmade jewelry, mountain-friendly clothing lines, pottery and much, much more.
"Since we collaborate with artists and designers our selection changes often, and you are sure to find something new," she said. "Many of our items can be custom ordered or personalized."
Photo: Get Real Bazaar
Live music on tap is varied and plentiful around Summit right now.
Thursday, Feb. 23, features performances by Tiffany Christopher and Stoney Live at Motherloaded Tavern in Breckenridge, Old Herman at Frisco's Outer Range Brewing Co. and Frisco Funk at The Historic Brown in Breckenridge.
Friday, Feb. 24, offers live music by Moose and Grand Zelo at Motherloaded, Dead Floyd at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco and El Paso Lasso at The Historic Brown.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 25, El Paso Lasso performs another night at Motherloaded along with an earlier show by Lovelorn Regal.
Sunday offers another night of fun at Outer Range Brewing Company with Beau Thomas. The Magic Beans will play The Barkley Ballroom.
Photo: Dead Floyd
Create & Enjoy
Breckenridge's own Ready, Paint, Fire will host Canvas Uncorked at Keystone's Warren Station Saturday, Feb 25. This artsy event mixes acrylic painting with wine tasting. It's instructor led and perfect for beginners.
A Mardi Gras celebration is planned for Breckenridge on Tuesday, Feb. 28. After a day of skiing, revelers are invited to enjoy a free, family-friendly parade, live music, gumbo and hurricane drinks. Keystone's Mardi Gras Party features a River Run Gumbo Cook-Off with live music by Nacho Men from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Then on Wednesday, March 1, Old Masonic Hall in Breck will host a free night of fun with adult coloring books.