Snow returned to the Colorado Rockies with a vengeance. Nearly continuous snowfall through the beginning of January means conditions are staying fresh. Arapahoe Basin closed early Tuesday, however, and remained closed Wednesday morning (at the time of this writing) due to avalanche concerns on Loveland Pass.
Barring avy issues, it's time for powder hounds to get after it across Summit County. In-bound conditions are prime. Breckenridge Mountain Resort reported 186 of 187 runs open as of Wednesday. Keystone Resort listed its open terrain at 95 percent. Copper Mountain offers 125 of 142 trails open. Arapahoe Basin reports that 100 percent of its terrain is open spanning easiest to most difficult. Nearly 70 percent of its expert terrain is open. Everything Summit's staff highly recommends staying out of the backcountry until safety concerns clear up. Avalanche danger is high.
The image above is an #EverythingSummit image showing Neigey, a Samoyed, enjoying the snow (by @jncspence). Head to Instagram to check out more Summit County photos.
With that in mind, here are my top things to do (besides skiing) this week:
Experience an Institution
Check out Moose Jaw in downtown Frisco. It is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its unpretentious fun and ageless appeal. This cozy dive bar is also a burger joint with a game room fun for all ages. And it's been around forever (1973 to be exact). It may not offer high-end fare, but it does offer a ski-town ambiance specific to Summit County, and it's centrally located. I recommend trying a burger washed down with a cold Colorado craft beer.
Everyone should go at least once. Most will return again and again.
Breckenridge Creative Arts, or BreckCreate for short, offers many year round things to do in Breckenridge. This includes events, art classes, workshops, open studios and the Fire Arts Festival Jan. 26-29. Many teachers linked to BreckCreate are locals connected to the Breckenridge Arts District.
Upcoming activities this week and into the next include yoga, lampworking, ballet for beginners, jewelry making, ceramics, a writers' open mic, kids' activities, painting and more. Offerings span every creative appetite, and registration is required. Pricing varies depending on activity and membership status. For more information and to make ticket purchases, visit www.breckcreate.org.
Party with Ullr
Breckenridge's Ullr Fest, which celebrates the Norse winter god (pronounced Oooo-ler), is in full swing. It kicked off this past Saturday with an Ullr Bike event and then followed with crowning of the Ullr King and Queen on Wednesday. The parade and ski-shot challenge is Thursday, and the Ullr Ice Plunge is Friday. Saturday's events include an ice-skating party, a family snow day at Carter Park and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Riverwalk Center in the evening. The film festival focuses on showcasing the beauty of Earth's natural environment. Tickets are $15 purchased in advance or $20 at the door. The full Ullr Fest schedule is here.
Prep for Winter Bluegrass
Keystone's Winter Bluegrass Weekend returns to Warren Station Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Dercum Center for the Arts and Humanities in Summit County. Musicians like the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lil' Smokies, the Pine Beatles, Caribou Mountain Collective and more will perform. Warren Station offers a cash bar for the two-day event.
Single-night tickets purchased in advance cost $15 (adults) and $10 for children 12 and younger. Two-night advance tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Single tickets bought at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. This family-friendly event allows kids aged 5 and younger to attend both days for free!