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Free your heel and the mind will follow

Forgo the fake stuff for real ingredients this winter season

Uncovering the enigma of telemark skiing


by Aaron H. Bible


Have a healthy holiday

Bliss and balance Summit County spas offer a getaway all their own

by Jasmine Listou Bible

by Kim Fuller

Cozy up your condo

Create a welcoming environment to get your home ready for winter by Jasmine Listou Bible

departments 5 One plank or two

17 A nip for a nip

28 Haute at high altitude

Cutting-edge ski and snowboard gear for the 2013-14 season

Combat the winter chill with a warming libation

Stay warm and stylish with this season’s hottest trends

by Krista Driscoll

by Jasmine Bible

by Krista Driscoll

10 No ski pass? No problem Stay fit without wasting a single moment in a lift line by Aaron H. Bible and Jasmine Listou Bible

22 Exploring the dark side Hearty winter beers for cold days in the mountains by Jessica Smith

31 Mountain marquee Big-name acts come to Summit County for winter season by Krista Driscoll



30 Fuel your play Start your day right with a healthy and hearty meal by Kim Fuller

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Welcome to the winter edition of

November 2013 – February 2014 Vol. 2 : No. 3 Publisher

Matt Sandberg Editor-in-chief

Ben Trollinger managing Editor

Krista Driscoll

fuel your mountain adventures (p. 30) and offers a peek at the high-caliber entertainment acts coming through town (p. 31). The Features section of the magazine is where we’ll really start flexing our story-telling muscles, starting with a jump into the world of telemark skiing (p. 34). Learn how to pack on the flavor without packing on the pounds by substituting healthy ingredients in your next holiday meal (p. 40), and decorate your home for the season with a few well-placed embellishments (p. 44). Finally, treat yourself to a getaway within your getaway with a few hours at one of Summit County’s spas (p. 52).


ith a new season in the High Country comes a new journey for Explore Summit magazine. Previously structured as a guide that scratched the surface of the mountain culture, the magazine’s new format allows our writers to get more in-depth with the places and people that make our community tick. The magazine is now divided into two sections. The articles in the Departments section are quick hits to update you on the latest in ski and snowboard gear (p. 5) and ways to enjoy the outdoors when you need a break from the slopes (p. 10). Savor some of Colorado’s new top-notch craft spirits (p. 17), or check out what the country’s brewers are rolling out for winter (p. 22). This section also rounds up men and women’s fashions (p. 28) and foods to

As Explore Summit magazine continues to evolve and pursue a new path to excellence, we hope that you will provide us feedback about our new direction. This is your magazine — visitors and locals alike — and it should reflect the topics that are important to all those who trek through Summit County.

Krista Driscoll Managing Editor

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Louie Atencio, Ashley Detmering, Carly Hoover Creative team supervisor

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Aaron Bible, Jasmine Listou Bible, Kim Fuller, Jessica Smith

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Chicago Ridge cat skiing at Ski Cooper, south of Summit County. Photo by Justin McCarty

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One plank or two Cutting-edge ski and snowboard gear for the 2013-14 season

Dynafit Beast 16 ski binding Photo Courtesy of Dynafit / TOP: Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Use: Freeride touring Features:

• Rotating toe piece for ideally combating premature release caused by sudden impacts • New, revolutionary design and setup for rear pivot points enables extra vertical movement, thus increasing the release path/release value/tech gap (to 10 millimeters from 4 millimeters) • Low forward-lean angle between front of foot (toe) and heel (rear) provides an extremely stable and smooth ride

• No lifted weight during ascent thanks to frameless construction; the world’s first frameless ski touring binding with up to DIN 16 • Full specs at Buy it: $1,000, Wilderness Sports, 701 E. Anemone Trail, Dillon; (970) 468-5687 “It’s basically a super efficient touring binding that combines the best of Dynafit technology for ski touring, along with a 16 DIN for super

aggressive backcountry skiing,” said Scott Wescott, owner of Wilderness Sports. “It’s the first tech-fit binding with a DIN that can compete with the larger, heavier backcountry bindings.” The DIN number of a binding determines the force required for it to release from the boot. Wescott said the Dynafit Beast is a pound lighter than a comparable step-in binding with a similar DIN.

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“In our world of backcountry, a pound is incredible,” he said. “When you’re in tour mode, and pivoting on the toe, you’re only pivoting in those pins. You’re not carrying the whole binding.” Wescott said toe-pin bindings have always been great for lighter weight ski tours, but the higher DIN of the Beast opens up the same technology to more aggressive backcountry skiing. “It allows you the efficiency but still the confidence for a large ski descent and to ski lines where losing a ski would be really catastrophic,” he said. e x p l o r e s u m m i t. c o m


Lobster Jibbaord snowboard Use: Park and urban Features:

“Basically, instead of being a flat ski or a flat snowboard, they have almost a concave to it,” said John Brossman, co-owner of the LumberYard Skate & Snow shop in Breckenridge. “It looks almost like a mellow version of the bottom of a boat. Triple Base Technology (TBT) is what it’s called. And they’re the only people that do that.” The technology makes it harder for park riders to catch edges when barreling through park features and makes the board float better in slushy conditions, Brossman said. “It’s a very core brand — all of the stuff is designed by snowboarders for snowboarders — and we were really into it because it’s a 6



• Volkl’s widest ski at 164-132-139 millimeters; available in 185 and 195 • Full specs at Demo it: $46 per day, Rebel Sports Rentals, 214 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain; (970) 968-2408 or 220 Main St., Frisco; (970) 668-2759 Buy it: $899, Rebel Sports Rentals

smaller brand but they really care and focus on their brand and try to be innovative,” Brossman said. “They’re unique. There’s no other snowboard like that on the market, due to the base.” Brossman said Lobster, which came on the market two years ago, is one of the fastest growing brands in snowboarding, and people are beginning to seek out the TBT boards. “They track tighter; going into the next feature you’re staying straight,” he said. “It’s kind of a weird technology. It’s easier to ollie, and it’s almost like a skateboard bottom — it’s a skate style for hitting rails and features.”

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Volkl Kuro ski Use: Powder skiing Features:

• Multi-layer wood core: In the binding attachment area, a dense, ash core is used, while in the rest of the ski, the core is poplar. The more dense wood creates secure screw retention and stability, while the softer poplar section allows for resilience and snap • Extended Low Profile gives the skier all the benefits of added maneuverability in soft snow while also delivering smooth, graceful arcs on groomed terrain by matching the flex and sidecut with the full rocker profile • Addition of titanal last year added stability and resilience, allowing powder fanatics to turn the dial up even more

“It’s a very big powder ski,” said Seth Dumph, rental tech at Rebel Sports. “We have a lot of powder days — we did the last couple of years — and we had a lot of people asking for a bigger ski that will float really, really well in powder snow.” The Volkl Kuro is a fully rockered, big-foot powder ski that has been dubbed the best ski on the planet for powder, Dumph said. “Voklk uses a special poplar wood from their special forest in Germany, so all of these skis are built out of this wood,” Dumph said. The flex pattern of the wood core is tailored to each ski model to match the desired performance characteristics of that ski. “Supposedly, it’s the best wood you can find for making skis, and they only harvest wood out of this one forest for these skis,” Dumph said.

Photos: Courtesy of Lobster Snowboards / Courtesy of Volkl

• Triple Base Technology on this super soft, tough twin board gives it a loose board feel that’s very forgiving; it’s easier to stick rotations, smooth on transitions and fast edge to edge • Extra wide, flat center base provides stability and has tip to tail camber that keeps the board loaded for classic pop and liveliness • Side bases are lifted with smooth, increased angles, from zero at the binding position to max angles at the widest parts of the nose and tail, and give you rocker only where you want it • Available in 144, 148, 151, 153 and 154W • Full specs at www.lobster Buy it: $392.95, LumberYard Skate & Snow, 400 S. Main St., Breckenridge; (970) 423-6424

Rossignol Sin 7 ski

Remote, which enables control of up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600 feet • Includes SuperView, a video mode for wideangle perspective that allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot • Full specs at Buy it: $399.99, Mountain Sports Outlet, 167 Meraly Way, Silverthorne; (970) 262-2836

Use: All-mountain skiing Features:

Photos: Courtesy of Rossignol / Courtesy of GoPro

• Powder Turn Rocker has been redesigned, virtually eliminating “tip flap” while retaining effortless floatation, fatigue-free maneuverability and instant speed control • With a 98-millimeter waist and a powerful, more traditional tail shape, the ski delivers powerful versatility whether charging allmountain, exploring sidecountry stashes or attacking long ascents • Spoon tip is wide and raised, so that the very tip can be used for control in powder; the shape also gives better flotation • Available in 164, 172, 180 and 188 • Full specs at Rent it: $46 per day, or get 27 percent off if you make an online reservation, Pioneer Sports, 842 N. Summit Blvd., Frisco, or 560 Silverthorne Lane, Silverthorne; (970) 668-3668 “We chose the Rossignol Sin 7 for its versatility,” said Jeremy Mender, general manager of Pioneer Sports. “With our premium package, a lot of the customer base wants to feel the wider skis, so when we get the big storm, they can hit the bowls, ride some powder.” The profile of the Sin 7 has 50 percent standard camber in the center of the ski and 50 percent rocker at the tip and tail. It’s a powder ski with a huge rocker tip, but it’s stable enough underfoot to do

groomers, Mender said. “It’s one of the new backcountry skis that still lets you ride the whole mountain,” he said. “You an rip groomer runs and blue runs all day long and have a good day on the ski, but you can take it up and run it through the bowls and run it through the trees.” The ski is constructed with a reinforced topsheet for more durability, and the sidewalls are angled at 30 degrees to reduce inertia and overall weight while improving grip. “If someone wants to we can test it here, they can get a feel for it and then go out and buy it for themselves,” Mender said.

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera

Use: Capturing action on the mountain — and everywhere else


• High-resolution, highframe rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 video modes for professional-quality footage and liquidsmooth slow-motion playback • Upgraded audio performance, with advanced wind-noise reduction technology that keeps the audio clearer during high-speed activities • Speedier Wi-Fi delivers four times faster video preview and faster photo and video sharing with the GoPro App, with enhanced connectivity to the included Wi-Fi

“It’s slimmer, more lightweight and has better accuracy as far as picture quality and battery life,” said Jackie Perron, assistant manager at Mountain Sports Outlet in Silverthorne. The Hero3+ is 20 percent smaller and lighter than previous models, while still being compatible with all of the GoPro mounts and accessories, and it boasts a 30 percent longer battery life. “So it has all the features from the 2 and 3, but it’s enhanced,” Perron said. “We have a really great relationship with GoPro; they really pushed this new product and how it communicates with the iPhone or can upload to Instagram or Facebook immediately.” The GoPro App downloaded to a tablet or mobile device allows the camera user to preview video in near real-time, view photos and play back video and share photos and video on social media through other apps. “It has better accuracy, so you aren’t like, ‘Oh, I just got a video of my feet,’” Perron said. “It has a lot of cool features that make it more user friendly, which is why we chose to carry it.”

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Play in Silverthorne!

Ice Skating at North Pond Park Locals know that the best place to ice skate and play puck & stick in the winter is Silverthorne’s North Pond Park. With a warming hut, restrooms, parking, and access to the biggest and best natural pond skating in Summit County, skaters will be in paradise. The best part about North Pond is it’s free! Bring your own skates and hockey sticks to play all day. Non-skaters can watch the fun from the heated warming hut or outside on one of two docks. North Pond Park is located directly across from the Silverthorne Elementary School at Hamilton Creek Road and Highway 9. A Summit Stage bus stop is also available at the site.

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Rainbow Park’s sledding hill is the perfect place for families to play together in the snow. The sledding hill offers a variety of pitches and heights for all ages and wraps around the multi-purpose field, which is an ideal place to build a snowman or challenge your friends to a snowball fight. Public restrooms, a warm lobby, and a variety of low priced snacks are available at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, which is adjacent to Rainbow Park. Parking is available at the Recreation Center, 430 Rainbow Drive. Or, take the Summit Stage; a bus stop is conveniently located right in front of the Recreation Center.

Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing at The Raven Head to the Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club for a nordic experience that offers spectacular views in a pristine setting. Skiers and snowshoers can choose between two courses that present a variety of trails with varying difficulties. The North Course offers more challenging terrain with plenty of elevation changes. Novices will be comfortable on the South Course, which is flatter but still offers an abundance of twists and turns. Parking is located at the clubhouse and admission is free. The courses are maintained for skiing and snowshoeing only, and pets are not allowed. So, please leave your hiking boots and furry friends at home. The Raven Clubhouse is located at 2929 North Golden Eagle Road in the Three Peaks neighborhood.

Traveling with Young Children Doesn’t Mean You Have to Sacrifice Comfort and Convenience

Parents traveling with young children have experienced the inconvenience of not having the things that need to make their children comfortable during their stay. Vacations are times that we normally sacrifice those common conveniences that we take for granted everyday; a proper place for our child to sleep, a stroller, toys, a place to eat. These things may seem trivial, but how many times have you arrived at your vacation rental only to find they have no equipment or toys for your child or worse, the items that they do have are old and in disrepair? Traveling with young children doesn’t have to mean sacrifice; today there are options to make the experience enjoyable and hassle free.

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intensity with short rests in between. Each workout is different, and the constant change of movements promotes muscle confusion, which keeps muscles continually responding and developing and prevents plateaus.

1. CrossFit The nation’s latest fitness craze, CrossFit has arrived in Summit County at Frisco’s CrossFit Low Oxygen (www.crossfitlowoxygen. com). The strength and conditioning program is based on constantly varied, functional movements at a high intensity. So what exactly does that entail? It begins with properly performing one specific exercise (push-ups, running sprints, bicep curls). Once you’ve learned the proper

form, the next step is rapid repetition. By performing the move at a rapid rate, you bring your heart rate up, increasing cardiovascular endurance and increasing calories burned. Lastly, these movements are laid out in a specific series that you perform in an allotted amount of time: six or seven moves performed at a high

3. Winter running With endless paths and trails winding through the forest, along the reservoir and meandering from town-to-town, Summit County is a runner’s paradise. But as the snow begins to accumulate and the trails become icy, running may not appear to be a viable option — until now. With the evolution of running shoes designed specifically for traction on slippery snow and ice, getting out there in the dead of winter is actually doable.

The gear: Aside from willpower, what will you need to get going in the CrossFit gym? For ultimate performance, check out the new Ultra Kilowatt training shoe from The North Face ($120, This minimal, lightweight shoe is specifically designed for indoor training. It offers support and protection, along with moisture wicking to keep your feet cool and dry while you get sweaty. Head to The North Face store in Breckenridge to be the first in town to sport these new stunners, available January 2014.

The gear: Icebug is a Swedish company creating shoes with integrated steel studs. The studs, paired with a dual-density rubber sole, allow for dynamic traction, each stud moving independently under the pressure of your foot. Icebug offers a variety of boots, walking shoes and running-specific shoes. The DTS BUGrip ($164.95, is specifically engineered for winter trail running. Feeling stable in these waterproof beauties allows you to

inset photo: Courtesy of The North Face

hile skiing and snowboarding may be the first things that come to mind when you think of winter in Summit County, there are many alternatives for those hoping to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors during the wintertime. Let’s face it, not everyone wants to trudge up to the mountain, wait in lift lines and scare themselves half to death careening down a vertical face of white ice. For those people, we’ve got some great alternative winter activities to sink your teeth into. Guaranteed to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping, these mountain town athletics allow you to enjoy high-altitude living in a way that works for you.

Ruffwear / Dog harness: Photo by Simone Paddock / Emerald Bay Photography / Person running: Photo by Andreas Elmquist / Icebug/ Shoe: Courtesy of Icebug Skijoring action Photo byBen Moon /


2. Dog skijoring Maybe it’s the zest for adventure or maybe it’s the incredible sense of loyalty that makes dogs want to stay with their humans, even on cold winter days. Rather than leaving your mutt inside while you travel the trails, the sport of skijoring allows your four-legged friend to join you on a journey. Dog skijoring uses a harness and towline to pull you along on either classic cross-country, touring or skate skis. Almost any active dog that’s more than 30 pounds can partake in the sport.

The gear: Ruffwear offers the Omnijore ($149.95, www.ruff, a complete joring system that includes a dog harness that will make your dog feel like a wonder mutt, a towline and a human hip belt for you. The system is adjustable and lightweight, ensuring a completely comfortable and customized fit for your dog. The reflective trim and intuitive towline release provide safety for you both. Head to the Breckenridge Nordic Center ( or

the Gold Run Nordic Center ( in Breck, where there are plenty of dog-friendly paths to keep you and your pal enthused for your new shared activity. Day passes and season passes are available. Or better yet, sign up for a dog skijoring lesson with Loiusa Morrisey, dog trainer and owner of High Country Dogs. Visit for a class schedule and pricing.

Alpine Sports now has four convenient locations for all your ski rental needs! Our newest location is en route to the Gondola on N. Park Ave. & Airport Rd. And we still offer a Ski Rental Shuttle directly to your holiday home. We will pick you up and take you to Alpine Sports and deliver you back to your door. If you are in need of accessories and ski clothing, we have a huge selection to choose from. Make a reservation at to get


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really enjoy your run and soak in the natural beauty — without soaking in the moisture

from the snow. While the shoes can be worn on asphalt, the studs will wear down faster. Now that you’ve got your footing, you can focus on keeping your body warm. Head to Vertical Runner of Breckenridge or Christy Sports to create your perfect winter running outfit: lined beanie, polarized sunglasses, baselayer, moisture-wicking long-sleeved shirt, water-resistant outer shell, gloves, thermal running tights and wool running socks.

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5. Winter camping Now that you’ve got your snowshoes dialed in, use those babies to take you somewhere special. With some of the best camping on the planet right in our backyard, why wait until spring to enjoy it? Plenty of gorgeous dispersed camping is accessible all winter long, so get out there and explore. Check with the Dillon Ranger District ( to learn more about accessing the National Forest.

Photos Courtesy of Easton

4. Snowshoeing Whether the ground is covered in deep snow, mixed ice and rock conditions or packed-out trails, the beauty of snowshoeing is that you can do it anywhere. Head out the door of your condo up any trail — Rainbow Lakes, Ten Mile Creek Wilderness Area, Lily Pad Lake — visit www.summit for Summit County trail maps, or head to one of the four Nordic centers in the county to access their dedicated snowshoeing trails. Daily passes range from $12 to $20. Each location offers its own rental fleet and will fit you with the appropriate size and style. Rental rates range from $18 to $20 per day. Breckenridge Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center




( Frisco Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center ( Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge ( Keystone Nordic Center ( The gear: Beginners and experts alike will enjoy the advanced features of the Easton Artica Backcountry Snowshoe ($259.95,, with its aerospace aluminum frame, pivoting binding with front and back crampons, patented Quick-Cinch adjustment and a handy heel lift for steeper climbing. You can use any type of shoes or boots, and grab a pair of ski poles or trekking poles for added stability.

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The gear: Outfitted with the proper gear, a winter backpacking and camping trip can be an enjoyable and exciting adventure. For those serious about staying warm on cold and snowy nights, turn to our friends at Big Agnes, a Steamboat Springs-based company that’s been keeping Coloradans warm for years. The Crosho SL -20 from Big Agnes ($499.95, is a traditional mummy-shaped sleeping bag that’s insulated with 700-fill DownTek, a water-repellent down. The no-draft zipper tube, no-draft wedge and no-draft collar all add up to serious draftSleeping bag Photo Courtesy of Big Agnes

free warmth. The baffle design and flow chamber construction eliminate cold spots, and the mate-together right and left zip allows you to join bags with your sweetie, using shared body warmth to keep you both even warmer. It’s an investment you’ll be glad you made when the temps dip to negative 20 and you’re still soundly sleeping in your warm cocoon. Under that luxurious sleeping bag, you’ll want an equally deluxe sleeping pad. The Big Agnes Triple Core pad ($139.95) is 4.25 inches of comfort. Created from a combination of air chambers and PrimaLoft synthetic insulation, it boasts an estimated R-Value of 6, keeping you warm in zero-degree weather. This durable and lightweight pad, weighing only 2 pounds, 2 ounces, packs into the provided stuff sack.

Bike action: Photo Courtesy of Backbone Media Bike: Photo Courtesy of Moots

6. Fat bikes You may have seen mountain bikes around the past few seasons with moon-lander tires on them. You weren’t just dizzy from the Summit County altitude. Fat bikes, sometimes referred to as snow bikes, have

Yoga mat: Photo Courtesy of Gaiam

7. Hot yoga What better way to warm your chilled bones than with an hour-plus of heated movement? New to hot yoga? There’s no need for intimidation; hot yoga is simply yoga practiced in a heated, climate-controlled room, approximately 104 degrees with 40 percent humidity. The high temperature encourages you to stretch, bend and flex your body and delve deeper into each pose. Still a bit scared? Try a warm yoga session as an introduction. The room is still warmer than traditional yoga but may allow you to acclimate a bit. It’s surprisingly refreshing and calming. Summit Hot Yoga, located just off Main Street in downtown Frisco (www.summit, offers 30 classes each week, with a wide variety of styles and levels, making it a welcoming experience for beginners and experienced yogis alike. The Yoga Basics

been growing in popularity and have now reached the mainstream with improvements in components and weight. They roll like Tonka trucks over obstacles and grip through turns and on slick surfaces unlike anything you’ve ever ridden.

class will slowly teach you each pose, gently encouraging your body to become more flexible. The practice should be safe, joyful and fun. Certified instructors will guide you and make small adjustments during the class, helping you learn to listen to your body and enjoy each class to the fullest. The gear: As you can imagine, you’ll be producing lots of sweat, so the more breathable fabric you’re wearing, the more comfortable you’ll be. Summit Hot Yoga has a boutique that carries a variety of yoga apparel brands with a focus on pieces appropriate for

The gear: For a high-end ride, check out the Frosti — one of the fat bike originators — a titanium tank you can custom order from the Moots factory in Steamboat Springs ($1,000 deposit gets the process started, Not quite ready to fully commit? Head to Wilderness Sports in Frisco ( to the rent the Mukluk fat bike from Salsa Cycles or the Beargrease, their carbon fat bike that’s light, fast and raceable. Hourly, half-day and full-day rentals are available ($20 to $50). They’ll also be renting out the Fatboy from Specialized in coming winter months, just in time for a Valentine’s snowy spin with your sweetie. While you’re at Wilderness Sports, get the inside scoop on which trails and Forest Service roads are riding best that day.

hot yoga: MeSheeky, Be Present, Blue Canoe and Beyond Yoga, to name a few. While your traditional yoga mat can work for class, a mat specifically designed for hot yoga will aid in your practice and keep you from sliding all around in your own sweat. The new Sol Dry Grip Yoga Mat from Gaiam ($69.98, has a top coat that helps to wick away moisture and provide a better grip as your body heats up. The “closed-cell” material helps keep odors down, while the polyurethane backing helps keep the mat in place, and the 5 millimeters of cushioning is soft on your joints.

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BEER TOUR You’ll give a CHEER FOR BEER when you take A Summit County Brewery Tour with a FREE PINT at each pub! 21+ call for reservations or visit website for more information: 970-468-7777 |

Alpenglow Adventures Train Tours:

There’s nothing like the whistle of an old steam engine train to give you the thrills of the Wild Wild West. Alpenglow Adventures has the very best choices for family fun in the state of Colorado, specializing in complete door-to-door transportation service in spacious limo vans that whisk groups to fascinating railroad tours throughout the central Rocky Mountains. Plus, additional activities such as silver mine tours, full picnic lunches, wine tastings and magic shows are just a few of the ways that Alpenglow Adventures provides a complete package of fun on every railroad tour. From turn-of-the-century locomotives to state-of-the-art streamliners, Alpenglow Adventures has the perfect train tour. Just getting there is a thrill, since each tour features Rocky Mountain scenery at its finest. Call Alpenglow Adventures for help planning the best vacation day ever.

A Summit County Brewery Tour:

A Summit County Brewery Tour is the perfect choice for evening entertainment in the High Country. You do the drinking and tour operators do the driving, picking you up right at your front door for five hours of fun. There are four world-class microbreweries in Summit County and the tour visits each one, where you’ll enjoy a free beer of your choice at each location, along with free dinner and great live entertainment along the way. Learn incredible and hilarious bar tricks and, best of all, enjoy guilt-free partying with no flashing red lights in the rearview mirror on the ride home. If you’re planning to go out for drinks and dinner on your vacation, do it in style with A Summit County Brewery Tour.

Aces & Eights Casino Shuttle:

Featuring daily van excursions to 24 casinos in historic Black Hawk and Central City Colorado! 970-HOT-7777 |




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Ever dream of hitting the big slot machine jackpot? Winning the huge pot at the poker table? Or finding you just can’t lose at the craps table? All these dreams can come true with Aces & Eights Casino Shuttle. The shuttle comes to your front door throughout Summit County to whisk you to 24 different casinos just an hour away. There’s free drinks, free bonus cash and free live entertainment waiting for you with all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, right here in the Rocky Mountains. With four and a half hours of casino action, you can dance with Lady Luck and pay for your whole vacation in just one afternoon or evening. Call Aces & Eights Casino Shuttle for a fun casino night that you’ll talk about for years to come.

Frisco hosts a series of events and programs

to elevate your fun this winter season. Check out the website for upcoming events including movie nights, concerts and rail jams. For kids there is the Winter Vacation Sensation, a winter camp that offers activities just for them this holiday break. No matter how long you stay there is always a different way to play in Frisco.

Call 970.668.5547 Click Come By: 300 Main Street, Frisco, CO

Frisco Historic Park and Museum , located on Frisco

Main Street, is a trip through history. Learn what it was like to go to school in a small mining town over 125 years ago. Walk the footsteps of miners and their families, touring each of the 12 original historic buildings that once functioned as schools, water wells, saloons, post offices, jails, chapels and homes. The interactive museum is free to the public and offers unique tours and educational programs throughout the summer, reconnecting visitors with history. Call 970.668.3428 Click www.FriscoHistoric Come By: 120 Main St., Frisco, CO

Frisco Adventure Park , located just a half


mile south of Main Street, offers a wide variety of outdoor adventure for the whole family. The park includes a multiple lane tubing hill, a beginner ski and ride hill, and over 45k of cross country ski and snowshoe trails. The Frisco Day Lodge provides a warm spot to cozy up by the fire and have a hot chocolate.

Call 970.668.2558 Click Come By: 621 Recreation Way, Frisco, CO

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A nip for a nip Combat the winter chill with a warming libation

photos Courtesy of Breckenridge Distillery and Deerhammer Distilling Co.


olorado is home to dozens of small and growing craft distilleries, companies dedicated to high-quality, handmade products that have found homes in the bars, restaurants and liquor stores of Summit County. Each spirit is shaped with deliberate attention to aroma and flavor, and from these carefully crafted liquors and liqueurs come creative cocktails to cut the cold after a hard day of touring the slopes.

Drop by one of the listed establishments and request an apres cocktail made with these unique spirits, or pick up a bottle from a local liquor store and try your hand at mixing your own libation using one of these recipes.


Breckenridge Distillery tasting room,1925 Airport Road, Breckenridge Main Street tasting room, 137 S Main St., Breckenridge Visit www.breckenridge for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Breckenridge Distillery products.

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Breckenridge Distillery Ullr Nog 1½ ounces Breckenridge Bourbon ½ ounce Breckenridge Sipping Bitters ½ ounce vanilla chai 4 ounces low-fat eggnog or homemade 1 dash Falernum Bitters Garnish with fresh ground nutmeg, star anise and orange zest

Mile High Spirits Fire-cider 2 ounces Fireside Bourbon 1 teaspoon sugar 8-10 ounces hot cider Cook cider with 2 cinnamon sticks and 4 cloves per gallon of cider for 10 to 15 minutes. Add other ingredients, and stir well.

Empire Burger, 500 S. Main St., Breckenridge Local Liquors, 354 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne Cala Inn, 40 Cove Blvd., No. A1, Dillon Visit www.drinkmilehigh for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Mile High products.

Deerhammer Distilling Co. Honey Badger 6 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 6 allspice berries 2 orange slices 2 ounces Whitewater Whiskey 1-2 tablespoons honey Fresh-squeezed lemon juice Add the first four ingredients to a 2-quart saucepan full of boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Pour a dollop of honey in the bottom of a mug. Add spiced hot water, whiskey and ¼ ounces lemon juice. Stir well. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

City Liquors, 400 N. Park Ave., Breckenridge Relish, 137 S. Main St., Breckenridge Visit www.deer for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Deerhammer Distilling Co. products.

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The Perfect Ten 2½ ounces Montanya Oro Rum 1 fresh-squeezed lemon ¼ ounce Dr. Bob’s Snake Oil liqueur (see recipe below, can substitute Limoncello) 2 ounces fresh-pressed or blended pineapple juice ½ ounce agave Dash of nutmeg.

1 teaspoon superfine sugar 3 ounces club soda 2 ounces Roundhouse Imperial Barrel Aged Gin 1 lemon slice 1 Maraschino cherry 1 orange slice Dissolve sugar in the club soda. Add crushed ice and gin. Garnish with cherry and orange and lemon slices.

Wassailing was an ancient Southern English drinking tradition to celebrate the seasonal making of cider. Wassail was typically spiked with red wine, but this is the Montanya spin, made as a batch because it requires mulling over heat.

Montanya Distillers The Maharani (means queen in Sanskrit)

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Stranahan’s Ice Melter 1½ ounces Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey 1 wedge fresh lemon 2 cloves ½ cinnamon stick 1 tablespoon honey Hot water In a coffee mug or appropriate glassware, muddle/bruise a wedge of fresh lemon. Add the spices, honey and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Top with hot water, and allow the drink to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir and enjoy.

2 ounces Montanya Oro Rum 1 ounce Bhakti Sweetened Chai (decaf or regular) 1½ ounces half and half Shake with ice until frothy; serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a shake of ground nutmeg and an anise star, or make this a hot cocktail by heating it to just shy of the boiling point.

85 percent of what goes into any craft spirit is water. The water for Montanya Rums comes from a plentiful well 350 feet under the Southern Rockies.

Montanya Wassail

Dr. Bob’s Snake Oil liqueur 1 bottle Montanya Platino Rum, decant into a large 40-plus ounce container 1 fresh lemon, run through with one long Madagascar vanilla bean 1 fresh orange, poked with 3 to 4 cloves ¼ cup turbinado sugar Allow liqueur to infuse for 4 to 5 days. To make the cocktail: Mix all ingredients. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg, and serve in champagne coupe glass.

1½ bottles Montanya Oro Rum 1 gallon fresh-pressed apple cider 64 ounces all-natural or organic cranberry juice 2 whole oranges, each poked with 10 whole cloves each to release the orange essence 4 teaspoons cloves (whole) 4 teaspoons allspice (whole) 15 medium-length cinnamon sticks 4 teaspoons Angostura bitters Combine all ingredients except the rum. Mull over heat for 2 to 3 hours. Add the rum just prior to serving to avoid evaporation of the alcohol during heating procures. Serve piping hot with a cinnamon stick garnish. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.



Skee Vue Liquors, 311 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge

Red Mountain Grill, 703 E. Anemone Trail, Dillon

Hearthstone Restaurant, 130 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge

Dillon Ridge Liquors, 294 Dillon Ridge Road, Dillon

Tuscato, 307 Main St., Frisco

Ember, 106 E. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Visit http://roundhouse for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Roundhouse products.

Visit for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.

Visit www.montanya for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Montanya Distillers products.

The Liquor Shed, 116 N. Main St., Breckenridge


Blue River Bistro, 305 N. Main St., Breckenridge


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photos Courtesy of Roundhouse Spirits, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey and Montanya Distillers

Roundhouse Spirits Roundhouse Imperial Barrel Aged Gin Cobbler

1½ ounces Leopold Bros. Bourbon ½ ounce Genepy des Alpes ¼ ounce Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur Add all ingredients to a glass filled with ice. Shake, and strain.

Colorado Cider 1 once Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur 4 ounces fresh apple cider (hot or cold) Pour the Three Pins into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass, and top with cold cider. If making a hot drink, pour Three Pins into a mug and add hot cider.

Three Pins Buck 1½ ounces Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur ½ ounce fresh lime juice 4 ounces ginger beer Combine in an ice-filled highball glass. Stir lightly to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Three Pins is named after the three pins that provided the bindings for Telemark skis.

Spring44 Old Tom Gin Flip

Spring44's Honey Vodka uses real Colorado honey that has been distilled and then infused with vanilla beans and amber agave nectar for color and sweetness.

1 full egg white 1½ ounces Spring44 Old Tom Gin ¾ ounce Cocchi Vermouth de Torino ½ ounce Cardamaro Grated cinnamon Nutmeg 3 whole cloves, ungrated Add egg to pint glass, and add spirits, stirring vigorously as added to egg. Dry shake all ingredients really, really well. Add ice, and shake really well. Strain into a coupe glass. Microplane cinnamon and nutmeg, and add three whole cloves for garnish.

The Uncle Jesse (Duke) 2 ounces Spring44 Bourbon ½ ounce Cherry Heering ½ ounce Cynar Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice, and stir to chill. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Honeyed Mule 1½ ounces Spring44 Honey Vodka ½ ounce lemon juice 2 dashes angostura bitters 3-4 ounces ginger beer Build over ice in a Collins glass or copper mug. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Golden Moon Distillery The Alpine Fog 1½ ounces Golden Moon Gin ¾ ounce Golden Moon Crème de Violette 1 egg white Ginger ale or ginger soda (preferably Vernor’s) Place the gin, violette and egg white in a shaker, and shake well. Pour into a cocktail glass, and top with the ginger soda.

Violette Champagne Pear-way to Heaven 1½ ounces Spring44 Vodka ½ ounce Becherovka ½ ounce fresh lemon juice ¼ pear or ½ ounce pear nectar

1 ounce Golden Moon Crème de Violette Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine Pour violette into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine.

In a mixing tin, muddle pear (if available), and then add the rest of the ingredients. Shake. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pear slice.


Holiday Spirit: Modis, 113 S. Main St., Breckenridge

Old Tom Gin Flip: Modis, 113 S. Main St., Breckenridge

Frisco Liquors, 416 Main St., Frisco

Antler’s Discount Liquor, 842 N. Summit Blvd., Frisco

Loveland Pass Liquors, 22837 U.S. Highway 6, Dillon

The Warming Hut Restaurant, 207 N. Main St., Breckenridge

Sevens in the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, 1979 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge Visit for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Leopold Bros. products.




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Beaver Run Resort, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge Visit for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Spring 44 products.

Dillon Ridge Liquors, 294 Dillon Ridge Road, Dillon Modis, 113 S. Main St., Breckenridge Swiss Haven, 325 S. Main St., Breckenridge Visit www.golden for a full list of bars, restaurants and liquor stores that carry Golden Moon products.

photos Courtesy of Leopold Bros., Spring44 and Golden Moon Distillery

Leopold Bros. Holiday Spirit

Certified Angus Beef® Steaks Fresh Seafood, Fresh Pasta and Daily Specials HEARTY ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT LUNCH BUFFET Featuring multiple lunch entrees, soup, salad bar and dessert | Menu items are always available

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET A La Carte Menu items available

Family Friendly | Children’s Menu available Ski-in/Ski-out Restaurant | Full Bar available

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4 Ski S eason!

Reservations recommended for dinner.

Call 970-453-8755

Located slopeside, Peak 9, at Beaver Run Resort. 620 Village Road, Breckenridge.

Exploring the dark side Hearty winter beers for cold days in the mountains || by Jessica Smith





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This year’s trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver offered the chance to taste a wide variety of beers from all over the country, including plenty of winter brews. What follows is a sampling of the best of these that can be found at a liquor store or bar near you

Take the Black Stout Brewery Ommegang ABV: 7 percent

This Belgian brewery has teamed up with HBO to create a series of beers based on the hit fantasy show “Game of Thrones.” The Take the Black stout is the second in the series. The booth at the Great American Beer Festival had people lining up to get a chance to taste the just-released stout, as well as pose in front of a promotional poster of the label. Although some brews are more about the hype than the product itself, that’s not true with Take the Black stout. It presents a rich, malty flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate, followed by a slightly earthy taste. The beer is as dark as the black cloaks of the characters it represents, with a tan, frothy head. It offers a tasty option for long winter nights of television-watching marathons.

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Flying Dog Brewing ABV: 9 percent Flying Dog Brewery is easily recognized by its packaging, which features wacky, splashy designs with Picasso-like depictions of snarling dogs and other ferocious creatures. The brewery was in fine form at the Great American Beer Festival, and when our group tasted their pumpkin ale, there was an all-around chorus of “wow” and going back for more. Unlike the usual pumpkin ale, Flying Dog’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale is much darker and presents a much more complex flavor profile. Chocolate malt gives it a heavy smoothness, with hints of cinnamon and sweet graham cracker, complemented by just a nip of bitter hops.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Photo Courtesy of Brewery Ommegang / Photo Courtesy of Flying Dog Brewing

s the bright greens of summer and brilliant reds of autumn make way for the sparkling snows of winter, so do the light lagers and pilsners in our hands get set aside for heavier and darker ales, stouts and porters.


20 Colorado Craft Beers BEST Place to Watch ALL the NFL Action! HUGE TVs and Game Day Specials!!

LEFT TO RIGHT: Photo by Jessica Smith / Label provided by dragonhosen / Photo Courtesy of Great Divide Brewing Co.

House Smoked BBQ Specials Breakfast Stout Backcountry Brewery ABV: 4.4 percent

There’s nothing better than getting one of your favorite beers fresh from the tap at the local brewery. When the winter snows swirl around Summit County, you can head to Frisco’s Backcountry Brewery and warm yourself up with a large glass of Breakfast Stout. This milk stout is lower in alcohol by volume than many of its stout brethren, which means savoring more than one is a possibility that won’t leave you stretched flat out. The Breakfast Stout has some great flavors — milky caramel mixing with the bright taste of roasted coffee, which leaves no question as to where the name comes from. It’s a mild stout for those who aren’t interested in something too heavy or sweet.

Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest Boulder Beer Co. ABV: 9 percent

As the first microbrewery in Colorado, Boulder Beer Co. has had plenty of time to perfect its brews. This latest Oktoberfest-style beer is a great example of this. The Dragonhosen is brewed with Vienna and Munich malts, which give it a rich, dark, malty flavor. At 9 percent alcohol by volume, it packs a bit more of a punch than your usual Oktoberfest, too, but it’s one your taste buds won’t mind.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Co. ABV: 9.5 percent

After the award ceremony at the Great American Beer Festival, the folks over at Great Divide Brewing Co. were able to display a golden sticker next to their imperial stout. The Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti won a gold medal in the chocolate beer category, and for good reason. This beer is definitely on the sweeter side, with plenty of malty chocolate flavor to taste like dessert. It’s not just a syrupy beer, however, and gets a boost from a large mix of hops. At 9.5 percent alcohol by volume, we recommend sticking to one pint after dinner, preferably while sitting by a roaring fire and watching the snowflakes drift down past the window.

Rotating Craft Beers - Try Something New!! Open Daily at 11:00am

301 S. Main Street • Breckenridge • 970-453-7313

specialty margs • taco bar

970-453-7313 301 S. Main Street • Breckenridge Downstairs from Kenosha Steakhouse

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Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern

J.J. Chinese and Thai

If you're looking for a unique local bar with affordable prices, delicious food, awesome bands, and that small town vibe, then the Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern is definitely your kind of place.

Fine Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spicy Papaya Thai cuisine. Dining in and take out available. Open every day at 11a.m.

970.513.9344 22954 US Hwy 6

970.468.2509 290 Summit Place Shopping Village



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Over 38 years of great food and service. Voted BEST live music and dancing. Menu includes, Prime Rib, Salmon, Ribs, KC Sirloin, Pasta and a kids menu. 970.468.2788 23074 US Hwy 6


Summit County’s favorite Irish Restaurant and Pub. This long time local hangout offers great food at affordable prices in a warm, friendly, family atmosphere. Come by and enjoy a game. Complete sports coverage on 20 TV’s!

970.468.2457 | 501 Blue River Parkway Find us on facebook @ Murphy’s Irish Pub

photo by Gregg Davis


Snake River Saloon & Steakhouse




Fiesta Jalisco

The Mint

Sunshine Café

A real authentic Mexican restaurant in Summit County. 970.468.9552 269 Summit Place Shopping Center

Come dine in one of the oldest buildings in Summit County. The Historic Mint, having been in business since 1862, is the locals’ choice! 970.468.5247 347 Blue River Parkway

Voted best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in Summit County. Deliciously affordable dining. 970.468.6663 250 Summit Place Shopping Center (Across from Office Max)




Burke & Rileys

Breckenridge Brewery

Downstairs at Eric’s

Breckenridge’s favorite late-night kitchen. Come for lunch, stay for dinner – and check out our patio to enjoy the best views of Breckenridge’s famous mountain peaks. 970.547.2782 520 S. Main St. – La Cima Mall

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub is located on South Main Street in the historic mountain town of Breckenridge with one of the most dramatic views of the mountain. The menu is eclectic and features traditional pub fare, burgers, sandwiches, daily specials and much more. Open at 11am every day with happy hour from 3-6pm!

Delicious pizza, juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, fresh salads, spicy wings and more. 20 beers on tap and 100 beers by the bottle. 14 flat screen HDTV’s, satellite coverage of all your favorite sports and an arcade with over 25 games. Open daily 11 a.m. - midnight.

970.453.1550 | 600 S. Main St.

970.453.1401 | 111 South Main St.


breckenridge frisco

Ollie’s Pub & Grub


Lake Dillon Tavern


Ollie’s is also proud to offer something for everyone. Whether you are a family with young children or looking to indulge late into the evening you will be accommodated at the pub and grub.

970.668.0744 | 620 Main St. Frisco 970.453.9148 | 401 S. Main St. Breckenridge

Check out what Doug’s been smokin’

Located in the heart of downtown Dillon, located one block from the Free Summit stage and minutes from Keystone and Frisco. We offer authentic stone baked pizza and calzones, as well as wings and sandwiches. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday we feature live TA V E R N music from local musicians and DJ's!



970.468.2006 | 119 E. La Bonte St.



Arapahoe Cafe

Jersey Boys

Great food, friendly service, and reasonable prices since 1945. Come see for yourself why we’re voted best in town year after year! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Voted the best pizza and sandwich in Summit since 2005. Pizza, calzones, cheesesteaks, pastas, subs, beer, & more! We deliver! Open from 11a.m.-10p.m. everyday.

970.468.0873 | 626 Lake Dillon Drive

970.513.1087 149 Tenderfoot Street

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Historic Frisco

Main Street frisco

The Boatyard

304 Main St 970.668.4728 Specializing in contemporary American cuisine including Mediterranean, Southwestern, and Pacific Rim influences, the Boatyard Grill is a perfect place for a mid-day pick-me-up or a hearty dinner. Be sure to try one of their fresh wood-oven baked pizzas. They’re also a favorite for brunch every Sunday at 10am with fresh pastries. Selections from their classic cocktails and their extensive wine list serve as the perfect complement to any dish.


Tuscato Ristorante Italiano 311 East Main St 970.668.1523



313 Main St 970.668.3688

Fine Beers and Sausage

Prost: purveyors of the finest German and Belgian beers in Summit County. In addition to their coveted selection of libations, Prost serves some of the best sausages in Colorado in a cozy beer hall environment. Whether you’re looking for a full stein or dinner with friends, Prost is the perfect place on Frisco’s Main Street for any kind of fun, any time of the day. 26



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5th Ave Grille

423 Main St 970.668.3733

Silverthorne Do you love a lively happy hour, savory dishes and professional, The Mint friendly service? Join us at the 5th Ave. Grille for delicious hand cut steaks, seafood entrees, small plates and vegetarian and gluten free Come dine in one of the oldest in options. Happy Hour isbuildings available Summit County. The Historic Mint, having been daily in the bar, or enjoy a more in business since 1862, is the locals’ choice! intimate experience in our cozy 970.468.5247 dining room. The 5th Avenue 347 Blueis conveniently River Parkway Grille located on the corner 5th and Main St.

Frisco Main Street. photo by Todd Powell /

“The everyday restaurant for all occasions!” Centrally located on Frisco’s Main St, Tuscato has been a local’s favorite for fine Italian cuisine since 1998. Sit down in their warm and casual dining room to enjoy classic Italian comfort food featuring handcrafted pastas, fresh fish, and seasonal produce. Their extensive wine list, designed to enhance your dining experience, is at an affordable price point and should not be missed.

Haute at high altitude 1. Embrace your inner snow bunny with the Reindeer Hat from Dale of Norway. Created from 100 percent Norwegian wool, you can’t help but feel like a 6-foot-tall Nordic goddess when you slip on this bundle of warmth. Fully lined for the utmost cuddly comfort, the classic reindeer motif done in modern hot pink manages to be retro and hip all at the same time. (


taying warm doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing style. When you’re not out hitting the slopes, stay cozy in some of this season’s hottest trends. We’ve chosen five pieces that will take you from brunch with your girlfriends to date night with your fella. These figure-flattering items will keep you chic, warm and dry from head toe.

2. The perfect lightweight and packable jacket is a must in Summit County. With the conditions changing sometimes hourly, pieces that layer easily are essential. We’ve found a coat that’s warm enough to wear on it’s own, yet thin enough to layer underneath on those extremely cold, snowy nights: the Women’s Thermoball Full Zip Jacket in prussian blue from The North Face. It’s cozy, slim fitting and on-trend. Created using their PrimaLoft ThermoBall technology, this incredibly warm and packable jacket is a great alternative to down. (





5. The Duna boots in Lila by El Naturalista are a serious showstopper. These gorgeous creatures are created from highquality natural leathers that are soft, supple and luxurious. The detailing is flirty and feminine, and the thick heel and sole will keep you feeling safe on the snow and ice. These surprisingly comfortable cuties will pair perfectly with your new Isis tights and Capiz skirt. (




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leggings or warm tights. For added versatility, the wraparound style skirt with full zipper makes it easy to throw on over a pair of skinny jeans and zip off when you’ve reached your destination. The 600-fill down is surprisingly thin, keeping you looking svelte and sassy in your new favorite seasonal skirt. ( 4. Tights that won’t slip down, ride up, snag or pill are a rare gem. The Seamless Cable Tight from Isis manages to do just that, with a playful pattern that’s stylish and modern. A built-in knit panel keeps you feeling warm, dry and comfortable. The flattering, form-fitting tights are lightweight and perfect for layering. Wear them under a dress or skirt or as an added layer of warmth under your jeans or snow pants. (

3. Skirts in the winter? Thanks to the DriDown Capiz Skirt from Sierra Designs, it’s possible to be both warm and feminine this winter. The stylish skirt with quilted design detailing pairs perfectly with


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photos: 1. Courtesy Dale of Norway 2. Courtesy The North Face 3. Courtesy Sierra Designs 4. Courtesy Isis 5. Courtesy El Naturalista

Stay warm and stylish with this season’s hottest trends

photos: 1. Courtesy of Mountain Hardware 2. Courtesy of Zeal Optics 3. Courtesy of Black Diamond 4. Courtesy of Five Ten 5. Courtesy of Sorel

1. The retro trend continues to conquer. Freddie’s Beanie from Mountain Hardware is no exception. This puffball beanie is a throwback to the grooviest of times, when ski bunnies and mustaches ruled the slopes. Keep that vintage vibe alive a little longer with this cozy microfleece-lined hat. The 100 precent wool exterior provides warmth even when wet and comes in two colors. We dig the Shiraz, a brown and orange combo that will compliment your goggle tan. ( 2. Face, meet the Ace. The Ace sunglasses from Zeal Optics are not only super stylish but eco-friendly to boot. While looking good is top priority when selecting your sunnies, finding a pair this eco-conscious makes them even more appealing. The world’s first cotton-based, biodegradable frames are paired with plant-based lenses that offer UVA, B and C protection. Available in five different colors, these unisex glasses are bound to get noticed. But be warned — your girl just might “borrow” them from time to time. (







undled up and burly might be the norm for men living in the mountains. But this season, why not update your look? Upgrade your winter favorites with new styles, higher performance fabrics and eco-friendly materials. Here we’ve gathered the pieces that will keep you warm, dry and stylish as you stroll off the mountain, down Main Street and into your favorite pub.

3. Whether you’re seriously cold or just seriously stylish, the Access Hybrid Hoody from Black Diamond should be your first choice. This dapper dandy has an adjustable helmetcompatible hood, ample pockets and woven side panels for movability and a tailored fit. Filled with PrimaLoft One, a synthetic insulation designed to keep you warm even when wet, it offers supreme breathability for active outings. This true performance piece can take you from ice climbing to an icy brew with ease. ( 4. Just because jeans are laid back and effortless doesn’t mean they have to be sloppy or standard. Elevate your denim with the Yosemite Jean from Five Ten. If your date is checking you out properly, she’ll notice the stitching on the back pockets — a Half Dome pattern is a nod to the park from which the jean got its name. These Americanmade jeans are more than just a fashion statement — the cotton denim is spun with Spandex to offer mobility and stretch, perfect for chopping firewood or fetching a pint of your favorite local microbrew. ( 5. Sorel boots are a staple of any Summit County wardrobe, and with good reason. The sturdy, comfortable and reliable boots have been keeping mountain feet warm and dry for decades. But this season, they’ve elevated the style factor big time with the Sorel Mad Mukluk Mid II Boot in cinnamon. This ankle boot is composed of waterproof, fullgrain leather to keep your feet dry, while the molded rubber sole provides traction on snow and ice. The ombre finish on the leather makes this classic boot current. (

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Fuel your play Start your day right with a healthy and hearty meal


cott Ferguson says although it’s cliché, breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day.

“A good breakfast sets you up for success, but only if you approach it right,” said Ferguson, owner of CrossFit Breckenridge. “People get themselves in trouble with the sugar overloads and processed carb overloads — those are just empty calories.” Ferguson likes the concept of dinner for breakfast, combining a lot of hearty vegetables such as kale, spinach and carrots with protein. He recommends cage-free eggs and quality beef, with all your ingredients as organic as possible. “I am a bacon fanatic, to be honest with you, but you can’t do that every day, and you can’t do sausage every day,” Ferguson said. “I do a lot of ground beef and ground turkey — I am always looking for things as




a base that I can add to.” He emphasizes the importance of food as fuel, especially for those who are looking to push their bodies hard. “For a lot of people, food becomes an emotional attachment,” he said. “People should take the emotion out of it, particularly when they are about to get active.” For an even heartier start to the day, Ferguson said oatmeal is a good go-to, especially before winter activities. You can get away with those kinds of carbs, he said, especially when you are about to go exercise. “I am a skier, and we go out all day long,” he said. “There are a lot of times that having that oatmeal gives long sustainability, and I like to add foods with other important micronutrients, including blueberries, kale and bacon.” Valerie Fagan Swentkowski, nutrition therapist and owner of Anew You Therapeutics in Frisco, also

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recommends a hearty breakfast, especially before spending an active day out in cold weather. She said she likes to eat eggs with a lot of veggies in them — “green eggs” — that include ingredients such as spinach and romaine. Or have your eggs alone with a side of juiced greens. However, Swentkowski said to cut out the bacon completely. “Breakfasts with a lot of animal protein can create a lot of inflammation in the muscle tissue,” she said. “I would replace bacon with a source of complex carbs, like whole grains. White quinoa is high in protein and has good carbs — carbs turn into sugar, and if there are not good carbs, the sugar is stored as fat.” A hearty breakfast like this should be eaten two hours prior to going on your mountain activity, Swentkowski said, in order to have time for digestion to create optimal performance.

Superfood snacks Bring these healthy eats with you for an active day in the mountains. Almonds Banana Natural nut butter Dried fruit Coconut flakes Cooked acorn or butternut squash Filtered lemon and cucumber water

Mountain marquee Big-name acts come to Summit County for winter season


et your fill of big-city entertainment in a small-town venue this ski season by checking out one of these top-level acts coming through Summit County.

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EOTO where:

three20south, Breckenridge Dec. 3. Doors open at 9 p.m., and music starts around 10 p.m. tickets: Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 the day of the show


Silverthorne Pavilion, Silverthorne when: Dec. 13. Nealon performs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tickets: Advance tickets are $30

With his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likeable demeanor, Kevin Nealon has established himself as one of the premiere television, theatrical and stand-up comedians of his generation. As a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” Nealon is most recognized for the characters he created, including “The Subliminal Man” and “Hans and Franz” and anchoring “Weekend Update.” Nealon, who made his film debut in the 1987 romantic comedy “Roxanne” with Steve Martin, has gone on to star in more than two dozen comedic films. Visit for more information.

Keller Williams & his Compadres where:

Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run at Keystone when: Dec. 20 and 21. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m. tickets: Advance tickets are $30 per show or $55 for both nights Keller Williams returns to Warren Station in Keystone for two days of funk and jams. This year’s special guests are Michael Kang and Michael Travis, of The String Cheese Incident, on Dec. 20 and Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt, of Leftover Salmon, on Dec. 21. Both nights will include one solo looping set and one group set with Williams’ featured guests of the evening. A limited-edition poster designed by Darin Shock and T-shirt are available at Williams’ online merchandise store and available at the merchandise table day of show while supplies last. Show is standing room only. Visit www.warren for more information.

What began as a sonic experiment between two longtime collaborators has turned into a nationwide phenomenon. As the originators of live and improvised electronic dance music, multi-instrumentalists Michael Travis and Jason Hann stumbled upon an undeniable combination, blending cutting-edge computer technology with raw musical talent. While Travis handles on-the-fly looping with keys, guitars and synths, Hann holds the beat, balancing live drumming duties with vocals, effects and live remixing. Visit for more information.

photo by Dave Fleishman

Kevin Nealon Comedy Show

photo by C. Taylor Crothers

photo Courtesy of Kevin Nealon

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Hot Buttered Rum where:

The Barkley Ballroom, Frisco Feb. 26. Doors open at 9 p.m., music starts at 9:30 p.m. tickets: : $14 when:

Hot Buttered Rum can be described as a rock band with bluegrass instruments. Initially formed as an acoustic string band, a decade of constant touring has transformed it into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. While the band’s music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delight listeners at every turn. Visit for more information.

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Uncovering the enigma of telemark skiing by Aaron H. Bible




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Photos by Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain

lissading down a buttery, powdery slope, grinning ear to ear, dancing their way down the hill and gracefully dropping a knee through the bottom of each turn, telemark skiers remain a mystery to many resort-goers each year. Guests from far-flung locales often ask on the chairlift about the more flexible boots and the scrappy bindings only attached at the toe. But telemark skiing doesn’t have to remain an enigma. For the past several seasons, rumors of telemark’s decline have been widely circulated as alpine-touring boots and bindings have improved, but the sport is actually on a growth trajectory. According to SnowSport Industries America (SIA) in its 2013 Snow Sports Participant Study, telemark skiing was one of only two snow sports categories to grow last year, finishing the season at 2.8 million skiers. This is partly due to an overall upward trend in backcountry skiing and riding, for which telemark is ideally suited and where its roots lie. But telemark also appeals to those who are just looking to try something new, a different, perhaps more beautiful, more fluid way to travel down the mountain. e x p l o r e s u m m i t. c o m


In-bounds telemark skiing has been increasing slowly since the late 1970s. It maintained this under-the-radar growth rate due to the fact that it is different from and a little bit more difficult than locked-heel, alpine-style skiing. Telemark skiing was developed by Sondre Norheim in Telemark, Norway, and showcased to the world in 1868 at the first national skiing competition in Oslo. While he might not have been the first to utilize this bent-knee, free-heel ski turn, most sources credit Norheim with helping move the sport from method of transport to recreational pursuit. Norheim wasn’t just the inventor of the telemark technique; he was also a champion of the joy of skiing — what telemark is still about today. Famed Norwegian Stein Eriksen was also born in Telemark, and he kept the turn alive beyond the 1950s, even after it had largely disappeared, according

to the U.S. Telemark Ski Association. In the U.S., the rebirth of the telemark turn almost always gets traced back to Crested Butte in the mid-1970s, where a group of hardcore skiers looked to the technique as a way to escape the crowds of the resorts. They crafted bindings from three-pin-style cross-country touring bindings, adapted them to alpine skis and beefed up leather touring boots

with duct tape and plastic cuffs. Eventually, manufacturers such as Voile and Scarpa picked up on the trend and began providing gear for these folks. Metal buckles and cable bindings allowed for better skiing on off-piste terrain. They took the sport to the backcountry, as well as the resorts, which also led to a resurgence in telemark skiing in Europe. Although the turn was alive, it was obscure and

Photo by Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain

The roots

Learn to tele Arapahoe Basin Ski Area This season, tele lessons at A-Basin start Nov. 23 and run through April 27 and are held on Saturdays and Sundays only. Special private lessons can be arranged in advance with the Snowsports School on weekdays. Visit for more information. 36



Breckenridge Ski Resort Lessons are available at Breckenridge, full day only, for $131, or all-day beginner lessons plus lift ticket are available for $143. Call (888) LRN-2SKI for more information.

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Copper Mountain Resort Copper offers telemark lessons on a private request basis only. Call (866) 464-4432 to book.

viewed as a hippie-like activity, with the reputation of bearded skiers on makeshift equipment using telemark to escape to the woods away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts. Mottos such as “Free your heel and free your mind” and “Pinheads from hell” ensured the sport would never go mainstream. The idea of free-heel skiing caught on with more and more skiers, however; regular skiers who were looking for something different, something new, to ply their passion for snow sliding. Fortunately, the turn made its way back to the resorts, and equipment continued to improve, bringing telemark skiing to athletes of all ages.

Close to home

Telemark skiers take a group run down Peregrine as part of Tele Tuesday at Beaver Creek. Photo by Dominique Taylor

In Summit County, Arapahoe Basin has always been a destination for telemark skiers. Its laid-back vibe, deep and steep powder conditions and tree runs, parking lot party scene and general low-tech, non-corporate attitude has kept it a safe haven for the tele-leaning crowd. “There’s a real social element to tele skiing,” said Leigh Hierholzer, director of marketing and communications for the resort. “People see others tele-ing here and see that it’s a lifestyle. They tend to be attracted to this environment and our terrain and the vibe that you can only find here.

“A-Basin is an incredible place to learn how to telemark ski — this is where I started. My instructor knew exactly how to describe the necessary body movements and mechanics and made subtle tweaks to my style that not only made my first tele experience enjoyable but also made me a better alpine skier. And there are plenty of other tele skiers here to take runs with and learn from.” According to Aspen’s Ned Ryerson, aka Tele Ned, the sport is seeing tremendous growth in kids’ telemark. He’ll be

involved in the sport of telemark. She’s the program coordinator for the local group Backcountry Babes. “We teach all disciplines of skills to get you into the backcountry,” she said. “Our intro courses include an intro to telemark, intro to the backcountry and an AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course. Once you have made it through the first progression, we have steeps clinics at Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain, as well as hut trips in Canada and Colorado to further backcountry skills and enjoy some incredible skiing with some amazing women.” Nelson learned how to tele in a Backcountry Babes clinic eight years ago. “It was an amazing way to learn a new sport with some incredible instructors guiding me along the way,” she said. “It is such a graceful sport and Photo by Dominique Taylor takes some time to learn the technique, traveling the country skibut once you get it down, ing, teaching and promotit feels like dancing down ing the sport all winter. the mountain.” “I’m helping launch a Nelson recommends three-week crossover to taking a lesson or two telemark program with the first and then going out to Aspen Valley Ski Club,” practice on your own or Ryerson said. “We plan on with friends. having 21 kids enrolled. “Learning the right Last spring, I attended the way first is much easier InterTele (PSIA National then picking up bad habits Telemark Academy) as a and then having to correct presenter. My talk was on your form down the road,” teaching kids to telemark. she said. “I think telemarkIt got a good review, and I ing is still popular in a lot believe that teaching kids of ski towns for locals. is new and exciting.” It provides another opporBreckenridge Resort ski tunity to get out on patroller Kirstin Nelson the slopes and do somealso works to get people thing different.” •

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ne of the driving factors behind modern telemark and its popularity is the gear. Back in the day, tele skiers wore leather boots with modified three-pin crosscountry bindings mounted to whatever alpine skis they could get their hands

on cheaply. In the 1990s, manufacturers heeded the call and began producing boots with plastic cuffs, better bindings and downhill skis specifically designed for tele skiers. Today, the boots are just as high tech as any alpine boot. With advances in

ski technology, the only difference between alpine skis and telemark skis is the binding — and the technique. Finding the skis that work well for the type of skiing you like to do is half the fun. Attend as many demos as possible, and test as many skis and boots as you can before you buy.

HH Dry Revolution Half-Zip Top Point6 ski socks

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The body-mapping trend has been around for several seasons but is especially applicable to tele skiers who tend to work up more of a sweat, both uphill and downhill. It’s pretty simple really: Put the warm stuff on the core body parts and the stretchy stuff on the moving body parts. Start with your all-important base layer. For a trusted standard, turn to Helly Hansen (, which got its start in open-ocean sailing in 1877 with the first supple waterproof fabric and later invented the first technical base layer in 1970. The HH Dry Revolution Half-Zip Top and Three-Quarter Long Johns, available in men’s and women’s sizes, are perfect for tele skiers because they stay dry next to skin and move with the body. The threequarter-length bottoms with their seamless construction won’t bunch on your calves or inside your boots. Helly’s Lifa fabric pushes moisture to your mid-layer, and the Dry Revolution series is made almost entirely of the proprietary technology, with just the right amount of stretch. When it comes to mid-layers, technology is rampant in both natural fibers (such as Merino wool) and synthetics (such as Polartec PowerDry). SmartWool ( is a favorite and pioneer in the wool category, while brands such as Adidas Outdoors ( outdoor) and The North Face ( lead the synthetic pack. For something a little lesser known, the Sherpa ( Manaslu Jacket is the kind of snuggly piece you put on and want to keep on all winter. It features PrimaLoft One insulation in the core, with Polartec Power Stretch in the sleeves and

back. It’s a hybrid, hooded piece that is good for cool-weather climbing and hiking by itself or ideal to layer under a shell on a cold ski day. The jacket is available in men and women’s cuts. It is ultra-stylish and features the highest quality construction available in the outdoor market, owned and operated by Nepalese Sherpas. When it comes to outerwear, turn to FlyLow ( — the only “tele-specific” outerwear on the market. This isn’t to say there aren’t a lot of other great options out there, ranging from Patagonia (, Marmot (marmot. com) and Mountain Hardwear ( to the new apparel from Black Diamond ( and Dynafit ( — even Columbia Sportswear (columbia. com) has some incredible new technologies out this season at a good value. But take a look at the new Lab Coat and Compound Pant, both constructed with Polartec NeoShell, from FlyLow. They’re lightweight and breathable for climbing or hard charging down bumps and also durable for skiing through trees and taking nice, long breaks on rock outcroppings. It’s also recommended to keep an extra, insulated layer in your pack. Check out the Ghost Whisperer water-resistant down jacket from Mountain Hardwear or the General’s Down Hoody from FlyLow. A lightweight Polartec Alpha vest or jacket that packs down to the size of a grapefruit is also perfect for those situations when you’re waiting for friends at the top of the mountain or at the lifts. A helmet from Bolle (bolle. com), Bern (bernunlimited. com) or Smith (smithoptics. com) should be at the top of your must-have list. Try on the new Smith Sequel for

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Photo Courtesy Point 6 / Photo Courtesy Helly Hansen / Photo Courtesy Sherpa Adventure Gear / Photo Courtesy FlyLow

Telemark gear on the cutting edge of outdoor technology

Body map your apparel

clockwise from top: Photos Courtesy Smith Optics / Photo Courtesy Scarpa / Photo Earl Harper, MSR / Photo Courtesy Scarpa / Photo Courtesy DPS

warmth, stealth fit, comfort and ideal goggle integration when paired with the new Vice goggle. You’ll also need a good, sturdy pair of knee-high wool socks. Check your local specialty outdoor shop for SmartWool, Point6 (point6. com) or FITS ( ski socks. As for gloves, you’ll need a pair of Kincos to solidify your old school, grassroots status. Kinco work gloves have a cult-like following with lifties, patrollers and backcountry enthusiasts nationwide. Their model 901 Ski Glove features a waterproof laminate and, new this year, is available as a mitten for extra warmth. Other models such as the popular and much imitated model 1927KW require an aftermarket waterproofing such as Sno-Seal, available at Walmart and specialty outdoor shops.

Hard goods: Skis, boots and bindings When it comes to skis, some people like noodles, some prefer planks, others pontoons, but the consensus among tele skiers is that wider is better, with a minimum of 99 millimeters under foot. For a high-performance powder tele ski, invest in a pair of the new DPS Lotus 120 Spoons (www.dpsskis. com), made in Utah with proprietary Pure3 carbon construction. The Lotus is a directional ski with a rockered shovel and complex convex base design, available in 178-, 189- and 197-centimeter lengths. Telemark skiers are notorious for using whatever crappy, bent and mis-sized poles they find in their sheds the morning it dumps. Don’t be that guy. Check out the new pole technologies from Black Diamond, Swix ( and MSR (

The new MSR Deploy TR-3 is a high-performance, adjustable, three-section backcountry pole that will work for all of your winter sports. Next, let’s talk bindings. While the majority of tele skiers seen on the mountain will still be on traditional, 75-millimeter “duckbill” boot-binding set-ups, people are slowly but surely migrating to the NTN binding, made by Rottefella and sold through Scarpa dealers ( There are many fine 75-millimeter bindings out there, including the classic Black Diamond O1, the G3 Enzo R and the 22Designs Vice (they’re coming out with a kids’ tele binding this year). And Scott, Scarpa and Black Diamond are all still in the 75-millimeter boot game. But Scott (formerly Garmont) and Scarpa are leading the way with NTN — the first telemark binding with alpine-style drop-down brakes (no more leashes) and a powerful direct-drive click-in system that also allows for touring. “The binding drives like an alpine binding and offers a predictable stability, comforting new patrons to the sport,” said Kirstin Nelson, Breckenridge Resort ski patroller. “With NTN also producing the Freedom binding, their backcountry version, they were able to start competing with other lighter-weight tele bindings out there. “The fact that both versions of the NTN are also releasable makes the binding very attractive to avalanche professionals and patrollers, where many organizations require releasable bindings for control work. The boots compatible with the NTN binding were also a change to the sport.” Scarpa is producing NTN boots in three tiers of stiffness, with the TX Pro (same build as the T1) now ranking as the company’s top-selling tele boot.

vice goggle

Smith Sequel helmet

NTN binding

Msr deploy tr-3 adjustable backcountry pole

TX pro tele boot

DPS Lotus 120 Spoons

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have a

healthy holiday Forgo the fake stuff for real ingredients this winter season story and photos by Jasmine Listou Bible

When the fire crackles and laughter of friends and family fills the air, we yearn for our favorite holiday foods. Spiced goodness warms us from the inside out, memories of holidays past swirl in our minds, and we crave comfort foods. But the processed sugars, high fats and sodium found in many classics aren’t so wonderful. This year, try using natural and whole ingredients to deliver the same satisfying flavors. We’ve created four recipes using whole, natural and unprocessed ingredients that use the same familiar flavor profiles that we love. Swapping out ingredients is simple once you get the hang of it. Try these for recipes to get you started, and then experiment with your own favorites. 40



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Pumpkin spice oatmeal latte Pumpkin is all the rage lately, and with good reason — it’s delicious! Luckily, it’s also good for you. Real pumpkin is a full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Whether you choose to roast and puree your own pumpkin, or purchase canned pumpkin, be sure to buy organic, pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling that’s packed with sugars and preservatives. This pumpkin spice oatmeal latte is a perfect morning meal before you hit the slopes. The warm mug of goodness is packed with carbohydrates and a shot of espresso to get your day going.


¼ cup gluten-free oats 1 tablespoon flax meal (ground flax seeds) 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg) 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot espresso (or ¼ cup strongly brewed coffee) ¼ cup-plus almond milk (or milk of choice) 1 tablespoon real pumpkin puree 1 tablespoon real maple syrup ¼ cup crushed walnuts Place oats, flax meal, spices and vanilla into large coffee mug or bowl. Add 1 shot of hot, freshly brewed espresso to oats; allow the oats to cook in the espresso 3 to 5 minutes. While oats are cooking, steam almond milk to 140 degrees, or heat over low heat in a small saucepan, whisking to create foam. Return to your now cooked oats, and add pumpkin puree, maple syrup and steamed milk, stirring to combine. Spoon milk foam on top. Add crushed walnuts or all-natural granola of choice for crunch. Top with a dash of cinnamon and swirl of local honey. This recipe can be easily adjusted into an array of flavors. Simply omit the pumpkin, spices and walnuts for the add-ins of your choice; use cacao powder for oatmeal mocha, or try cubed apples and caramel or decadent natural peanut butter and chocolate. Not a coffee fan? Use steeply brewed chai tea instead of espresso, and top with natural granola for crunch. The possibilities are deliciously endless.

Cinnamon swirl coffee cake This delicious spicy cake is a classic for a reason. It’s wonderful with your morning coffee and a perfect complement to afternoon tea. Serve it with a scoop of coconut milk ice cream for a decadent dessert. We’ve taken all the flavors of a traditional coffee cake and swirled in ribbons of guilt-free chocolate fudge. This recipe is sure to satisfy your holiday guests.


1 cup steel-cut oats ½ cup vanilla whey protein powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ripe banana, sliced ½ cup egg whites 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder 2 tablespoons real maple syrup 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Crumble topping

1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein powder 1 tablespoon almond meal (finely ground almonds) 1 tablespoon cold coconut oil ½ teaspoon maca powder ¼ cup coarsely chopped almonds Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8-inch square baking pan with coconut oil cooking spray. Cake layer: In a food processor, blend oats to a fine meal. Add remaining dry ingredients; pulse to blend. Add egg whites, vanilla extract and banana. Pulse until well blended. Pour this thick batter into baking pan. For the chocolate swirl ribbons, combine cacao powder, maple syrup and coconut oil into small glass bowl. Place into microwave for 15 seconds to soften coconut oil. Blend well with small whisk. Pour this thick fudge in three thick strips on top of first cake layer. Use the back of a knife to drag the fudge layer through the cake layer. Bake for 10 minutes. While cooking, create crumble topping: Place all ingredients into small glass bowl, and use the back of a fork to cut in coconut oil, combining all ingredients and creating a crumbly texture. Spread topping evenly over cake, and return to oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

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Biscuits and gravy This vegan and gluten-free recipe is a terrific option for those with dietary restrictions. Meal made from garbanzo beans is an excellent flour substitute in savory, baked items. Flour made from quinoa is a surprisingly versatile ingredient, as it takes on the surrounding flavors in a recipe. Serve this as a side dish, or add caramelized onions and vegan breakfast sausage to the gravy to make it a main course.


1½ cups garbanzo bean meal 1 cup water 1 teaspoon thyme


4 tablespoons coconut oil ¼ cup quinoa flour ½ cup-plus unsweetened almond milk ¾ cup sliced mushrooms 1 tablespoon tarragon


¾ cup almond meal (finely ground almonds) ¾ cup chocolate brown rice protein powder ¾ cup all-natural applesauce 1/3 cup egg whites 1½ tablespoons coconut oil 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses 3 tablespoons coconut sugar 2 tablespoons ginger 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon allspice 1 tablespoon cloves 1½ teaspoons baking soda

Gingersnap muffins While ginger is wonderful year-round, its spicy bite makes it especially appealing around the holidays. Begin your day with these protein-packed gingersnap muffins, or serve them in the afternoon with




a spoonful of coconut milk drizzled on top. This simple recipe uses healthy ingredients that are sure to satisfy your taste buds and your waistline.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Spoon mixture evenly into 12 muffin tins. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the center is cooked through. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle with ground ginger, or serve with a splash of coconut milk.

¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon thyme Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil cooking spray. In a large glass bowl, combine garbanzo bean meal and water. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, letting the meal rise and thicken. Fold in thyme. Drop by the spoonful into muffin tins. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked all the way through. Remove from oven, and allow to cool in pan. Coat a large sauté pan generously with coconut oil cooking spray, place over medium heat, and add sliced mushrooms. Allow to brown for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add tarragon, and stir to coat. Remove from heat; set aside.

In a large nonstick pot over medium heat, add coconut oil. Once heated, add quinoa flour, and whisk to combine. Add almond milk, and whisk to create a smooth texture, removing the lumps. Add additional almond milk, if needed. Turn heat down to low, continuing to whisk. Add spices and sautéed mushrooms. Allow to thicken and cook on low for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often. Return large sauté pan to stove over medium heat, and coat with coconut oil. Remove the biscuits from the muffin tin, and slice in half. Place biscuit halves into sauté pan, allowing a crisp crust to form on edges. Once biscuits are golden brown and gravy has thickened, serve biscuits with gravy spooned over top. Garnish with fresh herbs.

Other healthy substitutes Spaghetti squash instead of pasta Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayonnaise Mash cauliflower instead of potatoes Avocados instead of butter Almond or coconut milk instead of dairy Applesauce instead of oil Flax meal for eggs

The health benefits in the ingredients Oats — Oats are a hearthealthy source of dietary fiber. Their high concentration of well-balanced protein and carbohydrates are a perfect source of energy and will keep you fuller longer. This grain aids in lowering blood cholesterol and can spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer period of time, resulting in sustained energy. Flax — Flax seeds, which can be ground into flax meal using a food processor or coffee grinder, have a high omega-3 fatty acid content. They also contain lignans, which are fiber-like compounds that provide antioxidant protection, and their mucilage content keeps your intestinal tract happy. Flax is a superfood that’s easy to incorporate into your diet. Add flax meal to baked goods, pancakes and waffles, or use flax oil and balsamic vinegar on your salads.

Cinnamon — Cinnamon is a staple in holiday cooking. It’s not only delicious but delivers some wonderful health benefits. Studies show that it regulates blood sugar, reduces cholesterol levels, reduces pain linked to arthritis, is a natural food preservative and is said to raise your metabolism. So go ahead, sprinkle it on desserts or drinks — even savory dishes benefit from a dash of cinnamon. Cacao powder — Raw cacao powder, not to be confused with cocoa powder, is high in antioxidant flavonoids and has been used in South American cultures for centuries for medicinal purposes. Raw cacao helps to oxygenate the blood, and its high sulfur content builds strong nails and hair. As opposed to processed cocoa powder, which can contain sugar and dairy, pure cacao powder can seem bitter tasting at first, so pairing it with naturally sweet ingredients such as coconut sugar or honey is a wonderful way to satisfy that sweet chocolate craving.

Blackstrap molasses — Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that’s surprisingly good for you. It’s a great source of calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. It’s high iron content makes it a lower-calorie alternative to red meat for those who are seeking to raise iron levels. Its distinctive taste pairs wonderfully with ginger and works well in savory barbecue dishes. Coconut sugar — Coconut is an incredible superfood. It delivers nutritional benefits in all of its forms. When turned into a sugar, it has a rich, sweet flavor similar to brown sugar. This low-glycemic sugar doesn’t spike blood sugar levels, as other sweeteners do, and it’s packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Garbanzo bean meal — Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are an excellent source of fiber, protein and good carbohydrates. When turned into a flour, or meal, they become a great substitute for bleached white flour. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, these beans are a staple in Middle Eastern diets. They help lower cholesterol and promote digestive health. Turn the meal into a delicious pizza crust, puree the beans into a hummus spread, or bake the whole beans for a crunchy snack. Quinoa — Quinoa, known as the supergrain of foods, is actually vegetable seeds from a plant related to spinach. It’s a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. A complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, it contains fiber and iron and is gluten free. It’s a fantastic substitute for pasta and pairs perfectly with black beans. When ground into flour, it’s a perfect thickening agent for gravies and sauces.

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Cozy Up your condo Create a welcoming environment to get you and your home ready for winter


story and photos by Jasmine Listou Bible




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photo by Studio Kiva Photography

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hether your home is a year-round residence or seasonal escape, after a day on the slopes, you want a warm, cozy, intimate space to retreat to. Nothing feels better than slipping into a pair of slippers and cuddling up next to the fireplace. Create that feeling of warmth in your entire home by adding a few accessories and luxurious touches that help put you and your guests at ease.


Adding textural elements and reflective surfaces can deliver the icy sparkle and shimmer of winter. Consider these 12 tips to getting your home ready for every holiday, ski day and snuggle day of the season.


1. Reflect the holiday glow Incorporate one of the oldest and most effective design tips in the book: integrating reflective surfaces into your home. Whether it’s a mirror, lacquered serving tray or lucite table, these objects will reflect natural light during the day and radiate a warm glow around your home in the evening. Place mirrors across from windows to make the room seem larger, and arrange candles directly in front of mirrors to multiply their glow. For a dramatic effect, place a striking mirror above your mantle or front entryway. Natural wood mirror from Ruby Jane, 232 S. Main St., Breckenridge, (970) 423-6947

Swaddle your toes in warmth

2. All that glitters …

Slippers from Joy of Sox, 324 S. Main St., Breckenridge, (970) 453-4534

… is gold. Nothing says luxury quite like the color gold. While some may be hesitant to use this bold hue year-round, embrace the opportunity to add a bit of glamour to your home, no matter the square footage. Gold candlesticks on the mantle or a picture frame or serving tray for serving hot toddies will add a regal element to your evening cocktails. A few small touches can make a big impact. Gold too bold or still a bit hesitant? Try silver, bronze, copper or brass — anything metallic that shines.

Jasmine Listou Bible is a local writer and furniture designer. For more tips, visit

Metallic patina vessels from Vintage Sweet & Chic, 215 S. Main St., Breckenridge, (970) 485-9264 xxxxxx

Now that you’ve cozied up your home, it’s time to cozy up your toes. Prevent snowy boots from making a mess in the home you’ve so deliberately decorated by having booties ready near the front door for your visitors. Dazzle them with your thoughtfulness by providing your family and friends with booties or cable-knit socks to enjoy during their stay and take home as a wonderful keepsake of the holidays spent with you in Summit County.




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3. Pile on the pillows Change out your summery linen pillows for their winter-worthy counterparts. Choose deep, saturated colors in thick, heavy fabrics. Enjoy the richness of the season and opt for graphic patterns in luxurious textiles. Keep the color palette cohesive throughout your home, or choose one coordinating hue per room, and layer pillows in a monochrome color story for depth and sophistication. For a true treat, visit Abigail-Elise Interiors located in the Colorado Design Center in Frisco. As full-service interior designer studio, they can offer you not only a selection of pillows and lighting but a full scope of residential design options. Pillows from Abigail-Elise Interiors, 101 S. Seventh Ave., Frisco, (970) 485-5228

4. Mix and match fabrics Sumptuous fabrics and soft, caressable textures create an alluring atmosphere. Winter is the perfect time to indulge in luxurious fabrics such as velvet, fur and cashmere. Envelop yourself in layers of warmth by placing a fur throw on your sofa or at the end of your bed. Layering rich textures makes a room feel elegant and intriguing.

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Linens, pillows, throws and rugs from Juniper Tree, 507 Main St., Frisco, (970) 668-5689

5. Illuminate your home Lighting is such an important aspect of good design, especially during the holiday season. Proper lighting can completely transform a space. The true glow of candlelight is hard to surpass, so relish the season and place candles generously around your home — on the mantle, end tables, bedrooms and even bathrooms — to deliver a cozy atmosphere throughout the house. To further enhance that holiday glow, change out your standard light bulbs to pink bulbs or lower the wattage on your lamps. Try swapping out your lampshades for something with a richer texture.


Metallic fixture with linen shade from Juniper Tree, 507 Main St., Frisco, (970) 668-5689

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6. Create depth While changing out rugs entirely may seem like a daunting task, placing a smaller rug on top of your existing area rug can be just as effective. To achieve this layered look, choose a rug that’s no more than half the size of your current rug. It will act as more of an accent than taking center stage. Cowhide rugs in either traditional shades or zebra motif are durable, classic and chic. Or choose a natural fabric rug with rich, deep hues that compliment your home’s color scheme.

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Rugs from High Country Designs, 401 Main St., Frisco, (970) 668-0107

7. Enhance your entryway


Your entryway is your first chance at a first impression. Seize the opportunity to set the tone for your entire home. From the carefully curated color palette to dim lighting to a spicy scent, get the biggest bang for your buck in this small space of your house or condo. Encompass all of the above tips in this area. Place a large mirror in the foyer to make the space seem larger, place candles to create a dreamy and romantic glow, use aromatherapy touches, and inject a bit of personality into the space. Let your inner designer shine through; choose unique vintage items that capture your personality to decorate the area. Vintage coat hook from Marigolds Farmhouse Funk & Junk, 215 S. Main St., Breckenridge, (970) 453-2093

Create interesting tablescapes Whether your table seats two or 10, it’s a perfect time to create a memorable moment. Set a color palette and keep all of your fabrics, plates and accessories within this palette. Layer table linens and placemats with detailed or intricate flatware. It’s the perfect season to dust off your grandmother’s china. Use chargers under your plates for added drama. For the finishing touch, layer the center of the table with interesting objects. You’ll find a treasure of curiosities at French Kiss in Breckenridge; Browse their selection of design books for an added dose of inspiration.

8. Establish a focal point

Place setting and books from French Kiss, 226 S. Main St., Breckenridge, (970) 485-4992

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While the fireplace may be a bit neglected in summer months, now is the time to get that beauty roaring again. Rearrange your furniture so the fireplace becomes a focal point. Create an intimate seating area that faces the warm fire. Unclutter the mantle with your yearround objects, and replace them with candles, mirrors and elements inspired by nature. For an elegant display, establish a minimal color palette and use natural materials.


9. Dazzle with draperies Swath your rooms in thick, heavy draperies. Switch out your light summer sheers for elegant and dramatic panels. This one step can completely change the aesthetic of your home. Aside from looking exquisitely elegant, they’ll help retain heat and keep your energy bill down. Visit Mountain Comfort in Frisco to design the custom curtains of your dreams. Extend the panels 1 to 3 inches longer than the floor, allowing the panels to “pool” for instant opulence. Or if you’re looking for something a bit less custom, visit Tuesday Morning in Dillon for great discount options. Fabric swatches from Mountain Comfort Furnishings & Design, 507 Summit Blvd., Frisco, (970) 668-3661

10 10. Evoke memories Our sense of smell is said to be our strongest sense, and its truth seems apparent in the winter months. Nothing conjures up memories of holidays past quite like the smell of cinnamon and spice. Adding scented candles or essential oils to your home can take you and your guests to another level of relaxation and serenity. The key is to not go overboard. Choose scents that are not overwhelming or distracting but subtle and effortless. Bundles of cinnamon sticks tied with a ribbon are simple and classic. Place them in a mason jar for an adorable vintage vibe. Visit the Backcountry Herbal Apothecary on Main Street in Frisco to find your perfect aromatherapy blend or scented candle. Backcountry Herbal Apothecary, 507 Main St., Frisco, (970) 668-1700

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Award Winning Local Company The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is the culmination of more than 25 years of vacation ownership development experience of Mike and Rob Millisor and Mike Dudick. Their 4-component business philosophy- comprised of investors, owners & guests, employees and community- has given them the focus for their incredible success in the vacation ownership business. The resort was crowned four gold Ardy awards as well as four silver Ardys at the 2013 American Resort Development Association annual conference in Florida. ARDA is a Washington D.C. based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. “Our experience, combined with owner feedback and an incredibly dedicated staff, has enabled us to develop one of the finest resorts in Breckenridge and one of the best ownership experiences in the timeshare industry” - Mike Millisor.

You Won’t Know Where the Mountain Ends and the Lodge Begins Owners and guests enjoy true slope-side convenience in the winter and fabulous views and trails access in the summer. The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 offers deeded ownership in one-week increments enabling families to only purchase the time that they will use. Whether one week or 10, these personalized options provide a carefree way of vacationing in Breckenridge while eliminating the hassles of whole ownership. Units range in size from suites to four-bedroom residences.

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Unrivaled Access to the Slopes Grand Lodge owners and guests are a few short steps from the Independence SuperChair, where they are whisked up Peak 7 to some of the best intermediate skiing in the world. Owners and guests can also take a ride on the nearby BreckConnect gondola to the base of Peak 8. Breckenridge Ski Resort offers more than 2,300 acres of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

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Summit County spas offer a getaway all their own


ven the snowiest of Colorado winters is still cold and dry, but the state’s inconsistent climate is no match against nourishing essential oil treatments. Summit County offers a number of high-end spas that are worth a visit, especially those that sit alongside some of the area’s most renowned mountain resorts.

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Step into serenity

If you have your hair or nails done at Serenity Spa & Salon in Keystone, know that you’re only experiencing half of what the amazing day spa has to offer. Just strides away from the salon is the entrance to the spa, a true sanctuary inviting guests with soft robes, overstuffed pillows and a warming fireplace. Alina Stasiowski took over ownership of Serenity in 2008, and she said the full-service spa and salon not only stands out for its high-quality products but also for its impeccable standards of customer service. “We always do a lot of product training, so the stylists and therapists know exactly what they are using and why,” Stasiowski said. “We welcome visitors and, of course, love to have locals come in for their continuous desires of beauty and well being.” ’Tis the season where both skin and hair can use all the extra moisture they can get. Give your skin some love with the Moroccan Oil Body Treatment — a blissful escape of exfoliation and hydration. The 75-minute treatment begins with a rejuvenating radiance polish from the Moroccan Oil Body Buff. Made with a natural orange peel exfoliator, Body Buff combines argan oil with vitamin E and avocado, grape seed, safflower, sesame and sweet almond oils to bring

skin back to vibrancy by gently removing dead skin cells. A full-body wrap follows, accompanied by a calming and joyful head and neck massage. After a rinse in the room’s nearby shower, the treatment moves into a moisturizing, full-body massage with a combination of the Moroccan Oil Body Soufflé and an Intense Hydrating Treatment. The rich argan oil formulas of both products drench the skin with much-needed moisture amidst an invigorating massage for the muscle and skin cells. Your skin will thank you from every moisture-rich pore, but don’t leave your hair out to tear. Serenity’s luxury Aveda salon offers a line of environmentally rich products. Try the Damage Remedy Hair and Scalp treatment to bring your locks back to life. Aveda’s Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment uses the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein to restore hair to its healthiest state of silkiness and shine. Depending on the state of your hair, you may want to purchase the remedy product in order to treat your hair to hydration on a weekly basis.

Erica Ragusa first began her Ayurvedic bodywork at a spa in New York City. Now, she owns and operates Ambika Therapies in Breckenridge, the only massage spa in Summit County that offers treatments designed around the ancient Indian methodology of “the science of life.” “I want to connect every one of my clients to his or her true sense of self,” Ragusa said. “The treatments are long-lasting — offering a sense of relaxation and peace — and I think having those feelings helps to get you back to your true self, a connection that these days we are often so distant from.” The Ayurvedic methodology is based around bringing yourself into a state of balance. According to Ayurveda, every individual is, by nature, governed by a dominant constitution, or “dosha,” by which they are composed. Every person has a combination of all three doshas — space and air (Vata), fire and water (Pitta) and earth and water (Kapha) — but there is almost always a governing element for every individual.




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“When a client comes in for an Ayurvedic treatment, we will have them take a dosha test, do a pulse diagnosis and fill out a standard health history form,” Ragusa said. “The pathologies that they indicate on the form will be looked at through the lens of Ayurveda; a dosha imbalance, for instance, gives us clues about their propensity for disease.” Ragusa creates all her own “dosha balancing” natural body-care products, including the oils, herbs, serums and sprays she uses during her treatments. She uses her handmade and environmentally conscious products to tailor treatments to each individual. Visit the quaint and peaceful space in Breckenridge for a more traditional therapeutic or hot stone massage, or try one of Ambika’s Ayurvedic Bliss Therapies, designed to restore and rejuvenate far beneath the surface of the skin. The Udvartana treatment is a full-body renewal, recommended especially for Pitta types. Dry brushing over the skin’s surface followed by a dosha-specific herbal exfoliation helps to bring any body

back to balance. The more Swedish-style massage brings oils and herbs deep into the tissue of the skin, which is then wrapped in a plant-cellulose bioplastic to allow for the therapy to fully set in. The excess oil and exfoliating herbs are gently removed with warm towels after a toning face massage. More earthy Kapha types may be more interested in the Abhyanga therapy, a restorative yet rejuvenating massage that focuses on moving lymph and clearing blocked energy. Ragusa said while certain treatments are meant to soothe

imbalanced doshas, any treatment a client desires to have can be modified with herb and temperature adjustments. “For example, if a Pitta type came in and requested Swedana, which is a hot steam tent,” Ragusa said, “I would keep the temperature lower in the tent and add cooling herbs to the steam.” Ambika Therapies is all about helping individuals to quiet the mind long enough to listen to the body. “The more you do these things with Ayurveda,” she said, “the more it all just makes sense and feels right.”

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Holistic healing

A resort retreat Enter a bohemian getaway as soon as you step into this two-level chic retreat on South Main Street in Breckenridge. Blue Sage Spa offers signature treatments and packages of

massage, facials, body care, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Will all the lovely jewelry, candles and organic body products greeting guests upon arrival, it’s no wonder the spa sets the

ence of aromatic scents and sensations from around the globe. “A rich blend of exotic bitters and green tea are used in this Asian-inspired treat,” said Amy Beckett, co-owner of the spa

scene of both style and comfort. Take a look at the extensive treatment menu at Blue Sage to see your options and pick your pleasure. The spa’s signature body treatment is the Exotic Escape, a two-hour experi-

with Caren Mapes-Lerch. “A Thai coconut and crisp lemongrass mineral soak is followed by a green tea and crushed rice body scrub. We finish with a skin-nourishing, half-hour massage using a coconut, honey and lemongrass lotion filled with fresh fruit extracts and organic oils.” The treatment will transport you from the mountains of Breckenridge to the beaches of the world,

TOP: photo by Ben Blankenburg / INSET PHOTO Courtesy of Blue Sage Spa

The spas Serenity Spa & Salon 23110 U.S. Highway 6, Suite 116 Keystone, CO 80435 (970) 513-9002 Ambika Therapies 233 S. Ridge St. Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 368-3270 Blue Sage Spa 244 S. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-7676

offering a scent-filled scrub to reveal fresh and radiant skin. This winter, Blue Sage is offering a new 45-minute facial for an exclusive experience of ultimate hydration. “The Image O2 Lift is the luxurious oxygen skin-care treatment that infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into the skin, leaving it luminous, refreshed and rejuvenated,” Beckett said. She said the oxygen skin-care process provides a revolutionary treatment to exfoliate, illuminate and oxygenate. Papaya and pineapple enzymes scrub the surface of the skin, while a cutting-edge effervescent masque oxygenates at the cellular level. The pure plant stem cell enhancer rejuvenates and prevents signs of aging, she said, and the tinted moisturizer illuminates and provides a strong level of environmental protection. A la carte upgrades for facials are available, including an organic passion peel to dissolve dead surface cells without the harshness of chemicals, as well as lip and eye treatments. Visit the spa for extensive bodywork or to get your toes touched up. Either way, the prime location and elaborate treatment menu makes Blue Sage a must-visit on your Summit County spa journey. •

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South Park Pottery & Back Room Beads carries a wide selection of beads and bead supplies including lampwork beads and raku fired beads created by artist and owner, Pat Pocius. The store specializes in Czech glass seed beads, Czech pressed glass and semi-precious gemstone beads. We also have an eclectic array of interesting and unusual items throughout the store. Stop in if you're in the area!

Arts Alive! is a local artist cooperative with an amazing selection of art by 40 local artists. The gallery is in its ninth year of operation as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the visual arts and enhancing the cultural life in Summit County, Colorado. The gallery sponsors the following projects: Meet the Artists, Summit Young Artist Program, Breckenridge Arts District and the 2nd Saturday Art Walk. You’ll find an artist working at the gallery every day, so come in and talk local art.

Offering fine art, prints, serigraphs, unique and local posters, metal wall sculptures, photography, vintage posters and custom framing. We stock all Breckenridge music festival posters, stop in for a FREE copy of your favorite. Mention ad to redeem one per family please. Full custom framing services by our fast and friendly staff. Offering custom mirrors, needle art and keepsake collages. We have a spectacular selection of wood frames, as well as simple poster frames and matting. Vintage Posters starting at $35.




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Coyote Creek Studio Arts Foundation is located in a rustically styled building on historic Front Street, close to South Park City Museum in Fairplay, Colorado. Our Gallery is a Colorado artist’s co-op offering art from a talented group whose work encompasses painting, art jewelry, glass, pottery, photography, woodworking, sculptures and so much more! Please come visit.



dozens of events to choose from this winter

NOVEMBER Nov. 22-Dec. 22 || “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Dillon Bernard is planning a weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in a French farmhouse. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, is packing his wife Jacqueline off to her mother’s and has even invited his best friend to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at break-neck speed. Tickets are $23 to $33, depending on seating. Call (970) 513-1151. Nov. 29-Dec. 28 || “Oliver!” Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge A unique new version of the classic Lionel Bart musical features a cast of 10 set in a public house in 1838 London. The tavern denizens tell the story of orphan boy Oliver, who works his way through the underground London society to rediscover his rightful heritage. An invigorating new treatment of a timeless musical — it’s “Oliver!” with a twist! Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children and $23 each for groups of 10 or more. Call (970) 453-0199.

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DECEMBER Dec. 5 || Dillon Town Lighting, La Riva Mall, Dillon Come get your photo taken with Santa. The town of Dillon will have reindeer on site and family fun for everyone, including Christmas caroling. Pug Ryan’s will have

food and beverages for the whole family. Visit www.townof Dec. 6-8 || The North Face Park and Pipe open, Copper Mountain High-flying free skiers from all over the world will land in Copper for the first stop for the Park and Pipe Open Series. This halfpipe competition open-format event series allows amateurs to have the opportunity to compete alongside top pros. Visit

products just in time for the gift-giving season. Shopping, entertainment and visits with Santa begin at 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. Admission is free for shoppers. Visit Dec. 7 || Visit with Santa, Frisco Historic Park & Museum, 120 Main St., Frisco Meet Santa from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visit

Dec. 7-15 || USSA NorAm Speed Series, Copper Mountain The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s men and women’s alpine competition. Visit

Dec. 7 || Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, Frisco Historic Park, 120 Main St., Frisco Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson performs the annual town treelighting ceremony for the 2013 Holiday season. Visit

Dec. 7 || Holiday Bazaar, Silverthorne Pavilion This is a holiday bazaar for local artists and craftsman to sell their

Dec. 7 || Soup Off, Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge, Frisco Warm your belly with soup and

help pick the People’s Choice in six different categories. The competition and judging will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit www.townof Dec. 10 || Santa’s Calling Frisco Kids, Frisco Around 6 p.m., Santa makes a special time to contact all the good boys and girls of Summit County to make sure he knows what they want for Christmas. Parents, make sure you give Santa your correct phone number and contact information so he can find your little one. Contact forms are located at the Visitor Information Center, Stork & Bear Toy Store, The Frisco Historic Park & Museum and Frisco’s Town Hall. Visit Dec. 12 || Free Day at Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco Adventure Park All-day, free trail passes to the Frisco Nordic Center trail system.

DEC 7 Race of the Santas and Lighting of Breckenridge Main Street, Breckenridge The first weekend in December, the town transforms into a sparkling holiday scene. Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of Santas race down Main Street to benefit Adopt an Angel, and continue the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets holiday revelers from his horse-drawn carriage. Visit

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Dec. 13 || Victorian Wassail Night at the Museum, Frisco Historic Park & Museum, 120 Main St., Frisco A community open house with hot chocolate, cookies and wassail will be available to passers by from 4 to 7 p.m. Readings of the holiday classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will

Winter Dew Tour, Breckenridge Ski Resort

take place at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. The Madrigal Singers will also be stopping by from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit Dec. 13 || Kevin Nealon Comedy Show, Silverthorne Pavilion Kevin Nealon performs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Visit Dec. 14 || USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Copper Mountain Rocky Mountain Snowboard

and Free Ski Series’ halfpipe competition. Visit www.copper

The Dew Tour brings the top athletes in the world to Breckenridge, where they compete in slopestyle, superpipe and street competitions. This season’s Winter Dew Tour will kick of the 2014 Olympic qualifying season in North America and showcase the world’s top contenders in both snowboarding and freesking. Visit

Dec. 14 || Breakfast with Santa, Backcountry Brewery, 720 Main St., Frisco Summit County Preschool will hold its sixth-annual Breakfast with Santa, presented by Copper Mountain. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. with a full breakfast buffet and cash bar,

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and Santa will be on hand to hear children’s Christmas wishes until 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. There will be four beautifully decorated Christmas trees available by silent auction, as well as ornaments handmade by local artisans for sale. Visit www.friscobreakfastwithsanta. com, or call (970) 668-5508, ext. 1.

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Call (970) 668-0866, or visit Free 30-minute tubing sessions at the Frisco Adventure Park Tubing Hill from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; reservations are highly recommended. Last session runs from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Arrival is 15 minutes prior to reservation time. Call (970) 668-2558, or visit www. Free 30-minute scenic sleigh rides with Two Below Zero at 2:30 and 3 p.m. Arrival is 15 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are required; call (970) 453-1520.


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Dec. 14 || Visit with Santa, Frisco Historic Park & Museum, 120 Main St., Frisco Meet Santa from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit

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Keystone’s spectacular Kidtopia Snowfort opens for the season. A lift ticket, foot passenger lift ticket or season pass is required to access the mountain. Visit www.keystone

Dec. 14 || Santa Dash for Cash, Main Street, Frisco Dash down Main Street in your Santa outfit and receive a T-shirt, hat, stocking filled with cold hard cash and, of course, milk and cookies. Visit www.townof

Dec. 14 || Winter Ice Show starring James Bond, Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge This biannual ice-skating show is exciting entertainment for the whole family, with local skaters performing a James Bondthemed program. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for youth or free for children younger than 3. Purchase online by Dec. 13 and save $1 per ticket. Visit www.townof

Dec. 15 || Brunch with Santa, Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone The Keystone Neighbourhood Co. and Warren Station at Keystone bring you a very unique event, Brunch with Santa. Bring the kids for pancakes with Santa, where they can let him know all of their last-minute requests. Donations welcome. Visit

Dec. 14 || Moonlight Dinner Series: A Night in Bavaria, Arapahoe Basin Kick off the 2013-14 Moonlight Dinner Series at Black Mountain Lodge with A Night in Bavaria. Let Chef Christopher Rybak transport you to the Alps with traditional German and European mountain fare. Tickets are $69, plus tax. Visit

Dec. 16-22 || USSA Grand Prix, Copper Mountain Top freeskiers and snowboarders from around the globe will compete in their quest to qualify for the 2014 Olympics at America’s largest competitive winter sports tour. Visit

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Barney Ford Victorian House tour Home of escaped slave turned prominent Breckenridge businessman, and black civil rights leader. Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm iowa Hill gold miner’s snowsHoe tour Mining relics and interpretive signs tell the story of Iowa Hill and how gold was extracted from the surrounding hills. Allow 90 minutes to complete the tour. Reservations required by 8pm Friday. Saturday, 10 am FrencH gulcH gold mine and dredge snowsHoe tour Join one of our experienced guides for a snowshoe tour in French Gulch, the location of dozens of early mining operations. Reservations required by 8 pm on Sunday. Allow 2.5 hours to complete the tour. Monday, 10am

Historic walking tour Take a tour through Breckenridge’s Nationally Recognized Historic District. Along the way hear stories of the gold seekers, rough individuals, and other hardy souls who lived in Breckenridge over 100 years ago. Allow 90 minutes to complete the tour. Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am & 1:30 pm BeHind swinging doors saloon tour Taste the spirits of the Breckenridge Distillery and learn about the historic saloons of Breckenridge. Tour includes Distillery tasting when available. Reservations required, space is limited. Friday, 5 pm (reserve by 4 pm) Breckenridge Haunted tour The eerie, the unexplained and the creepy will be experienced as you stroll the historic streets of town. Upon entering the homes of Breckenridge’s former citizens, you’ll wonder…was it a draft or did you just meet Mrs. Briggle? Reservations required by 5pm, space is limited. Saturday, 7:30pm. summit ski exHiBit Celebrating the first ski town in Colorado and the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County. The Summit Ski Museum is a colorful look into the history of skiing in Summit County. Watch a ski documentary, see vintage skis, and read about sitting at its root. The museum features time period clothing, equipment, and a special exhibit about the 10th Mountain Division. 11am-3pm Tuesday-Sunday.

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events Dec. 18 || Cupcakes and Canvases Apres, Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone Let your little ones discover their inner Picasso during this two-hour class. Children will be guided by an art teacher to create artistic masterpieces and enjoy cupcakes, while adults enjoy an apres beverage from the Warren Station bar. Class includes canvas, art supplies, cupcakes and guidance. Cost is $15 per child, and the event starts at 4:30 p.m. Visit Dec. 20-31 || The Twelve Days of Copper, Copper Mountain Get your festive on with the Twelve Days of Copper. Torchlight parades for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, fireworks, fire dancers, rail jams and more. Visit Dec. 20 || Country Western Dance, Silverthorne Pavilion Lessons at 7 p.m. with Mike “Tex” DeGarie, and open dance at 8 p.m. Cash bar available; bring your own snacks. Cost is $5 at the door. Call (970) 262-7370.

Dec. 20, 21 || Keller Williams and his compadres, Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone Keller & His Compadres are returning to Keystone for a twonight run at Warren Station. This year’s compadres are Michael Kang and Michael Travis, of The String Cheese Incident, on Dec. 20 and Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt, of Leftover Salmon, on Dec. 21. Both nights will include one solo looping set and one group set with Keller’s featured guests. Tickets are $30 per night or $55 for both nights. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Visit Dec. 21, 22 || Holiday Ice Skating Show, Keystone Lake, Lakeside Village, Keystone Free show put on by the Denver Figure Skating Club. Visit Dec. 21-March 29 || Kidtopia Fireworks, visible from Lakeside Village and River Run, Keystone Enjoy Kidtopia’s firework show every Saturday from Dec. 21 through March 29. Guests in both Lakeside Village and River Run Village can see the show. Show starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.keystone

Dec. 21 || Santa at A-Basin, Arapahoe Basin Come celebrate Christmas a few days early with the Arapahoe Basin family. Santa is rumored to be making an appearance in the base area and will be taking some turns with his elf and anyone who wants to join him. Complimentary cake and wassail will be served in the base area. Visit Dec. 24 || Breakfast with Santa at Bighorn Steakhouse, Lakeside Village, Keystone Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Bighorn Steakhouse on Christmas Eve. Reservations recommended. Bring your ski pass with you to have an EpicMix photo taken. Bighorn Steakhouse is located on the third floor of the Keystone Lodge, below the lobby where the Chocolate Village is set up. Santa will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 6 to 12; children 5 and younger are free. Visit www.keystone

Dec. 31 || NYE Concert, Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone New Year’s Eve concert at Warren Station. Visit www.keystone Dec. 31 || A New York New Year’s Eve, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Dillon Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Summit County on Time Square Time. Celebrate 2014 with a special performance, dancing, drinks and more but follow the New York clock. Visit Dec. 31 || New Year’s Eve in the Mountains, Arapahoe Basin Ring in 2014 with a special dinner by chef Christopher Rybak in a beautiful mountain setting. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with New York at 10 p.m. with a glass of champagne and party favors. This is a lift-serviced only event. Guests are not permitted to snowshoe before or after dinner. Cost is $95, plus tax. Call (888) ARAPAHOE.

Dec. 28-29 || USSA Under-16 Slalom, Copper Mountain The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s under-16 slalom competition. Visit

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Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join in the Ullr Fest celebration. More than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts line the streets for the Ullr Parade. Don’t be surprised to see horned viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders. Visit




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Ullr Fest, throughout Breckenridge

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JANUARY Jan. 3-25 || “The Woman in Black,” Backstage Theater, Breckenridge In a deserted theater, closed for renovation, an old man hires a young actor to exorcise the ghosts of his past — specifically, the events concerning a journey to a deserted manor called Eel Marsh House. “The Woman in Black” gives audiences an evening of unremitting suspense as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for youth or $20 each for groups of 10 or more. Call (970) 453-0199.

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Jan. 4, 5 || Holiday Ice Skating Show, Keystone Lake, Lakeside Village, Keystone Free show put on by the Denver Figure Skating Club. Visit www.keystone

Jan. 12 || BMF Encore Winter Series, Lord of the Mountains Church, Dillon David Korevaar, the Peter and Helen Weil professor of piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an internationally acclaimed solo and chamber artist, in a diverse program including music by Faure and the great Schubert A Major Sonata. Show starts at 4 p.m. Visit

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Jan. 11 || Moonlight Dinner Series: A Night in France, Arapahoe Basin Experience the tastes of the French countryside right on the Continental Divide. This event is lift-served. Guests are welcomed to hike or snowshoe to and from mid-mountain. Cost is $82, plus tax. Call (888) ARAPAHOE. Jan. 13-Feb. 2 || Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge The 24th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships take over Breckenridge. Throughout the five days (65 hours) of sculpting, teams create enormous works of art from 12-foottall, 20-ton blocks of machine-made Colorado snow. Artists achieve finished pieces without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants. Stomping week is Jan. 13-17. Sculpting Championships are Jan. 21-25, and viewing is Jan. 25-Feb. 2. Visit

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feb 8 12th Annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day, Arapahoe Basin

Jan. 16 || Cupcakes and Canvases Apres, Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone Let your little ones discover their inner Picasso during this two-hour class. Children will be guided by an art teacher to create artistic masterpieces and enjoy cupcakes, while adults enjoy an apres beverage from the Warren Station bar. Class includes canvas, art supplies, cupcakes and guidance. Cost is $15 per child, and the event starts at 4:30 p.m. Visit

Jan. 25 || Swift Skedaddle Snowshoe Adventure, The Raven at Three Peaks, Silverthorne Register now and start training for one of the most scenic and challenging snowshoe races in Colorado. Early-bird rates until Dec. 12; standard rates until Jan. 6. All registrants receive event shirt, lunch, raffle and race. Shirt sizes and style only guaranteed for early-bird registrations. Check in is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and the race starts at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Youth Scholarship Fund. Visit

FEBRUARY Feb. 7-March 1 || “The 10th,” Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge Part 1 of the Backstage’s planned three play “ski cycle,” telling the story of the ski industry in the Breckenridge area, focuses on the men who were instrumental in bringing recreational skiing to the region — the soldiers of the 10th




Mountain Division. Visit Feb. 1 || BMF Encore Winter Series, Lord of the Mountains Church, Dillon Applause! presents Ken Miller, music director of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, with guests Camilla Formica, vocalist; Eduardo Bijoux Barbosa, bass; and Ilya Shpilberg, violin, in an evening of jazz. This special event raises funds to support the programs of the Breckenridge Music Festival. Visit www.breckenridge Feb. 9 || Companion Rescue Workshop, Arapahoe Basin Join the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, patrollers from A-Basin and patrollers from neighboring ski areas for a day of classroom instruction and hands-on outdoor scenarios on how to make solo and group avalanche rescues. Participant must have a valid A-Basin season pass or lift ticket, must have backcountry equipment (beacon, probe, shovel), previous backcountry experience, come dressed appropriately and feel comfortable on intermediate ski terrain. Workshop costs $50. Visit

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Feb. 13 || Cupcakes and Canvases Apres, Warren Station Center for the Arts, River Run Village, Keystone Let your little ones discover their inner Picasso during this two-hour class. Children will be guided by an art teacher to create artistic masterpieces and enjoy cupcakes, while adults enjoy an apres beverage from the Warren Station bar. Class includes canvas, art supplies, cupcakes and guidance. Cost is $15 per child, and the event starts at 4:30 p.m. Visit Feb. 15 || Moonlight Dinner Series: A Night in Spain, Arapahoe Basin Travel along the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees for unique, bold flavors of Spain. This event is lift-served. Guests are welcomed to hike or snowshoe to and from mid-mountain. Cost is $82, plus tax. Call (888) ARAPAHOE. Feb. 16 || BMF Encore Winter Series, Lord of the Mountains Church, Dillon The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado returns to Summit County as a joint production of Summit Music and Arts and the Breckenridge Music Festival. Visit www.breckenridge

Feb. 28 || Fireman’s Fire Hose Relay, Arapahoe Basin Fire departments from across Colorado team up to participate in a unique slalom-style event. Teams of five firefighters race down a 15-gate slalom course while holding on to 50 feet of fire hose. And you can’t miss them — all participants have to dress in their bunker jacket and fire helmet! So come out to cheer on these awesome men and women as they raise money to benefit the Burn Camps Program at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Visit

MARCH March 1-4 || Mardi Gras, Beaver Run Resort and Main Street, Breckenridge Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the carnival season. Breckenridge Mardi Gras will kick off in style from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 1 with its annual Mardi Gras Ball at Beaver Run Resort. The Mardi Gras Parade takes over Main Street on March 4. Visit March 20-April 20 || Spring Fever, throughout Breckenridge This month-long festival will feature some of the best bands, most exciting competitions and incredible bluebird days in Colorado. Visit

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Jan. 19 || BMF Encore Winter Series, Lord of the Mountains Church, Dillon An afternoon of piano trios with pianist Michael Linville, violinist Kate Hatmaker and cellist Alex Greenbaum, artists of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Show starts at 4 p.m. Visit www.breckenridge

A $25 registration fee for the Beacon Bowl competition will be donated to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and will include a raffle ticket, a beverage and a slice of pizza at the aprés ski party. Participate in A-Basin’s Companion Rescue Workshop on Feb. 7, and receive a $5 entry fee discount. Beacon Bowl participants must have a lift ticket or pass. Participants can purchase a discounted lift ticket ($69) when they register. Visit



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