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SHOPPING Looking for that perfect gift? Our souvenir savior section offers plenty of ideas








SPA Indulge your senses in a variety of world-inspired spa treatments, right here in Summit County



CALENDAR Don’t miss a moment of what’s happening


TUBING Pump up your adventure

ICE CASTLE Enter into a new dimension, as icicles shape-shift into a playground that morphs with the light and weather LIVEN IT UP Or leisure it down snowkiting to theaters

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SAVOR DINING IN SUMMIT COUNTY Check out a few of our local picks



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MUSEUMS AND MORE History just got a whole lot more interesting — when it’s presented mountain style

Copper Man

Snow and Sexy Wins the Race. Calling all Grizzly Adams and Madams—time to pull yourself up by your longjohns and cross “run through a giant pit of hot chocolate” off your bucket list. The first-ever CopperMan event is littered with frozen obstacles that will put ice in your veins, capped off with a finish line celebration that will put warmth in your heart for years to come. Don’t miss this opportunity to prove your mountain mettle and achieve eternal winter glory. (888) 395 - 0050

Copper Mountain Sunsation 2012

Join the Snow Day Partytastic with live music and events during Copper’s closing weekend,   . Follow CopperMtn on Facebook for up to date line up and event schedule.

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The 29th Annual


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Explore This year, we’ve changed the name of our magazine to better reflect what we love doing in our mountains: exploring them through all our senses. You’ll notice our design is more breezy and playful, with plenty of photos to really give you the feel for what we’re describing, be it dining out, viewing historical artifacts, trying new activities like kite skiing (or sticking with the old standards like bowling), unwinding at a spa or shopping for a special take-home gift. Spring is one of our favorite seasons in Summit: The snow is usually soft and plentiful, the warmer temperatures allow us to shed some layers and believe winter really will end some day (don’t get us wrong — we love Ullr and everything he brings, but every so often, we like to barbecue and dream about wearing a bikini), and the ski area parties are just beginning to rev up. So check out our new sections and find ways to spoil, pamper, savor, expand and play.

Kimberly Nicoletti Managing Editor

KIM’S PICKS High History:

History may have been boring in the classroom, but up in the mountains, it makes quite an impact. Our varied museums present lives of Ute Indians, miners, naturalists and even soiled doves in a tangible, fascinating and accessible way, so don’t overlook our small slices of history located throughout the county. Page 14

Kite Skiing:

Kite skiing doesn’t have to be an extreme sport. Sure, the kite packs a bit of a punch as you’re learning to get the feel of it without skis or a board, but once you strap a board or skis on, you can keep them on the snow all day and just glide — or catch air, depending on the size of the kite you fly and your comfort level. Page 26

Ice Castle

Whether you call it a castle, a cave, or another world, your imagination will go wild in this icy formation. Page 22

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SOUVENIR SAVIOR Your guide to mountain memorabilia for family and friends



After your petsitter has walked in circles around your neighborhood, treat him or her to the beauty of the High Country. Longtime local photographer Mark Fox’s new book, “Colorado’s High Country: A Photo Journalistic Collection, Featuring Summit County and Beyond Nearly a Quarter-Century in the Making,” is 152 pages of a look at the area’s characters, events and places from the past 20 or so years. Grab one for about $40 at The Next Page bookstore in Frisco, (970) 668-9291, Weber’s Books and Drawings in Breckenridge, (877) 2593237, Hang Time Framing and Buffalo Mountain Gallery, (970) 668-8101, and The Photo Shop in Breckenridge, (970) 453-6826.


Younger boy

What little boy doesn’t love trains? After learning all about the history of trains in Summit County, pick up a small, wooden train set ($10), a train whistle ($5 or $6) or even an engineer’s hat ($10) for the little tyke at the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. 120 Main St., Frisco. (970) 668-3428.



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Rare-earth magnets are a little girl’s best friend, especially when girls can attach a pretty picture or saying glazed inside a bottle cap to a stretchy necklace. Strands cost $7 each, and the bottle cap works of art are interchangeable, so grab a few at $5 a piece. Wandering Daisy, 326 S. Main St., Breckenridge. (970) 547-8044.


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Please the inner snob in any food purist with a gift of salts from the Breckenridge Spice Merchants. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill bottle of Morton’s, but a collection of special flavors, sure to make any meal extra fancy. The Salts of the World gift box includes Grey, Northwest Alder, Murray River, and White Cyprus sea salts, all for $33.95. Visit the spice merchants at 226 S. Main St., in Breckenridge, or call them at (970) 453-2324.

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Show your grandson he’s becoming a manly-man with the San Jaun Vertical Chest Pack. Sure, it may be intended for the fly-fisherman, but many of the Fishpond products can be used outside the river; the Fishpond design is created right here in Dillon. The chest pack costs $49 and is available at Cutthroat Anglers, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne. (970) 262-2878.

Regular jewelry is for the birds. Wandering Daisy in Breckenridge carries earrings, hair clips, headbands and even clip-in extensions made from Colorado rooster, chicken, peacock and pheasant feathers. Everything is handmade by local artist Alison Giese. Prices vary. Wandering Daisy, 326 S. Main St., Breckenridge. (970) 547-8044.





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Artists are cool, and a hat designed by a local one is even cooler. Summit County resident Shawn Cook first doodled his design of the Colorado Rockies for himself and threw it on a hat. He started making more after getting numerous compliments, and now, he’s seeing them all over town. Pick one up for $25 at Red Buffalo Coffee and Tea in Silverthorne, 358 Blue River Parkway. (970) 468-4959.


8Good neighbors

Someone who picks up the mail or waters your plants deserves a special thank-you. An extra-large homemade bag from the Family and Intercultural Resource Center’s Bag Ladies will help that neighbor tow all your junk mail inside next time you go out of town. Plus, it’s great for groceries and is a steal at only $10. For the plant waterer, pick up one of the gals’ signature Tuxedo Wine Bag — because they’re already used to pouring, right? Each bag is $5. One hundred percent of proceeds go to FIRC’s emergency fund, which provides cash for people in dire need of making rent, paying utilities, buying medicine or attending to other critical needs. To shop, call Anita Overmyer at FIRC at (970) 262-3888 ext. 306. The store is located in La Riva Mall in Dillon.



9The snow shoveler

Despite how cold it may be outside, shoveling snow can get anyone all hot and sweaty — and not in a good way. Show that hard worker how much you appreciate him or her with a bar of Summit Soap made from purified, recycled cooking oil, taken straight from Colorado restaurants. Give the gift of “Rest,” infused with lavender, cardamom and chamomile. Each bar costs $5. Buy it online at, or pick some up at various spots around the county, like the High Country Conservation Center and Alpine Natural Foods in Frisco, or Magical Scraps, Moxie and The Kava Café in Breckenridge.


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come to rest in a quiet neighborhood not far from the shores of the lake that replaced it. Though it did once serve as a church, the steepled white building lived proudly as one of the county’s first schools. Today, it is a memorial to the children of the rugged miners, who learned by the heat of a woodburning stove and had to scrape together pennies to pay for a pencil. Inside, visitors can discover how much a teacher made in the late 19th century, how children learned and how early people knew, and taught their children, that tobacco was unhealthy. The Dillon School House is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. In the winter, tours are given by appointment. To make an appointment, call (970) 468-2207. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted.


ki destination Summit County, with its powderturn days and nightlife, belies its own history, making the hardships that defined life for the High Country’s first visitors seem simplistic. But the early mountaineers, who began putting down roots in the Breckenridge area as early as the 1860s, somehow found ways and reasons to survive the high-alpine lifestyle without central heating or the ski slopes. Over the decades, Summit Countians have dedicated themselves to preserving the memory of those first steps into mountain life. Today, history flourishes at 9,000 feet, and around it residents have built a thriving community of the arts that is, today, as much reason to reach the Summit as the slopes themselves.


DILLON SCHOOLHOUSE: More than 100 years after its construction, the one-room Dillon Schoolhouse is still a proud and stately structure that has held up remarkably well for having been uprooted from its original home, a location now at the bottom of Lake Dillon. Like the Town of Dillon, the schoolhouse was relocated in the 1960s when the reservoir was constructed. It would ultimately

FRISCO HISTORIC PARK: Some places just have too much history for one museum to hold. Frisco solved the problem by creating a tiny historic town within the town. The town’s earliest buildings were rescued and relocated to a small area on Main Street. Today, visitors can stroll from the school, where there is a working diorama of early life in Summit County, to a jail, general store, private residences and a church in the carefully preserved little town. Each building is furnished with antique artifacts collected and arranged to bring each room to life. Many of the buildings are equipped with recordings explaining the nuances and challenges of mountain life in the late 1800s. Among the most interesting

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features of the park are the newspaper clippings, initially used on the walls of several of the old cabins to keep out the biting chill of the Colorado winters. One hundred years later, they have become the last storytellers of the day-to-day trials and triumphs of the buildings’ former residents. From October through April, the Historic Park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays; and is closed on Mondays. From May through September the park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays; and is closed on Mondays. Admission is free, but donations are always accepted. BARNEY FORD HOUSE MUSEUM: In the 1880s, the Fords were prominent members of Breckenridge society. Barney Ford was a respected businessman, civil rights pioneer and owner of Ford’s Restaurant and Chop House, a





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THE SUMMIT SKI MUSEUM: The first ski area in Summit County, Arapahoe Basin, geared up its lifts in the winter of 1946-47. But skiing in Summit County started some 80 years before Arapahoe Basin’s inaugural season and 100 years before dreamers envisioned the potential for a resort on Peak 8 in Breckenridge. The small, tidy museum is a collection of photographs and facts that tell the story of the sport through a life-sized timeline. Visitors will wander from the 1860s when skiing, on what were then called snowshoes, was primarily a mode of transportation. Mail carriers brought their cargo over snow-covered mountain passes, bringing the first use of skis into Summit County. It wasn’t until the 1880s and 1890s that skiing became a recreational activity. After exploring the history of the sport that has made Summit County a thriving tourist destination, visitors can trek down the narrow staircase to visit a hidden tribute to the 10th Mountain Division, a group of soldiers who trained at Camp Hale during World War II. The ski museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays through April 23, when the days will change to Fridays through Sundays.


TODD POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY, FRISCO Surrounded by 2 million acres of rugged beauty, how does an artist decide what images are worth capturing? “Magic,” says Frisco photographer Todd Powell. Powell has lived and worked in the High Country for more than two decades. His work is largely inspired by his love of the outdoors, but he doesn’t limit himself to landscapes. His collec-


premier restaurant in town. He was also an escaped slave. The museum, a joint project of the Town of Breckenridge and nonprofit property owner the Saddle Rock Society, is used to educate visitors about Barney Ford’s remarkable life and the role of African Americans in Colorado history. Of course, in memory of Julia Ford, who was elegant figure in Breckenridge society, the museum also has a collection of women’s clothing and accessories circa 1880. The Barney Ford House Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call (970) 453-5761.


tion includes adventure shots of hiking, biking, running and mountain sports; reflective stills of mountain towns including Frisco, Vail, Aspen and Telluride; travel photography; and intimate portraits of mountain wildlife. What ties it all together? Anymore, he says, he only takes photographs he knows will have a certain magic. Powell’s gallery is located at 211 Main Street in Frisco, but prints can also be ordered online at GATHERHOUSE, FRISCO As glass blowing is unique to the art world, the Gatherhouse in Frisco is unique to Summit County. There is a certain mystique in the transformation of a glowing, molten mass into a cool, solid glass formation. Run by artist John Hudnut and his proteges, the open studio allows drop-in visitors to watch the unlikely process of glassblowing as they browse, or those with more specific needs to watch their commissioned works come to life. The glass begins as a near-liquid gel, brought to piping-hot temperatures in a kiln. Using hollow pipes, the artists blow air into the center of the hot mass of glass through a straw and then form it, adding shapes and colors, with metal tools. The end result is a mesmerizing, and inevitably unique, formation of glossy, colorful glasswork. The Gatherhouse is located on Second Avenue, just off Main Street in Frisco. Glass blowing demonstrations are given every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-7 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call (970) 485-2909 or go online to


Residing in a series of preserved historic buildings, Breckenridge’s Arts District is an interactive campus of theatrical, musical and creative artistic performances.

“The arts, culture and history all fit very well together,” said town planner Jenn Cram, who manages the Arts District. Each historic building houses different artists, activities and workshops that change throughout the week and year. The town rents many of the buildings as affordable studio spaces to visiting artists, in exchange for artists allowing the public to watch them work and teaching occasional workshops. THE TIN SHOP: The Tin Shop has a revolving door of guest artists whom move in to the second-floor apartment for between one week and one month. While living at the Tin Shop, the visiting artists, whom specialize in different mediums, are able to use the lower low-tech studio space to do their creative work before the public and host workshops. FUQUA LIVERY STABLE: A rehabilitated historic building reopened in 2008, the Fuqua Livery stable features a glass storefront that allows historic fabric to be showcased year round. It is used for workshops in mediums ranging from painting, printmaking and silversmithing to drawing and textiles. This spring photographer Carl Scolfield has leased Studio 3, where he will host open studio hours and workshops of his own.

munity performance space located on Ridge Street that hosts dozens of well-known shows every year through the Backstage Theatre, and the Riverwalk Center, located on the other side of Main Street from the arts campus. The Riverwalk hosts classical music series, predominantly the Breckenridge Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra, throughout the summer. It also acts as a venue for classical and contemporary concerts year-round. ROBERT WHYTE HOUSE: The Robert Whyte House, normally a traditional museum showcasing the life and work of an early Breckenridge resident, is currently being rented to resident artists as a studio space. “The whole goal is to make art accessible to our visitors and our local community so people can have hands-on experiences,” Cram said. “And to make Breckenridge a regional destination for the arts.” For more information on the Breckenridge Art Districts, information on visiting artists and dates and times of various workshops and classes, call (970) 453-3364.

year it’s twice the size, which means double the fun. Artists such as Lelija Roy, Houston Llew, Jeff Leedy and DeDe LaRue make the gallery a sight to see and a hoot to visit, especially on the weekend when any one of the artists could be hosting a live demonstration. From mixed-media paintings of Summit County’s breathtaking aspens to hilarious sculptures of dogs hanging their heads out of real car doors, Art on a Whim has the perfect piece for serious and humorous minded collectors alike. 100 N. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-547-8399


ART ON A WHIM: Proves art doesn’t have to be stuffy. Since 2007, the gallery has been sporting the humorous side of art, while still maintaining its aesthetics. It represents everything from paintings depicting heavenly light shining down on a toilet to dynamic glass art, ceramics, woodturnings and sculptures. Apparently, people enjoy art that makes them laugh so much that Art on theWhim is one of the few galleries that’s been able to expand; this

QUANDARY ANTIQUES CABIN: This donated, though not historic, cabin has been transformed into a ceramics studio where novice as well as experienced potters can take classes. Open studio hours are hosted at the cabin from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and from 2-6 p.m. on Thursdays for veteran clay-workers. The cabin is equipped with tools and clay for purchase. PERFORMANCE ART: Also part of the Breckenridge Arts District are the Breckenridge Theatre, a com-


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World-inspired spa treatments by KIMBERLY NICOLETTI

SOAK INTO A JAPANESE BATH TRADITION ALPINE SPA & SALON 500 S. Main St., Suite 3A, Breckenridge (970) 453-2044 60 minutes. $135. TRADITIONALLY, JAPANESE BATHS ARE MEANT for relaxation, and Alpine Spa and Salon takes the custom to a new level, particularly with Sothys’ cherry blossom and lotus aromas. The body ritual begins with a 5-minute welcome massage, followed by the application of a hot rice-based cherry blossom and lotus paste, which penetrates the body for 20 minutes. An exfoliating towel massage with heated shea butter softens skin, while a foot massage called Lomi-Lomi increases vital energy. Another 10-minute body massage and additional foot massage through a hot towel leaves people feeling not only invigorated but also extremely hydrated and relaxed, and they often end up buying the Sothys’ cherry blossom and lotus product to remind them of the Hanakasumi Body Ritual at home.




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FLOAT AWAY TO AN ISLAND PARADISE LET YOUR BODY ALIGN with the rhythms of the islands, where “smile, mon,” is the greeting of the day and laid back is simply a state of being. Serenity Spa’s Caribbean Therapy Body Treatment sweeps you away to a carefree world, scented with yummy essences like pure tangerine, tea tree, lime and lavender. Aveda has made a name for itself as a pioneer in the green cosmetics world, sourcing its ingredients from plants and other natural elements, and now its line of Caribbean Therapy body scrubs and crèmes invite people to literally soak up the tropics through every pore.

A dry exfoliating sugar scrub, followed by a warm seaweed-based masque detoxifies your entire body; as you’re wrapped in thick, soothing blankets, a Serenity specialist massages your scalp in all the right places and gently massages your face, touching pressure points to release sinus pressure and induce relaxation. The process leaves you feeling as rejuvenated as if you had spent an entire weekend at a beach retreat — and the treatment is only half finished. Showering the mud off with a variety of the Aveda products at your fingertips is another luxurious experi-

ence, as you prepare for the next phase of the Caribbean encounter: a full body massage. Once again, the healing scents of the islands merge with the nurturing touch of the therapist as she erases any remaining stress from your body and mind. Cocoa butter body crème moisturizes your skin from head to toe as warmth tingles throughout your entire body. After your Caribbean experience, you can kick back in the relaxation room with a cup of comfort tea, a mimosa or a glass of wine, allowing yourself to sink even further into the soothing sensations Serenity offers.

SERENITY SPA & SALON 23110 U.S. Highway 6, Suite 116, Keystone (970) 513-9002 75 minutes, $135

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ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS used aromatics in rituals and healing, and herbalists began recording their knowledge of plant-derived aromatics in 42 Snowflake Drive, Breckenridge the 1600s. (970) 453-9068 Since then, research has shown that essential oils can work on physical and emotional levels to Detoxifying Body Wrap, improve health and wellbeing; on a physical level, also known as Body Refiner, the small molecules penetrate the skin to ease 75 minutes, $155 muscular aches and sinus congestion, improve circulation and optimize cellular renewal, and on an emotional level, the sense of smell activates parts of the brain that govern instincts, memories and emotions, according to Geraldine Howard, president of Aromatherapy Associates. The Spa at Breckenridge is one of a couple dozen exclusive spas in the nation that carries Aromatherapy Associates’ completely organic line of products and offers its Body Refiner, or Detoxifying Body Wrap. The Detoxifying Body Wrap targets cellulite, but also eliminates toxins, encourages circulation, reduces fluid retention and promotes metabolic function to increase energy. The London-inspired treatment begins with




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a dry brush to exfoliate dead cells and promote blood flow. Though the Body Refiner is therapeutic, with a massage that focuses on the buttocks and legs, specifically designed to break up cellulite, it’s also a relaxing and invigorating experience that softens skin dramatically and boosts energy levels. Scents of pink grapefruit, sweet orange and mandarin lift the mood and stimulate energy flow, while green rosemary sharpens the senses and juniper and pine release negative emotions and eliminate excess body fluid. Freshwater mud delivers nourishing lipids, amino acids and vitamins to the skin as your body is wrapped in warm blankets. A foot pressure massage further encourages the elimination of toxins while the mud works its magic. After showering, Renew Rose Body Cream rejuvenates and reminds you of walking through an English garden. It leaves your skin feeling as soft as a dewy rose petal, while its essential fatty acids encourage healthy cell formation and the natural rose scent subtly lingers to uplift and renew your spirit.



118 Ridge St., Suite 2, Breckenridge (970) 485-3344 60 minutes, $95; 90 minutes; $125

ASHIATSU BODYWORK IS LIKE a fluid dance between the massage therapist and the client; the guest melts into smooth strokes, allowing the central nervous system, as well as soft tissue, to release and relax. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy originated in the Philippines; Denverite Ruthie Piper Hardee witnessed the healing technique in a village where petite women holding onto overhead, wooden bars performed deep massages using their feet, bolstered by their bodyweight. Inanna Hall, owner of Harmony Health & Massage, studied with Hardee, and now she employs deep compression and long, gliding strokes to address everything from chronic or acute pain to general stress relief. Hall is so skilled with her feet, it’s literally hard to tell whether she’s using her hands or feet — which she interchanges throughout the massage — at any given time. She takes a holistic approach, drawing upon her knowledge of ashiatsu, chi nei tsang (abdomen work), Reiki, yoga, cranial sacral therapy and chi gong, as well as her intuition, to create a peaceful, restorative experience. Her blend of Eastern and Western techniques includes Swedish massage to invigorate the circulatory system and pressure points to balance traditional Chinese meridian lines. Specific broad pressure strokes help release connective tissue; Hall says it’s like sculpting the tissue by applying the perfect amount of heat and friction to integrate and align body posture. Because she accesses meridians, as well as soft tissue, the effect of Ashiatsu Bodywork lasts longer than traditional massage, she said. The surprising thing about Ashiatsu Bodywork is not only its longer lasting effects on the body and mind, but also its gentle approach; most deep tissue techniques hurt, but Ashiatsu’s method helps the nervous system integrate the work. “If we use smooth, broad pressure that you can integrate, this opens pathways of self-healing,” Hall said. “The body’s intelligent. It knows how to heal when we create the right environment.”

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KEYSTONE LODGE & SPA 22101 US Highway 6, Keystone (970) 496-4118, ext. 4118 100 minutes, $200

MALA MAYI (“THE CLAN”) FOR MORE THAN 40,000 YEARS, the Aboriginal people have embodied a tradition of connecting the natural world with that of the spiritual. Li’tya has based its organic skincare line on the Aboriginal wisdom of honoring the body, as well as the earth. It pairs treatments with its products; for the Mala Mayi, it sent an Aboriginal medicine woman to Keystone Spa to train therapists. The Mala Mayi is more than a spa experience; it is a journey, a sacred ritual, if you please. Aboriginal words, intentions, music, mud and oils translate to medicine for the mind, body and spirit, reestablishing a primal pattern of health and balance. The treatment honors the client by asking the body to choose specific “medicines” it needs in that moment; as the therapist passes three different oils (vitality/detox; rejuvenate/balance; harmonize/soothe) and muds below the nose (invigorate; ground/detox; strengthen physical, mental and emotional), the client chooses ones that smell best. Then, a simple smudging ritual clears energy and aligns therapist and guest as they share the same scent. After a comfortable body scrub using soft, tiny granules, silky warm mud is spread over the body, which is then cocooned in warm blankets as the mud delivers essential nutrients through the skin. Meanwhile, a Paudi scalp massage releases tension in the head and neck. While the treatment itself brings a profound sense of comfort, the four tenants, softly spoken just once throughout the 100-minute journey, deepens the experience. The Aboriginal insights remind us: Everything is one; truth is the path; now is the moment of your being; and a varied perspective is the key to perception. After showering the mud off, the therapist returns to give a 50-minute full-body Kodo massage, specifically choreographed based on centuries of Aboriginal knowledge to help balance physical, spiritual and psychological aspects.




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JAPANESE FACIAL & FOOT MASSAGE BODYWORKS SPA, FRISCO 101 Forest Drive, Unit L (right off Main St.), Frisco (970) 668-5859 Facial only: $55; full session, $95

FOR CENTURIES, the Japanese have meticulously intermingled art, science and philosophy into their tradition of gardening. In much the same way, Jayne Marino, owner of Bodyworks Spa & Massage, has spent decades blending her knowledge of massage, traditional Chinese medicine, relaxation and healing to develop her Japanese Facial & Foot Massage. The experience is akin to walking through a Japanese garden: Through acupressure, warm towel wraps, massage and essential oils, the Japanese Facial & Foot Massage brings a sense of natural alignment and serenity to one’s body, mind and spirit. The facial starts with an invigorating scalp massage and transitions onto warm towel wraps that open the pores to prepare for a gentle cleanser and a moisturizing masque. Lips soak up a balm mixed with a

pure peppermint essential oil, which tingles as it delivers vitamins C and E. Throughout the session, Bodyworks uses all-natural products that balance out any skin type. As the masque does its work, the therapist soothingly massages and touches points around the neck, head and face, as feet remain comfortably cocooned in warm towels, insulated with a thick pad. The acupressure points focus on anti-aging and stress relief, especially around the jaw, which often holds tension. Then, a foot massage and reflexology points associated with various organs allow for detoxification, as well as relaxation. The artful experience ends by livening up the entire body and mind as the guest sits up, soaking in the warmth of hot towels placed on the back, neck and shoulders.

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t the Silverthorne ice castle, icicles dangle, glisten and melt, inviting your imagination to play inside their angular, whimsical and eccentric forms. As you enter the mouth of the cavernous creation, which has taken hundreds of thousands of icicles, and months of handcrafted time, to build, it’s obvious you’re entering a magnificent world, unlike anything ever seen before. In early winter, nine enormous towers of frozen icicles rose 20 feet high, and co-creator Brent Christensen pulled 12-16 hour all-nighters, along with his crew, artistically placing “farmed” icicles horizontally, then vertically, to fashion a sort of scaffolding and open-air towers, which eventually melded in upon themselves to form a cave-like structure. At the time this magazine went to print, in mid February, the crew was still working hard to build a castle they hope will reach 40-50 feet high. Christensen said when they’re finished, it will feel as if you’re standing in the middle of a glacier, with a matrix-like pattern of pathways. “It’s not to where you’ll get lost, but you may feel like it,” he said. Approximately a mile of PVC piping snakes throughout the acre-size footprint of the ice castle. So far, the castle has more than 2 million gallons of town water frozen in majestic icicles and columns, and every day, water continues to trickle out of 90 sprinkler heads that help expand the palace. “It’s literally an evolving, living structure,” said Ryan Davis, co-founder of the castle.




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HOW IT ALL STARTED Brent Christensen first began experimenting with ice castles in his hometown of Midway (located on the backside of Deer Valley) Utah, with his kids about five years ago. He started with a 15- to 20-foot high wooden frame but quickly discovered the spring meltdown also meant a mess of broken wood, so he switched to PVC piping. After finding out he could build ice castles completely out of water sprouting from PVC pipes topped with sprinkler heads, he got hooked and literally didn’t want to do anything else, he said. So, he partnered with one of his kid’s Boy Scout leaders, Ryan Davis (the “business and marketing man”), and has constructed frozen castles in Midway for the last two winters. The duo settled in Silverthorne — with plans on recreating the castle annually — due to a number of factors, including the long winters, the proximity to Denver and the tourism draw, and the willingness of the town to work with them.

BUILDING A CASTLE OF ICE Along the perimeter of the castle sits an “ice farm,” where Christensen “grows” icicles his team uses CASTLE HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursto artistically build the site. Every 24 hours, they day; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; meticulously add 3,000 to 5,000 icicles, connecting the and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday (open until April, weather nine towers. They use thicker ones for horizontal bars, permitting) which hold lines of thinner vertical icicles hanging overhead. Within 24 hours, the fusion usually becomes ADMISSION: Adults $10; 12 and younger $7.50, (under 3, strong enough to support a person who straps on free); adult season pass, $30; family season pass (includes crampons, squeezes into the center of a tower and two adults for $50, each additional child 18 and younger climbs to the top to stack more frozen daggers upon costs $10) each other. Every day, the crew chops the walls back 2-3 inches MORE INFO: WWW.ICECASTLES.COM and manually picks, or jackhammers, a few inches of ice off the walkways, due to water overspill that has frozen after spouting out from the sprinkler heads. a tower, their long tentacles hanging down 20-foot As the days pass, the snow falls, the ice builds and crews place farmed rises. In the distance, you might imagine ghostly ships, icicles, the strange-looking clumps and bumps of overgrown, otherworldly, their masts dripping with icicles, while in the depths ice-on-steroid-looking formations shape shift. Snow dustings cloud previously of the cavern you hear the trickle of water. Tucked crystal-clear ice, resulting in flocking. Other snow days create a type into a romantic corner, you might even catch a man of feathering. proposing: Last year, Christensen said six couples got Blue-sky days bring out the deep turquoise colors in the ice; the thicker the engaged in his Midway, Utah, castle. The other night, ice, the more aquamarine the hue. Clouds draw long shadows in the columns, a mother lightheartedly chided her young boys for while patches of blue ceiling highlight the newly farmed icicles up high. staying up past their bedtime, consumed by sword And nighttime: Nighttime lures you into a whole other world. One hundred fighting with icicles. clear lights, frozen among the columns, illuminate the manmade stalagmites. “People ask when the best time is to see (the castle),” Around one corner, you may see clear, thin columns, swirled in alternate Christensen said. “I can’t answer that. The best time thick white and translucence. Around another, bloated jellyfish might encircle is right now.”

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ummit County is ultimate playground, and we’re not talking monkey bars and seesaws. There are worlds of activities for youngsters and their parents to explore the mountain environment and lifestyle.



LOTS TO DO AT LOVELAND Spring is a great time to get your little one on the slopes to enjoy the warm weather and soft snow, and Loveland Valley is designed just for beginners. With a separate base area with wide-open terrain, children don’t have to worry about intimidating runs crossing their path, and they don’t have to worry about sharing the slopes with advanced skiers and riders. The Loveland Ski & Ride School’s popular 3 Class Pass rewards all children (6-14) that complete three lesson packages with a free season pass. Loveland Valley will also host a variety of children’s entertainment, ranging from magicians to storytellers on weekends through March and April. For adults, Loveland has one of the longest seasons in the nation and has a host of fun springtime events on its calendar to


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complement its great late-season conditions. Tall Ts ’n’ Tacos, an amateur slopestyle competition, is back with two events this spring. New Belgium Brewing also returns with its annual Scavenger Hunt on March 31, where teams participate in a day of snow sleuthing, riddles, costumes and, of course, drinking New Belgium beer. Loveland will host the annual Corn Harvest Benefit Ski Party on April 28, when skiers and riders get together to give back to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, all while enjoying live music, barbecue, raffle and some corn snow on The Ridge. Loveland will also host live music on the basin patio every weekend in March and April. New this spring, Loveland will be offering snowcat transportation up on The Ridge for adventurous skiers and riders looking to explore the 580 acres of high alpine terrain spread across The Continental Divide.


There are endless High County activities for kids and parents this spring

- Loveland schedule of events March 1 — Outdoor Divas Demo Day (women specific) March 17-18 — Subaru Master the Mountain March 24 — Tall Ts ’n’ Tacos March 31 — New Belgium Scavenger Hunt April 21 — Tall Ts ’n’ Tacos April 14-15 — Loveland Derby April 28 — Corn Harvest - For more information on events happening at Loveland Ski Area, call 1-800-736-3SKI. SPRINGTIME HAPPENINGS AT A-BASIN Skiing and snowboarding in the High County is about as good as it gets, but the ski patrollers are to thank for keeping everybody safe up on the hill. For kids wondering what a day in the life of these pros might be like, sign up for the Kids’ Club at Arapahoe Basin. Kids 5- to 14-years-old work with instructors on skill development, adventure and mountain safety. There are also a variety of free kids’ activities at A-Basin this spring, such as the Beach ’n’ Egg Hunt, where the Easter Bunny visits the Basin for a mountain egg hunt on skis. Both skiing and non-skiing children can participate, as the Easter Bunny arrives at noon outside the Snowsports Center. - For more information on Arapahoe Basin’s kids’ activities, call 1-888-ARAPAHOE. - The Easter Bunny is set to visit A-Basin on Sunday, April 8. Egg hunts will commence at noon for skiing hunters and 1 p.m. for non-skiers. BRECKENRIDGE’S ALPINE COASTER AND MORE Looking for a serious thrill? How about ripping through the forest on the new alpine coaster at Breckenridge¹s Peak 8? Adrenaline junkies shouldn’t miss The Gold Runner, which twists and turns down 2,500 feet of elevated rollercoaster and speeds through hairpin curves and dips at a maximum speed of 30 mph. Located between two ski runs, riders control the speed of the two-seat car, so people feeling timid can take it easy navigating the corners. The Gold Runner will operate throughout the spring and summer and into next winter. Also happening up at Breck mid March through April 15, Spring Fever will once again grip the town and ski resort, welcoming visitors for spring skiing and riding. It’s a celebration of great spring snow, sunny bluebird days and great deals throughout town, including signature events, such as concerts, mountain competitions and kids’ Easter festivities. And with a new location, the Mountain Top Children’s Museum provides children with an opportunity to think outside the box and use their imaginations. “Where the Wild Things Are” is an example of interesting exhibits you’ll find on your stroll through the museum. Kids also can check out the

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Exhibit, which allows them to make animal tracks, learn to identify scat, fish for trout, enter a bear cave and invent a puppet show. The Wonder Lab & Planetarium takes kids on an adventure of mixing colors and looking at stars in the mini planetarium. In Studio Imagination, kids grab costumes and strut their stuff on stage. Tot Spot is perfect for kids younger than 2, while Kidstruction Zone is good for both small and tall to use remotes to control construction vehicles at work. It’s a great afternoon activity for learning and excitement for curious children. - For more information on Spring Fever and all of Breck’s springtime activities, visit KIDTOPIA AT KEYSTONE Children will find something fun to do at Keystone this spring with Kidtopia events returning in February and March. Events include Aloha Lunch Skate, Cookie Decorating and Disco Tubing, where kids can fly down the tubing course listening to their favorite tunes. Disco tubing runs Thursdays from dusk until 7 p.m. at the Top of Dercum Mountain. Reservations are required for this activity, so call ahead. On Mondays starting at dusk, check out the Glow Bug Skate Night, where kids can skate and glow in the dark at the same time. Staff from the Keystone Adventure Center will dress children up in all sorts of glow gear, and they can skate around the largest outdoor rink in North America. Haven’t yet honed in your skating skills? Visit the new, smaller skating rink in Dercum Square and learn how to stand up on skates and to glide. Lessons take place every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kidtopia Ice Skating Lessons are limited to 10 children per lesson — first come, first served. Ever wonder how the kids in the park got so good? Keystone’s terrain park instructors will be in Freda’s Incubator to give pointers on how to improve park skills. And while you wait your turn to get first-hand advice, a park crew member will be onsite to tell you how Keystone builds its awesome park feature. This event runs Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for an hour at a time in Freda’s Incubator in A-51. Look for the sign that says, “A lift ticket is required to access the Mountain.” With fireworks on certain Saturdays at 6 p.m. at the top of the snow fort — designed as you enter to look like a big dragon’s mouth — and the Kidtopia headquarters open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Warren Station, these are just some of the activities that Keystone offers kids this spring. - Kidtopia with take place during the weekends of Feb. 4, Feb. 17 and March 10. For more information, call (970) 496-4386.

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LIVEN IT UP OR LEISURE IT DOWN From kite skiing to bowling, Summit County offers activities for everyone

SNOWKITING: IT’S EASIER THAN IT LOOKS Perhaps the only thing more fun than snowboarding or skiing is doing it while strapped to a giant kite and soaring in the air for up to 60 seconds. But first you have to learn, out on Dillon Reservoir. Bryce DeQuoy and Gary Greene, who operate GG Wind out of Breckenridge, said the lift lines at Keystone became a little too long to tolerate. So, as experienced kiteboarders on water, they found a new way to fly up the hill — by hitching a ride with a kite. Not only does the kite drag riders up the mountain, it allows them to ski and ride lines that they never would have been able to without such a mechanism. Pro-level riders can soar for up to five minutes, 150 feet or more in the air, and solid intermediates are looking at hang times of more than 20 seconds, 60 feet in the air. “I can go to places in a matter of minutes that would take you hours without a kite,” said Greene, who has been doing the sport for six years and now provides lessons professionally during the winter. “My highest recorded day riding on snow was 69 miles. And that’s all fresh tracks. I think that’s what I like about the sport the most. Last week, we went up and rode for four hours in




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six inches of fresh snow.” There is kiting available on the south and east side of Loveland Pass, but on the extremely rare occasion of an upslope storm (blowing from the Front Range and circling around back up the Continental Divide), they can ride the Loveland Ski Area side of the pass, which is steeper with longer soars. “The easiest way to get into snowkiting is to take a lesson on the lake. The higher you go up, the greater the wind goes,” Greene said. “By taking a lesson as a beginner, you can become a novice or an intermediate in three or four hours, if you have any mechanical skills at all. I’ve had guys up-and-running on their skis in 10 minutes.” Every student is different, he said. Some folks are a little more timid when the wind is howling, and others just want to go for it. For more information on snowkiting or to arrange a lesson, contact Greene at GGWind@ ROLL THROUGH PODIUM, PIONEER SPORTS Colorado in the spring is one of the few places you can go skiing in the

morning and biking in the afternoon. Podium Sports and Pioneer sports in Frisco have all the toys you need to rip around Summit County. Spring is a time when all the equipment is gradually changing over from skiing to biking. There are always deals to be had and the latest gear for demo. Podium Sports has mountain and road bike rentals starting as soon as weather permits, and the staff always does a great job pointing newcomers to town in the right direction. Steer clear of the roads and highways; Summit County has one of the most beautiful and most extensive bike-path systems. For snow-bound athletes, both stores have the latest and greatest in ski gear in plenty of shapes and sizes. Find out why rocker skis are all the rage right now. As many as two days of demo cost can be applied to a purchase, and the spring is always the best time to snag a deal on a new pair of

boards. Pioneer Sports is located at 560 Silverthorne Lane in Silverthorne and 842 N. Summit Blvd., next to Wall Mart, in Frisco. For more information, call (970) 668-3668. Podium Sports is located at 720 Main Street in Frisco. For more information, call (970) 668-9996. YOU WON’T STRIKE OUT AT LAKESIDE BOWLING For some reason, skiers have long been known as excellent bowlers. It’s probably because there’s a trusty old bowling alley located in most ski towns. In Summit County, Lakeside Bowl has just installed four new lanes (making 18 total), so there’s that many more opportunities to roll a strike. The alley provides bumpers and ramps for those too little to throw


a heavy ball down the lane. For adults, it offers a full bar and restaurant with all the accoutrements of a typical bowling alley — pool tables, shuffleboard, video arcade and televisions to catch all the sports games. There are also local bowling leagues three nights per week, but if you’re looking for a deal, Tuesday night offers $2 shoes and $2 games. Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more, with bowling available from noon to 11 p.m. daily. Lakeside Bowl is located at 135 Main Street in Dillon, downstairs in Dillon Center. For more information or to make a reservation, call (970) 468-6257


BACKSTAGE THEATRE: (970) 453-0199; LAKE DILLON THEATRE: (970) 513-1151

by KIMBERLY NICOLETTI IT’S A TALE OF TWO THEATERS: The Backstage in Breckenridge has been around more than twice as long as Lake Dillon Theatre. The Backstage began in 1974 in what seemed the most likely place for melodrama at the time: a Breckenridge salon. Two years later, it found a proper home, and culture, however crude, took a sort of center stage in the historical Victorian town. Since then, the Backstage Theatre has built a reputation as a solid community theater, with returning actors whom date back to the early days and whom have made a name for themselves in the world of theater, and with up-and-coming actors taking the stage for new performances. For the past several years, the main faces behind the two theaters have shared the same name — Chris — but they couldn’t have taken different approaches. Chris Willard, artistic director of the Backstage Theatre, has emphasized the community theater aspect, while Chris Alleman, of the Lake Dillon Theatre, has focused his efforts on holding auditions in New York City (as well as locally) in order to bring a

big-city feel to the little historical building in Dillon. Lake Dillon Theatre started in 1995 and acted more as a community theater until a few years ago, when its summer season of blockbuster musicals started making a big splash, with rippling effects (and awards) statewide. Productions like “Rent” and “Hair” in 2010 and “Tommy” and “Godspell” in 2011 proved that a small, intimate theater could still pack a huge punch. Though each theater has taken different approaches, neither stands out as better than the other: In fact, each one continues to prove itself anew with every production it introduces, be it comedy, drama or a kids’ play. Both actively participate in the community through kids’ workshops and other offerings; for example, the Lake Dillon Theatre provides The Dual Language Project, which delivers multicultural productions in various languages to students. Both theaters host shows year-round, and surprisingly, a number of Broadway stars have made Summit County their temporary (or second) home, and plenty of talented actors seem to enjoy taking the stage here, whether it’s for a summer or a shorter run.

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RESTAURANT ROUNDUP Your guide to Summit County dining




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305 N. Main St. Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-6974 IT’S TOUGH TO RESIST ORDERING drinks with names like the “acai-basil gimlet,” the “pear-ginger mint” or the “key lime martini.” The Blue River Bistro’s upscale urban setting is tucked away on Breckenridge’s mining-era style Main Street, offering a unique go-to spot for folks wanting to get a taste of the city without leaving town. The bar specializes in flavored vodka and adding fresh ingredients — some grown right in the restaurant — to martinis. Meanwhile, the kitchen seeks to offer a healthy and fresh menu with some of those same ingredients. “Nothing is an afterthought,” owner Jay Beckerman says. The restaurant is designed to be “casually sophisticated,” he says, explaining, “you can wear jeans and a ball cap but also expect the highest range of cuisine possible.” He and his staff strive to be on the cutting edge, and with a sister restaurant in Denver, it keeps them on their toes. They change the food and drink menus quarterly and carry seafood offerings that can be as fresh as 12 hours from the catch. With Beckerman milling about the bar, and a restaurant and two patios open in the summer, he gets to know his guests and looks to create strong bonds. “People come in for personal service,” he says, “like having their cocktail sitting there for them.” Beckerman has owned and operated the place for about 10 years, with the purpose of “bringing a little of the city to the mountains.”

It’s been a hit ever since, particularly with its late-night happy hour and live music Sundays through Thursdays during the busy seasons. Artists play on weekends when it’s slower. And many of Beckerman’s staff members have been around for at least a decade. Some guests ask for particular servers, and many know the bartenders, who have been there from the start. “I got lucky,” Beckerman says. “They’re the face of this restaurant.” “This doesn’t feel like a typical mountain restaurant,” says Beckerman, who hails from Connecticut, just outside New York City. He grew up taking the train into the city to take in the thrilling and bustling downtown. Now he brings a little bit of city excitement to the intimate Victorian town of Breckenridge.

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22 YEARS OF BRECK BREWING Breckenridge Brewery 600 S. Main St. Breckenridge, CO • (970) 453-1550 •

BREWPUBS HAVE LONG BEEN GATHERING places, where people meet and “get things done,” Breckenridge Brewery brewmaster Jimmy Walker says. In this case, the establishment at the south end of Main Street brings together tourists and locals through its friendly environment and many offerings. Said to be the third-oldest craft brewery in the state, the first thing most people notice at the bar is the brewing vats. “You don’t have to take a tour. You can just sit at the bar,” brewmaster Jimmy Walker says.

FUN FACTS BEER STYLE: Herb and Spice Beer FLAVOR: Smooth roasted chocolate with a creamy vanilla finish. YEAST: Top Fermenting Ale Yeast MALTS: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley HOPS: Chinook, Tettinang, Perle, Goulding VANILLA: Real vanilla beans from Paupau New Guinea and Madagascar. COLOR: Deep Brown

The scent of mash and hops greets customers as they enter the establishment at the south end of Main Street. “People who know beer love the smell,” Walker says. People who know beer also at least know the Breckenridge Brewery name, too, as it’s distributed in at least 33 states. The Vanilla Porter, a rich, creamy beer with the subtle flavor of vanilla, is the beer most appreciated out of state. In-state, the Avalanche Lager fills most glasses. “They have our beers all over the country and come here to see where it all started,” Walker says, adding that it’s a tourist destination for many — and the restaurant caters to that crowd with T-shirts and keepsakes for purchase. Walker likes the friendly environment, where guests can perch themselves at the bar and pose questions to the brewmaster as he works on specialty beers. He’s able to be in Breckenridge, the experimental location, now that the Denver brewery is cranking out most of the distributed product. Between a “killer” happy hour and its location across the street from the Marriot, busy times at Breckenridge Brewery are a mix of tourists and locals. Often, it opens its doors in the late morning to travelers toting luggage, who aren’t yet able to check into accommodations. They’ll sit and sip the craft brews and enjoy the company.







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INSIDE THE MINT the Mint 341 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO (970) 468-5247 •



626 Lake Dillon Drive Dillon, CO (970) 468-0873 • CHEF DOUG PIERCE GETS FIRED UP when he talks about barbecue. It’s visible: His eyes light up, and he starts speaking more quickly, excited and eager to get it all in. “It’s something we do very, very well,” he says, adding that visitors and barbecue competition judges from barbecue Meccas like Texas and Kansas City have said it’s as good as anything they get back home. So good, “it’ll make your big toe wiggle,” he’s fond of saying. Pierce’s motto in making pork seems to mimic his attitude in life: “Keep it slow and never go faster.” Additionally, once you find what works, “You keep doing the same thing.” Sure, he has to keep up with demand, but he operates his cafe in a style that keeps guests — and his employees — coming back. “My employees are like family,” he says. “The regular customers are like family.” He stops by tables at lunch, strives to create something special at dinner, and generally caters to all elements of his clientele with a pub (and happy hour) downstairs, an elegant and historic comfort food café upstairs, and a catering operation and event center on the side. “I want guests to leave happy and satisfied and feeling like they just experienced something

STEPPING INSIDE the front door of The Mint Steakhouse in Silverthorne feels like you’re stepping back in time to Old Dillon, where the restaurant was originally located. That is, it used to be situated at what’s now the bottom of Dillon Reservoir. With its rustic wood trim, tight quarters and deep booths and the smell of garlic toast and simmering steak in the air, it’s a perfect fit in Summit County’s dining atmosphere. It’s also a sweet spot for the meat and potatoes fan, featuring main entrees you cook yourself. Choices include seafood and poultry to round out your mail meal — as well as a salad bar and other a la carte items. The indoor grill sizzles away as chatter fills the air from the bar, the waiting area in the lobby and throughout the dining room as families and friends enjoy the chance to grill together — even in winter. It may be snowing outside, but inside, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the grilling area is popular and lively. So order a drink, kick back, and take in the sights, smells and feeling of sitting amongst history at The Mint Steakhouse.

special,” Pierce says. To boot, Pierce says, “I’m having more fun now than I ever had in my career.” The historic Arapahoe Cafe has a story all its own, to which the restaurant just adds. It was moved in 1961 from what would soon become the bottom of Lake Dillon when the reservoir was flooded. Pierce tells the story of a man who pointed to one of the black-and-white photographs of the old location, saying, “That’s my dad’s car.” The current location still tells a story, drawing traffic from different routes through Summit County: It’s near the Dillon Marina, next to the lakeside park, along the rec path and within walking distance to the Lake Dillon Theater Company and the Dillon Ampitheatre. The well-landscaped patio is another draw in the late spring into fall.

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WHERE IRELAND REIGNS SUPREME Murphy’s Irish Pub 501 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO (970) 468-2457 •

MURPHY’S IRISH PUB in Silverthorne’s specialty is Irish fare, and the key to the Incredible Roast Beef Sandwich, the highlight of Murphy’s Irish Pub in Silverthorne, is the bread, owner Bernie Murphy says. Butter and parmesan cheese line the pan before sourdough bread is dropped in and grilled like a grilled cheese. Add the horsy cream sauce, and there’s a sandwich that brings people back. But there’s also the Saturday and Sunday morning corned beef hash, made with corned beef that’s slowroasted nightly. The Reuben and myriad corned beef improvisations are also popular with the crowds. So, too, are the fish and chips, the handmade burgers and more. But the best thing is, when you walk in, it feels like you’re walking into a neighborhood bar as featured in your favorite sitcom. “I have great employees,” Murphy says. “They’re kind of like a family … I can’t get rid of them.” Some of them actually are family, like Betsy St. John, who’s been a staple at the bar and restaurant since it opened in May 1998. She hums along with the radio as she moves from table to table, checking to make sure all the guests are satisfied. Like Bernie, Betsy knows the regulars. There’s Tommy, who likes to cook and share his menu suggestions. Bernie recalls him bringing jalapeno poppers — 75 count — to “be neighborly and feed people.” He’s been known to try his corned beef dip and wings out on anyone posted at the bar when he arrives. There’s “Buddy,” who’s known only by the cheerful call he gets from the bar when he walks in. “We have a whole language with intonations of ‘Buddy,’” Murphy says, adding, “The tourists are great, but thank God for the locals.”




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GET LOADED MotherLoaded 103 South Main St., Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-2572 A STEP INTO THE MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge is meant to make you feel at home — like mom’s taking care of you, general manager Stacy Schonell says. That feeling, especially in a place like Summit County, makes people come back, she adds. The menu is all about comfort food, and the staff is hired to be friendly. “We love living here, and we want our visitors to love being here,” Schonell says. Food offerings feature the “best and worst of Americana,” she adds, explaining that part of the fun is seeing people react to what’s on the menu. There’s SPAM and Boone’s Farm and Mad Dog 2020. But the kitchen also offers great recipes, handed down within the family — like the creamy mac and cheese or the fresh Angus burger that’s “one of the best in town,” Schonell boasts. Three different sections of the MotherLoaded — the lounge, the bar, and the restaurant — allow customers to enjoy one another’s company in whatever makes them feel at home. With trivia, live music, food served until 1 a.m. and the lively but at-home setting, the Motherloaded is just “fun,” Schonell says. And it all trickles down from the attitudes of owners Leslie Day and Chmurny Cain, who want their establishment to be entertaining but structured. “People come here to get away from the loud, crowded scene,” Schonell says. “It has a very local flavor.”

STRAIGHT FROM THE BIG EASY ITSELF Lost Cajun 204 Main St. Frisco, CO • (970) 668-4352 •


WHEN YOU HEAR THE STORY of how Lost Cajun’s gumbo landed in Frisco’s High Country from the lowlands of New Orleans, the restaurant’s name makes sense. It’s like a little boy who, following the cracks in the road, finds himself in a foreign part of town and can’t find his way home. But in this case, it’s not about “Griff” and Belinda Griffin’s gumbo actually wanting to find its way home. Because, in this case, Frisco is the gumbo’s home. And it’s a wild success, Griff says. “We owe our success to the locals, who recommend our good, authentic Cajun food,” he says. Some background: Colorado’s mountains have been attractive to the couple since they lived in Golden 25 years ago. While traveling from

Colorado to Alaska, Belinda’s back went out, and she was operated on at Summit Medical Center. She rehabbed by walking with Griff up and down the streets of Frisco, and they fell in love. “Through four hurricanes — Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike — and the BP oil spill, we finally decided enough is enough,” Griff said. They sold their successful fishing lodge in Louisiana, picked up and moved to Frisco. Finding the nook they currently inhabit, they renovated it into what it is today and only continue to grow in popularity. If the eatery’s success is due to the locals, the food quality is due to Griff’s cooking lessons from some “elderly Cajun ladies in a fishing village south of New Orleans. They taught me the old-fashioned way,” he says.

It’s all built on the “trinity” of New Orleans ingredients: onions, bell peppers and celery, and it grows from there with garlic, okra and a thick roux. “The secret is how long it takes to cook,” Griff says, explaining that Lost Cajun preps gumbo to serve the following day, as it generally simmers for four to six hours. “A two-hour gumbo tastes like a two-hour gumbo,” he says. Lost Cajun isn’t just about gumbo, though. They serve New Orleansstyle café au lait, which is made with a strong chicory coffee. Birthday partiers order beignets and blow the powdered sugar on each other. Catfish is another specialty, flown in and

BECOME A MINER FOR A MOMENT Pug Ryan’s 104 Village Place Dillon, CO • (970) 468-2145 •

marinated overnight. Kickin’ chicken also involves a spicy marinade. Slow cooking all these things seems to be Griff’s chef secret — as is sharing his knowledge with others. “Spring is our favorite time of year,” he says. “I can cook outside on some days. People strolling on the street can smell the onions cooking. They can come by and get cooking tips.” Outdoor picnic tables beckon onlookers, and the free cooking lessons are typically on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “They can help stir the pot,” Griff says about his guests.

MAYBE IT’S THE DÉCOR on the walls or the standalone fireplace in the center of the bar seating. Maybe it’s the rustic barn-wood panels or the collection of antique sleds and skis, including the 12-foot miner’s skis likely used in the surrounding hillsides. Maybe it’s that the owner Travis Holton calls it “antique Americana.” Whatever it is, Pug Ryan’s in Dillon has a comfortable, historical feel. And it has beer to match. Beer so good, they’re expanding to almost three times the size to enhance production. And they’re making it portable in six-pack cans. “The microbrew market is going crazy,” Holton says, adding that the can craze is also bursting at the seams. They’re more recycle-friendly, easy to carry, and Ball Canning in Golden is making them easier to purchase in smaller quantities. “Our beer travels easily,” Holton says, “People take our beer traveling and send us photos. We’re always wanting people to send us interesting photos of our beer in interesting places.” Who knows — it could appear on Facebook. But that’s not the only change Pug’s is seeing in the near future. Come spring, the staff plans to open a west-facing, sunset deck. The restaurant will have a stronger street-side presence and a new entranceway, as well as expanded bar seating. In all, Pug’s is adding about 2,400 square feet. When the deck and expansion are unveiled, chef Candace Yanke will show off her energy and creativity with the revamped menu, which keeps the old stapless but brightens things a bit and lightens the menu with more pub fare.

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WHERE MODERN AND MINING MEET Modis BRECKENRIDGE’S MIX OF MINING and modern comes together on Main Street, with hotspots like Modis standing out as an integration of past and present. Owner Eric Mamula started the restaurant in June 2007, as a way to stretch outside of the confines of his sister eatery Downstairs at Eric’s. “I did it as something else to do,” he says. “I’d been Downstairs for 22 years. I wanted to change things up a little bit. … It’s really different from what I’ve been doing for the majority of my professional career.” Mamula splits his time between the establishments, and his habit of eating out at his own high-end restaurant speaks to his respect for the chef and her talent. The restaurant features “American contemporary” food with a seasonally changing menu, tying




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into the intentionally urban feel of its atmosphere. There’s always a twist to the food, too, Mamula says. “Rather than having your typical protein, potatoes and vegetable, everything has its own side that makes every entrée really unique,” he says, adding that the chef pulls in ingredients such as pierogies, brussel sprout leaves, sweet potato gratin and broccolini. The winter fish special, for instance, featured miso broth and “little fried rice balls,” Mamula says with reverence. At the bar, an 1800s fixture that’s been pulled into the modern age by setting it in the contemporary atmosphere, guests can order up to 40 wines by the glass, which is another intentional offering Mamula features at Modis. In a sentence, “It’s an urban dining experience in the mountains.” - Eric Mamula


113 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO • (970) 543-4330 •


THE SUNSHINE CAFÉ HAS BEEN AROUND since 1980, and it’s no wonder: It has it all — hearty breakfast choices, served all day, plus the best brunch and lunch, according to Summit Daily readers in the Best of annual votes. Almost every year since 2004, it’s won Best Breakfast, with 29 choices — from light to load-up — with the likes of its green chili, Santa Fe Omelette, Ski Tech, blueberry and banana French Toast, and wheat cakes. For lunch, its 59 items include grilled and cold sandwiches, burritos, chilis, soups, nine kinds of salads, burgers and pasta. Plus there’s a plethora of hot gourmet dishes like shrimp and mushroom crepes, New York steak, Rocky Mountain piñon trout, enchiladas, and quesadillas, as well as seven dedicated vegetarian offerings, from a black bean chili burger or vegetarian burrito to veggies galore (seasonal vegetables with rice or pasta, and tofu or cheese, if you please). It’s just too bad the restaurant doesn’t serve dinner — it’s only open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week, but to maintain its record number of entrees, it’d have to come up with about 90 new dinner selections, so we don’t blame them for shutting down early. Located in the Summit Place Shopping Center, the atmosphere is friendly and casual, showcasing kids’ coloring pictures of the Sunshine Café’s logo as you enter, as well as black-and-white mountain culture photos around the bend.


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Sunshine Café

J.J. Chinese and Thai

Voted best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in Summit County. Deliciously affordable dining.

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

970.468.6663 250 Summit Place Shopping Center (across from Office Max)

970.468.2509 290 Summit Place Shopping Village



The Mint

Village Inn

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

Family dining, breakfast lunch and dinner served all day. Hours Sun-Thurs 6a.m.-10p.m. Fri & Sat 6a.m.-11p.m.

970.468.5247 347 Blue River Parkway

970.468.1331 Exit 205 531 Silverthorne Lane



Fiesta Jalisco

Snake River Saloon & Steakhouse

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

Over 35 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




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Jersey Boys

Last Chance Pizza

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.

FREE delivery to Keystone and Dillon. Open daily 5pm to close. Call for take out.

970.513.1087 149 Tenderfoot Street

970.513.0900 40 Cove Blvd., Summit Cove



The Warming Hut Restaurant & Bar

Burke & Rileys

Colorado comfort food all year long; lunch, après ski and dinner; 300 feet from the Gondola on North Main Street in beautiful Breckenridge. 970-389-3104 207 North Main, Breckenridge

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



The Sloppy Dog

Food Hedz World Café

100% all beef dogs smothered with a range of eclectic toppings (beef and veggie chili made fresh daily). Sandwiches, gluten-free, veggie-dogs, and stuffed potatoes available. 970 453-2434 • 500 S Main St., Unit 1L, located in La Cima Mall

Sourcing Organic and All-Natural Foods. From Thailand to the Heartland. Eclectic wine list and local micro brews. 970.668.2000 842 Summit Blvd #19 between Wal-Mart & Safeway

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THE BLUE SPRUCE INN 20 Main St 970-668-5900 A must see in Frisco is The Blue Spruce Inn. A dining tradition in Summit County since the 1940’s, “The Spruce” as local’s call it, is your one stop shop for a genuine, satisfying, and delicious meal. Menu favorites include the Steak Diane, Mt. Royal New York Strip, and the Blue Corn Calamari. Complete your Rocky Mountain getaway with a stop at the rustic Blue Spruce Inn.

VINNY’S 310 Main St 970-668-0340 Vinny’s prides itself in their fresh seafood and seasonal produce. Their Euro American cuisine is prepared creatively by Chef Vincent W. Monarca and is ever changing. Starters are a MUST and their made-from-scratch sauces could certainly stand alone. Vinny’s is perfect for that family get together or a lively sit down with friends – they just have darn good food!

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 compliments to any dish.




204 Main St 970-668-4352

720 Main St 970-668-BEER (2337)

You gotta’ taste the genuine Louisiana Cajun food that has delighted their guests at the famous fishin’ ranch on the Louisiana coast. Every dish is authentic down to the smallest detail. Check out their new, expanded menu featuring their famous gumbo, jambalaya, etoufee and beignets. Stop in and “pass a good time” or get it to go! At The Lost Cajun, you’ll always get food you can taste!

Tucked between Summit County’s majestic mountain peaks and beautiful Lake Dillon in the rustic mountain town of Frisco, you’ll find the Backcountry Brewery. Featuring ever changing, award winning brews, the Backcountry Brewery is a perfect place to hang after a great day on the hill. Indulge in their Pub Grub or be a part of the Mug Club! Offering a full menu and second story views, a trip to Backcountry is a must when visiting the High Country.



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COWBOY PIZZA STATION 311 West Main St 970-668-2500 Frisco’s perfect place for honkin’ good pizza and a rowdy fun time with the whole family! Great times and quality pizza are a few of many reasons to head over to Cowboy Pizza Station. Their building was inspired by the old narrow gauge railroad station in the Town of Dickey, an important junction at the turn of the 19th century during the gold rush days. What is left of the Town of Dickey is now under Lake Dillon. Two railroads came into Frisco, the Rio Grande and the Colorado & Southern, both from Leadville Colorado through Ten Mile Canyon. Now head on down to Cowboy Pizza and have yourself a good time ya’ hear??!

TUSCATO RISTORANTE ITALIANO 311 East Main St 970-668-1523 “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.

PROST 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.


5TH AVE GRILLE 423 Main St 970-668-3733 Do you love a lively happy hour, savory dishes and professional, friendly service? Join us at the 5th Ave. Grille for delicious hand cut steaks, seafood entrees, small plates and vegetarian and gluten free options. Happy Hour is available daily in the bar, or enjoy a more intimate experience in our cozy dining room. The 5th Avenue Grille is conveniently located on the corner 5th and Main St.

121 Main St 970-668-3947 Log Cabin Café is Frisco’s neighborhood spot for delicious home cooked breakfast, quick lunch to go, and a relaxing sit down atmosphere. Join them for their famous Chile Rellenos smothered in delicious green chili, homemade corned beef hash, or try their Western Burger for lunch. For over 50 years, this neighborhood café has been providing locals and tourist’s alike fresh cooked breakfast and lunch at ridiculously reasonable prices. Log Cabin Café serves breakfast and lunch all day everyday from 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. w w w. s u m m i t d a i ly. c o m





swimsuit and towel. Register

dancing, hurricanes, Cajun

February 25


a day in advance, Brecken-

fare, masks and the crowning


Also shows at Skyline Cinema

ridge Recreation Center, 880

of the Mardi Gras Rex and his


at Dillon at same time.

February 17-20

Airport Rd., (970) 453-1734,

Queen. Fat Tuesday (Feb. 22)

7 p.m. doors open and 7:30

BETTY FEST This all-


brings a festive procession

screening, Riverwalk Center,

February 25

women’s program includes, www.Breckenridg-

of floats, boas and beads

150 W. Adams Ave. Brecken-


extensive on-hill training

aplenty to Main Street.

ridge; this year’s tour features

EVENING 7 p.m., Schumann

(877) 864-0868, gobreck.

a collection of the most

Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major,

on Keystone’s Ski & Ride School’s trails, video analysis

February 18


inspiring action, environmen-

Op. 80, a string quartet by

and discussions about


tal and adventure films from

Benjamin Tomkins and Faure’s

nutrition, women’s specific


the festival, (970) 453-6422,

second Piano Quintet in C

concerns and equipment.

in conjunction with the En

February 21

Minor, Op. 115, call for loca-

Keystone, keystoneresort.

Fuego, there will be a night


com or call (970) 496-4386.

rail jam under the lights. (866)

GRAS STYLE Free concert

February 25, www.

841-2481, www.rockymoun-

series set right in River Run


February 17, copper-

Village plaza, the series

provides avid skiers and snow-


features plenty of food

boarders an opportunity to

February 25-26

NIGHT 7-9 p.m., $5, Silver-


vendors, beverage carts and

make their day of skiing or rid-


prime seating on the decks

ing more meaningful by raising


thorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne,

February 18

of Wolf Rock, 9280’ Tap

money and awareness for the


(970) 262-7370, www.silver-


House and Luigi’s. A kids’ fun

American Cancer Society.

(272-7246), abasin@a-basin.

5-7 p.m. Let the good times

zone also keeps the young

roll with beads, Zydeco and

ones busy while you enjoy

February 25

Feb 17-18

En Fuego festivities. Enjoy

the music. River Run. www.


February 26


bonfires and fireworks to DJ or call




Caliente Cristobal spinnin’

(970) 496-4386.

TAN OPERA’S production


Two-day experience includes

Cajun tunes, (866) 841-2481,

of Ernani, 10:55 a.m. Angela


wine tastings, food and mu-

February 24

Meade takes center stage

p.m., Lord of the Mountains




in Verdi’s thrilling early gem.

Lutheran Church, 56 Hwy 6,



Salvatore Licitra is her mis-

Dillon, (970) 468-6809, info@


matched lover, and all-star, www.

February 18



tion, (970) 468-6809, info@



February 18 & 21

PIONSHIPS Watch as 300

Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky

5-7:45 p.m., ages 5-13. Drop


snowshoers compete in

and Ferruccio Furlanetto

the kids off and spend an


Frisco. Frisco Nordic Center

round out the cast. Finkel Au-

evening out. Includes dinner


at 616 Recreation Way.

ditorium Colorado Mountain

and climbing, gym games,


College, 107 Denison Placer

swimming and more. Bring a

18) featuring live music and

Rd., Breckenridge, (970)


spring 2012

February 26

March 2-4

.March 3-4

March 4-6

March 10



BETTY FEST This all-



RACE SERIES 11 a.m. to

SESSION For women by

women’s program includes

FESTIVAL Experience

p.m. Join tenor Daniel

1:30 p.m. This friendly com-

women, Oakley Progression

extensive on-hill training

Keystone’s award-winning

Fosha and soprano Jennifer

petition will be a mass start

Sessions is staffed by profes-

on Keystone’s Ski & Ride

cuisine at this resort-wide

DeDominici as they present

and you choose either classic

sional coaches, and it takes

School’s trails, video analysis

culinary festival. Savor the

songs from your favorite

or skate technique. Breck-

place in an on-snow environ-

and discussions about

flavors at the Grand tasting

Broadway Musicals. Free

enridge Gold Run Nordic

ment. You’ll be able to

nutrition, women’s specific

event, sip red wines from

coffee and dessert served at

Center, 200 Clubhouse Drive,

build your skills at your own

concerns and equipment.

around the world or indulge

intermission. Cash bar, Sil-

Breckenridge, (970) 547-7889,

pace and comfort level with

Keystone, keystoneresort.

your palate with a chocolate

verthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue


help and encouragement

com or call (970) 496-4386.

class led by award-winning

River Pkwy., Silverthorne, For, www.Breckenridg-

from the Oakley team. (866)

executive pastry chef. Key-

tickets call (970) 453-5825, or

841-2481, coppercolorado.

March 3-5

stone, or

go to,



call (970) 496-4386.



WINTER GAMES These Winter Games mark the cul-

March 7

March 10

March 3

mination of the winter sports

BRECK ASCENT 5:30-7:30


March 1


season for the 550 athletes

p.m. Hill-climb event: use

7:45 p.m., ages 5-13. Drop the



who annually participate in

any kind of way to get up

kids off and spend an evening

SERIES 4:45 p.m. Bring the

a.m. to 2 p.m. Strap on your

alpine skiing, cross-country

the mountain; skis or a

out. Includes dinner and

whole family for a night of

snowshoes for the Colorado

skiing, figure skating, snow-

snowboard required to come

climbing, gym games, swim-

beginning racing, food and

Romp to Stomp, a fun, fam-

shoeing and snowboarding.

back down, Breckenridge,

ming, and more. Please bring

drawings, Breckenridge Gold

ily-friendly snowshoe event

This season marks the 24th

(970) 453-1734, websiterec@

a swimsuit and towel. Brecken-

Run Nordic Center, 200 Club-

that is truly in a class of its

consecutive year Copper,

ridge Recreation Center, 880

house Drive, Breckenridge,

own. Frisco, (970) 668-5547,

Mountain will host the event,


Airport Rd., (970) 453-1734,

(970) 547-7889, websiterec@,

(866) 841-2481, copper-



March 3


March 9




SERIES Enjoy a great


DANCE NIGHT 7-9 p.m.

March 10-14, 18-21

March 2

buffet prepared by chef


$5, Silverthorne Pavilion,



Christopher Rybak at Black


400 Blue River Pkwy., Silver-

Bring your kids to a festival


Mountain Lodge. A-Basin,

thorne, (970) 262-7370, www.

designed just for them.

p.m. Celebrate grassroots

(888) ARAPAHOE (272-7246),

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Explore the ultimate Snow

conservation efforts in our, www.


community. Enjoy good food,

Warren Station, Keystone,

March 9

Mountain, dance to live


music in the plaza, make arts

PARTY 6-8 p.m., ages 3-6.

and crafts, go Disco Tubing

live music by local band High

Fort at the top of Dercum

5 and more. All proceeds

March 3

benefit the High Country


March 4

Drop your child off for a

and join the continuing

Conservation Center. Early



night of Mickey Mouse

education activities that fill

tickets are $20 with free drink

HOUSE 3-4 p.m. Join us to

FUNDRAISER 9:30 a.m.

themed games, crafts and

this weekend on and off the

ticket or $25 at the door, The

celebrate the restoration

to 1:30 p.m., Dog friendly

more. Pizza provided. Paja-

slopes. Keystone, keyston-

Maggie (base of Peak 9),

of the Annie Ruth House in

fundraiser for LAPS featuring

mas encouraged. Register a or

Breckenridge (970) 668-5703,

honor of Women’s History

skijoring, obstacle courses,

day in advance, Breckenridge

(970) 496-4386.


month. Frisco Historic Park

Frisbee and other dog

Recreation Center, 880, www.highcountry-

at 120 Main Street in Frisco,

friendly events. Participate

Airport Rd., (970) 453-1734,

(800) 424-1554, tofinfo@

with or without a dog (copy

websiterec@townofbrecken- or www.

of current rabies vaccination, www.Breckenridg-

required), Breckenridge Gold

March 2 PINK PARTY 5-8 p.m.

Run Nordic Center, 200 Club-

Celebrate the Tubbs Romp

house Drive, Breckenridge,

To Stomp out Breast Cancer

(970) 547-9974, websiterec@

Snowshoe event with a pre-,

registration party showcasing


local pink merchants and

offer food and drinks. Frisco, (970) 668-5547, TOFinfo@, www.

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THEATER March 1, 6:30 p.m., March 2- 3, 7:30 p.m., March 4, 1:30 p.m., March 8-9, 10, 15-16, 17, 22-23, 24, 29- 31 7:30 p.m. “OSCAR AND FELIX, A New Look At The Odd Couple,” America’s comic mastermind has updated his classic comedy “The Odd Couple,” bringing the trials and tribulations of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison to the present day. Uptight, neat-freak Felix has been thrown out by his wife, and the only place he can stay is with his slob of a best friend, Oscar. The two worlds collide with hilarious results. Backstage Theatre, 121 Ridge St, Breckenridge, (970) 453-0199,

March 30, 31, 7:30 p.m., April 1, 6:30 p.m. BROADWAY NOW 2012, 7:30 p.m., The Lake Dillon Theatre fa-


tion will from noon to 1

March 30 to April 6

p.m. Competition starts at


1 p.m. Cost: free, A-Basin,


Company, 176 Lake Dillon Drive,

March 11

(888) ARAPAHOE (272-7246),

the largest snowboard and


free skiing event on earth.

SINFONIA, 4 p.m., Lord

The top regional athletes

vorites singing some of the best tunes on Broadway. Desserts included, Lake Dillon Theatre

are invited to compete to

of the Mountains Lutheran May 10-13, 16-20, 23-27

Church, 56 Hwy 6, Dillon,

March 17

become the National Cham-

and 30-31 and June 1-3

(970) 468-6809, info@


pions., (866)


p.m. St. Paddy’s Day Copper

841-2481, coppercolorado.


Style, where En Fuego meets


the luck of the Irish. Check


After several decades of searching, Carmichael arrives in

March 15

out DJ Leprechaun Landry,

town, a suspected location of


fire pits, green beer and

March 31

his missing left hand. He can’t

SERIES 4:45 p.m., Bring the

green fireworks over West


put a finger on it, but his plan

whole family for a night of

Lake at free street party the


is quickly getting out of hand.

beginning racing, food and

whole family can enjoy, (866)

BASH Breckenridge Nordic

With a handful of unwelcome

drawings, Breckenridge Gold

841-2481, www.coppercolo-

Center, (970) 453-6422,

guests in his hotel room includ-

Run Nordic Center, 200 Club-

ing a rather peculiar bellhop

house Drive, Breckenridge,

and a pair of quarrelsome young

(970) 547-7889, websiterec@

March 21

March 31

lovers, Carmichael resorts to,



some underhanded methods to


Harp and Violin, 7:30 p.m.,

& RAIL JAM Keystone,

find his missing appendage and

Profits benefit the Summit or

County Schools’ music pro-

(970) 496-4386.

keep the others quiet. $24-27. Lake Dillon Theatre Company,

March 16

grams, Lord of the Mountains

176 Lake Dillon Drive, (970)


Lutheran Church, 56 Hwy 6,


NIGHT 7-9 p.m., $5, Silver-

Dillon, (970) 468-6809, info@


thorne Pavilion, 400 Blue, www.

River Pkwy., Silverthorne,

(970) 262-7370,


March 17


RAIL JAM The Treeline

Station, Keystone, www.war-

Terrain Park will host a rail

jam for jibbers. Registra-




spring 2012


April 13

April 19




May 13

DANCE NIGHT 7-9 p.m.

ACTION FAIR 5:30-8 p.m.

April 7

$5, Silverthorne Pavilion,

Free. Join environmental

May 4


ation Center dance class

400 Blue River Pkwy., Silver-

organizations and green


participants, free, 6 p.m.,

SERIES amazing themed buf-

thorne, (970) 262-7370, www.

businesses for demonstrations


Silverthorne, (970) 262-7370,

fet prepared by chef Chris-

and booths which highlight

MUSEUM 5-8 p.m. Join us

simple and effective actions to

in celebrating the 29th an-

topher Rybak, libations and

DANCE RECITAL year-end performance of Recre-

live entertainment, A-Basin,

April 13

celebrate Earth Day every day.

niversary of the Schoolhouse

May 13

(888) ARAPAHOE (272-7246),


Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue

Museum. Frisco Schoolhouse



River Pkwy., Silverthorne, (970)

Museum, 120 Main Street


an evening of laughs and cel-

668-5703, info@highcoun-

in Frisco, (800) 424-1554,

COLORADO 4 p.m. A free

ebration of some of the county’s, www.,

concert to celebrate the

April 7

favorite people. Warren Station,

genius of Bach with the


Keystone. (970) 513-1151 www.

buoyant exuberance of his


Brandenburg Concertos 3, 4,

TAN OPERA’S production of

and 5, Lord of the Mountains

“Manon,” 10 a.m., Anna Ne-

Lutheran Church, 56 Hwy 6,

trebko’s dazzling portrayal of

Dillon, (970) 468-6809, info@

the tragic heroine in Laurent, www.

Pelly’s new production travels

to the Met from the Royal Opera House. Finkel Audito-

May 18

rium Colorado Mountain Col-


lege, 107 Denison Placer Rd.,

NIGHT 7-9 p.m. $5, Silver-

Breckenridge, (970) 453-5825.

thorne Pavilion, 400 Blue Shows

River Pkwy., Silverthorne,

at Skyline Cinema in Dillon at

(970) 262-7370, www.silver-

same time. May 19

April 7



9 a.m., BBQ noon (free),

concert series features food

Citizen volunteers clean

vendors, beverage carts and

up town finishing up with a

prime seating on the decks

BBQ at Rainbow Park (north

of Wolf Rock, 9280’ Tap-

of Silverthorne Recreation

House and Luigi’s. A kids’ fun

Center, 430 Rainbow Dr.,

zone also keeps the young

Silverthorne), (970) 262-7370,

ones busy while you enjoy

the music. River Run Village Plaza, Keystone, keystonere-

May 5 or (970) 496-4386.

MOONLIGHT DINNER SERIES a great buffet pre-

April 8

pared by Chef Christopher

SLUSH CUP Head over to

Rybak, libations and live

The Mountain House village

entertainment, A-Basin,

in Keystone for a closing day

(888) ARAPAHOE (272-7246),

celebration. Keystone will, www.

be partying at the base of Mountain House with brews,

April 14

April 20

May 5

BBQ and Keystone’s Slush




Cup: an end of season pond


NIGHT 7-9 p.m. $5, Silver-


skimming celebration. Not

TAN OPERA’S production

thorne Pavilion, 400 Blue

Mi Casa Restaurant, 600 S.

to mention live music all

of “La Traviata,” 10:55 a.m.,

River Pkwy., Silverthorne,

Park, Breckenridge, (970)

afternoon. keystoneresort.

Natalie Dessay will put

(970) 262-7370, www.silver-


com or (970) 496-4386.

on the red dress in Willy May 12

Decker’s stunning producApril 8

tion, in her first violetta at

April 29



the Met. Finkel Auditorium

DOGGY DAY 9 a.m., Exclusive

DANCE NIGHT 7-9 p.m.,

HUNT noon to 2 p.m. Search

Colorado Mountain College,

dog swim day prior to mainte-

Silverthorne Pavilion, 400

for 5,000 Easter eggs and

107 Denison Placer Rd.,

nance shutdown, $12 for one

Blue River Pkwy., Silver-

visit or tube with the Easter

Breckenridge, (970) 453-5825

dog, $15 for two, $17 for three

thorne, (970) 262-7370, www.

Bunny. Main Street & Frisco Also

dogs, Silverthorne Recreation

Adventure Park on Recre-

shows at Skyline Cinema in

Center, 430 Rainbow Drive,

ation Way in Frisco, (800) 424-

Dillon at same time.

Silverthorne, (970) 262-7370,

1554, tofinfo@townoffrisco.


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PUMP UP YOUR ADVENTURE Tubing in Summit County is a blast


RESERVATIONS: COPPER MOUNTAIN: 1-866-416-9874 or (Pre-purchase one day in advance and save 20 percent). Rates depend upon season but range from $23.20-29 per hour, with $10 for additional hour add-on. Call for times, but usually open 11 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. (closed Wednesdays in February and hill closes at 4 p.m. in April).

FRISCO ADVENTURE PARK: 970-668-2558 or $20-25 per hour. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday (except March 10-25, when it’s open seven days a week)

KEYSTONE RESORT: 1-800-354-4386 or www.; through April 8. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. $31/hour or $33 for hour tubing and $5 snack voucher.

YOU CAN BRAVE IT SOLO, grab a group, bond one-on-one or spin till you’re looking sideways. Tubing is the best un-bang for your bod: It delivers an adrenaline rush without any danger of limping away in a cast. All the tubing hills in Summit County offer a few lanes of thrills — try them all: You’ll find some are slower, some have a little kick to them, and some give you a so much bank for your buck, you might just wonder if you’re going to capsize. Plus, weather conditions alter the lane speeds; snow may slow the runs, while nighttime temps often make for slick conditions. Tubing staff are experts at making your ride the best it can be — especially if when they put a little — or a lot — of spin on the experience: Imagine careening down a carved path backwards, unable to see where you’re going, then spinning




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sideways, losing some perspective as you turn, then spinning some more — and look out, here comes that whoop-de-do and who knows what angle you’ll hit it at; you’re at the mercy of the effect of gravity on a round, inflated tube. While each tubing hill provides a slightly different experience — Copper’s at the bottom of B-lift, Keystone’s at the top of Dercum on the backside of the Kidtopia fort, and Frisco is the newcomer (last season) you can see off the road to Breckenridge — all will give you a day or night of laughs, and maybe even a few little yelps. And, with automated walkways motoring you up the hill, you save not only time, but also plenty of energy to use while you hold onto each other’s tubes and fly down the hill in group revelry.



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Explore Summit Spring 2012  

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