Breckenridge Magazine - Issue 8 Summer/Fall 2024

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Gary Riggs

1900 Highlands Drive | Breckenridge

4 BD | 5 BA | 5,726 SF | $4,300,000

Step into luxury living with this stunning home in the highly soughtafter Highlands neighborhood. Radiating warmth and elegance, this residence is highlighted by a striking double-sided floor-to-ceiling, stacked stone fireplace, travertine flooring, and exquisite light fixtures. Make this impeccable home your own, where every detail has been thoughtfully curated to elevate your lifestyle. BRENDA HUGO | 952.220.6940

Clearwater Lofts #305 | Keystone

4 BD | 4 BA | 1,791 SF | $1,685,000

This Clearwater Lofts penthouse boasts three bedrooms + a den, and four baths. Completed in 2022, this corner unit offers exceptional natural light, views, and ample storage. With three private ski lockers and additional storage in the garage, there is room for bikes, paddleboards, and more. Steps away from the bike path and the complimentary shuttle, this unit is in the Resort Zone for STRs — no transfer tax.

Welcome to Crossroads, a secluded, custom-built estate on the premier home site in the Highlands at Breckenridge. Stunning panoramic vistas span from Lake Dillon and the Gore Range along the entire Tenmile Range. The 6.5-acre property is surrounded by 25 acres of open space, offering unmatched privacy, within an easy 2-mile drive to Main Street and Breckenridge Resort. This mountain modern masterpiece showcases exceptional craftsmanship inside and out.

Adjoining Keystone Lodge & Spa, steps from Keystone Lake and the Snake River, and just minutes from the lifts, this collection of newlybuilt, thoughtfully-appointed, 1 to 3-bedroom condominium residences is situated for the best of Summit County living.

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As you can tell from the cover, this magazine has a lot to do with biking in Breckenridge. For most, skiing is our town folk’s number one passion. For some Biking is their first passion and they wait all winter to hit some of the nation’s best singletrack.

Our trails tend to dry out last here in Colorado. However, it is always worth the wait. The biking trail system weaves in and out of every neighborhood and links to everything you could possibly want to ride. You can roll out your front door and access dirt roads, single track, recreational bike paths, pump tracks and flowy downhill trails.

Courtney Hampton of Bikenridge presents a great feature on mountain biking in Breckenridge in this issue. There is something for everyone to pedal.

I love our Entrepreneur section, Breckpreneurs, and stories about people who have made a difference in Breckenridge. Shauna Farnell’s story on my good friend Jeffrey Bergeron ‘s 50-year impact in Breckenridge is lovely. There are not enough words to commend this wonderful man.

There are a lot of creative folks in our community. Artists, musicians, makers, restaurateurs, chefs, shop and boutique owners. All contributing to our town in their own way. We are excited to welcome Gary Riggs Design. He has opened a fantastic space on Main Street where he and his son’s team can assist you in enhancing the space you call home.


TEAM OF RESTAURATEURS! Chef Vawter of Rootstalk Restaurant and Radicato has been awarded Best Mountain Chef by the James Beard Foundation. You can read all about his incredible accomplishments alongside his partners and staff. Without them, this award may not have been possible.

I think I’m running out of room here so start flipping those pages folks. Enjoy these stories written by amazing local residents then head out for some Breckenridge adventure!

Cheers to Breckenridge!

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Liam is a full-time professional photographer specializing in action sports, landscape, wildlife, and travel. He shoots commercial and editorial assignments around the world but is always happy to be home in Breckenridge with his friends and family. Follow Liam’s adventures at @liam_doran_ outdoors


Lisa Blake is a freelance writer and children’s book author living in Breckenridge, specializing in food writing and ski resort and wellness content. She is happiest on her mountain bike, yoga mat, or in a raft with her husband, son, and pug. Her work has been featured in Purist, Yoga + Life, and 5280 Magazine. Find her at


Robyn lives at 9,600 feet elevation here in Breckenridge with her tasting team (aka husband David and teenage son Jacob). She is the chief recipe developer, photographer, writer, and burnt pan-washer for Butter and Air. Cooking is her creative outlet, and any skills she has developed come not from culinary school but from a lifetime of finding yummy-looking things in newspapers, magazines, restaurants, and the internet, and being curious enough to try making them at elevation in her home.


Born in New York, raised in Pennsylvania, but always finding his home in the mountains, John came to Breckenridge in 2019 to chase his passion for snowboarding. John is now a freelance graphic designer and our Design Director. When the snow isn’t flying John can be found rock climbing on one of the many epic crags around Summit county or skateboarding at the Breckenridge Skatepark. You can follow his design work at


Elaine is a part time professional photographer who enjoys takeing and share photos of beautiful Breckenridge, Summit County, and the world. She loves our community, the events, people and wildlife. We always see her around town and out on the trails.


Courtney’s journey has taken her all across Colorado, finally finding her forever home in Breckenridge in 2004. A seasoned mountain biker and enthusiastic recreational rider, she’s been hitting the trails since her teenage years and has recently embraced the thrill of road cycling. When she’s not busy running her catering business or driving her daughter around, you can spot her biking the local trails with her loyal dog Roxy by her side, or perhaps photographing the beauty of nature, her bike leaning casually nearby.


Dori was born and raised in Breckenridge, where she continues to create a life treasuring the outdoors with her family. A nurse since 2005, she works in various areas of the local hospital. As a champion of health, Dori has also branched into Board Certified Nurse Coaching to support people in their inherent wellness. Dori has a lifelong passion for writing within a variety of content and enjoys being a part of the Breckenridge mountain community.


Carl Scofield lives in Breckenridge, CO where for over twenty-five years he has created a successful career as a full-time freelance photographer. His work has been published both nationally and internationally in many books and magazines including Ski, Skiing, Powder, Outside, Sunset, and many others. Balancing work and a lifestyle that allows him to enjoy his passion for living, travel, art, and adventure have been some of his greatest talents.


A Colorado native, Shauna Farnell loves every self-powered means of mountain exploration. She launched her journalism career at the Summit Daily Newspaper in 2000 and after traveling the world as a media correspondent for the International Ski Federation, plus a few years in New York City and Denver, is thrilled to be back in Breckenridge full time.


A fixture in Breckenridge since 1985, Ellen along with her husband, local character, and town councilman Jeffrey Bergeron have found a way to spend almost every day on skis during the winter, which she defines as generously as possible. “I usually start skiing the minute the snow flies, about the start of October, and I’ll ski six days a week through mid-April.”


Leigh Girvin moved to Breckenridge with her family in the early 1970s when the streets were dirt and the rock piles left by dredge boat mining towered over town. As a child, she attended Breckenridge Elementary and graduated from Summit High School. Seeing dramatic changes over the decades, Leigh dedicated her adulthood to the protection of trails and open space, and later to historical preservation. Leigh’s particular interest is in Breckenridge’s modern history, from the economic decline of the early-20th Century through resurgence as a ski town.

Breck Bike Week

Breck Epic. Leadville. SBT. Three events that transform Colorado into the center of the offroad universe for 11 glorious days each August. North America’s best riders & brands point their wagons here, so we thought “Since everyone’s already in the neighborhood, why not build a bigger table and invite a few friends over?”

Breck sits at the center of a magnificent backcountry trail network, all of it secret-stash quality. Our terrain rewards big tires, long-travel dropper posts and riders who love trails. The best part? Every ride starts and ends in town. From your front door. All of ’em (that’s Breck Epic’s secret sauce, after all).

Choose from over 20 rowdy mega-loops. Or punch out any one of Breck’s couple of dozen “inside-the-park-home-run” lunch rides. Yeah. Dozens. Kinda ridiculous.

Headed to CO to spectate? To ride? Thinking about it? Join us for a week stuffed with riding, shenanigans and then more riding. Breck Bike Week includes the Breck Epic mountain bike stage

race, Demo and Expo events, the Ritual MTB film festival, the Women’s Cycling Summit, Breck Epic Women’s Tour and the Inter-Galactic Bike Crossing (you won’t want to miss it).

Breck Bike Week – August 10-16, 2024

Consumer Demo – August 12-14, 2024

Stay tuned, friends. Check this link for evolving details and we will see you in August.

Breckenridge Chef Matt Vawter Brings Home the 2024 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Award

The town and community of Breckenridge celebrated Rootstalk Restaurant’s Chef and Owner Matt Vawter’s first James Beard Foundation Award on June 10, 2024. Vawter, owner of two restaurants in Breckenridge, CO - Rootstalk and Radicato - won the title of ‘Best Chef: Mountain’. This category represents a region that includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

Chef Matt Vawter, a native of Colorado’s Summit County, discovered his culinary passion through the Colorado

A transcript of Chef Vawter’s acceptance speech is below:

“Wow, thank you to the [James Beard] Foundation for recognizing what we do in our small little mountain community in Breckenridge. I started cooking when I was fourteen years old to help my parents pay rent, and I’ve never looked back. To our producers and farmers, we get to highlight your products on the plate and in the restaurant, and it makes our lives really easy.

To my partners, Patrick and Cam, who are in the audience, you guys believed in me when I said, let’s go open a restaurant in the middle of the pandemic. You picked up your lives and moved, and you practice what you preach. You work to get better every single day, and our restaurants wouldn’t exist without you.

To all of our leaders back at home ... you all make our teams better, you make our restaurants a better place to work, and thank you.

To our teams, none of this is possible without you. Thank you for believing in us and trusting us to lead you. Thank you for all your hard work To all the chefs that took a chance on me, and allowed me to make mistakes and grow, and teach me about this business, I certainly wouldn’t be on this stage without your help.

And lastly, my wife, Christy. You’re my best friend. You met me when I was an eighteen-year-old apprentice, and you’ve been by my side ever since. Through all the years of being a broke cook, three restaurant openings — one of which you had to be a single mom and live in a different city — thank you for always supporting my dreams and being by my side. Thank you for being my partner in life.

Mountain College Culinary Apprenticeship Program. Mentored by Chef Alex Seidel at Fruition restaurant in Denver, Vawter honed his craft and commitment to sourcing quality ingredients.

Co-founding Mercantile Dining & Provision in 2014, he later returned to Breckenridge, opening Rootstalk in 2020 and Radicato in 2022, which serve as vibrant community culinary hubs, reflecting Vawter’s dedication to exceptional food and hospitality.

With accolades that include a 2024 James Beard Award win for ‘Best Chef: Mountain’ and being named ‘Best Chef’ in the 2023 Best of Summit Awards, Vawter continues to elevate Summit County’s culinary scene with exceptional food preparation and exceptional services while fostering relationships with local purveyors.

Breckenridge’s E-Ride Electric Bike Share Program

Eye-catching white electric bikes take to the streets of Breckenridge again in 2024. After a wildly successful inaugural launch, the Breckenridge E-Ride electric bike share program expands with the second season. In 2023, riders logged 17,000 trips and over 30,000 miles traveled. Enhancements for the 2024 season include more hubs, more bikes for a total of 125, and the addition of cargo-hauling e-tricycles.

Intended to improve public transit options, reduce parking demand, and increase green travel incentives, the E-Ride program is a fun way to get around town for local commutes and short trips.

E-Ride is ideal for visitors looking for an enjoyable alternative to access shopping, dining, and activities in Breckenridge. For those who have never tried an e-bike, the E-Ride offers an affordable introduction.

The program is not intended for recreational rentals or visitors looking for a long ride. Instead, rent an e-bike or other bicycle from one of the many shops in town.

In keeping with the intention of the E-Ride program, sessions are restricted to Breckenridge town limits and rates ratchet up after thirty minutes. This encourages the goal of commuting and quick jaunts, while ensuring frequent turn-over so e-bikes are almost always available at every hub.

Locals can buy a monthly or season pass and avoid the unlock fees, making errands fun and fast, with no need to park the car.

How Much Does It Cost?

In 2024, a thirty-minute session is included in the $4 unlock fee. After thirty minutes, the rate goes up to $0.50/minute. Monthly and seasonal passes are available only to people to live and/or work in Breckenridge, starting at $20 per month.

How Does It Work?

The multiple E-Ride hubs around town are hard to miss. Or for the hub location nearest you, check out the website BreckEride. com. You must begin and end your trip at a designated hub.

To start the E-Ride program, you’ll need a smart phone, data connection, and your own bike helmet. At the hub, download the Breck E-Ride app and create an account. Scan the QR code on the bike’s handlebar to pay and start your session. Remove the lock tether and secure it to the hook under the seat.

Wear your helmet, enjoy your ride, stay within Town limits, and try to keep your trip under 30 minutes.

Wrap up your trip by parking the e-bike correctly at a hub. Sessions can only be ended at a designated hub location. Lock the bike per the instructions provided. There are fines for incorrect locking! Use the app to end your trip. If you had fun, do it again!

For longer e-bike rentals with fewer restrictions, visit a local bike shop such as Carvers, Elevation Sports, Crainiology, or Breckenridge Bike Rentals.

Stay awhile.

Jace Stout captures a Breck Epic racer on the west side of the Ten Mile Range on the exceptionally challenging Wheeler Trail. The image was shot looking south towards Leadville. Stout loves shooting bike races, all forms of outdoor adventure, and helping businesses show off their brand.

Breck Made

Entrepreneurs are the life blood of every town and we have a ton of them. Here are a few Breckenridge Made products for you to enjoy

Ready Paint Fire

Create gifts and connect with friends at the new candle bar! After a few post-COVID years on hiatus, everyone’s favorite DIY art studio is back. Family-run Ready Paint Fire reopened on Ridge Street in November 2023, delighting locals and visitors with hands-on pottery and canvas painting, mosaic making fun and a full retail space selling carefully curated, mountain styled paintings, glassware, soaps, wood art, jewelry and more.

Grab your favorite people and belly up to the u-shaped candle bar where a bartender will walk you through an interactive creative experience. Choose your vessel and fragrance (think grandma’s apple pie or sexy woodsy mountain man), pour your wax and sip on wine while creating these 100 percent soy wax, paraffin-free (read: no smoke, no headaches) candles. Candle bar reservations are highly recommended.

Ten Mile Ranger

Music Made in Breckenridge

Ten Mile Ranger is a wonderful album written, sung, and recorded by long-time local Josh Galvin. This collection of songs reflects time spent beneath the Ten Mile Range here in Breckenridge and other sweet locations in Colorado’s mountain towns. His ballad “Breckenridge” should be downloaded by everyone who loves our lovely town. Galvin’s songs are a homage to our community and the lives we lead. “Breckenridge” will always bring your heart back home.

Find it on Apple Music and YouTube to listen to all of his songs.

Spicy Heart

The Breckenridge-based boho brand opens a brick and mortar. You have probably seen Alicia Clark Fulcher’s jewelry and custom hats at the Breckenridge Farmers Market and in shops around town. Or perhaps you follow her wildly popular Instagram feed (@spicyheart). The Peruvian native and longtime Breck local is now creating and selling stylish handmade wares from her own Spicy Heart boutique at 100 S. Ridge St. (upstairs in Suite 202). Find Alicia etching, twisting and hammering artisanal jewelry inspired by ancient cultures, moon cycles and nature, and shop the latest in dangly earrings, cuff bracelets and hand-burned suede hats at this new retail hotspot. Follow Spicy Heart’s journey on Instagram and watch for announcements on artisan workshops, journaling sessions and women’s circles.

She Shed That Designs

After 30 years in an office, Shannon Jakoby is finally doing what She loves, creating fun and unique wood art pieces, meant to bring beauty (and sometimes laughter) to any space you can imagine. Shannon’s goal is to find wood and materials destined for the landfill and give them a new life. Her mind is always looking for and dreaming up new and interesting ideas to utilize wood as decor and functional pieces.

From wood-burned signs and trays to wood mosaics in every shape and size, and custom art designed specifically for you or someone you love, Shannon puts originality into every piece. Find her works at Kaleidoscopes, on Main Street, Breckenridge or online.


Broken Compass Celebrates 10 Years In Breck

Broken Compass Brewing’s founder and owner can’t believe a whole decade has already passed. Reflecting on all that’s transpired since launching his brewery on Airport Road in May 2014, Jason Ford names highlights like winning medals, concocting experimental masterpieces during One Off Wednesdays, parties, potlucks and live music, opening a second taproom location on Main Street. His proudest achievement, however, is the brewery’s unique niche in Breckenridge.

“The best part by far is the community,” he says. “I think we’re part of the cvulture here. Being part of something that big is awesome.”

Formerly a chemical engineer, Ford began dabbling in homebrewing about 15 years ago after becoming bored in a management position.

“I needed to create,” he says. “That’s what made me open a brewery.”

The journey was not forged alone. Ford credits “the incredible group of friends and family who invested in the dream and who have been there since day one.” Ford’s wife, Jo, has backed him from the beginning and is the mastermind behind one of Broken Compass’ benchmark brews, the Coconut Porter, created in the couple’s homebrewing days and, along with another mainstay, the Ginger Pale Ale, winner of multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

When the Fords opened Broken Compass, it was Summit County’s first new brewery in about 16 years. It quickly became a local’s hub, hosting weekly trivia, holiday potlucks and partnering with nonprofits for fundraising events, delivering live music on weekends and establishing itself as an anytime destination for adventurers stopping in after a bike ride or a ski day to chat over a pint and/or shoot some pinball.

After opening, the next wave of local craft breweries – Outer Range, Angry James and Highside – was soon to follow.

“It’s one of my favorite things about this industry. All everyone wants to do is make great beer and here in Summit County, it means supporting each other and helping each other out. It’s super refreshing and fun,” Ford says. “One of our mantras is small and crafty. Stay small and keep the level high. There’s over 400 breweries in Colorado. Staying small and crafty is what we want to do, do the best we can here in Breckenridge.”

Ford is also proud of the relationships he’s maintained with his staff. A few have been with him since the beginning and most who left did so to open their own businesses and breweries.

“If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of you,” he says. “It blows my mind that it’s been 10 years already. What an amazing thing to be an integral part of an amazing place, surrounded by amazing people. We’re surrounded by people on vacation and all the locals who just want to live life and kick ass. We’re always surrounded by people that just want to have fun.”


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Where Work Doesn’t Feel Like Work

John Shand, Mark Storms and Rich Banach were typical twenty-somethings who moved to Summit County to work in a ski shop and ski as much as possible. That lasted for several years, until losing a close friend prompted them to rethink their situation.

What if they owned and ran their own ski shop?

“It was bar talk for years,” Shand says. “I walked past the store and there was a for sale sign. The rest is history.”

The trio bought Avalanche Sports in winter 2001, transforming from ski shop to bike shop in the summer. They were in the shop all the time.

“The first two to three years, if you got a day off a month, it was a big deal,” Shand says.

Over time, business grew and in 2010, they opened a second location on the north end of Main Street. Taking pride in setting up customers on well-matched equipment, they’ve stayed savvy on the latest gear and made rental service a major priority.

“We tell people, we don’t want to see you and you don’t want to see us until you’re done,” Shand says. “We take our time with the process.”

Winter and summer are equally busy these days. Both Shand and Storms say the most satisfying part of the business over the years is the fact that it’s theirs.

“Owning it if it’s a good year or bad year, it’s yours. You’re going to blame, in this case, three people, but you can’t say your boss sucks. You have to own it all the time. That’s what’s rewarding. You’re doing it,” Shand says.

“Working for yourself is huge,” Storms agrees. “I live in town, work for myself. It’s awesome.”

Although other friends warned them in the beginning that a three-partner business would implode, there have never been major disagreements among the three. In fact, they’re all still good friends. With a bar counter (filled with photos) and stools surrounding the tuning station, the shop is also a popular spot for friends to visit.

“The shop is a space where some of my oldest friendships were carved out,” Banach says.

“I never don’t want to come to work,” Storms adds. “When we first started, it was just the three of us. We’d work 8 to 8, but our friends would come help us out. Everyone still comes by, stops in and hangs out for a beer.

Still avid skiers and bikers themselves, the Avalanche Sports owners are gratified by introducing the sports they love to newbies.

“Probably the most rewarding experience is passing on the stoke for skiing and biking to my customers and employees. One of the best experiences is hearing how someone’s day was made,” Banach says.

“We always deal with people who are doing something fun. When people come back from renting mountain bikes, they’re fired up. It feels sort of like we’re spreading the love. We’re not getting rich, but we’re doing what we love,” Storms says.

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Breck Etiquette

Be Sure To Practice Your Best Biking


When it comes to two wheels, there are few places in the world that beat the beauty and variety of terrain in Breckenridge.

Whether pedaling between towns on the recreation path or exploring the seemingly endless miles of local singletrack, follow these guidelines to ensure that you are in harmony with others and the environment.

Respect rules of the road

If you’re pedaling on roadways, stay to the right and ride single-file. Stop at stop signs and follow all rules of traffic.

No e-bikes on singletrack

E-bikes have landed in Breck and are the commuting, grocery-gathering vehicle of choice for many locals as well as an exhilarating means of exploring the area. Keep in mind, however, that while they are welcome on roads and paved recreation paths, e-bikes are NOT allowed on most singletrack trails in and around Breckenridge.

Ride only open trails

Respect trail closures due to seasonal wildlife mitigation, trail work and hazards. Closed trails are marked at trailheads.

Stay on the trail

Pedaling or pushing your bike off-trail causes erosion and damage to the landscape. We want to keep singletrack single and our environment pristine.

Don’t ride muddy trails

Many Breckenridge trails have a signage indicating their condition. If rated anything worse than “fair,” avoid the trail. As a general rule, if the trail is wet enough to leave a tire track, it should not be ridden.

Yield to other trail users

Hikers and equestrians have the right of way on multiuse trails, so if you encountered coming in the opposite direction, mountain bikers should pull over.

Uphill riders have the right of way

Unless riding a trail that is clearly marked for directional travel, downhill mountain bikes must yield to uphill riders.

Announce your presence and intention to pass

Handlebar bells are great things, particularly when riding on recreation paths. Whether it’s the ring of a bell or verbal announcement (“passing on your left,” “passing when there’s a chance,” etc.), you should always slow down a bit and let people ahead on the path or trail know that you’re coming.

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Stroll our Streets and Find One of A Kind Boutiques

Strolling down Main Street Breckenridge this summer? You may be inspired by the dozens of unique, locally owned shops. From specialty wine and food merchants to locally made souvenirs, independent outdoor shops, and trendy women’s apparel, downtown Breckenridge is a premier shopping destination!

Start on North Main Street and you’ll find two local favorites conveniently nestled side by side: Beloved Boutique, a stylish and fashion-forward women’s boutique, and The Mountain Goat, a curator of independent, on-trend outdoor labels. We also recommend popping across the street to the newly opened MODE Boutique for a taste of High Street fashion in the mountains.

As you travel south, you’ll stumble upon even more unique favorites, including Breck Kidz, the go-to destination for infant + youth apparel, and Magical Scraps, a whimsical boutique filled with playful souvenirs and handmade creations dreamt up and hand crafted by shop owner, Jessica Sessions.

Souvenirs on your mind in general? Mountainkind, tucked in a cozy alley directly off Main Street, carries an assortment of local artwork at a range of prices, including pieces created by their co-owner, Ali Stokes. Ohana is another must see. Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, their Breckenridge location carries plenty of Colorado makers alongside their custom screen printed soft goods.

Don’t be afraid to get off the beaten track in Breckenridge. Wandering Daisy, voted one of the Best Gift Shops of Summit, may be tucked off Main Street, but the shop is well worth a visit! Co-owners, Miranda Murphy and Genevieve Brusilow, offer locally handmade gifts, such as jewelry, pottery, many other unique finds, and even some of Genevieve’s own artwork.

Once you find yourself on the true South Side of town, you may think: “I’ve seen all there is.” Don’t be fooled! La Cima Mall is more than great food and breweries. This open air mall is home to Outsider, a menswear focused clothier carrying sustainable outdoor apparel, The Running Store, a local’s favorite stop for training essentials, and Fresh Soap Company, a cozy shop offering bath bombs and soaps hand crafted by owner, Kim Niewoudt. Cross the street from La Cima Mall to Main Street Station and the fun continues. With views of Maggie Pond and Peak 9, this scenic shopping plaza is a must visit! You’ll find three locally

owned boutiques (Bhava, Hummingbird Skye, and Folcland) offering a diverse selection of contemporary women’s fashion. You can also pay a visit to Continental Divide, America’s highest altitude winery, and The Downhill Dog, Breck’s newest pet store, for a bottle of Colorado-made wine or a special treat for your furry friend.

Want to find more of the best locally owned shops? Visit www. for a fast growing list of locally owned, independent boutiques that call Main Street Breckenridge home.

2024 Fine Art Festival Schedule

You won't want to miss the only nationally recognized fine art festivals in Summit County!

Free admission and family friendly

41st Breckenridge July Art Festival

July 4, 5, 6

Village at Breckenridge & Main Street Station

6th Silverthorne Fine Arts Festival

July 12, 13, 14 Next to Silverthorne Rec Center

23rd Breckenridge August Art Festival

August 1, 2, 3

Village at Breckenridge & Main Street Station

49th Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide

August 31, September 1, 2 Colorado Mountain College

4th Palisade Art Festival

September 28 & 29

Veteran's Memorial Park, Palisade, CO

Reflections on Life Elevated Wellness

The lure of the mountains is real and hits people at various stages of life. Freedom, daring adventures, beauty, and rugged challenges bring a special kind of person to the elevations high in the Rockies. A blustery day invites the test of cold weather equipment versus discouraging attitudes, and the triumphant enjoyment of outdoor activities in all conditions is a reward versus punishment. Sitting with feet propped by the evening fire has a satisfying feel after braving the elements to slice a turn in the fresh, fluffy powder. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.

People who find this lifestyle appealing tend to discover it on their own, away from their roots, striking out on an independent experience often in the tender years right after leaving home. Strong bonds form between the people who find themselves in mountain communities, facing the same struggles and initial loneliness as their new coworker or internet-stranger-turned-roommate. Holidays are celebrated with these instant close friends. Going home is not an option during the busiest seasons of the ski resorts and is likely out of budget, anyway.

Not everyone plans to stay. Arriving in the mountains to enjoy a winter before starting a 'real world' career is a popular move. Sometimes it turns out as well as fostering a dog you don’t plan to keep. Plenty of 20+ year mountain dwellers share the same story, “I came for a season and never left.”

However, hard seasonal work, sparse housing, high costs of living, and fighting the weather for the majority of the year do drive people to seek an easier and more conventional way of life. Where does that leave the ones who stay? Missing the good friends, they cultivated these fast and strong bonds with.

Mountain resort communities are transient by nature, which can perpetuate feelings of isolation for those who make their lives in them. Fostering friendships that function like family only to lose physical closeness when someone moves away is a painful and common phenomenon. One

mountain resident described his ever-evolving socialization; “I had friends I sat across the table from at all major holidays, the ones I hit the mountain with in the winter and traveled to the desert with in the spring.The majority of them ended up moving to places with more job opportunities in specialized fields, and more bang for their buck in real estate. I got so tired of feeling the loss when a friend left, I started to remain reserved with people until they seemed more committed to staying. I even made a rule not to count them in as close 'family' until they bought a house here, but even then, it is not a guarantee they will stay. Most of my friends where I grew up are now close to home, and my family is still there. Even though it sounds enticing, and I even moved home once, I still don’t have as much in common with those old friends as I do with the type of people who seek out a life here.”

Technology, social media, and smartphones have made it easier to maintain long-distance friendships after people have left. Another resident indicated the friendships she made in the mountains remain like a family bond, even though they have spread across the country. They stay in touch almost daily, 20 years later, via a group chat. Still, it is just not quite the same.

Nevertheless, there is an undeniable bind that weaves through the community, connecting the people who stick it out for the long term. The degree of separation is small within the core, and meeting someone new includes determining common comrades. Familiar faces and names turn into people to have honest conversations with, and the latticework of mountain town bonds grows with each chat.

As it is with life, the cycle continues with each new season bringing a group of bright-eyed mountain town fledglings. The lure of the mountains has called, and ready or not, they are stumbling into a journey of discovering the peaks and valleys of mountain living and bonding with people who will help them navigate it. Most importantly, wherever they end up and when, this season will be one giant step in getting to know someone essential - Themselves.

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Breckenridge Bike Parks & Pump Tracks

Looking for a fun family biking activity with no pressure and a lots of adrenaline for you and your kiddos?

Head over to one of Breckenridge’s Bike Parks designed with kids in mind. These parks are free to the public. Be sure to read all signage and come ready to ride with protective gear and a helmet. These bike parks help sharpen everyone’s riding skills and will keep everyone wanting one more round about in the park.

Blue River Bike Park -

This is the perfect place for young kids to practice biking skills, safely, to gain knowledge and confidence before taking on more challenging rides. This park contains a miniature pump track, fun obstacles , small bridges and other fun elements. The awesome River Park Playground is right next to the bike park too and is easily accessed from the Breckenridge Rec Path. 482 Floradora Drive, Breckenridge

Wellington Bike Park -

This park Includes a Strider track, large pump track, three flow trails and a skills area with jump features on 5 acres of land right in town. It can be easily accessed via bike trails, bike lanes, paths and sidewalks from Breckenridge Main Street. There are several descending flow trails, jumps, skills features, and a massive pump track.

This trail is accessed from Wellington Road opposite the Corkscrew Flats development. The trailhead sign marker is set off the road, so start looking for it as you are heading up Wellington Road after you pass Campion Trail.

This is the perfect spot for every level of mountain biking experience.

710 Wellington Road

What’s a Pump Track?

Some of you may be asking, “What is a Pump Track?”

A pump track is a purpose-built trail or “track” for cycling. It is usually a circuit that you ride consisting of a rolling trail with banked turns and features designed to be ridden by riders “pumping” their bike to generate momentum with up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing.

By a lake. With a charming Main Street. And its own marina with rentals and waterside dining. Just 9 miles from Breckenridge.

People of Breckenridge

Jeffrey Bergeron’s 50-year Impact in Breckenridge

From Biff America

to Town Councilman, Bergeron has helped build Breck into a beloved com-


Jeffrey Bergeron arrived in Breckenridge 50 years ago. He and a friend from Boston had planned only to stop through en route to Utah, but the friend won a whiskey drinking contest and accidently drove his car into the Blue River. So, they were stuck here.

Bergeron began waiting tables and teaching himself how to ski. In the summer, he’d look for work in other resort communities on the East and West coasts before returning for the winter in Breck.

With a knack for creativity and a cheeky sense of humor, Bergeron started dabbling in stand-up comedy and doing voiceovers and copywriting for radio commercials. He invented a character called Biff America.

Biff gained traction and landed his own talk show. He quickly became the face of Breckenridge, making the rounds through local bars and restaurants and filming spontaneous live clips, accosting patrons with his thick Boston accent, blond mullet and dangling earring.

“I’d go in and riff for like an hour. It was wild. I wouldn’t be able to get away with a lot of that humor now,” Bergeron says.

Biff America was featured on the cover of Westword Magazine’s “Best of Denver” issue as Best TV Show. He became a national sensation. His image and personality helped shaped the culture and vibe in Breckenridge.

“For visitors, as Biff, I gave the town a sense of being approachable, something different than another stodgy resort. I gave a suggestion of fun and irreverence,” he says. “It was crazy stuff at the time – fun, ribald, naughty.”

At one point, he recalls a news outlet writing that Biff America was the most recognizable name in Colorado other than John Elway. He interviewed national celebrities on his show – James Earl Jones, Peter Fonda and Jon Voight, to name a few. Aired on the Vacation Channel and Resort Sports Network, the show came to an end in the early 2000s, but Biff lives on through regular columns in The Summit Daily newspaper, offering his unique wit on topics like religion, education and love.

“When he came to Breckenridge, he had to use his creativity. He used it to make everyone laugh when he was a waiter, and then to become Biff,” says Bergeron’s wife, Ellen Hollinshead. “He had to use his personality to make a living.”

Married for 30 years, Bergeron and Hollinshead have played another major role in making Breckenridge what it is today. In 1997, they spearheaded a ballot initiative to designate a fraction of local sales and tax revenue to the acquisition of open space.

The initiative has led to the creation of 62 miles of local hiking and biking trails and protection of sensitive wildlife habitat like Cucumber Gulch.

The undertaking also sparked Bergeron’s interest in politics. It launched what would become a 16-year tenure on Breckenridge Town Council, a tenure that ended this spring.

“He’s going to be missed,” said fellow councilman Jay Beckerman in a wrap-up of Bergeron’s final council meeting this April. “A lot of people see him with his jokes, his articles in the paper, but he was so much more than that to us. He would always ask these amazing questions that would simplify subjects in a way that would get us back to the essence of an issue. He was such an integral part of how we communicated. He will be irreplaceable.”

Bergeron points out that former Breckenridge Mayor Eric Mamula, who ended his tenure last December to become a Summit County Commissioner, stated that Bergeron was always great at “saying the exact wrong thing at the exact right time.”

As for his legacy as a council member, Bergeron hopes his contributions helped solidify Breckenridge’s status “as a fun place where people are free to say what they believe” as well as appoint “cool people into positions of authority.”


JUNE 22 - AUGUST 10, 2024


Join the National Repertory Orchestra for a summer filled with captivating performances inspired by the forces of nature, performed by the brightest talent in classical music.


The Festival features everything from classical masterpieces by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner to contemporary works by Gershwin, John Williams, and Broadway hits.

Tickets start at $20, $5 for children!



One of the best things about mountain biking in Breckenridge is that there is something for every type of rider. There are trails for all levels, from beginner to advanced; from paved to steep and rocky.

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photos by Katie Young, Julia Ordog, Eddie Clark, and Holly Battista-Resignolo

Breckenridge’s trail system has its roots in the town’s late 19th-century mining boom, when miners created trails for accessing remote sites, transporting goods, and linking various operations. Today, the legacy of these historic trails form the backbone of Breckenridge’s extensive trail network, offering scenic routes for hikers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The repurposing of old mining routes into modern mountain biking trails has profoundly influenced the sport in the area, offering diverse terrain and stunning views that attract cyclists from around the world. This blend of heritage and outdoor adventure not only enhances Breckenridge’s reputation as a premier mountain biking destination but also allows riders to connect with the area’s rich history.

Today, the town of Breckenridge oversees more than 70 miles of non-motorized trails, which extend to hundreds more on county and federal public lands. The community’s strong commitment to developing excellent trails for both residents and visitors is a key attraction for those who come to explore the area. Tony Overlock, from Breckenridge’s Trails and Open Space Division, says the town’s goal is to provide trail access within a quarter mile of any location in Breckenridge.

Breckenridge is also surrounded by 70% National Forest, which is managed by the Dillon Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service manages the motorized trails as well and works closely with the town to create a seamless trail system through the town and the surrounding areas. Together they maintain close to 200 miles of trails. A great many of these connect to extensive networks within other USFS districts and counties, which makes Summit County the central hub for nearly endless grand loops.

Wondering how to navigate all of these amazing trails? You’ll find a digital map available on the Town of Breckenridge’s website. It’s also a great idea to stop at the local Welcome Center and buy a wax-covered paper copy, just in case! Download the trail map directly at:


We’re so lucky to have an incredible local company that specializes in women-specific events and training. VNTRbirds is a women-run adventure company based in Breckenridge that specializes in empowering women and femme-identifying folks through outdoor education and exhilarating experiences. Whether you’re looking for private or group mountain bike lessons, ride-to-race programs for those with a competitive streak, or skills courses, VNTRbirds has something for every lady. Don’t miss out on their exciting “Pedals & Pints” sessions, where you can hone your mountain biking skills and then relax with a pint. Head over to to find classes that fit your style and skill level.

What about the guys/co-ed groups? Don’t worry, RMU has your back. Meet up on Thursdays at 5 pm for a ride that is open to anyone. Finish off the night with a beer at RMU.


The Breckenridge Recreation Center offers summer biking classes for children of all ages. In addition to their Mountain Bike Camps, young riders can join the Mountain Bike Jr. League for a fun and engaging experience. For just $175, your child can enjoy biking every Tuesday night throughout the summer, receive a jersey, and gain free entry into the Summit Mountain Bike Series races on select Wednesday nights. New this year the Town of Breckenridge is also offering Private and Semi-Private Mountain Bike classes for kids and families (based on availability). For more details, visit:


What if you don’t have a bike with you? There are many Bike Rental companies in Breckenridge that can help you and your family get on the perfect ride. Check out for a list of some of our favorite local bike shops and what brands they carry for rentals and demos.

Summit Mountain Challenge Mountain Bike Series The brainchild of long-time local Greg Guras, this race series was produced by Maverick Sports Jeff “Westy” Westcott for a number of years before being formally adopted by the Town of Breckenridge. The Summit Mountain Challenge is the one of the oldest Mountain Bike series in the country and is held bi-weekly throughout the summer between May 22 and August 24. Each event features a different course. For more information go to races/summit-mountain-challenge

The Firecracker 50 mountain bike race on the 4th of July is quite a spectacle. Kicking off the Fourth of July Parade, 800+ bikers take off from Main Street to race 50 miles (2 loops) either individually or as a team throughout the amazing trails of Breckenridge and Summit County. Carter Park hosts a mini-festival where you can listen to music, peruse the vendor tents, and cheer on the racers who pass through either to switch partners or continue on to their second loop.

The 3rd week in August marks the biggest biking extravaganza in Breckenridge, Breck Bike Week, which includes the insane, 6-day 230+ mile Breck EPIC. 400 bass-a** mountain bikers compete in this 6-stage event, starting and ending each day within a mile of downtown Breckenridge. Epic’s courses loop out over 10,000-foot peaks, where riders encounter the most amazing views of Colorado. The weather is mostly good, but it can get a little sketchy too! Stories of riders getting caught in the sleet or even snow have become legendary. Finalists receive the coveted BMF belt buckle and bragging rights that they survived one of the most grueling mountain bike races in the US. If you are into watching more than racing; this year we will have the largest Epic Women’s Pro Bike Race ever, with 60 of the best female riders competing.

The notorious Intergalactic Pond Crossing is back this year during Breck Bike Week, where contestants attempt to bike across the pond in downtown Breckenridge over a very narrow plank. The consequences of not finishing are a very frigid dip into the pond!

Don’t worry if you’re one of us mere mortals. There are loads of other bike-related activities happening during the week including group bike rides from town, tech and skills clinics, and morning yoga. There will be a festival where you can test out the latest and greatest gear. Additionally, during this week, you can catch some thrilling films at the MTB Film Festival, held at the state-of-the-art Riverwalk Center, located right in the heart of town.

The Breck Epic also hosts a 4-day event-within-the-event called the Women’s Cycling Summit. It includes classes on how to fix and maintain your bike, what to pack on a multiweek-long self-supported road ride, and lessons on sponsorship and ambassadorship for women racers.


Itching to get out there? Biking season typically starts in June and lasts until the snow flies sometime in October (we hope!). The weather in the summer is cool and sunny on most days. To find out all of the bike-related happenings in town, make sure you check out our community blog and website, Here, you can find out all the cool events that are happening while you are in town and read blogs about the locals’ favorite trails. This website

is managed by me, a self-proclaimed recreational rider, and my husband, one of those insane BMF racers. So, you will find something interesting no matter where you fall on the biking spectrum.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Breck Create

The Mountains Are Alive with Art

Breck Create is our community’s renowned arts and cultural organization bringing music, theater, art and multimedia projects to the people and visitors of Breckenridge. This year they have unveiled a lineup of Summer happenings to foster engagement and appreciation of the arts for all. From local and visiting artists to producing the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA), live performances and interactive events, this season is poised to be one of the best yet.

“This summer season truly exemplifies our dedication to world-class programming that is adventurous, interactive, playful and inclusive,” says Tamara Nuzzaci Park, president and CEO of Breck Create. “More importantly, we meticulously ensure that our events, services and facilities cater to the diverse needs of our guests so that our events are accessible and welcoming to all.”

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts - BIFA

BIFA is a 10-day celebration of Adventure + Creativity + Nature + Play. Local, national and international artists intersect to deliver traditional and unconventional experiences across music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment.

From August 16 to August 25, 2024, the festival will transform the Town of Breckenridge into a vibrant hub of cultural exploration, with events spanning venues, public parks, trails,

and open spaces. Explore ticketed performances, immersive art installations, and art classes and workshops as well as dozens of opportunities for free, family-friendly fun.

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Homes & Realty


Gary Riggs expands successful luxury design business from Dallas to Main Street

When Gary Riggs designs a house, he sees every room as its own composition.

“I’m looking at lines, colors, textures, patterns. A room is a three-dimensional painting,” Riggs says. “I want it to look good from every angle, from every corner of the room. I’ve learned that so much of home design is for people to see an aesthetic, but doing it in their taste. It’s not my responsibility to foist my aesthetic onto their home. I’ve also found that a lot of people don’t know what they love until they’re in it or until they see it.”

Growing up on a farm in rural Washington and studying art at Brigham Young University, Riggs has had a knack for aesthetics since childhood. After graduat-

ing he worked for a studio producing the Donny and Marie Osmond TV show, also helping design sets and scenery for several Hollywood films, including the original Footloose. His drawings and paintings have earned their way into galleries across the country since the 1980s.

Hoping to become part of a larger art market, Riggs moved to the Dallas area and visited with several galleries and interior designers.

“I was met with positivity right away. They wanted my stuff. I painted and took odd jobs to keep income coming in,” Riggs says.

His journey as a home designer, however, arrived serendipitously, when a woman seeking paintings for a new house visited Riggs and admired the furnishings and design in his home. Riggs recalls the conversation clearly.

“She said, ‘we’ve built this home. We need artwork and I’d love to see your work.’ She came to the house, looked at all the paintings I had there. She bought a couple. She went back home. The next day I got another call from her. She said, ‘I have an odd question. When I was at your home, I loved the way your home feels. We’ve spent a lot of money on furnishings, but it doesn’t feel right. I want it to feel like your house. Can you make that happen?’”

Riggs worked his magic on her house and launched his foray into home design.

“I went up and looked at her house. I could see immediately there were nice things, but it was presented horribly. The space planning was awkward, everything was plopped around. There wasn’t an aesthetic to how it was put in. I took some pictures. I said I’d brainstorm some ideas.”

He ended up doing a furniture shuffle in her living area, incorporated a new coromandel screen behind the sofa and added a few other items “to finish it off.”

“The next day, she said, ‘I couldn’t leave that room. I sat in there all day and all night. We just love it.’”

Riggs opened his own business in Dallas in 2004. It has now become a massive retail space and design consultancy. He has spent the last two decades helping property owners discover and rediscover beauty and comfort in their homes in Dallas and beyond, designing homes in Vail, Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole and Bozeman.

Identifying a local demand for and deficit of luxury home furniture and design professionals, he has expanded to Breckenridge, opening Gary Riggs Home Furnishings on north Main Street this summer. The historic, two-story shop is worth a tour in itself, each corner an artistic masterpiece, featuring hand-selected furniture, wall art and accessories ranging in price from $30 to $27,000.

“I’m a person who believes there’s a place for everything,” Riggs says. “Our demographic is on the higher side, but my feeling is you can make a $200,000 home look like an $800,000 home. If you have a $6 million home, you’d better make it look like a $6 million home, but you can also make it look like an $8 million home.”

The gratification for Riggs comes in his client’s joy and contentment with their new home environment.

“I have one client I’ve worked with on many homes who will say, ‘I need a bit of a refresh. I’m tired of this room.’ I’ll give it a fresh face. The reward is in the people, the client’s smile or tears or the hug you get because they’re excited about the place. I love it when people appreciate your time and realize the thought you’ve put into it.”

DarkSky Colorado

Viewing the star-laden night skies without the interruption of light pollution is an experience beyond belief. It is an unparalleled immersive natural resource that can be experienced by all.

A new movement has been taking place, DarkSky International, a worldwide movement to restore the nighttime environment and protect communities from the harmful effects of light pollution through outreach, advocacy, and conservation.

Colorado has its own branch, DarkSky Colorado and our state has many Dark Sky certified regions to enjoy the night sky.

When planning your home, renovating or replacing an exterior light fixture you can now help restore our night skies to their glory and let the Milky Way shine a whole lot brighter (and also help birds while migrating).

How to Start:

Reduce the amount of light outside your home or place of business. Turn off all non-essential nighttime lights.

Shield outdoor lights to prevent light from being emitted upwards. Place lights to illuminate the floor or ground and use lighting shields to prevent shining into the sky.

Change the color of your lights from cool to warm.

Advocate for dark sky and bird-friendly lighting in your town.

Visit: Sea Turtle and Wildlife Certified Orange A-19 LED

Artificial light is a threat to wildlife. Light at night disrupts natural behavior and can cause injury or death to the animal population. Consider this wildlife friendly light bulb to keep your outdoor spaces safe for both humans and wildlife.

The Lodge at Breckenridge Sleep Above It All

Imagine sweeping panoramic views as you rub your eyes and pull your room’s curtains aside. The Lodge at Breckenridge has been invigorating their lodging guests with spectacular sights yearround. This establishment has been a part of the Breckenrodge skyline for over 50 years and has recently been renovated to enhance your Breckenridge stay.

The story of The Lodge at Breckenridge began in the 1970s. It was originally constructed as an Athletic Club, pioneering the first fitness center in Breckenridge, located on Boreas Pass Road.

During the 1980s, The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge opened its doors, transforming into a 31-room hotel and restaurant. It quickly became a local favorite with its restaurant, then known as The Overlook, renowned for its dining, comedy shows and shuffleboard.

In the 1990s, The Lodge expanded with the addition of 14 new lodging rooms, including eight junior suites designed to highlight breathtaking views of Breckenridge Ski Resort. This decade also saw the establishment of its award-winning wedding venue, renowned for its panoramic vistas of the Ten Mile Range from the Sky View Deck.

The Lodge welcomed local resident Rhonda Wilson (then Rhonda Profaizer) in the early 2000’s, an emerging leader who began as Executive Meeting Manager and eventually became

General Manager. In 2009, financial challenges led to ownership changes, resulting in Guest Services, Inc. acquiring the property in 2013 and rebranding it simply as “The Lodge at Breckenridge.”

Under new ownership, significant renovations were undertaken in 2015, including the complete refurbishment of all rooms and a redesign of the restaurant, now known as Traverse Restaurant, featuring a fresh culinary concept.

In 2022, The Lodge underwent another expansion, adding 12 new lodging rooms in the former spa area along with a guest lounge, a small meeting space, and employee housing. Extensive updates were also made to the existing 45 guest rooms, Traverse Restaurant, and the Ballroom, all aimed at providing a modern look and enhancing guest experience. While the Spa and Fitness Center were removed, guests have access to miles of trails out the Lodge’s front doors.

Many weddings and special events have been held on their deck. The property is a thread in the fabric of our town’s long history and is a spectacular space to retreat.

112 Overlook Dr Breckenridge, CO


Summit County Business Awards

Summit Chamber proudly announced the winners of this year’s Business Excellence Awards amid a huge celebration Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Warren Station at Keystone. The event recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of local businesses and organizations across various sectors. This year Breckenridge business leaders shined and we are proud to feature their accomplishments.

Each application was judged by a panel of business professionals who independently assigned 0-5 points to each question based on pre-determined criteria. These numbers were then combined and weighted as set forth for each category. Here are the distinguished awardees and highlights from their commendable efforts:

Non-Profit Program of the Year

Building Hope

Government Department of the Year

Town of Breckenridge Free Ride Transit

The Town of Breckenridge Free Ride Transit was lauded for its exceptional commitment to passenger satisfaction, ridership, and environmental sustainability. With an impressive ridership of 947,952 passengers in 2023, the Free Ride Transit played a pivotal role in reducing traffic congestion and enhancing accessibility to various destinations in Summit County.

Building Hope emerged as a beacon of hope, providing vital mental health services and support to the community. Through its comprehensive scholarship program and unwavering dedication, Building Hope has significantly reduced barriers to care, destigmatized mental health treatment, and positively impacted countless lives in Summit County.

Ben Fogle Chamber Champion

Bruce Horii

Bruce Horii’s longstanding commitment to the Summit Chamber’s mission and the local business community earned him the prestigious Ben Fogle Chamber Champion award. His selfless volunteerism, leadership, and advocacy have played a pivotal role in fostering growth and collaboration within Summit County.

New Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

Bistro North, sister restaurant to Blue River Bistro

Breck Snow, Plow & Heavy Equipment

Breck Snow, Plow & Heavy Equipment exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to community service. Founded by John Ruttley, the company has revolutionized snow removal services in Summit County, focusing on better equipment, well trained drivers and a commitment to superior customer service.

Bistro North’s commitment to excellence in the restaurant industry, coupled with its dedication to building and rewarding a top-tier team, earned it the title of Large Business of the Year. With a focus on culinary innovation and exceptional service, Bistro North continues to delight patrons while expanding its presence in the community.

Gold Pan Saloon Local’s Party

Gold Pan Saloon Local’s Party

Town Party

ULLR Fest 60th Anniversary

Dine Local

Photo: Daylight Donuts

Breckenridge Summer Patio Roundup

There’s nothing like pulling up a patio seat and sipping on your favorite drink while taking in the majestic wide-stretching Ten Mile Range. Maybe it’s the bluer than blue sky, the sound of snow melting into the river or the satisfied exhale (and ravenous refueling) that comes after a day of playing on Summit County’s sunsplashed trails.

We invite you to discover some of our favorite Breckenridge decks and patios and create your own al fresco oasis this season.


Settle in under a brightly colored umbrella on this always-buzzing west-facing deck for smoky barbecue and Colorado craft brews. Dogs and kids love the side picnic table area where games of corn hole and endless Breckenridge Ski Resort views invite lazy summer afternoons.

Quandary Tequila Bistro

This spacious sunny patio overlooks Peak 9, Peak 10 and tranquil Maggie pond. Stroll the Sunday Breckenridge farmers market or paddleboard on the pond before digging into Quandary’s daily happy hour from 3 to 5pm on the pet-friendly patio.

Burke and Riley’s

This longtime locals hangout and Irish pub boasts an elevated deck overlooking downtown Breck and the Ten Mile Range. A flickering fire pit and intimate stage of rotating musicians and DJs set a festive tone for sipping Guinness and enjoying fish and chips.

The Canteen Tap House & Tavern

This locally owned watering hole and barbecue and burger joint beckons with a lively deck, jam band tunes and stiff margaritas served in nostalgic metal canteens. Try the brined and smoked buffalo wings and the honeydew burger made with green chiles, cream cheese, honey and tangy yellow mustard (sounds odd, tastes incredible!)

South Ridge Seafood

Soaring from the second level of La Cima Mall, the rooftop deck at South Ridge Seafood welcomes glorious afternoon sun and people-watching with a bird’s eye view. Catch happy hour from 4 to 6pm and dive into deals on oysters, trout dip and Thai curry mussels. Non-seafood options await as well. Don’t miss the $10 grilled onion and cheddar Wagyu burger.


This ski manufacturer and heady gear shop doubles as a hip tavern with a front patio facing Main Street and a backyard beer garden that knows how to have a good time. Bring the pup, listen to some live music and sip on a killer espresso martini made with Breckenridge Distillery vodka. Got the kids in tow? RMU’s grilled cheese menu is legit.

The Traverse

Take a short drive or bus ride up Boreas Pass Road and land on the Traverse’s 10,200-foot wraparound deck. The sleek Lodge at Breckenridge restaurant overlooks Baldy Mountain, town and the snow-capped Ten Mile Range. Friendly servers deliver delicious elk tacos, burrata salad and charcuterie alongside Moscow mules, global wines and Colorado beers.

Motherloaded Tavern

This back alley chill spot is fun and funky with loads of character. The porch party scene features local musicians, mason jar cocktails (try the fruity pirate booty) and timeless comfort favorites like chicken and waffles, family recipe meatloaf, Southern fried okra and Spam fries.

Bird and Cow

Perched on Ridge Street with a tucked-away upstairs deck, this newish eatery delivers ski area vistas and a playful barnyard menu. Select from tasty takes on hot fried or grilled chicken sandwiches, cheesesteak and patty melts. Ask about The Trough speciality cocktail of the day.

The Crown


Reserve a coveted table on the flower-lined deck at this historic Victorian home turned upscale restaurant. Dine on naturally raised beef and game, sustainably caught seafood and the season’s best Colorado produce while drinking in beautiful mountain views.


Set on the Riverwalk in downtown Breckenridge, this Italian experience showcases handmade pastas and old world flavors. The menu — created by the culinary wizards from Rootstalk — sings with whole branzino, diver scallops, stuffed quail and more. Summertime dishes are best savored from the intimate deck overlooking the Blue River.

Breckenridge Distillery

The world’s highest distillery and cherished Colorado distilling experts invite guests to sip and sample in the tasting room before heading outside to the stylish patio for libations, live music and yard games. The 2 to 5pm happy hour features $10 creative cocktails and deals on snacks that include crispy pork rinds, sticky ribs and to-die-for orange chicken.

This coffee shop and tavern is a stellar family stop for summer refreshments. Order from the full espresso bar, try a boozy coffee drink, get the kids some ice cream and nibble on flatbreads while soaking in some rays on the riverside patio.

Spencer’s Steak & Spirits

Say cheers to the spirit of celebrating: Take a step back in time at the restaurant named for George Spencer, the founder of the town of Breckenridge, with classic cocktails and old-fashioned western hospitality. Spencer’s is “the” place to gather with a large group to celebrate a special occasion or group dinner.

Spencer’s is open for the summer featuring a new culinary team led by Executive Chef Reginald Nebab with all new menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This summer check out Spencer’s new Sunday Brunch from 9 am – 2 pm every Sunday featuring an elevated dining experience including chef action stations, a variety of traditional and new menu items and more.

Spencer’s is THE PLACE for the best happy hour in Breckenridge. With a special happy hour menu, killer drink deals and fun games. Spencer’s happy hour from 3 pm – 5 pm every day is the place to be. With onsite parking and easy accessibility from anywhere in Breckenridge it couldn’t be easier.

Breakfast | 7 – 10:30 am

Lunch | 11 am – 2:30 pm

Happy Hour 3 – 5 pm DAILY

Dinner 5 – 9 pm

Beaver Run Resort 620 Village Road 970-453-8755

Breakfast, Lunch, Baked Goods, Beer, Wine & Lavazza Coffee

In addition to our European Menu and Pastries, we offer a variety of Signature Cakes

100 N. Main Street Breckenridge

Continental Divide Winery

Create Your Own Custom Wine at Continental Divide Winery

Continental Divide, Breckenridge’s original locally owned winery, gives you a fun and unique opportunity to be a winemaker for a day! Explore the art of wine blending with guidance from their professional staff. Use authentic vintner equipment to custom craft your own personalized wine blend, then bottle, cork and label your custom-crafted wine as a souvenir of your experience.

Awarded Best Winery Experience by Lux-Life Magazine, the Wine Blending Experience is an interactive and enter-

taining two-hour program offered daily (reservations required). “Think of this as high school chemistry where you play with wine instead of chemicals,” explains winery founder Jeffrey Maltzman.

Verified customer reviews sum up the activity best. “The best thing we did in Breckenridge! I cannot recommend it enough!” wrote Eileen from Boston, MA. “This was such a unique cool experience,” boasted Brittah from Big Lake, MN. “I loved learning and experimenting with how the flavors changed as we made our blends,” wrote Steve from Denver CO.

nery’s Main Street Station tasting room daily. Wine Tasting reservations can be made through OpenTable, but walk-ins are welcome.

To book a Wine Blending Experience call 970-771-3443 or book online at

Continental Divide Winery

Main Street Station

505 S. Main Street Breckenridge, CO 80424 970-771-3443

Gold Pan Saloon

In 1859 thousands of gold seekers flocked to Colorado, taking part in one of the greatest gold rushes in North American history. In 1861 on this very site, a tented structure known as Long’s Saloon opened for business as a local watering hole for thirsty miners with the permanent building being erected in 1879.

In one form or another, The Gold Pan Saloon has stood for over 140 years playing host to gunfights, outlasting Prohibition, and boasting the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi. Today, locals and visitors alike come for the camaraderie, to tell a few ski and ride stories, listen to music, and enjoy some outstanding food and libations. Now, the Gold Pan adds another chapter with the addition of Carboy Winery, a unique Colorado winery offering a selection of select Carboy wines in bottles and on TAP! So come in and enjoy a piece of Breckenridge history.

103 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Carboy Winery

At 9,600 feet above sea level, the Carboy Breckenridge tasting room offers an unforgettable alpine wine-tasting experience paired with the history of the Gold Rush. Carboy Winery Breckenridge is a new way to Après Ski and Bike. Situated in part of the infamous Gold Pan Saloon on Main Street, they invite locals and visitors alike to loosen their boots and share tall tales of their day in the mountains while sipping on tall(er) glasses of our award-winning wines. Beautifully prepared menu items are made to complement every glass of wine you choose to taste. Come in from Noon to Nine in the Evening (10 pm on Friday and Saturday) and enjoy Lunch, Happy Hour or Dinner.

103 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Since 1981, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina has been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Conveniently located on Park Avenue across from the base of Peak 9, Mi Casa is a great place to bring your whole family for lunch, or join your friends for their perennially popular daily Happy Hour. The wide-ranging menu and colorful atmosphere create a fun & festive dining experience for any type of crowd!

The decades-long tradition continues today with some modern tweaks including contemporary, spirit-forward Margaritas and craft cocktails, and a menu featuring the classics you expect, as well as elevated

seasonal options. From their famous Queso and Signature Salsas, to sizzling Fajitas, mix & match Tacos, and fresh appetizers and salads, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy! Plenty of Mi Casa’s menu items are great for sharing, and it remains one of the best values in town, with generous portion sizes. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff can help guide you to your perfect margarita or entree choice, from a menu filled with gluten-free & vegetarian options.

As one of the largest restaurants in Breckenridge, Mi Casa seats up to 300 people, and is a fantastic location for fam-

ilies and groups to gather and celebrate life’s special events. A visit to Breckenridge is best topped off with a taste of Mexico, and Mi Casa is the local favorite.

We invite you to visit us for Lunch, Happy Hour, or Dinner. We look forward to helping you and your friends & family experience the tastes and traditions of Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, a Breckenridge staple for more than 40 years. Salud!

600 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge 970-453-2071


Radicato, the creation of Chef Matt Vawter, is a modern Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Breckenridge, Colorado. Recently honored as the winner for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef in the Mountain Region, Chef Matt brings a wealth of culinary expertise cultivated during his fourteen-year tenure in Denver. From his role as the Chef de Cuisine at Fruition Restaurant to his tenure as the Executive Chef/Partner at Mercantile dining & provision, and now the Executive Chef/Owner of Rootstalk and Radicato, Chef Matt’s culinary journey underscores a steadfast commitment to culinary excellence.

Opened in June of 2022, Radicato celebrates seasonal and technique-driven cuisine inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Italy. The name Radiato is an Italian word that means being deeply rooted to a place. There is a passion for showcasing everything Breckenridge and Colorado has to offer. The aim is to explore the connections between farmers and diners, while providing an atmosphere that allows guests to connect with each other. As a privately owned and operated establishment by Chef Matt, alongside partners Chef Cameron Baker and Director of Hospitality Patrick Murphy, Radicato embodies a team of hospitality professionals dedicated to curating memorable dining experiences. Radicato executes Chefs Matt Vawter and Cameron Baker’s vision of Mountain Italian. Ingredients are diligently sourced and are highlighted on ever evolving seasonal menus. Radicato offers a variety of dining options from happy hour, a la carte pastas and entrees, and a 5 course tasting menu which showcases the best of the Radicato kitchen.

The setting of Radicato is also influenced by the season. In the winter the dining room is lit by the warm ambiance of the lights in Blue River Plaza. There is no better place to watch the snow fall on a winter evening. In the summer two outdoor seating areas provide fresh air, the sounds of the Blue River, and stunning views of the Ten Mile Range. The dining room provides a welcoming, warm ambiance for any occasion or celebration. Hospitality is the central focus of our entire team at Radicato, we aim to create world class dining experiences for anyone who chooses to spend a night with us.

137 South Main Street. Breckenridge Colorado


Rootstalk is a modern American restaurant founded on the idea of connection and coming home. Chef Matt Vawter was born and raised in Summit County and spent the formative years of his culinary career in Keystone and Breckenridge. After spending a period of time away from Breckenridge, Chef Matt returned to his hometown determined to open a restaurant of his own and help grow the culinary landscape in Summit County. Chef Matt made a large step towards that goal when he won the 2024 James Beard Award for Best Chef Mountain.

From old dormant roots, Rootstalk was opened in December of 2020 in a historic home on North Main Street in Breckenridge. The name Rootstalk refers to rhizomes that are all connected via a complex underground root system. The name was inspired by the large stands of Aspen trees surrounding the community of Breckenridge. Rootstalk explores the notion of connection through the cuisine, hospitality, and beverage programs. The aim is to connect guests with farmers, ranchers, winemakers, and other producers; while providing a space where people can connect with each other during their dinner.

Our team seeks to provide “Elevated, Everyday Dining” to the local community as well as out of town visitors. The cuisine is ingredient focused, technique driven and deeply committed to quality at all levels. The culinary team meticulously sources produce, proteins, and ingredients from quality producers from Colorado and across the country. Cocktails are created with intention and given the same level of care as the food on the plate. The wine program is focused on small-scale quality producers from across the globe from the classic to more esoteric modern styles. There are a range of experiences offered at Rootstalk from seven course tasting menus paired with wine to simply having a quick snack and beverage at the bar. Rootstalk can curate an experience for any occasion big or small.

The two dining areas of the restaurant are beautiful juxtapositions of each other. Upstairs is bright, elegant, and airy with views of Main Street offered by bay windows in the front. While the Root Cellar downstairs offers a more intimate dining experience with a Chef’s Counter available for those who love to be part of the action. During the summer the patios are abundantly decorated with flowers offering a wonderful outdoor dining experience. Rootstalk is a venue that allows guests to connect to everything that Breckenridge has to offer.







Ten Ways To Enjoy the

Breckenridge Distillery


award-winning spirit’s production facility to indulging in worldclass cuisine, Breckenridge Distillery is truly an adventure for the senses. Whether you have time for the full experience at the Distillery on Airport Road, or you’re simply curious about tasting its award-winning spirits while strolling Main Street, the Distillery makes it easy, fun and delicious to discover what it’s all about. Here are 10 ways you can experience the Breckenridge Distillery.


Breckenridge Distillery’s modern-American steakhouse atmosphere showcases seasonal and approachable dishes that impart not only the fantastic spirits of Breckenridge Distillery but also, their upscale mountain dining experience. Their family style menu features locally sourced steaks from Fitch Ranch. As always, the menu revolves around local produce, comfort foods with a twist and shareable dishes meant to encourage interaction and conviviality. Enjoy Happy Hour dishes starting at $13. Book a reservation at


If it’s edible, chances are Liquid Chef Billie Keithley has made a cocktail out of it. And that’s one of the reasons she loves working for the Distillery so much. Because of the Distillery’s special liquor license, Keithley can’t go out and buy spirits and cordials elsewhere, so she creates them herself. Products like amaros, bitters, vermouth and liqueurs are all made in-house. “Which means we can put our own twists on them,” she says. Keithley and Lead Bartender Griffin Bovich are creating schnapps, shrubs, syrups and juices, among other fresh products, for every specialty cocktail. Popular menu staples include the Obi Wan Old Fashioned, made with Breckenridge Port Cask Whiskey.


Book a private dinner or event at the Breckenridge Distillery. Parties up to 30 people can reserve their exclusive spaces surrounded by aging whiskey barrels, old barn wood, leather couches and an authentic mountain vibe. Their exclusive, private dining areas come with a personal wait staff and can be used for families, micro conferences, executive meetings, or small parties. For inquiries and bookings, email


The Breckenridge Distillery offers one of the most highly awarded craft bourbons in the U.S. Guests can choose from a limited menu of spirits and have the option to upgrade their tasting to try their high-end flights. Tastings are on a first-come, firstserve basis a both of the Distillery’s locations. Looking for a more personalized and unique tasting experience? Book a Chocolate & Spirits pairing, small bites and spirits pairing, Cask Finished Flights, among others. Book at


Every Saturday & Sunday, guests can take a behind-the scenes tour of the Breckenridge Distillery’s production facility. This abbreviated tour starts by tasting two of their award-winning Breckenridge spirits in the Founder’s Lab. Their expert guides will take guests on a 1-hour tour through their original production facility and finish up the experience with a tasting of their Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey. Book a tour at


Breckenridge Distillery offers guests a VIP experience during their After Hours tours. Use your senses to experience the inner workings of how these handcrafted spirits go from grain to bottle while learning about the history of whiskey and how the distillery was founded. Tours are offered at 5:00 pm and 6:15pm by reservation only. Book a VIP tour at


Nerd out with our distillers and become a master blender for a few magical hours. Breckenridge Distillery’s distillers are experts in nosing, flavor categorization and pairing substrates together to create a whole that far exceeds the expected sum of its parts. Guests will be taught to break down aggregate flavors while building a whiskey blend complete with mouthfeel and finish. You will hand bottle your creation and complete the experience with a customized label. By reservation only. Book at


In the heart of downtown Breckenridge, get a taste of not only the Distillery’s spirits but also a taste of what the Breckenridge Distillery is all about. From merchandise to personable, knowledgeable staff, this small tasting room is a glimpse of what you can experience at their main location on Airport Rd. Learn more about current hours and offerings at


The Breckenridge Distillery offers a free shuttle to and from the Breckenridge Distillery and Main Street Tasting Room within Breckenridge town limits. The shuttle fits up to 14 guests. To book a ride, call the Distillery Shuttle at 970-445-8613.


Breckenridge Spirits are available nationwide at your local retailers. Shop your local retailer or get home delivery on your favorite Breckenridge spirits. Visit products to get delivery. Looking for fun cocktail recipes? Visit Billie’s Cocktail Lab on their website for 100’s of cocktail recipes.

Next Door Neighbors

Meet Our Nextdoor Neighbor

Leadville, Colorado

When we’re craving a dose of old west grit and Victorian charm, we look to our westerly friend, Leadville. Home to Melanzana, ski-joring, silver mining lore and a smattering of lung-busting 13,000and 14,000-foot peaks towering over millions of acres of national forest and public land, Leadville is always up for fresh air fund.

Here’s what we’re loving about Leadville this summer.


Zero Day Coffee

Started by thru-hikers and named for rest days where zero miles are clocked and hikers stock up on provisions, this Leadville coffee, gear and biodynamic wine shop serves vegan pastries from local bakers and a mean cup of chai. Sip yours while perusing mountain gear sourced from indie makers across the nation.

High Mountain Pies

Nab a patio picnic table and catch live music while noshing on a candied walnut, bleu cheese and fig spinach salad and trying to decide which fresh oven-baked pizza to order. Try the San Luis pie with braised pork and green chiles or the Road Runner for a unique creation with basil pesto, chicken, seasonal squash and posole.

Mineral 1886

Tucked inside the renovated Delaware Hotel in downtown Leadville, this eatery is making a name with chef-driven takes on breakfast and lunch. Try the benedict cheeseburger or the fried chicken and Belgium waffles for the best of both worlds.


Gigi’s General

This is the spot for locally made goodies. Pop into this boutique for everything from vintage sleeping bag jackets to chocolate-dipped jalapenos to artisan soaps.

Leadville Outdoors and Mountain Market

Find hiking maps and trekking poles, base layers and hydration bottles, camping packs and carabiners. Souvenir seekers and outdoor adventurers spend hours inside this local treasure trove.


If you have time before your Leadville visit, hop on their website and reserve yourself a shopping appointment. Yep, this sewn-onsite clothing shop has such a devoted cult following that you need a reservation to shop the good stuff. The insanely soft micro grid fabric is totally worth it.


At 10,152 feet, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States. Here’s a high-altitude summer checklist to inspire:

◊ Bike the Mineral Belt Trail

◊ Drive the scenic Top of the Rockies

◊ Take a guided tour of the Tabor Opera House

◊ Attend Boom Days August 2–4, 2024

◊ Camp, paddle and boat at Twin Lakes

◊ Hit the links at Mt. Massive Golf Course

◊ Ride the scenic Leadville Railroad

◊ Mountain bike to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse

Slide, Ride, Climb & Jump At Breckenridge Ski Resort

Summer kicked off at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Friday, June 14 with the opening of the BreckConnect Gondola and resort summer activities. Summer operations are open daily through Labor Day, Monday Sept. 2, with the BreckConnect Gondola open 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM and resort lifts and activities open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Resort summer operations are primarily located on Peak 8, with a hub of family-friendly activities and signature thrills at Peak 8 Base Camp, as well as additional adventure activities and hiking and biking trails located off the top of the Colorado SuperChair at Alpine Camp.

The resort will open the majority of its Peak 8 Base Camp activities, including the Gold Runner Coaster, Bungee Trampolines, Mini Golf, Kids’ Ropes Course, Kids’ Zipline, the Bounce House and Gemstone Panning. The Colorado SuperChair will open for scenic chairlift rides up to Alpine Camp, located at an elevation of over 11,000 feet above sea-level, with access to food and beverage at the Vista Haus and the Gold Summit Climbing Wall. Additional activities at Alpine Camp, including the Alpineer Challenge Course and trails for hiking and biking, are anticipated to open later this month, weather and conditions dependent as trails continue to dry out.

Here are the top things we are looking forward to this summer at Breck:

The Alpine

The Alpine Slide is Back, Baby!

The Alpine Slide is back this summer and anticipated to reopen in June! After a summer off for the installation of the new Five SuperChair, the resort’s most popular signature summer activity is set to return to the lineup. Offering three exhilarating lanes, control the speed of your cart and race your way down 2,600 feet of berms, turns and straightaways. The Alpine Slide is accessed by the new Five SuperChair.


Accessible Adventure at 11,000-feet

Even if you aren’t an experienced hiker, you can easily access Breck’s high alpine environment and get more than 11,000 feet above-sea-level with a scenic ride on the Colorado SuperChair. From there, test your skills on the Gold Summit Climbing Wall or Alpineer Challenge Course, hike the Horseshoe Bowl Loop trail, grab a bite or a beverage at Vista Haus, or simply take in the view of Breck from new heights.


Yoga, tarot, reiki, sound healing and beyond.

After a powerful reiki session, Alison Duncan noticed that her fears and self-limiting beliefs began to dissolve and her world became more peaceful. Duncan embarked on a deep inner healing journey, learning and offering reiki, yoga and sound healing. In December 2023, she opened Spirit Alchemy in Breckenridge (below BMO Bank on French Street), bringing together a collective of local healers and teachers.

“Once I began healing myself, I wanted to offer it to other people,” Duncan says. “I truly believe you can free your spiritual self and alchemize and transform your internal world and get back to your true self,” she says.

The boutique wellness studio offers a full calendar of private and group modalities, including community acupuncture, sound baths, yoga, reiki and tuning fork therapy, intro to tarot cards and soul retrieval sessions.

“These are tools to help you move through life with more ease and grace and to help remove some of that stuckness that we can experience,” Duncan says.

Don’t Miss: Group Sound Journeying

August 18 at 7pm Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

Follow along on Instagram at @spiritalchemystudio.

106 N. French St., GL7

Ecstatic Dance

This rising movement is all about free flow expression and community.

Come as you are, whoop, twirl, jump, drum and move your body organically to DJ-curated music that drops and rises, matching the energy in the room. This is the scene at an Ecstatic Dance Colorado event. These growing alcohol-free community-building gatherings invite participants of all ages to embrace playful energy, surrendering to flow state while ushering in mood-boosting hormones like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin that surface naturally while dancing.

“A lot of first-timers will come up to me afterwards and say ‘I didn’t know I needed that,’” says founder Kat Carter, a certified yoga instructor and movement educator. “Ecstatic dance is all about the ability to freely and fully express yourself and be accepted for that. These are safe spaces for movement.”

Carter launched Ecstatic Dance Colorado after an inspirational trip to Burning Man in 2021. After witnessing new levels of creativity on the playa, she linked up with friend and DJ Emily Baghman of Between Realms to create Summit County sound experiences. Locals have responded with enthusiasm, showing up en masse to barefoot immersive (there’s no talking during) dance parties at The Pad, Cool River, Namasport and locales in Denver and Buena Vista.

“There are no dance steps, no moves and no experience necessary,” Carter says. “Remember what it was like to move as a child without fear of judgment. Just close your eyes and flow.”

Watch for a summer 2024 ecstatic dance gathering at the Dillon Amphitheater!

Follow along on Instagram at @ecstaticdancecolorado.

Calendar of Events

Sunday Farmers Market, Main Street Station, Breckenridge

June - September 8, 2024

Breck Create, Breckenridge

Check out an array of events and activities throughout the Summer and fall at:

June 28 – 30, 2024

Breckenridge’s Agave Festival, Breckenridge

July 4, 2024

4th of July in Breckenridge, Breckenridge

July 4 – 6, 2024

41st Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival, Breckenridge

July 13, 2024

Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival, Breckenridge

July 20, 2024

Celebrating A Decade Of Breck Create, Breckenridge

July 26 – 28, 2024

Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival, Breckenridge

August 1 - 3, 2024

23rd Annual Breckenridge August Art Festival, Breckenridge

August 11 - 16, 2024

Breck Epic, Breckenridge

August 16 – 25, 2024

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, Breckenridge

August 22 – 24, 2024

Breckenridge Wine Classic, Breckenridge

August 30 – September 2, 2024

Labor Day Weekend in Breckenridge

August 30 – September 2, 2024

49th Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, Breckenridge

August 31 – September 1, 2024

Hogfest: Bacon & Bourbon, Breckenridge

September 13 – 15, 2024

Breckenridge Oktoberfest, Breckenridge

September 19 – 22, 2024

Breck Film Fest, Breckenridge

September 27 – 29, 2024

Breckenridge, Bluegrass & Beer, Breckenridge

October 11 – 13, 2024

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Breckenridge

Early November, 2024

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens

For More Events and Details on current Events head to our Website:

Last Lift

Breckenridge’s Long Love Affair with the Bicycle

When bicycles took the world by storm in the 1890s, the people of Breckenridge caught the excitement. After decades of unrideable contraptions from velocipedes to penny-farthings, the safety bicycle revolutionized cycling in the late 1880s. Further advancing cycling pleasure, the introduction of the pneumatic tire in 1888 made for a much smoother ride on paved streets.

Even though Breckenridge didn’t have paved streets until the 1950s, the people of Breckenridge quickly embraced cycling. Historic images show bicycles leaning against houses, in front of businesses, decorated for parades, and proudly displayed by groups of men, just like today.

Breckenridge prospered in the 1890s. Mines churned out vast quantities of gold while shopkeepers and businessmen catered to the bustling town. Mineral wealth meant disposable income, and the people of Breckenridge spent money on bicycles.

In August of 1894, W. B. Stephenson peddled (get it?!) the Columbia Bike for $125.00. But there was competition. The same edition of the newspaper quoted T.A. Brown, seller of men’s clothing and bicycles: “Buy the Syracuse Bicycle, none better made.” And The Monarch Company of Chicago, Illinois, advertised their ride as the King of All Bicycles.

Rarely an issue of the local newspaper from the 1890s missed an opportunity to talk about bicycles, bike races, bikes for sale, or the cultural impact of cycling on horses and housewives.

In 1898, J.W. Evans, Practical Machinist, advertised a variety of mechanical repair services, including bicycles, at his shop on Lincoln Avenue.

During the Big Snow Winter of 1898-99, teen-aged E.C. Peabody observed attempts to build a “snow bike.” Mr. Henderson’s creation employed a pair of skis, bicycle frame, wooden sprocket with nails driven in it, a leather drive belt, and a shaft with wooden paddles to push through the snow. Meanwhile, Mr. Mitchell’s attempt used a tandem bike mounted on runners.

Attached to the rim of the rear wheel were triangular pieces of metal with the point intending to dig into the snow and drive the snow bike forward. Peabody remarked in his writing: “This sled looked much better than the Henderson sled, but on trial was no more of a success.” It would be another century before Breckenridge found a winter bike to fall in love with.

In the 1890s, bicycle manufacturers recognized a new market: women. Bicycles of the day accommodated ladies’ long dresses and full skirts with step-through frames. Many came with a skirt guard to prevent entanglement in the rear wheel and spokes.

Ladylike Josie Ecklund Knorr illustrated the craze for bicycles. Elegantly dressed with her flower-adorned bicycle, she posed in front of a stage set, possibly in preparation for an Independence Day pageant.

Women fell in love with the bicycle. Bicycles meant freedom, mobility, and a greater presence out in the world, away from hearth and home. Riding outfits offered even greater freedom. Photographer Mary Marks donned a smart suit with a calf-length, split skirt and trim jacket for her portrait with a bicycle.

Local love of bicycles continued in the modern era once Breckenridge became a ski town starting in the 1960s. Summer roadbike riding seemed the perfect way to train for winter skiing. Bicycle racing took off in the 1970s with the Red Zinger, followed by the Coors Classic inaugural year in 1980. Mountain bike racing arrived with the Fall Classic starting in 1984. Big-time professional riders sped through Breckenridge during the Pro Challenge in the 2000s. Organized group rides like Ride the Rockies frequently stopped in town. The paved rec path was first constructed in the 1980s, seeing many thousands of visitors a year today.

Biking and skiing offer freedom of movement that still captures the hearts of Breckenridgians. For site- seeing, training, or commuting, visitors and locals continue to enjoy a spin around town today.


A truly remarkable property in an unbeatable location, the pioneer George H. Evans’ House is what Breckenridge is all about. Rarely offered and found in the highly desired historic district, stake your claim of mining years past. Established in 1902 and found on the National Register of Historic Places, this residence, has been lovingly conserved and very well maintained. Perched on a corner lot, two blocks from Main Street, this turn-of-the-century Victorian offers spacious rooms to gather family and friends with oversized custom windows providing tons of sunlight and filtered ski area views. In town living at its best, on shuttle stop, walk to everything. Continue the legacy.

Get Lost with us!

Come out for all our events, including trivia nights Tuesdays and Wednesdays, One Off releases every Wednesday, Comedy Nights and Monday Night Potlucks! Catch live music, including El Paso Lasso live at our Main Street Taproom the first Friday of every month, all winter long. See our full event schedule at www brokencompassbrewing com

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