Archives for February 2021
Here comes the Bride.
2020 was a make it or break it year for many relationships. Congratulations to all the couples who made it through Covid and are heading to the alter in 2021. To all the couple who had to postpone their 2020 wedding; we are ready for you. Mother Nature provides the most spectacular décor you could possibly image. Wedding season in Summit County is year round. So what are you waiting for?
The Lodge at Breckenridge, a boutique hotel overlooking the Town of Breckenridge, is an ideal location for your dream mountain wedding. The Lodge at Breckenridge can accommodate all your guests in their 45 rooms and suites. They have 2 luxury private homes perfect for groomsmen or bridal parties, an onsite bar and restaurant, private decks, and a day spa all located minutes from world class skiing. The Lodge at Breckenridge allows pets, just in case your best man is man’s best friend.
2021’s matrimonial trend is the micro-wedding. Micro-weddings are a cross between an elopement and a big, traditional wedding. Its an inmate event with close friends and family. Its a much easier and safer option during Covid-19. Smaller weddings can be simple and relatively inexpensive, fairy-tale extravagant or anywhere in-between. Why Knot Weekday Weddings are a great way to save money with a weekday ceremony. Your friends and family can take advance of shorter weekday lift lines on the days prior to the big event. For more information about weddings at The Lodge at Breckenridge https://thelodgeatbreckenridge.com/weddings-private-events/weddings/
Stress is an Option.
If your heart is set on a large event, Breckenridge offers multiple large venues to accommodate your every wish. Larger weddings, particularly during a pandemic, are more challenging to plan. Hiring a wedding planner to manage your event will reduce stress and red tape. Its best to hire a local wedding planner. Denver planners may not be familiar with the quirks of Summit County. Wedding Planners are familiar with local health ordinances and restrictions. Shawna Henderson, at Breck Mnt Weddings, lives year round in Breckenridge and has assisted dozens and dozens of happy couples creating their dream day. You can find additional information about wedding planners here: https://breck-mtn-wedding.business.site
Can my cousin marry us?
One of the most unique aspects of any Colorado wedding is the officiant. Your cousin, brother, uncle, or best friend does NOT need to become ordained online to preside over your ceremony. Legally, couples may solemnize their marriage in Colorado. This means that you do not need an officiant or witnesses. You do need a license that may be obtained weekdays at a County Clerks office in Colorado. Fill out the short application. Both parties will need to provide a legal form of identification. The fee is $30. You will receive your license valid for 35 days in about 15 minutes. For additional information on obtaining a marriage license in Summit County visit https://www.summitcounty.org/276/Marriage-Licenses
Summit County is a great place to begin your new life. No matter where you decide to tie the knot, we wish you only the best.
Congratulations from Summit Express!
Mother Nature is Awake
It seems like Mother Nature was napping early ski season. Keystone, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge have been up and running for months. December and January snow fall totals were lower than this powder-hound had hoped, but the combination of exceptional grooming and man made snow provided vacationers with great conditions for every skill levels. February brought back to back arctic storms across the Rocky Mountains and much of the southwest. If Mother nature was resting; she is awake now. Conditions are excellent! Check for yourself with live on mountain cameras.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
The warmest days of February could possibly be behind us. There is no reason to suffer on the slopes if you dress properly.
FACE MASKS are required in public places including lift lines. Disposable cloth, thin nylon and cotton masks freeze up and slip off. The best mask I have found for skiing was designed for athletes and costs $30. INVEST!!! You will not regret it. https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/c/accessories-facemasks-hoods-gaiters/
Base Layers, also known as Long Underwear, are a must. Even on cold days, your body sweats. Your base layer should be moisture wicking. Sweat is absorbed and pushed away from your skin keeping you warm. Yes to wool. No to Cotton.
Layers. Layer. Layers. Light weight fleece or wool top over your base layer. Add a vest if you tend to be cold.
Ski Jacket. The best jackets to keep you warm are insulated and water resistant. Jackets have a variety of features like hoods, zippers vents and tons of pockets. Jackets come in all sorts of patterns and textures. Feel free to make a fashion statement with your outerwear.
Bibs or Snow Pants. Like jackets, should be insulated, water resistant and made of a moisture wicking fabric. Save your jeans for après.
Ski Socks are specially made to support your foot and keep your toes warm while skiing and riding. Avoid cotton socks. They do not absorb sweat. Wet feet are cold feet. Avoid wearing 2 pairs of socks. This restricts blood flow and makes your feet colder.
Gloves or Mittens. Mittens tend to be warmer than gloves. You don’t need ski- or snowboard-specific, but do choose water resistant and insulated gloves or mittens to keep your digits toasty.
WEAR A HELMET! Not only do helmets protect your head from injury, they keep your noggin warm.
Protect your Eyes from wind, sun, snow glare, and ultra-violet rays with polarized googles. Googles can be pricey but are worth it. Photokeratitis or snow blindness, is a sunburn to the cornea. Its not permeant but it is painful. If you don’t have googles, choose a sunglass with sport quality glass, plastic and polycarbonate lenses.
STAY WARM. HAVE FUN.
Summit County is known for world class skiing and is home to 3 major resorts: Keystone, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge. But there is so much more to do than just ski in Summit County. The town of Dillon, Colorado has plenty of apres activities.
Ice Castles are back in Dillon for their fourth year!
Ice Castles is fun for the whole family. Explore LED-lit sculptures, frozen tunnels, ice slides and frozen thrones hand built using hundreds of thousands of icicles constructed by professional ice artists. As a safety precaution, Ice Castles is only allowed to admit a certain number of people per every half hour. Don’t let Covid ruin your holiday, book early. For more information visit Icecastles.com/colorado
Warren Station and Comedy Works Denver have partnered to bring comedy back to Keystone.
Are you ready to laugh at loud? Saturday, February 20th Warren Station at Keystone presents Denver’s own Georgia Comstock and headliner Steve Gillespie for 2 shows. Reservations and face masks are required. Must be over 18 years old. Hilarious adult entertainment starts with Doors Opening at 5:30PM-Showtime: 6:00PM and Doors Opening at 8:00PM- Showtime: 8:30PM. Don’t miss out. Make reservations now https://warrenstation.com/event/warren-station-winter-comedy-series-feb-20/
High Altitude Bowling
True or False: Bowling is easier at higher elevation. We can neither confirm or deny this, but we can guarantee you will have a blast at the newly renovated Elevation Bowl in Dillon. Elevation claims to be the highest Bowling alley in the world at 9,156′. With 16 brand new lanes, a new menu of food and drinks, Elevation is the spot to be for fun times. 5 person limit per lane. Call 970-368-6435 to book a lane.
Ice Fishing on the Dillon Reservoir
If you are ready for new winter adventure that’s not too strenuous, give ice fishing a try. Alpine Fishing Adventure offers three level of experiences to accommodate people of all ages, fishing skill and mobility. You can even catch your own dinner up! Alpine allows you to keep up to 8 salmon or rainbow trout. They’ll even clean and send you home with your catch ready to cook. Call 303-885-6292 to reserve your warming hut & fishing excursion.
No matter what adventure you choose, Be Safe. Stay Warm. Drink Water. And enjoy Summit County!!
You can cancel parades, but you can not stop Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras might look different this year than in years past, but Fat Tuesday is happening rain, snow or shine. Live from the Big Easy, Rio de Janeiro and here in Summit County, Colorado. Mardi Gras 2021 is February 16.
The Town of Breckenridge and Keystone Resort in compliance with social distancing have cancelled 2021 festivities, but that will not stop skiing Cajun’s from descending upon Summit County. I know this because I am one.
I grew up in New Orleans. My daddy decided one year he was sick of the parade crowds and booked a trip to Copper Mountain. GAME ON. Thank you Daddy for introducing the family to the greatest sport known to mankind: SNOW SKIING!!! I have been proud to call Colorado my home since 2000.
Wanna feel more Cajun on Fat Tuesday?
Dress Festive! Wear Beads! Wear the official colors of Mardi Gras: GREEN, PURPLE, GOLD.
We Cajuns love to dress up. We may not be the best skiers but we sure have fun and look good doing it. Hit Slopes on Fat Tuesday wearing purple, green and gold. And, don’t forget your beads! Try on some Cajun talk. Throw out your best WHO DAT or Boudreau and Thibodaux joke, or a simple Y’ALL.
Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with classic Boudreau and Thibodaux puns & don’t forget the accent. https://www.cajuneasy.com/jokes.html
Order take out from The Lost Cajun.
Don’t miss out on the tastiest creole in the fine state of Colorado. The Lost Cajun has locations in Breckenridge and Frisco. Authentic and delicious gumbo, Etoufee, poboys, gator bites, catfish, oysters and shrimp. Wash it all down with ice cold Dixie beer. Don’t forget an extra order of mouth watering beignets for breakfast. Check out their menu… https://thelostcajun.com
Have a crepe in Breckenridge. C’est magnifique !
No need to limit yourself to beignets in the tiny snow-globe of the town of Breckenridge. There is an authentic French bakery on Main Street. Take a stroll down Main Street Breckenridge. There are dozens of boutiques and shop on Main Street. Grab lunch at La Francaise serving quiche, crepes and my favorite ham & brie croissant. They will even custom make traditional Mardi Gras king cakes. Order now at www.lafrancaisebreck.com
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
No matter where you find yourself on Tuesday, February 16 enjoy the day. As they say in the Big Easy, Let the Good times roll.