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.
Happy Mardi Gras Summit!
Welcome to Copper Mountain 2021
It’s just 3 weeks into the new year and already 2021 feels extra special. Here’s hoping for the safety and well being of family, friends, co-workers, community, and every visitor to Summit County.
I’m feeling optimistic this year! Several long months ago I feared there would be NO ski season at all. I could not have been more wrong.
Winter 20/21 is in full swing. And it’s really fun!!
I had the pleasure to ski Copper Mountain last week. It was glorious! Copper has over 120 open trails sprawling across 1700 acres of various terrain. From steep tree runs and bowls off the t-bar to family-friendly tubing and the snow coaster; there truly is something for everyone.
If you have not planned your winter get-away, it’s not too late.
Everything you need to know before you go can be found at https://www.coppercolorado.com The knowledgeable Copper Reservation team will help you plan your perfect Colorado vacation by calling 888-760-7561. It’s certainly not too late to plan a trip, but you will need to make a plan. Covid limitations=less availability, so make reservations for everything from Airport shuttle to Snowmobiles.
Copper Mountain is a self-contained resort community. Everything you want or need is within walking distance of Copper Center Village. Copper has an inner resort bus system to drive you where you need to be whether it’s groceries, gear, or dining. You absolutely do not need a car if you are staying at Copper.
Dining options at Copper are plentiful and affordable.
The resort has added lots of physically distanced outdoor dining seats in Center Village as well as Grab & Go dining options. So grab a burger and a seat and enjoy the uphill view of snowboarders doing tricks on Woodward half pipe. Additional information on Copper Mountain dining https://www.coppercolorado.com/things-to-do/dining-apres/on-mountain-dining
Plan your runs on the Lift
Colorado resorts, for safety reasons, allow only people traveling together to ride up the gondola together. It’s just a few extra minutes on your first ride up the American Flyer and American Eagle lifts. Once you get up the mountain there are multiple mid-way lifts to help you avoid the base. It’s always a good idea to look at the trail map on your ride up.
You simply can’t go wrong visiting Summit County this year. I hope I see you at Copper soon.
Forgot to book Epic pass ski reservations or just didn’t make them in time? Have no fear . . There is so much more to do here.
The new reservations system for skiing has certainly made the whole aspect of the sport a little harder than just waking up. . .checking the weather . . .and going skiing. These days it’s a little more stressful to book a short ski trip when the option to ski every day can be an uncertainty. Although skiing and snowboarding is our most popular activity here in the mountains, our quaint little county still offers so much more.
Here’s a few winter activities that you wont normally see on the travel brochures:
Natural Pond Skating
Summit Cove Pond– A low profile neighborhood pond 5 mins from keystone. This pond is regularly maintenance by locals. There is plenty of room to skate for leisure and goals for hockey as well. This pond is smaller and freezes very well. No worries on safety issues here
Walmart Pond– Right behind Walmart you can find another small pond. Lots of hockey games going on here. Plus if you need equipment Walmart is literally a stones throw away.
Silverthorne Elementary School pond– Just off of highway 9 before the elementary school is a large pond that often will host organized hockey games like the PBR classic.
Lake Dillon- Not into skating? Test your luck ice fishing on the lake or just relax and watch the kite boarders on a sunny day
Winter Hiking- Most people picture snowshoeing through deep snow when it comes to hiking in the winter but that is not always the case here in Summit. Most of our popular hiking trails see a lot of foot traffic all year long, which allows for easy access using just a pair of winter boots.
The troll –Isak Heartstone has become one of the most popular hiking destinations in Breck over the past few years. He now sits in a very accessible location behind the ice rink. This enormous troll is always worth a visit. Maybe two or three visits actually.
Officers Gultch– This hike is especially nice if you have dogs with you on your trip. This spot is right off i70 on the way to Copper. It may be a little out of the way for some but it is also way less traveled than most hikes in the county and still offers amazing views as well as a large frozen lake to hike around. This is one of my favorite spots to go with my dogs, especially when the county gets crowded.
Old Lake Dillon– You might drive by this hike everyday with out knowing that it even exists. Perched above the current Lake Dillon lies an old lake that is now used as a reservoir. The only way you can even see this hidden gem is from the mountains above. . .that is unless you hike up and see if for yourself up close and personal. It’s a fairly shot hike but it will open up a slew of new views of the lake below and surrounding peaks. This hike has a great boot pack all year around and is located right off the dam road.
Good old fashioned sledding
It is not very hard find a good sledding hill around these parts. Just take a look around and you’ll see what I mean. There are hills everywhere but if you aren’t feeling adventurous then go check out the new sledding hill by the airport lot in Breckenridge. It’s one of the newer additions to that up and coming area.
Still set on skiing no matter what?
Here’s what to do: If you don’t have an epic pass or just can’t get reservations to Breckenridge and or Keystone try getting a ticket for Copper Mountain. If you can take the bus there is no need for reservations there. Hopefully you get to enjoy some ski days on your visit but if not always ask a local for some advice on what to do. We are generally pretty friendly people up here in the mountains! Most will point you in the right direction.
Be safe out there and please remember to respect all restrictions that are still set in place for our county. We thank you for helping us to keep Summit County safe
Expectations for December: Keystone Colorado
Every time you visit the Rocky Mountains you can expect to be surrounded by take-your-breath-away beauty and the world’s BEST recreational downhill terrain. Keystone is no exception. So here is what you’ll need to expect this December.
Keystone is the perfect location for an unforgettable Christmas getaway. The mountain is open for skiing and boarding. Mother nature has provided a solid base. Snow making technicians have been hard at work making and moving snow around the entire mountain. Conditions are great. Of course, we want more snow!! Reminder: When you pray for snow, pray for snow in our mountains.
For the most updated conditions, visit Keystone’s website or checkout their live mountain camera. https://www.keystoneresort.com/the-mountain/mountain-conditions/mountain-cams.aspx
I’ve skied Keystone several times this December. Its been AWESOME. Here’s what you can expect on the mountain.
- Reservations to ski are required in advance. I can not stress this enough. Reservations are required and can be purchased here: https://www.epicpass.com/info/reservation-details.aspx
- Masks are required in all public areas including the lift line. It’s non-negotiable. For the safety of your family and others, please wear your mask. There are plenty of Keystone employees to help you with questions, direct you to ski school, carry your gear and to enforce this county mandated safety measure.
- Gondola is restricted to parties traveling together. What this means is it takes a little longer to get up the mountain than years past, especially if you are riding as a single. Ski-like-a-local tip: Consult your trail map while enjoying the scenic gondola ride. Look for mid-mountain lifts, like Montezuma to avoid the base area. If you do ski to the base, take the Summit Express lift back up, instead of the gondola. The lines are shorter and you will not have to take off your skis. Check out the trail map: https://www.keystoneresort.com/the-mountain/about-the-mountain/trail-map.aspx
- Plan your breaks. Indoor dining is closed on the mountain. Restrooms are open. There are grab and go food options mid-mountain, but you will have to eat and enjoy that beer outside on picnic tables. Restaurants in the village are open for outdoor seating. Keystone has enhanced outdoor heaters but it’s not the same as warming up for an hour over lunch at a mid-mountain lodge. Plan ahead. Eat a protein-packed breakfast before you hit the slopes. Pack a granola bar in your jacket. For more information about dining at Keystone: https://www.keystoneresort.com/explore-the-resort/during-your-stay/dining.aspx
- DRINK WATER. Keystone’s base is 9,280 feet in elevation. Humidity at high altitude is very low. As a result, you may not be able to know how much moisture has evaporated from your skin. Ski-like-a-local tip: The best way to avoid injuries is to ski terrain within your ability level. Don’t forget to take breaks, especially because on-mountain lodges are not open. Remember to rest your muscles!
Keep these tips in mind when you are planning your day on the mountain and you will have a blast!!
Plus, when your ski day is over, there are still plenty of fun activities and sites to see. Bundle up and enjoy everything Summit County has to offer.
- Dillon Marina Park has a giant LED Holiday Tree with music and a choreographed light show on display nightly from 5p-9p. for more information on Dillon events: https://www.townofdillon.com/events
- If you need more holiday lights, check out Silverthorne’s displays. https://www.silverthorne.org/discover-silverthorne/visitor-s-guide/holiday-light-guide
- If lights aren’t your thing, try bowling. Elevation Bowl in Dillon has 16 brand new lanes and is open and accepting reservations. 970-368-6435
- Or go tubing in Keystone. https://www.keystoneresort.com/explore/mountaintop-snow-tubing-confirmation.aspx
Physical Distancing is a drag, but don’t let it ruin your vacation. There is still plenty to see and do. We are so happy you are coming to Colorado. The skiing is amazing. Enjoy your holidays. Have Fun. Be Safe and remember to follow all county protocols.
the Do’s and mostly Don’ts: Last Minute Bookings
Planning on coming out to Summit County to ski and snowboard this year? If so, make sure you are ahead of the game this season.
With new restrictions in town it has become a little more tricky to travel to the mountains. . .but that does not mean it has to be stressful. Here are some tips to make sure your travel plans go smoothly.
Traveling with a big party? If that’s the case. . try to plan on splitting larger groups in two. With current restrictions in place it is MUCH easier to book reservations with smaller parties. Staying together of course is always the main goal but for travel purposes and booking accommodations you may have more luck searching for a services with a smaller party. **We truly love bringing people up to our beautiful home, which is why we always suggest booking in advance. https://www.summitexpress.com/
Make sure to call hotels ahead of time. Many establishments are only allowing same family parties into accommodations. Looking for solo accommodations may be easier than traveling with a group. Here’s a good read for anyone coming into town https://www.summitcountyco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/27752/Amended-and-Restated-PH-Order—COVID-19
Book your ski/ride reservations ahead of time! We’ve already seen the tragic stories~ People booked a 5 day trip and only could reserve 1 day of skiing so they ended up cutting the trip short and flying home. Make sure if you are skiing with an epic pass that you make reservations ahead of time. A ski trip with no skiing is never a good time. https://www.epicpass.com/info/reservation-details.aspx
Riding Copper? Make sure to book a parking reservation if you are driving or plan on taking the free Summit Stage bus. https://www.coppercolorado.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/parking Last minute bookings have been available here so this might be the first actual DO’s in terms of do’s and don’ts for last minute booking. If you do not find a spot, NO SWEAT just hop on the Summit Stage and bus on over to Copper. No need for a parking pass if you aren’t parking! https://summitcountyco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/29947/Copper-Mtn-Win-20-21
All in all. . . the theme this winter is to make sure you are planning ahead. Last minute/spur the moment trips are always the best kinds BUT in these trying times booking ahead is always going to be the safest and most dependable option.
Lastly, whether you like the restrictions or not please adhere to all rules and regulations. I know this is a vacation town to most but to a lot of us this is a place we call home. We constantly have visitors coming and going from Summit County so please be courteous and keep our town and its locals safe. We all want to get back to work! Please help keep our season alive.
With that being said PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE support all the local business you can during your stay here. If you are ordering take out food or using any kind of services here please make sure to TIP. There are lots of people who make their living off tips and are currently taking huge cuts to make sure all our visitors can still experience how lovely are county truly is. Please HELP US HELP YOU!
Be safe out there everybody.
- Reduced Vehicle Capacity – This winter Summit Express will limit shuttles to reduced vehicle capacity in line with the current local regulations.
- Added Driver Partition
- Face Covering – Both drivers and guests will be required to wear face coverings while inside of our vehicles.
- Health Screening – Drivers are health screened before each shift and we are asking our guests to not travel if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- Enhanced Vehicle Cleaning – Our vehicles are fogged with commercial grade disinfectant and all touch surfaces inside and outside of the van are cleaned after every trip.
- Worry Free Booking – We know that things might change quickly for you this winter and all of our reservations are completely refundable if canceled outside of 24 hours from travel.