The excitement in Breckenridge does not stop after Christmas. If you are staying at Lodge by The Blue in the coming weeks, get ready to elevate the start of your new year with these popular Breckenridge events.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
The end of the year is full of traditions in Breckenridge. One of the oldest ones is the Torchlight Parade. Skiers carry torches from the top of Peak 9 down to the base, which makes for a spectacular view from a distance. You can settle for various bars at the base of Peak 9, but you should be able to watch the parade from anywhere in that area.
Kids can even participate in their own New Year’s event, called the Glow Worm Parade. This version involves glow sticks and a gentler terrain.
After the parades it’s time for fireworks. As with the previous activities, the weather does have to cooperate. When it does, you will be in for a treat. The fireworks spectacle over Peak 9 starts at 9 p.m.
An insider tip for when you are an early riser, or did not stay out too late: New Year’s Day is an excellent time to enjoy the slopes around Breckenridge without the crowds.
Ullr Fest: January 10-13, 2018
If you are wanting to start 2018 with a mythological bang, then look no further than Ullr Fest. Dedicated to the Norse God of Snow, these celebrations are Breck’s way of ensuring a good ski season. Getting good snow comes at a “price” though. Whether you are a local or just visiting Breckenridge, you must don a horned helmet at the very least.
The upcoming event will be the 55th iteration of the festival and will feature several fan favorites such as the Ullr Shot Ski, Parade, Bonfire and Ice Plunge. Hopefully Breckenridge will be able to regain the World Record for Longest Shot Ski, after Park City managed to do so two months ago.
Normally, the Ullr Bonfire would be a good place to get rid of your old skis. However, the festival organizers prefer you donate your gear this year, so they can build that shot ski. The Ullr Parade should be a wild one again this time, and the Ice Plunge is not for the faint of heart either. The Maggie Pond is the stage for those who wish to brave the chill, all while being dressed to impress the jury.
International Snow Sculpture Championships: January 22-29, 2018
A former part of the Ullr Fest, the International Snow Sculpture Championships ended up being popular enough to become a separate event. During the first days of the Championships you can admire the artists creating magic out of huge blocks of snow. All they use are hand tools. Once the sculptors are done, the snowy creations will stay up for five days. At night the spotlight will be on the frozen art, so it’s an excellent time to view and vote for your favorite. The Championships will be held outside the Riverwalk Center.
If you intend to travel more in 2018, then Lodge by The Blue is honored to be part of your resolution.
Will you enjoy “the old” as much as you can, or are you ready to grab the new year by the (helmet with) horns? We’d love to hear about your Breckenridge to-do list for 2018!