Summer Events in Summit County, Colorado

Update 9/3/10
Kids are back in school, hiking trails have quieted and the leaves are beginning to change. With Labor Day weekend officially underway, summer is on the way out. Which means your weekly summer event posts are on hiatus ’til 2011.

That doesn’t mean you won’t get the scoop on some of the amazing fall/winter/spring events to come. It does mean we’ll go back to a focus on travel, trails and adventure in Summit County, Colorado. After all, fall is my favorite season for trail blazing.

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In summer, move through the towns of Summit County, Colorado — Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne — and you’re likely to discover that the county seems home to more community events than outdoor recreation trails. And that’s a lot.

To make sense of the overwhelming number of answers to the question, “What should we do this weekend?” ColoradoSummitLife.com will feature “Events Picks of the Week” each Monday throughout the entire summer. Unless of course, I’m camping, in which case you’ll probably end up with an “Events Picks for the Weekend.”

Arapahoe Basin’s Full Moon Dinner Series: 2011 Dates Announced

Arapahoe Basin's Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Series has expanded to include a New Year's Eve dinner and an uphill event.

Arapahoe Basin's Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Series has expanded to include a New Year's Eve dinner and an uphill event.

With the first of Arapahoe Basin’s five dinner events behind us, I figured it was about time to post the dates of the remaining four. Really, I was just procrastinating on registering for the January event and wanted to secure our spots before I shared with the rest of the world. And with the March 19 Dolomites dinner already sold out, I had good reason to wait.

2011 Arapahoe Basin Full Moon Dinner Snowshoe Series (more…)

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Great Fun for a Great Cause: CAIC Benefit Bash Hits the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center November 13, 2010

Anyone who travels in the backcountry should think about attending the CAIC Benefit Bash on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.

Anyone who travels in the backcountry should think about attending the CAIC Benefit Bash on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.

What: CAIC Benefit Bash
When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
Where: Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado
Cost: $25/person includes entry, food, two drink tickets and a door prize ticket

Just last Friday, the Summit Daily News ran a photo of a longtime local catching early season turns on Loveland Pass. It’s a slim start to what becomes an extremely popular backcountry spot, one that’s several times slid enough to cover Highway 6. Once the snow really flies, backcountry junkies begin hiking Summit County’s big peaks in search of powder.

Colorado and Summit County see large numbers of winter backcountry users and according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), avalanche deaths in our state account for one-third of all avalanche deaths in the United States. The CAIC began as an avalanche forecast and warning center and today they focus on “minimizing the economic and human impact of snow avalanches on recreation, tourism, commerce, industry and the citizens of Colorado.”

In addition to working to keep roads open and providing backcountry forecasts and observations, the CAIC offers educational seminars, classes and workshops. Nonprofit organization Friends of the CAIC produces events and initiatives to support the CAIC’s backcountry program and overall avalanche awareness and education. The end result? Friends of the CAIC Benefit Bash. It’s a great party for a great cause. http://friendsofcaic.org

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Video of 24 Hours in the Sage: Mountain Bike Race in Gunnison, Colorado

So I can’t take credit for a really sweet 24 Hours in the Sage course preview video. But I had to post, because it’s pretty great.

And here’s another of a townie cruising down the Notch.


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24 Hours in the Sage Race Report: Gunnison 24 Hour Race Draws Dave Wiens and Townie Bike Champions

The Notch, a technical section along the 24 Hours in the Sage Course, claims another bike and its rider.

The Notch, a technical section along the 24 Hours in the Sage Course, claims another bike and its rider.

In honor of our friends that competed October 9-10 at 24 Hours of Moab and 24 Hours of Adrenalin (the 24 hour solo world championships), I’m finally posting my race report on 24 Hours in the Sage. The grassroots event takes over the Gunnison KOA for a full weekend of racing on the amazing trails of Hartman Rocks.

Hot showers, electricity, washing machines and all the amenities (thanks KOA Dave!) make for a pretty plush event. I’ll admit. I’m biased. After all, Eric and I both work the event. My favorite part? Timing through the wee hours (with enough vodka and Red Bull to make me want to cheer at 4:00 a.m.).

Not the first person to walk the Notch, a rider makes way along the course.

Not the first person to walk the Notch, a rider makes way along the course.

That’s not to say I’m not a fan of the non-stop BBQ and beer offerings, on-course Popsicle handouts, great people and sweet riding. But timing through the night, even when the sounds of music and announcing are long gone, is definitely fun. And, when I see pictures of myself after no rest all night, it makes me feel better about enjoying sleep. Because I look like death (or a crackhead!) after staying awake with the abandon of an 18-year-old.

Anyhow, read on for the full race report.

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Riders on course at the eighth annual 24 Hours in the Sage were treated, sometime around 10:30 a.m., to grilled hamburgers handed out by mountain bike superstar Dave Wiens. Equipped with a backpack stocked full of classic American grub, the Gunnison, Colo. local set out to treat athletes and log a lap for the KOA corporate team.

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Triple Bypass Ride Report: Supported Colorado Road Bike Ride from Bergen Park to Avon

When you ride slow, you're never too tired to goof around. Even if you're summiting Loveland Pass during Colorado's Triple Bypass.

When you ride slowly, you're never too tired to goof around. Even if you're summiting Loveland Pass during Colorado's Triple Bypass.

For the second year in a row I went online at exactly noon on exactly the right date to secure entry for myself, my husband and my dad in the Triple Bypass. Hosted by Team Evergreen, this 120-mile supported, organized road bike ride summits three well-known mountain passes in one day.

This year, it was rumored that the 3500 entries sold out in 35 minutes. So if you call riding 12,000+ vertical feet over 120 miles on your bike fun, then I guess you could call us lucky for getting in on the party.

As always, the volunteers and staff were amazing. This year, we got a full-zip jersey, which sounds minor but is a huge deal for any woman committed to wearing bib shorts. I am one of those women. The post-ride grub (and grub-slinging staff) was excellent, and I’ve probably never been so excited to eat chicken in my life. (more…)

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24 Hours of ERock Race Report: 24 Hour Race Near Denver, Colorado

Eric tackled the modified Le Mans start and road our team's first lap at 24 Hours of eRock.

Eric , far right, tackled the modified Le Mans start and rode our team's first lap at 24 Hours of eRock.

I suppose I could find a few people to blame. First, my husband Eric for introducing me to the 24-hour bike race format when we began dating. (He and a friend put on the 24-hour mountain bike race 24 Hours in the Sage.) Second, a family I met at 24 Hours in the Sage. Sometimes everyone races, sometimes parents support the daughter for a solo effort and sometimes they go for a father/daughter duo. After meeting the bunch I thought, “My dad and I like to ride bikes; maybe we should do a 24 hour race … “

With 24 Hours of eRock's 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. schedule, there's still plenty of riding to do after the night laps.

With 24 Hours of eRock's 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. schedule, there's still plenty of riding to do after the night laps.

Whoever’s fault it is for giving me the idea that I could be part of a 24 hour mountain bike race … I thank them.  Because it was a blast.

Let’ face it. I’ve heard from many that 24 Hours of eRock isn’t really mountain biking, that it’s boring, it’s all dirt roads and so on. Sure, that could be true for seasoned mountain bikers.

But for me, a beginner, 24 Hours of eRock was an excellent introduction to riding at night and a good realization that if I ever do want to tackle a solo effort in a more technical environment (which I do), I really need more technical skills and more confidence in the skills I already possess. (more…)

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Video of the RMD Moguls: Breckenridge, Colorado

Thanks to Eric, here’s some video of the RMD mogul competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. Or, read about the mogul event — Rocky Mountain Division Moguls: Breckenridge, Colorado

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Rocky Mountain Division Moguls: Breckenridge, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Division Mogul Compeition (duals) in Breckenridge, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Division Mogul Compeition (duals) in Breckenridge, Colorado

“I’m too old for that.”

I heard it a lot this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Division Mogul Competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, parents and spectators looked on as folks waist-high to full-grown launched down the moguls of Mach 1 and gracefully flipped themselves off two kickers. All this on Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Colorado. (more…)

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Breckenridge, Colorado’s Annual Ullr Parade: Floats in Photos

Preparation for Breckenridge, Colorado's Ullr Parade involves tiki torches and viking hats. What parade would be complete without a pink feather boa dangling from an upper-level window?

Preparation for Breckenridge, Colorado’s Ullr Parade involves tiki torches and viking hats. What parade would be complete without a pink feather boa dangling from an upper-level window?

As a Louisiana native, I have memories of Mardi Gras and parades that date from early childhood. And I’ve seen Mardi Gras pictures of our entire family dressed as clowns, costumes hand-made by Mom, that date back before my memory developed.

Now that I live in Colorado, I’m a little suspicious when folks get excited about parades. A line of pick-up trucks is not a parade (unless you’re in grammar school). It’s kind of laughable, like when the air here holds 10% humidity and folks say, “What a humid day.”

But on January 14, 2010, Eric braved the crowds in downtown Breckenridge, Colorado and got a few pictures. Suspicious as I was, the floats looked pretty cool. Maybe next year you’ll find me running around in my underwear and a viking hat, saluting my PBR to the snow gods. More likely? I’ll be the one snapping the photos of such salutations.

Turn a crank, the dogs hump, thanks to Good Times, the local outfitter that offers snowmobile and dogsled tours. Hurray snow and Ullr.

Turn a crank, the dogs hump, thanks to Good Times, the local outfitter that offers snowmobile and dogsled tours. Hurray snow and Ullr.

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Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado: Mike Riddle Wins Ski Halfpipe

The Winter Dew Tour descended on Breckenridge, Colorado December 18-20.

The Winter Dew Tour descended on Breckenridge, Colorado December 18-20.

Yes, we need snow, but I won’t argue with the sunshine we had toady. Not so during the recent holiday season …

December 25: As a hefty breeze whips white stuff from the trees and the wind chill hovers something around -30, I rejoice that such weather waited until Christmas to show its blustery face. After all, the Breckenridge winter Dew Tour wrapped Sunday, December 20 with the first stop of the season at Breckenridge Ski Resort (Dec 18-20). (more…)

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Arapahoe Basin Snowshoe Dinner Series: Summit County, Colorado

Arapahoe Basin: Summit County Colorado

Loving A-Basin so much we took engagement photos there. Photo Courtesy David Watson, see below for link to watsonphoto.com

I enjoy skiing and snowboarding at A-Basin so much I bought a hat. So it’s no surprise that on an early-season weeknight, bored out of my mind, I would cruise arapahoebasin.com searching for any info on when new terrain will open.

Knowing full well that winter needs to really arrive in order for more of Arapahoe Basin to open, I piddled around and instead came across information on the Black Mountain Lodge Full Moon Snowshoe Dinner Series. (more…)

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Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) Benefit Bash: November 14, 2009 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado

For a mere $20 get food, 3 beer tickets and a door prize ticket. But we heard the stories from last year’s inaugural event, which apparently involved plenty of swag flying from the stage. Expect Breckenridge and Summit County residents as well as supporters from across the state.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center Benefit Bash
Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado
tickets include food, 3 beer tickets and a door prize ticket
5pm-10pm
$20

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Denver Veloswap 2009: A Vendor Recap of the 20th Anniversary

We had a HEAP of excess bike gear that had gone untouched, taking up space in the closet for some two years. What’s a pair of Colorado bike enthusiasts to do? Sell it at all Veloswap, reported by some to be the world’s largest consumer bicycle expo. (more…)

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