Within the historic town of Breckenridge, Colorado visitors and locals enjoy an array of activities year-round. Summer months are meant for mountain biking, fly-fishing in the Blue River and family-friendly events such as the annual Fourth of July Parade and concerts featuring the National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Institute. Meanwhile winter is for hitting the slopes, snowboarding and the International Snow Sculpture Championships.
Breckenridge things to do
One scenic way to explore Colorado is via snowmobile. White Mountain Tours offers a two-hour guided family experience that takes parents and youngsters through the forest and open mountain meadows before crossing the Continental Divide and having a hot chocolate break. No experience is required, and snowmobile suits, boots and helmets are included in the price of the tour. Visit www.whitemountaintours.net.
Those who have the urge to practice figure eights and fancy spins can do so at The Ice Rink at Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center in the winter months. The rink is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seasonally and as conditions permit. Admission is free. Visit www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Gold Runner Coaster
Situated at the base of Peak 8 between the Rip's Ride chairlift and the Kids Castle is the Golden Runner Alpine Coaster, which provides thrill-seekers with rush of adrenaline as they take on the 2,500 feet track through the forest and above ski runs. Single ride and day passes are available. Visit www.breckenridge.com.
Breckenridge Dog Sledding
Good Times Adventures lives up to its name with its six-mile dog-sledding rail tour that travels through the Middle Fork of the Swan River. Participants each take turns running the beautiful Siberian Huskies and riding in a small passenger sleigh with the guide. Along the way, there are plenty of photo and video ops. Visit www.goodtimesadventures.com.
Dinner Sleigh Ride
It's like things never changed since the mining days of the late 19th century with Nordic Sleigh Rides' unique dinner experience. A bright red Santa sleigh whisks guests to an 1860s' mining camp where pleasant aromas of apple pie and other delicious dishes permeate the room. The evening promises to be a festive one with entertainers including the Mountain Man spinning tall tales, and unsinkable Molly Brown, Dance Hall Girl and the Singing Cowboy adding to the merriment. Visit www.nordicsleighrides.com.