In January Breckenridge has Ullur Fest. It is a parade down main street. Lots of fun! Crazy sites included men running down the street in Speedos (keep in mind, it is the middle of Winter) and people skiing and boarding off of a snow jump and landing on a connected trailor bed full of snow....that's the wildest float I have seen.
We were quite happy to tackle the blue intermediate runs, however we wanted some idea of which of the Black Diamond runs we should try - the best thing to do is to grab a friendly instructor and ask...
... often they would point the way to something just right!
Looking at the signs here - Volunteer is definately a blue with mogals at the side for an extra challenge. Shock was a short but very steep run - quite fun, but not easy!
Took a day trip on skidoos up to the continental divide. This was a good fun outing through trails up to the top of the world. We were also able to let the machines loose in a sort of fun park.
The continental divide is the point on the North American continent which to one side all the water that falls ends up draining into the Pacific and to the other side finishes in the Atlantic. An awe inspiring thought.
You can take this road to the top (a five minute drive from downtown) and there is a parking lot and trailhead to Bakers Tank. If you take the road you will have great views of the ten mile range, town of Breckenridge and Goose Pasture Tarn. This is an easy walk and great for picture taking and meeting lots of locals and their dogs. There is also a wooded trail to bakers tank which is a historic water storage tank that was here for the railroad in the 1800's. It is best to take a light jacket in the summer because it is windy at times.
Drive on Hwy 9 south to Hartsel. There is nothing there and it's great!
I actually drove this way to go to Colorado Springs. Take Hwy 9 south to Hartsel, then Hwy 24 East to Colorado Springs. A great ride with no traffic - at all.
Don't just go to Vail, if weather permits, take Hwy 24 south just west of Vail all the way down to Leadville. The landscape changed several times from snowless mountains to the high plains around Leadville. Pass through small towns like Minturn, Red Cliff and Mitchell. You can get a sense of how much mining was done in the area over the years.
Leadville is centered on the high plains surrounded by mountains pretty much on all sides, but at a little distance. There is a mining museum in the town that fills you in on the history.
Take hwy 91 back to Summit Co. and you will see some active mines.