You don’t have to look far to find stunning wildflowers in and around Breckenridge. Easy, short day hikes will reward you greatly, whether they are through alpine meadows, along streams, or through aspen or conifer forests, you will find some of Colorado’s most iconic flowers. Be on the look out for columbine, fireweed, paintbrush, blue gentian, wild roses, lupine, and more.
Black Powder Pass
Black Powder Pass is a high alpine trail. You can access it at the top of Boreas Pass. The Boreas Pass road is open to cars during the summer. Black Powder Pass is a short mile and a half out and back trail that goes through a high alpine meadow. This trail is ideal in late July and August and is bursting with high alpine flowers in all directions.
The Lower Flume Trail
This trail follows Highway 9 just north of town. You can find the trailhead at the Summit County building near the 7-11. The trail is an out and back trail that is 1.6 miles one way. It has an elevation gain of only 66 feet. Close to town, this is an ideal quick morning hike that will help you acclimate to the altitude. It is also a trail that will dry out earlier in the summer than other, higher trails.
The Moonstone Trail is a trail that starts out of Carter Park. The trail is out and back for a total of .8 miles and only 190 feet elevation gain. This easy trail is an ideal trail to start on if you are just adjusting to the elevation. It meanders through woods, so you will encounter the kind of wildflowers that like to grow in moist and shady places.
Crystal Lake Trail
There are several Crystal Lake Trails throughout the area. This Crystal Lake Trail begins at the top of Hoosier Pass. Take Highway 9 south, there is a parking lot at the top of the pass. Follow the trail at the parking lot, then head toward the north side of the mountain. This trail wanders through beautiful high alpine meadows and arrives at a stunning lake. Later in the summer is the best time for this trail because it can be covered in snow or very wet from snow melt in June. It is a short, flat hike to the lake. You can hike back the way you came or take a steep incline on the other side of the lake to make the trail a loop.
If you are new to hiking you can check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s guided hikes. These guided hikes will introduce you to new trails, teach about the wildlife, and trees and flowers along the trail. The hikes are for people 6 years old and up and range from easy to moderate. They cost $15. You can see a full schedule of the hikes on the Breckenridge Recreation website. These hikes are perfect to get you started and give you the confidence you need to go out on your own.
For more information about trails in the Breckenridge area check out the Hiking Project. It includes maps, descriptions, mileage, elevation gain, and difficulty, so you can research and find the best trails for your skills and abilities. Wildflowers of Colorado is an excellent resource to help you identify what you have seen, or help you know what to look for. Get out and enjoy this unique alpine environment that only Colorado mountains have to offer.
Paintbrush photo by Jessie Unruh, courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Date posted: July 15, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Our Favorite Beginner Wildflower Hikes in Breckenridge
Your wedding can be one of the most stressful or one of the most beautiful days you will ever experience. How you handle the days leading up to your wedding and what you do to manage stress and anxiety can have a major impact on how you enjoy the day. Follow these tips for staying calm before your wedding.
Lists and Lists
A well-planned wedding thrives on lists. Writing everything down will help relieve stress because you will not feel pressured to keep it in your memory. Keep close track of your lists and keep them organized. On the day of the wedding hand off your lists to someone else. Give it to a wedding planner, personal attendant, bridesmaid, or even mom. Just make sure that you are no longer responsible for anything on it on your wedding day. This will leave you free to relax and enjoy the day.
Get a Pre-wedding Massage
Relieve tension with a massage! Wedding planning happens over the course of months and in some cases, years. The tension that results from the stress of planning can easily build up over time. Schedule regular massages so that you can unload all the stress of wedding planning. In the days approaching the wedding schedule a spa date for your bridal party so that you can relax and enjoy your friends. Shedding some tension and anxiety before the wedding day will help you feel calmer as the day approaches.
Exercise and Sleep
It can be easy to forget to do the things that your body needs to stay healthy when you are feeling overwhelmed. It is important that you find time to take care of yourself and get the exercise and sleep you need to stay healthy and well. Not only will exercise and sleep help you feel well, but it will also relieve stress. You will want to be healthy on your wedding day, so take time to take care of yourself.
Take Some Alone Time
Often, in the days approaching a wedding there is a lot of activity with family and friends arriving to visit. All of the time spent with people can become overwhelming. Find moments to escape for a few minutes of alone time. Recharge your people battery so that you don’t feel frazzled at your wedding. Go for a quiet walk, get a cup of coffee, or just hide away and take a nap. Evaluate how you are feeling and know when you need to get away for a few minutes by yourself.
It is possible to stay calm and enjoy your wedding. You can savor all of the beautiful details, enjoy all of your guests, and most importantly appreciate your spouse if you feel calm and relaxed. In the midst of all the wedding busyness, take time for much needed self care.
Date posted: June 30, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on How to Stay Calm Before Your Wedding
Breckenridge offers an ideal environment for experiencing the arts. The BreckCreate arts district provides classes and workshops throughout the year. You can find art to bring home any time of year in the world-class galleries throughout Breckenridge. But, summer is the best time to experience a broad variety of art at the festivals and events. From vertical dancing to giant trolls, these festivals allow you to experience unique expressions of art that you won’t find anywhere else. Come to Breckenridge to discover art in a whole new way this summer.
Breckenridge’s biggest art festival is the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA). It runs from August 9th-18th. This festival features installations by artists from around the world. You can find some installations right in town, and others while you are exploring out on the trails around Breckenridge. Thomas Dambo will be returning to Breckenridge to create a new troll sculpture. Blue River will be a featured installation by Giuseppe Licari, a Dutch artist, and Gretchen Marie Schaefer, an artist based out of Denver. The work is inspired by the rich history in Breckenridge.
The festival will also feature music and performing arts. Enjoy DeVotchKa at the River Walk Center on Sunday, August 11th. This Denver based band fuses international sounds with American folk and punk. You can hear Chirp! By Chimney Choir out on Iowa Hill Trail and Illinois Creek Trail throughout the two weekends of the festival. This group uses their voices to create charming arrangements of folk inspired music. Tree-o is a three piece string ensemble that can be found high in the pine boughs. Catch this heightened performance art on the Illinois Creek Trail.
You do not want to miss BANDALOOP. BANDALOOP is a distinct dance troop that performs vertically, as well as horizontally. The group has performed throughout the world, high on the sides of buildings and cliff faces. The group will be shooting a new film while they are in Breckenridge and the filming locations are free and open to the public to view the dancing. In addition to the film sites, they will also hold several indoor performances at the Riverwalk Center. There is no admission, but seating is first come, first serve.
You can also take part in the art yourself. There are a variety of workshops throughout the weekend. Some are for children and others for artists of all ages. Workshops include painting planters, organic weaving, and rock mosaics. If you feel inspired creatively, try out one of these fun workshops to help you get started on your next project.
Check out listings of the events with times, locations, and costs on the BreckCreate website. There is so much to do and see throughout the two weekends. There are also other smaller events and installations throughout the summer that can be found on the BreckCreate website. Check it out to see what is happening in the arts when you are in town. Restore your sense of wonder and and enjoy these impressive installations of visual and performance art.
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: June 20, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Celebrate Art & Creativity in Breckenridge This Summer
Hot stone massage incorporates placing heated stones on the body and traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating massage. The warm stones may be placed on the spine, feet, palms, chest, and even face. A massage therapist may also use the warm stones as they perform parts of the massage. Cold stones can also be incorporated in the massage depending on the client’s health needs and objectives. There are many benefits to hot stone massage.
The most obvious benefit to hot stone massage is relaxation and tension relief. Stress and anxiety cause muscles to tighten up, which in turn can cause mild to severe pain. Pain can then cause more stress which creates a cycle of stress and discomfort. Hot stone massage works to relieve the tension in muscles throughout the body. The warmth can relax muscles and allow the massage to penetrate deeper. When you are feeling tension throughout your body, hot stone massage can offer much needed relief.
Hot stone massage can also offer relief for chronic pain. Healthline cites studies that found people who suffer from fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis experienced less pain, improved sleep, and improved range of motion. If you are experiencing health complications due to chronic pain, you may want to try hot stone massage to ease some of your symptoms. Be sure you discuss any diagnosis, as well as your health needs and objectives with your massage therapist.
Improved circulation is another benefit of hot stone massage. The warm stones, combined with the massage can help open up blood vessels and increase blood flow throughout the body. Clients taking blood thinners should discuss whether or not hot stone massage is best for them, as this could be a risk factor.
Medical News Today cited a review that found massage can improve sleep for older populations. Many people experience lack of sleep due to stress, anxiety, and even back and neck pain. Hot stone massage can effectively address these causes of poor sleep and improve sleep quality. Consider trying hot stone massage as a natural way to improve sleep and feel well rested.
Talk to a Massage Therapist
If you are considering hot stone massage, talk to a massage therapist about whether or not it is right for you. Be sure to discuss any medical problems, diagnosed or undiagnosed. This will help the massage therapist determine the best massage for your health needs and goals. Combat persistent stress and tension, as well as muscle pain with a relaxing hot stone massage. Schedule yours at the Spa at Breckenridge today.
Date posted: June 1, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Benefits to Hot Stone Massage
Summer in Breck is glorious! The days are warm and sunny, but cool mountain breezes keep everyone comfortable. Wildflowers fill mountain meadows, single track trails offer mountain bike adventure, and numerous patios provide fine, al fresco dining. You can fill your days with high adventure, or simply relax and enjoy the cool air and mountain views.
Go for a Hike
Breckenridge has something for every skill level of hiker. You can summit a fourteener (one of Colorado’s famed mountains over 14,000 ft.) or take a stroll down a paved walk and everything in between. If you want a simple day hike, check out McCullough Gulch off of Highway 9 or Crystal Lakes accessed from Hoosier Pass.
Try Mountain or Road Biking
There are several bike rental shops throughout Breckenridge that offer road or mountain bikes. Single track trails can be accessed throughout town. A paved trail, ideal for road biking, runs through Breck, all the way to Frisco and even connects to Lake Dillon.
Take a Historic Walking Tour
Breckenridge was founded as a mining town and the stories are as rich as the gold that used to flow out of the mountain. Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers tours of historic locations, from saloons, to gold mines, to famous homes. Plan an afternoon or evening to schedule one of these fascinating walking tours.
Tour a Gold Mine
Exploring a historic gold mine offers fun for the whole family. You can learn about the history, pan for gold, and experience the mountain from deep within it.
Schedule a Jeep Tour
A jeep tour can take you deep into the backcountry for views unlike any other. With a local tour guide you can experience Breckenridge’s surrounding spaces in a way you never have before. Take a tour to a remote lake or over mountain passes inaccessible to other types of vehicles.
Enjoy Patio Dining
Almost every restaurant in Breck offers patio seating. Watch the sun go down over the mountains as you enjoy fine, local fare.
Try Local Brews and Spirits
Breckenridge has both a brewery and a distillery. Take some time to try out delicious craft brews and cocktails featuring locally distilled whiskey. Broken Compass Brewing Company offers a free shuttle around Breckenridge to the tap room, so you don’t even have to worry about a designated driver.
Plan a day to enjoy the Epic Discovery an adventure park at Peak 8. You can rock climb, play mini golf, take a ride on the mountain coaster or try out the zipline. There are activities for every age group at this high energy adventure park. Even teenagers will be entertained!
Plan for Summer
Whatever you plan, it is important to keep mountain weather in mind. Storms usually roll through in the afternoon. Plan outdoor activities in the morning so you can be safely off the peaks before any lightning strikes. Take a rest, hit the brewery, or shop on Main Street during those stormy afternoon hours. Then, enjoy a beautiful sunset on a patio. Always bring layers, a cool breeze or even prolonged cloud cover can drop the temperature significantly. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. While the air is cool, the sun is intense, and the atmosphere is thinner at 9,000 ft.
There is so much to do throughout the summer in Breckenridge. Come up to the mountains to get away from the hustle and bustle and breathe some fresh, mountain air.
Photo by Louie Traub courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Photo by John Maguire courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Date posted: May 17, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on What to Do in Breck During the Summer
First, decide what your objectives are for your massage. Do you want to relieve stress and tension? Do you have chronic pain in your neck and back? Do you want to improve recovery time after physical activity? Or do you simply want to relax?
The Most Common Massage: Swedish Massage
The most common type of massage is the Swedish massage. This massage uses five different strokes to relieve tension and loosen muscles. It is generalized so that is useful for most people. However, there are many different types of massage and something different may be better for your body and your health objectives.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage employs intense pressure to delve deep into muscle tissue and the fascia, which is the tissue that surrounds and connects the muscles. This type of massage is ideal for people suffering from chronic pain or have targeted areas of intense muscle tension. Verywell Health cites Consumer Reports as finding that consumers ranked Deep Tissue Massage as one of the most effective treatments for Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia pain. Deep tissue massage requires a significant amount of pressure, but should not be painful. If too much pressure makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider a different type of massage.
Sports recovery massage targets specific muscles used for a particular sport or activity. This massage is designed to help muscles recover faster from strain. It can also improve flexibility, and ultimately, help prevent injury. When you regularly practice a sport, or train to improve at a particular sport, sports recovery massage can help you achieve your goals with less pain and potential for fewer injuries.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage uses many strokes that are similar to Swedish massage and incorporates the placement of hot stones on your body, usually the back, arms, or legs. The warm pressure can help relieve muscle tension and adds another element that can induce relaxation. According to Health Line, hot stone massage can increase blood flow, relieve pain, and ease tension.
Specifically for pregnant women, prenatal massage targets the areas that are often strained by pregnancy, such as the lower back and legs. This massage can relieve a lot of stress and pain that can be associated with pregnancy, so that you can relax and enjoy this special season in life. It is safe for women and babies once they enter the second trimester. Due to the sensitive nature of this type of massage, it is important to find a massage therapist that is well trained and licensed in prenatal massage.
Talk With Your Massage Therapist
The best way to find the type of massage that is right for you is to talk with a massage therapist. Be sure to disclose any medical conditions. Share your goals, specific pain that you may have, and any other information that may help your massage therapist determine the right massage for you. Never hesitate to talk with your massage therapist about all of your options so that you can have the best possible massage experience and outcomes.
Date posted: April 30, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on What Type of Massage Do I Need?
Mud season in Breck can begin as early as April and go on into May. It is called mud season because the snow pack begins to melt and creates areas of thick mud. Snow can still fly, but temperatures can also soar up into the upper 50’s. Breckenridge Resort has reported a total of 378 inches of snow this season. That means there will be a lot of water making its way down the mountain this spring. Without skiing, and before summer is in full swing what is there to love about mud season?
Because skiing winds down, but the trails aren’t quite ready for biking and hiking, not as many people vacation in Breckenridge during these months. This means there are often reduced prices on lodging. Local restaurants also offer dining deals. Mud season can be an especially great time to score gear because the local ski and board shops are trying to move out their inventory to make room for summer items.
Fewer people can mean a little more space for you to spread out. You can get reservations at your favorite restaurants. The ski lift lines are shorter as the season winds down. If you want to experience Breckenridge with a more intimate and cozy feel, mud season is the perfect time to come.
When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everything, mud season is the perfect time to escape. You can relax by a fire, enjoy a cup of coffee on a patio, try out new restaurants, and simple enjoy life at a slower pace. You could even schedule a spa day and relieve some stress with a massage and a soak in a warm pool.
While many of the famed mountain bike trails are still too wet and muddy to ride, you can still ride your bike. There are great road biking trails throughout Summit County. There is a rec path that runs from Breckenridge to Frisco. From Frisco, you can take the trail that follows Lake Dillon. Another popular trail also runs along Vail Pass. The cool weather makes spring a great time to try out these paved, road biking trails.
Things To Keep in Mind
Mud season can be a fun way to experience the mountains. However, keep some things in mind as you plan your trip. Depending on when you come, the ski resort may still be open, but the runs and ski lifts that are open can be limited due to weather conditions. While many restaurants offer great deals during mud season, others close down for an annual cleaning, or simply to recover from the busy season, and others may limit their hours. Other outfitters may also have reduced prices, but limit their hours or have reduced staff available. Trail conditions can also be great for snowshoeing, but some trails may be impassible due to mud and water. As long as you plan ahead and are willing to be flexible according to the whims of the weather, mud season can be one of the best times of year to experience Breckenridge.
Photo: “The Crown Cafe and Tavern” by Austyn Dineen courtesy of The Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: April 29, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Why We Love Mud Season in Breck
Summer isn’t the only season for hiking in Breckenridge. Sunny days and well-traveled trails allow you to experience the beauty of the backcountry, even in the winter.
When you choose a trail, try to find one that will be packed down if you plan to use your boots. Snowshoes will expand your options. Yacktracks, a type of traction system that can slip on over the bottom of your boot, can also help you hike where boots might be not enough. These can be purchased at almost any outdoor gear store in Breckenridge, and will prevent you from slipping and sliding on a snow packed trail.
Any of the trails close to town will be consistently packed and easy to access. The Peaks Trail runs along the base of the ski resort. It meanders through beautiful woods and offers stunning views. The trail goes a full eight miles to Frisco, but you can walk in as far as you like and turn back.
Wellington Trail starts off on Wellington Road and ends at French Gulch Road. It is 1.4 miles to the end point, making it a 2.8 mile round trip. Once you hit French Gulch Road, you can access several other popular hiking trails, if you want to keep going. The hike is easy over rolling hills with little total elevation gain. You will also be treated to old mining remains along the way.
Iowa Hill Trail
This trail is a 0.7 mile loop that is perfect for a quick stroll. The trailhead is found at an easily accessible parking lot off of Airport Rd. The trail includes remains of the mining industry with interpretive signage so that you can learn as you hike. The hike only gains 205 feet. If you are still adjusting to the altitude, this is the ideal trail to warm up on. It is also a great setting for families with young children. This trail is also for hikers only. When you would prefer not to encounter fat bikes or cross country skiers, start here.
Boreas Pass Road
This road is closed in the winter to motorized traffic. It is often traveled by cross country skiers, snowshoers, and hikers. This road goes all the way to Como, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy beautiful views and charming forest. Parking is easy and the road is simple to access.
There are a variety of trails you can access throughout Breckenridge. Keep in mind winter conditions can vary greatly. A warm, sunny spring day may mean a wet and muddy trail, while a cold night might result in a very slick trail. Be sure you are prepared with plenty of layers. A comfortable morning can very quickly turn into a snowy afternoon. Always carry plenty of water and snacks with you. Even on a short trail, you may find yourself delayed. Fat biking is also popular on many of these trails, so be prepared to watch for others and share the trail. Hike in the winter and enjoy your favorite trails with crisp white snow and stunning snowcapped mountain views.
Photo: Breck Winter Overview by Alex Neuschaefer, courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: March 29, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Winter Hikes in Breckenridge Area
Sleep is essential to feeling healthy. Sleeping well can help you stay focused and alert throughout the day, making you more productive. When you are leading a busy life, sleep is often one of the first things cut out, which adds to higher stress levels. Stay well both physically and mentally with these five tips for improving your sleep.
1) A Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine isn’t just for children. At any age, having the same routine before bed signals to your body that it is time to wind down and prepare to sleep. You can read for a few minutes, prepare a cup of herbal tea, take a shower, listen to some calming music, or turn the lights down in your house. You will fall asleep faster if you perform the same routine every night before bed.
2) The Right Temperature
Often a room or bed can become too hot or too cold causing you to wake up in the night. Interrupted sleep, even if it is for a few minutes prevents you from getting the quality sleep you need. Make sure your thermostat is set to a cool, but still comfortable temperature. Use sheets that breath and won’t lock in moisture during the night. Down or alternative down are excellent choices for a blanket, because it provides insulation, not letting the bed become too hot or too cold.
3) An Ideal Bedtime Snack
Don’t eat junk foods or a big meal too close to going to sleep. An upset or uncomfortable stomach will keep you awake or wake you up. On the other hand, an empty stomach can also wake you. A light carb with a little dairy (if you tolerate it) is an ideal snack before bed. The carbohydrate will give your body the energy you need to make it through the night and the dairy offers a bit of protein to help regulate your blood sugar. Try a few whole grain crackers and cheese, a whole grain cereal with milk, or plain yogurt with granola. These are perfect snacks to have before you doze off.
4) Avoid Alcohol
A night cap is commonly thought of as an excellent way to relax and wind down before going to sleep. While alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, WebMD cites 27 studies that found it has a negative effect on overall sleep. Alcohol can disrupt your REM sleep, an important part of the sleep cycle, leaving you feeling groggy and unrested in the morning.
5) A Regular Schedule
According to the National Sleep Foundation most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Everyone is different, so some people may need more while others need less. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule can help your body stay on track so that you fall asleep and rest well every night. It is an easy habit to fall into to stay up late on the weekends and sleep in late in the morning. It is much better for your body to stick to the routine. If you need to stay up late, it is better to get up at the regular time and take a nap to restore your energy later in the day.
If you have trouble sleeping, or sleep but still feel tired when you wake up, try these five tips for getting quality sleep. Improving the quality of your sleep may be what you need to reduce your stress levels, improve your overall productivity, and feel physically healthier.
Date posted: March 15, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on 5 Things to Improve Your Sleep
Recently, Time published an article called “Why Skiing Is a Ridiculously Good Workout.” The article pointed out that the maneuvers required for skiing offer a total lower body workout. Skiing uses muscles that are rarely used in other activities and workouts. The article also pointed out that skiing is a good cardiovascular workout and interval workout (intense activity with periods of rest immediately following one another). Skiing, like any great workout can be enhanced with a great recovery massage.
Working Different Muscles
Most people don’t ski regularly. Those of us who live here are fortunate to be close to the mountain, but many others only ski on their vacations or weekends. This means that many of the muscles required for this total lower body workout aren’t used regularly. When you use muscles that aren’t accustomed to working so hard, they can easily become stiff and sore. However, you don’t want to waste any of your precious ski vacation nursing sore and tire muscles. A post ski massage can help your muscles recover faster so that you will feel good about getting back on the slopes.
A post-skiing sports massage can also help keep your muscles limber and flexible. When your muscles are loose and limber, you can help reduce the risk of serious injury. While skiing is an excellent workout, there is also some risk of injury. Starting on terrain appropriate to your skill level; preparing for skiing with targeted stretches and exercises; and following up with a post ski massage can all work together to help prevent injury.
At the Spa at Breckenridge we offer a sports massage that will help you recover quickly from your day of hard work on the slopes. Our convenient ski-in/ski-out location means that you don’t have to spend time getting to and from your appointment. Simply ski right up to our spa so you don’t miss a minute more than you need to on the slopes. Our Mountain Recovery Massage can focus on the lower body, upper body or both. After your massage you can relax in one of our hot tubs or our heated swimming pool while you enjoy spectacular scenery.
Plan a Massage for Your Vacation
When you plan your ski vacation, don’t forget to take care of your body. Skiing will be more fun when you feel strong and limber. Schedule your Mountain Recovery Massage at our Breckenridge spa now so that you can stave off the soreness and aching muscles that are so commonly associated with a ski vacation. Pamper yourself so that you can enjoy skiing even more.
Photo by Breckenridge Ski Resort, courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: February 28, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Post Skiing Massage That Will Refresh Your Muscles
Breckenridge is a winter wonderland, often until late in April. If you have come for your ski vacation, but feel like you need a change of pace, there are plenty of other options available.
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to experience the beauty that Breckenridge has to offer. You can get deep into the woods, enjoy new views, and even encounter wildlife. If you are new to snowshoeing, you may want to start with a guided hike. You can schedule a guided snowshoe hike at Breckenridge Nordic Center. Or, if you prefer to take off on your own, their trails are well marked. The Nordic Center has snowshoes and poles available for rent at the lodge. Using these trails also requires a trail pass. You can also find snowshoe rentals at most ski and sport shops throughout Breckenridge. There are many forest service trails that are open to snowshoeing. Hoosier Pass is a very popular area to snowshoe.
Tubing and Sledding
Tubing and sledding are also fun winter activities, especially if you have kids in your group. Try out tubing on a groomed tubing hill at the Frisco Adventure Park. The best part of this hill is that you don’t have to walk back up. A magic carpet brings you and your tube back to the top of the hill. You must reserve your group’s tubing time in advance, you can do this online on the Town of Frisco website. If you don’t mind getting extra exercise, trekking up and down the sledding hill, you can try out Carter Park. Carter Park has a fun sledding hill and you can usually find plastic sleds for sale at the local City Market.
For a truly unique experience check out Snow Caps Dogsledding. You can book a six mile tour through Good Times Adventures. Groups of up to six take turns riding the dog sled, running the dogs, and riding on the passenger sleigh with a knowledgeable guide. This is a rare experience where you get to interact with the dogs and run the sled. This activity is not suited for children under four. However, you can book a tour of the dog yard and meet the dogs as an alternative. Good Times Adventures also offers guided snowmobile tours. You can create a whole day of fun with a morning of snowmobiling and an afternoon of dogsledding.
Dinner sleigh rides are one of the most idyllic ways to experience the winter. Ride along as horses quietly pull sleighs through snow covered forests. You can book a hot cocoa sleigh ride, dinner ride, or private event through Golden Horseshoe Tour Co.
Don’t Miss All of the Winter Fun
For locals, winter slips away quickly because there are so many activities for enjoying the sun and snow. Don’t miss out on the huge variety of winter sports and activities that draw all kinds of adventurers to the mountains. Most of these activities require reservations, so be sure to plan ahead.
Dogsled photo, courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Snowshoeing and Sleigh Ride photos by Carl Scofield, courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: February 25, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Tubing, Sledding, Snowmobiling and Other Non-Skiing Activities for Your Vacation
When you need a break from the speed of downhill skiing, cross country skiing is an excellent alternative. You can head out into the backcountry and experience a whole new landscape. The quiet atmosphere and the rhythmic kick and glide of the skis gives cross country skiing a meditative quality that is good for the soul. Here are our favorite cross country trails in Breck for this soothing, yet challenging workout.
Breckenridge Nordic Center
The Breckenridge Nordic Center is the perfect place to start if you are new to cross country skiing. They offer 30 kilometers of groomed trails. You can rent equipment and sign up for a private or group lesson. The trails meander through the stunning Cucumber Gulch Preserve. The lodge is located just a few minutes from downtown Breckenridge, up Ski Hill Road. Parking is available on site, or it is accessible from the Breckenridge Free Ride system. You will need a trail pass that costs $25 for adults over 12. Kids 12 and under ski free, making this a great family activity. The lodge is warm and welcoming with a large stone fireplace, and often live music, so you can relax when you are done skiing.
Bemrose Ski Circus
When you are ready to venture a bit into the backcountry, the Bemrose Ski Circus is the ideal trail to try. This trail is easily accessible and well traveled. There are usually tracks that are easy to follow and loops of varying lengths. You are also likely to encounter fellow skiers on these trails, should you need help. The Bemrose Ski Circus is found at the top of Hoosier Pass. Go south on Highway 9 from Breckenridge. At the top of Hoosier Pass there is a large parking area. You can park here and then carefully cross the road. You will see the trail marked with a post and some blue blazes. Click here for a detailed map.
Pennsylvania Creek Road
This road is off of Highway 9 to the south of Breckenridge. From Highway 9, turn left on Blue River Road. Follow it bearing to the right on Royal Drive. Then take a right on Coronet Dr., where this road is no longer paved is where the trail begins. Pennsylvania Creek Road goes for 2.5 miles one way. If you would prefer a longer trail, you can connect with Indiana Creek Road, which in turn will connect with Boreas Pass. The top of Boreas Pass hosts Ken’s cabin. This is a hut that can be booked for an overnight stay through the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. This can make an excellent route if you are looking for a longer, more challenging adventure.
Gold Run Nordic Center
This Nordic Center is operated by the Town of Breckenridge. It offers 30 kilometers of ski trails groomed for classic or skate skiing. If you enjoy this sport with your dog, there are a few trails here that are specifically designated to bring along your canine companion. This is another great location for beginners to start out, but it also offers difficult trails for the more advanced skier.
If you have never tried cross country skiing, Breckenridge offers many opportunities to rent skis and get out on a trail. This is truly a sport that almost anyone can do. It is quickly rewarding as you experience the mountains in a more intimate way.
Photo 1 by Liam Doran courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office Photo 2 courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Date posted: January 31, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Our Favorite Cross Country Trails in Breckenridge
Swedish massage therapy has been used in the United States since the 1850’s when two doctors brought over the technique from Europe. It was originally developed by Dr. Ling in the 1830’s. A Swedish massage therapist will employ different strokes including tapping, kneading, gliding, and friction to help relieve muscle tension. These strokes have special names that you may hear associated with Swedish massage. Effleurage is the long stroke, often directed towards the heart to improve circulation and prepare knots in muscles to be broken up. Petrissage is the kneading stroke that addresses specific muscle tension. Tapotement is a rhythmic tapping that energizes muscles and breaks up more tension. Friction requires rubbing the palms on the skin to warm up the muscles. Vibration is the quick motion of the fingertips or palms to loosen the muscles. Swedish massage is typically applied with the hands, but sometimes the forearms and elbows are used as well. Oil is almost always used with the massage so that the masseur’s hands can glide gently across the skin without causing discomfort.
While you will feel pressure during a Swedish massage, you should not feel pain that would cause you to tense up or become uncomfortable. If you are feeling pain, or simply don’t like some of the strokes being employed, you should talk to your massage therapist to determine what might be a better approach to your massage. Massage therapy should help you feel better and should not cause stress or discomfort.
Physical Effects of Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is the most commonly requested type of massage in the United States and at our Breckenridge spa. It is now prescribed by some doctors to address some symptoms and medical conditions. It most broadly addresses issues of stress and muscle tension. While Swedish massage relieves muscle tension and minor pain due to muscle tension, it is proven to have other positive effects on the body as well. According to one study Swedish massage therapy lowers blood pressure. It can also improved circulation, which increases oxygen to the organs and results in an overall gain in wellness. According to LiveScience, studies have also found that Swedish massage can increase white blood cells. These are the cells that fight off infection and inflammation so Swedish massage gives the immune system a little boost.
Swedish massage can also improve your mood. In addition to relieving tension and helping your feel more relaxed, it can reduce cortisol levels in the brain, according to a report cited by the Huffington Post. Cortisol is a hormone that causes stress responses in the body.
Finding a Swedish Massage Therapist
In most states, Swedish massage therapists must be licensed to practice massage. Some receive a state license, while others can receive a license through a professional massage organization. There are two organizations that offer a licensure exam. It is ok to ask your massage therapist what their area of expertise is and what training they’ve had. Choose a massage therapist that you feel comfortable with and be sure to tell them about your specific needs, whether they are medical or emotional. Book a Swedish massage in Breckenridge today at our spa, to relieve stress, relax, and reenergize.
Date posted: January 21, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on What is Swedish Massage Therapy?
Vacations should be a unique time to relax and get away. You should feel refreshed after your vacation so that you can get back to all of the daily things you have to do. Unfortunately, getting away on vacation can also be a little stressful. Quartz Magazine cites a survey of 2,000 Americans that found 62% “had ‘very or somewhat’ elevated stress levels during winter holiday vacations.” Planning ahead at work, packing, and even the travel itself can cause some stress. Once you have arrived, you should pamper yourself to eliminate any stress and start your vacation relaxed.
Get a Massage in Breck
Get a massage…. or two! Plan for a massage on the day you arrive. This will help work out any tension you have been carrying with you, or have accumulated while you were traveling to Breck. When you start out with a massage, you will be able to enjoy the rest of your vacation. Then, if you have planned any adventures, such as skiing or hiking, you can schedule another massage toward the end of your vacation to help work out any muscle tension or soreness. You might not have time for a regular massage in your everyday life; your vacation is the perfect time to make it a priority.
Enjoy the Hot Tub
Make sure your vacation home or lodge has a hot tub. A warm soak in hot water does wonders to relieve tension and relax muscles. Skiing will be even more fun when you can come back to your place and take a long soak in the hot tub at the end of the day.
Go Out to a Nice Dinner
Breckenridge boasts many restaurants that have creative menus and serve dishes made with local ingredients. You can even order a luxurious cocktail made with locally distilled spirits. Breckenridge dining has distinct character that you won’t experience anywhere else. Take time to relax enjoy these artful meals throughout your vacation. Making reservations in advance will ensure that you can dine at your favorite places.
Did you know that a body treatment can rejuvenate your skin and relieve stress? Our full body treatment uses essential oils and aromatherapy to boost your mood and hydrate your skin. Consider a hand and foot treatment as well. Our hand and foot treatments use a carefully selected combination of restorative essential oils to soften and smooth the skin on your hands and feet. (Click here to see the body treatments we offer at our Breckenridge spa.)
Enjoy some quiet time. Vacations can be packed full of busy fun. Be sure to plan some quiet time to help you relax and enjoy the moment. This might be buying your favorite drink at a coffee shop and sipping it by the fire, or playing a game with your family at the lodge. Don’t miss the chance to slow down and take some quality time for yourself or with your family.
Plan to Pamper Yourself
When you take the time to pamper yourself on vacation, you will go home feeling relaxed and refreshed. Make an appointment at The Spa at Breckenridge for your massage or body treatment so that you will feel pampered from the very start of your vacation.
Date posted: December 28, 2018 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on How to Pamper Yourself on Your Vacation