TOP 3 Must-Do’s in Breckenridgelivxmin
1. Watch the skies come alive at the New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Torch Light Parade in Breckenridge December 31, 2014.
Breckenridge’s annual Torch Light Parade takes place on New Year’s Eve when skiers and boarders from Breckenridge Ski Resort begin a glowing, serpentine procession from the top of Peak 9 down to the base area, while carrying luminaries. Watch the lighted procession wind its way down the mountain and then continue the celebration as fireworks are displayed over Peak 9. This year, welcome 2015 with a bang.
2. Appease Ullr at Breckenridge’s Signature Fest – January 11th – 17th 2015.
The Old Norse god ‘Ullr’ is considered, especially within the winter skiing community of Breckenridge, the Patron Saint of Skiers.
Typically worn by professional skiers and ski patrols, an Ullr medallion, depicts the Scandinavian god Ullr on skis holding a bow and arrow, and is a widely used epithet around the globe.
In an attempt to win his favor, to better the chance of bringing snow to the historic ski town, Breckenridge began Ullr Fest in 1962. Today, the annual week-long celebration of Ullr, brings a legendary main street parade along with live entertainment, a Nordic party, “Ullympics” and a family ice skating party. A do not miss for the town of Breckenridge!
3. Believe your eyes when you see 12-foot-tall, 20+ ton blocks of snow, transform into works of art at the International Snow Sculpture Championships – January 27 – February 8, 2015.
Snow artists from around the world will compete at the five-day International Snow Sculpture Championships. Sculptures start as frosty mounds of snow and are carved into masterpieces using only hand tools.
Tip: January 19 – 23, 2015 is Technical Week – Watch how the enormous blocks of snow are built in anticipation of the artists arrival, so that the blocks have time to settle and compact under their own weight prior to being carved. This allows for a more consistent medium giving the sculptors the ability to execute their gravity-defying designs.
Breckenridge – Photo By Jeff Andrew.
Snow Sculptures – Photo By Leisa Gibson