The snowstorm that socked in Summit County all weekend and dumped more than 14 inches of fresh snow on the local peaks made for an amazing announcement this morning… Breckenridge Ski Resort is OPENING EARLY! They moved opening day up from this Friday, November 11th to WEDNESDAY, November 9th!

On Wednesday, guests can expect to ski and ride approximately 54 acres of terrain on Peak 8 via the Colorado SuperChair and 5-Chair. The new high-speed quad, Rip’s Ride chairlift will debut on Friday, November 11th.

Opening day festivities will include hot waffles and a live DJ spinning tunes from a snowcat DJ booth. The Breck Connect gondola will be running and parking in the north and south gondola parking lots will be free on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Daylight Savings ends this Sunday, November 6. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour. Use this seasonal reminder to check household safety products like changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. Be sure to install carbon monoxide monitors if you haven't already. Many companies now sell a combo smoke/carbon monoxide detector that you can just plug into an outlet in every bedroom. It’s also a good time to change the filters in your heating system. Enjoy that extra hour of rest!

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The last week has been made up of colder mountain temperatures and has had local ski areas making snow around the clock. Arapahoe Basin kicked off its ski season last Sunday with skiers and boarders celebrating the first resort in the area to run their lifts. And late yesterday Keystone made the big announcement that TOMORROW 10/28/22 will be their opening day! Guests who arrive early tomorrow will be treated to free donuts, hot cocoa and first-chair prizes from Helly Hansen. Keystone will bring back night skiing on weekends and holidays starting Thanksgiving Day.

The other local resorts will soon follow suit with Breckenridge scheduled to open on November 11 and Copper Mountain on November 14.

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Summit County shares its boundaries with its own school district: The Summit School District. The county and district span from Green Mountain Reservoir in the north to Hoosier Pass in the south, from Copper Mountain in the west to Arapahoe Basin in the east. The district is home to six public elementary schools, one public middle school, one public high school and one public alternative school. The elementary schools are nested in the communities of Breckenridge, Frisco, Summit Cove, Dillon Valley and Silverthorne. Students in those neighborhoods attend their “home school” and their families are an integral part of the school’s success. Two elementary schools – Dillon Valley and Silverthorne Elementary – are dual language schools where students learn in…

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The annual changing of the aspen leaves is always a telltale marker of the transition from summer to fall in the high country. This summer’s heavy rains followed by a dry and mild September has made the golden leaves stay spectacular for weeks on end! Friday night the ski area got its first dusting of snow and the contrast between the white peaks and golden valleys was awe inspiring. Town was bustling all weekend with “leaf peepers”… folks up from the front range to take in the incredible mountain colors.

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550 kegs of beer are ready for this weekend’s Main Street Oktoberfest celebration in Breckenridge! After the event was canceled in 2020 and then drastically scaled back in 2021, the full-blown fall festival returns this weekend with schnitzel, spaetzle, pretzels, brats, live music and of course beer. The massive community event has been sponsored by Paulaner for many years and is excited to instead partner with Breckenridge Brewery this year. Additional contributors include Broken Compass, Talbott’s Cider and Line 39 wines. Steins and drink tokens can be purchased at the Riverwalk Center. Family-friendly activities including a free bounce house and face painting will be located on the Riverwalk lawn. Festival hours are today from 2pm – 6pm, tomorrow…

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Each year, The Summit County Builders Association and The Summit Foundation collaborate to host the Parade of Homes. This unique event gives the public a rare opportunity to tour some of the most beautifully remodeled and newly built homes in the county. In its 27th year, the 2022 Parade features five homes with stops in Silverthorne, Keystone and Breckenridge. While the tour is a platform for builders, architects and designers to showcase their talents, it’s also your chance to see the most current materials, technologies and designs in the industry. And to collect great ideas for your own home!

This year’s event runs the weekends of September 17-18 and September 24-25.

Homes are staffed by volunteers and partial admission proceeds benefit The…

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I was lucky to be part of the Summit County Special Olympics Tennis Team this summer! The training consisted of weekly practices – frequently held on the indoor courts at the beautiful Breckenridge Tennis Center – throughout the summer. Athletes ages 10 – 21 participated in warmups, skills drills and doubles tennis. Some were new to the program and others had won medals at state championships in recent years. At the end of our summer training, three of the players went on to participate in the state-level competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs: Erikka Abbott of Dillon, Gabe Duwaik of Silverthorne and Caroline Willis of Frisco.

Our local Special Olympics program is really growing! We trained in Track and Field last spring and…

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Don’t miss your chance to see Peter and the Starcatcher live on stage at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge this Labor Day weekend! Showtimes are 9/1, 9/2 and 9/3 at 7pm and 9/4 at 4pm. Tickets are available online at BreckCreate.org or in person at the Riverwalk Box Office. Prices are $34 for adults and $15 for youth 16 & under. THIS JUST IN: Receive $5 off your ticket with code “BOOKS” online or by showing your Summit County Library Card at the Riverwalk Box Office.

Peter and the Starcatcher is based on the novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. This Tony award-winning play, tells the story of how a young orphan and his friends discover precious cargo in a mysterious trunk and their thrilling adventure to assure it never falls into the wrong…

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For the past 35 years, The Great Rubber Duck Race has been a Labor Day weekend tradition in  Breckenridge. Join the fun and cheer on 10,000 rubber ducks as they “race” down the Blue River through the heart of town on Saturday, September 3 from 11am – 4pm. The Summit Foundation sponsors this incredible event and raises over $100,000 for local grant and scholarship programs every year. There are 3 races: the Kids Duck Race, the Business Battle Duck Race and the Great Duck Race. Everyone is encouraged to adopt ducks online at SummitFoundation.org. There are tons of fabulous prizes including ski passes, restaurant gift cards, spa certificates and cash. You can’t win if you don’t enter!

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