Updated July 2016

Between Colorado Mountain College, the Breckenridge Arts District, and the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge offers a variety of classes for nearly every interest. And, they just keep adding more.

Learn to teach at Breckenridge's Colorado Mountain College campus.

Take a one-night, few week-long or an all-semester class at Breckenridge’s Colorado Mountain College campus.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College offers credit classes during fall, spring (beginning in January) and summer semesters.

Now that it’s an accredited, four-year college, it provides a catalogue of plenty of academic classes, from accounting to English, and nutrition to psychology or yoga.

Colorado Mountain College also offers mountain-region specialty classes, from avalanche skills to resort management.

Plus, classes like photography or art can introduce a new hobby — or source of income. Computer classes, from basic to advanced, teach anyone technical skills necessary to thrive in today’s world.

Classes tend to be intimate and taught by skilled, longtime locals. They range from a few hours or weeks to an entire semester long.

Additionally, Colorado Mountain College’s continuing education classes provide a variety of experiences, from one-night cooking classes themed around a particular country’s specialty, to writing classes and long list of online offerings.

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Erica Ragusa takes a class at the Breckenridge Arts District.

Breckenridge Arts District

The Breckenridge Arts District consists of renovated historic buildings, which house workshops designed to rev up your creativity.

Breck Create, an arm of the Town of Breckenridge, brings in nationally and internationally known resident artists to live at one of two art studios and hold open hours and special workshops.

On any given day you can find at least a few different creative classes — everything from writing and painting to dance, jewelry making, collage a more.

A dedicated hot shop supports metal smith work, while the ceramics studio brings tactile experiences to people learning to throw, or simply produce hand-crafted pieces.

The arts district hosts free community art talks, free visual art installation viewing and free art gallery walks. The organization also brings in nationally known musicians to the Riverwalk Center.

In addition, its free festivals are not to be missed. For example, the Fire Arts Festival complements the International Snow Sculpture Championships, and the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts inspires kids and adults with aerial acts, innovation installations, dance and a mix of live music.

Breckenridge Recreation Center

Get in shape with strength and stretch classes, yoga, cardio, barre fusion and body pump classes, which are all free with paid daily admission, or a pass, at the rec center.

The pool area offers CPR classes, water aerobics, adult and kid swimming programs, SCUBA diving instruction, U.S. Masters Swimming and private lessons.P1100798

Youth programs at the rec center include skateboarding, tennis, climbing, Sahn Taekwondo, cross country and more.

The rec center’s sister facility, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, offers group and private figure skating classes, as well as hockey.

So, whether you’re into fitness, sharpening your brain, relaxation, or art, Breckenridge’s classes have something for you. Review the classes, click on a link, and sign up!

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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