The best ski and snowboard athletes arrive in Breckenridge ready for one thing, going big and taking gold. Photo by Nick Young

The best ski and snowboard athletes arrive in Breckenridge ready for one thing, going big and taking gold. Photo by Nick Young

Pssst: Want the inside scoop? If you’re looking for the best views, best swag and best opportunities to party with the world’s best athletes, read on. We have the inside track for the Dew Tour Mountain Championships happening Dec. 11-14 right here in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Not sure where to start? That’s easy. We’ve broken it down into a few easy “missions” for you.  And your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete all of the following, plus discover a few of your own.

MISSION #1: FIND THE BEST LOCATIONS TO WATCH THE ACTION. You’ll find most of the action and the athletes at a few prime locations: Breckenridge Ski Resort on Peak 8, the new Washington Avenue streetstyle course in downtown and – the true secret – the Breckenridge Recreation Center where you’ll see just exactly how world cup athletes and  Olympic medalists train.

MISSION #2: SIZE UP THE COMPETITION DURING EARLY VIEWING. The

Catch some of the action during practice before the competition. Photo by Nick Young

Catch some of the action during practice before the competition. Photo by Nick Young

competition may begin on Thursday, but the athletes will be practicing on the mountain earlier in the week. So head up to the mountain on your skis or board and slide on over to the venue on Peak 8 on practice days to size up the competition and to

scout out your spot for the finals. The Super Pipe and the Slopestyle venues are located conveniently next to each other, both of which are easily assessable by skis, boards, or on foot. Stake out a spot to watch at the bottom or side of the Super Pipe, because you can usually see competitors at the top of the slopestyle course by simply turning around. Yep, it’s the best “two for one” viewing bargain in town.

MISSION #3: CHAIRLIFT CHATTER. From now until the Dew Tour begins, take a peek at the person sitting next to you on that chairlift or gondola. The Dew Tour athletes typically arrive to Breck as early as possible in the season to train and to ride that same soft powder-day goodness as you. That person riding the gondola with you might just be Chloe Kim, who placed third last year to two Olympic gold medalists. Check out what Chloe had to say one morning last year while riding up the gondola to practice. Don’t be afraid to say ‘hi’ and strike up a conversation.

Athletes sign autographs at many of the booths at the base of Peak 8.

Athletes sign autographs at many of the booths at the base of Peak 8.

MISSION #4: GET READY TO WORKOUT. Want to check out the competition in advance, head straight to the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Almost all the Dew Tour athletes hit the gym in the weeks leading up to the Dew Tour Mountain Championships. Check out what Olympian Aaron Blunck had to say recently at the Rec Center. What’s better than riding the gondola with an athlete? Secretly checking out their workout tips. Hear a few insider tips from the Canadian, Australian and US athletes from last year’s Dew Tour.

MISSION #5: FUEL UP IN TOWN. Follow in the footsteps of hungry world-class athletes and fuel up at their favorite in-town spots: Downstairs at Eric’s, Empire Burger, Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub, the Blue Moose Restaurant for breakfast, and Crepes a la Cart. (But you didn’t hear that from here.)  Downstairs at Eric’s has a variety of menu items, and you can catch a bite to

eat without missing out on the action on their numerous TV’s. Empire Burger has a selection of burger and fries with dipping sauces that will make your mouth water and Burke & Rileys hosts a selection of sandwich options, sliders, and their famous jumbo chicken wings.  And the crepes at Crepes a la Cart are fan favorites of locals, visitors and athletes.

Watch out, here comes the Yeti!

Watch out, here comes the Yeti!

MISSION #6: WATCH THE MAIN EVENTS. Arrive early, and besides getting to watch practice sessions, you can beat the crowds and score a primo parking spot. Head over to the Festival Village area, at the base of Peak 8 with booths from a variety of ski and snowboard companies, along with event sponsors. Many of them have free swag, games and contests, and athlete autograph signing sessions. If you’re lucky, you may even run into the Yeti: now who doesn’t need a hug from a Yeti? Make sure to bring your camera.

MISSION #7: PARTY LIKE A PRO. When the on-mountain action wraps you, your adventure continues. On Saturday night, head into town for an electric concert at the Riverwalk Center featuring The Chainsmokers – the EDM DJ do best known for their hits “#SELFIE” and “KANYE”. Preceding the Chainsmokers will be a performance from The Knocks, an electronic music duo from New York who started by producing for Katy Perry, Rihanna and Theophilus London. The Riverwalk Center is within easy walking distance of the core of town or via Breckenridge Free Ride Bus Routes, and doors open at 7:30 pm with the music kicking off at 8:00pm.

MISSION #8: FIND YOUR CRASH PAD. Looking for a place to crash. The best tip is to book early. The Dew Tour is a popular event in town. For the best deals and options, visit gobreck.com.

Should you choose to accept these missions, you’ll see the best snow athletes in action, hug a Yeti, party like a pro and not want to leave Breck, ever. Congrats. Oh yeah, this post will self-destruct in five seconds…….or maybe not.

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