It is hard to believe that the 2014-2015 winter season has come to a close. The season has been bittersweet, but it is time to welcome summer to the mountains and to start counting down to the next season. But before we do that, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the season’s 10 most memorable moments:
1. The first snow of the season
We received over 30 inches of snow in the first week of the season. Powder day for opening day, don’t mind if we do.
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2. A record number of Santas running down Main Street for the annual Race of the Santas
We celebrate the holidays before the holiday in Breck. We kicked off the celebration with Race of the Santas followed by the Lighting of Breckenridge. The town tree illuminates town with glowing lights. Joyous carolers and Santa visits are a small piece of the holiday festivities happening downtown.
3. The world record for the longest Shot Ski, broadcast live on The Weather Channel by Jim Cantore
Every year we pay tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow. Holding the record for the longest shot ski is only one of the many memorable moments from Ullr Fest. The Ullr Parade, bonfire, Ullympics, Breck’s Got Talent and more added to the character of the snow loving mountain town.
4. Breckenridge’s biggest dump of the season
Joel Gratz, OpenSnow.com, gave us the inside scoop on Breck’s snowfall this season. We received over 50 inches of snow Feb. 21-March 5, where it snowed 12 of 13 days. We saw several weeks with over 30 inches of snow, like Dec. 21-24, when Ullr dropped a nice Christmas gift of 34 inches. That is why we praise him for a week (see #3).
5. The opening of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center & Summit County South Branch Library
The new Library and Community Center is infusing our community with new energy and new opportunities. The center provides access to diverse groups and continues to fulfill the Library’s time-honored mission for generations to come.
6. Celebrating 25 years of snow sculpting in Breck with the International Snow Sculpture Championships
Sixteen (16) teams from across the country arrived in Breck, ready to carve snow.
Twelve-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of fresh Colorado snow awaited the sculptors in the heart of downtown. Over the next 5 days, 65 hours, sculptors transformed the blocks into an outdoor art gallery. Read more about the Snow Sculpture Championships, what it takes to create these masterpieces and stunning photos.
7. And, celebrating 30 years of snowboarding in Breck
It was in 1985 when Breckenridge rolled out the mat for snowboarding. “Highback bindings were in infant stages and the first magazine about snowboarding, Absolutely Radical (later renamed International Snowboard Magazine), was fresh off the press,” says Lisa Pogue, Breckenridge Ski Resort. Thirty years later, Breck is a Mecca for snowboarding and plays host to internationally renowned snowboarding competitions and events.
8. Lunar Eclipse over Peak 8
9. Every colorful sunrise
Arthur Balluff captured this sunrise just before Easter Sunday from Boreas Pass. There’s a reason that Colorado is called “Colorful Colorado.”
10. Being named one of the Best Ski Towns in America by Forbes.com
“Colorado’s largest historic district pretty much says it all, but Breck is much more varied than its Old West mining roots suggest,” says Larry Olmsted, Forbes Life.
- A new and improved Colorado Super Chair at the base of Peak 8 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort
- Dew Tour returned to Breckenridge for the 7th straight year, showcasing the the world’s best ski and snowboard Olympians and athletes
- Conde Nast ranked Breck as one of the Best Apres-Ski Spots Around the World, by readers’ choice
- And the reason that Colorado is called “Colorful Colorado,” the sunsets.