Ski Butlers Blog

No Snow Doesn't Mean No Fun in Breck!

The majority of conversations going around town now in one way or another are all focusing on one common topic, where is the snow?  In Breckenridge, we certainly have not seen the same early season snow as we had last season.  This seems to also be the case in several other western resort towns.  Since we cannot control Mother Nature, we are forced to take action in other ways.  No snow in November means several things for us folks in Breckenridge; It gives us the ability to enjoy long hikes without snow shoes and tackle some of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. + peaks, it makes us appreciate artificial snow making more so than we would like to, and it creates a situation where all employees are eagerly waiting to demo some of the new powder line equipment but simply can’t yet.

Just because there has been little snowfall so far this year, doesn’t stop the big wheel of events from turning in Breckenridge.  From the 4th-11th of December we welcome the Hartford Disabled Sports Ski Spectacular into Breckenridge.  In its 23rd year, the Hartford returns to Breckenridge as the nation’s largest winter sports festival for people with physical disabilities.  It’s always a pleasure when you get the chance to meet these people on the slopes or in town as they are always sure to lift your spirits and make you appreciate all the activities that come with a mountain town.  This event is conducted by Disabled Sports, USA and in Breckenridge; this is something we always look forward to.

Another thing the lack of snow will not change is the Winter Dew Tour coming to town December 15-18th.  As Breckenridge locals, we will welcome in several hundred elite winter athletes all to compete on Peak 8 in Breckenridge for their shot at the Dew Cup.  Of course the Dew Cup champion is based on cumulative points from all 3 winter tour stops with The Nike Open in Breckenridge being the first of the 3 to kick off the 2011/2012 season.  There is more fun to be had than watching these athletes soar out of the pipe or tear down the slopestyle course while the Dew Tour is in town.   There are live concerts right on the mountain following each Dew Tour event, and the town as a whole is more energetic than ever during these 3 days.

Even without snow, there are always fun events going on in Breckenridge and plenty to chat about around town.  The snow will eventually arrive; whether it comes as a 50th birthday present to Breckenridge on December 16th or Santa Claus brings it as a gift on his sleigh later in the month, one thing is for sure…. The Breckenridge community will be waiting!

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Ski Town Lingo de-coded from Ski Butlers

It can be weird going on vacation to a new place, a place that can seem somewhat foreign from your home.  Maybe it’s the weather that’s completely different, the food may not quite be the same, or maybe the language is new and well, foreign.  It can be even stranger when this place is still in the U.S. Resort towns can seem a bit foreign at first, especially when you hear the locals speaking. 

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Snow Making in Steamboat!

The temperatures are dropping as we all eagerly await for the resort to open up here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Early November always tends to welcome in the cold temperatures, but the precipitation itself can sometimes be less then present. However big of a problem this may seem as most resorts will always open on time, technology has its ways to prevent what should seem as a postponed opening day.  Not here in Steamboat, and most likely, not anywhere else.  The technology of snowmaking has made all this possible and will always ensure us that no matter where we are or whether we are victims of “El Nino” or “La Nina”, there will always be snow on opening day.

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Ski Butlers Equipment Preview #3 and #4

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