With over a foot of fresh powder dropping in Breckenridge this week, it only felt right to do a whole blog about snow. So, I have decided to do an homage to snow– dictionary style. Well, sort of…

 Iniut Words for Snow

Aniu: snow on the ground
Cellarrlir: to snow heavily
Muruaneq: soft, deep s/now
Natquik: drifting snow/etc pirta blizzard, snowstorm
Pukak: dry snow crystals, the consistency of powdered sugar
Qanir- to snow
Qannialaaq: lightly falling snow
Qanuk: snowflake

BroBrah words for Snow

Butter: Snow that is smooth, soft, and easy to cut (turn)
Champagne Powder: Super light, fluffy powder, common in Colorado.
Corduroy: Perfectly groomed snow with ridges still intact
Corn Snow: When snow that was icy then groomed and chopped up warms up and begins to melt
Dusting:A very, very miniscule snow fall
Freshies: Bro speak for powder
Groomers: Usually used to refer to a type of a trail that is well maintained or groomed
Packed Powder:A ski resort term for the day after a powder day Powder/ Pow:Freshly fallen snow.
Yellow Snow:Don’t eat it!

So whether you love muruaneq or pukak, champagne or groomers, we’ve got it here in Breck. Book your vacation at Pine Ridge, and ski-in today!

Pine Ridger’s, welcome to our first installment of Town Trappings, where we give you a taste of some of our local flavor (because who knows Breckenridge better than a local?).


Let me introduce you to Mimi’s Fried Pies, a small, family owned restaurant on Main Street in Breckenridge. Everything on their menu is deliciously fresh and fried. My favorite item on the menu is the Fried Sloppy Joe, as messy as it is tasty. My wife, on the other hand, is a Southerner through and through. She can’t help herself when it comes to the chicken pot pie (reminds her of home). But, we find common ground by splitting the Banana’s Foster dessert pie.


In my humble opinion, this is the best location to get a quick meal or treat in Breckenridge. Obviously I’m not the only one, as Mimi’s Fried Pies is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor. So if you’re in the mood for a taste of Americana, head down to Mimi’s at 411 South Main Street (walking dis;tance from Pine Ridge Condos) or check out their website for yourself at www.mimisfriedpies.com

Pine Ridge has put together a schedule of events to make your Ullr Fest experience unforgettable!

Monday, January 9th- Ullr King and Queen Coronation (4:30-7:00pm)

Located in Main St. Station and Ullr’s Bar and Grill. The royal crowning of the 2012 King and Queen at 6:00 pm and music provided by DC the DJ. Bud Light beer specials available at Ullr’s Bar and Grill.


Tuesday, January 10th – Ullympics (6:00-8:00pm)

The Ullympics features co-ed teams of four competing like crazy for fun and prizes in whacky events at the Riverwalk Center lawn. This is a perfect event for the light-hearted quasi-athlete who can easily laugh at themselves. Get ready for some action. Teams interested in signing up should email the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at hdewitt@gobreck.com. Participation is FREE.


Wednesday, January 11th – The KSMT Dating Game (8:00 pm)

Breckenridge’s version of the Dating Game is hosted by the local radio station KSMT “The Mountain” at 8 p.m. at Cecelia’s. Adults over the age of 21 are welcome to attend. For information on how to apply to be a bachelor/bachelorette, call 970-453-2234 ext. 20 or www.ksmtradio.com


Thursday, January 12th – Ullr Parade (4:30 pm)

The infamous and zany Ullr parade kicks-off on North Main Street and moseys south through the heart of Breckenridge. In its 49th year, this is the ultimate in Ullr Fest fun. This is one you cannot miss! Participation is free, register your float or parade entry by emailing hdewitt@gobreck.com.


Thursday, January 12th – Ullr Bonfire (5:00- 7:00 pm)

The bonfire is back in town. After the parade, enjoy the bonfire in the South Gondola lot.


Friday, January 13th- Comedy Night (7:00 pm)

Laugh the night away featuring Phil Palisoul with Eugen Kenny! Cocktails start at 7p.m. with the show starting at 8p.m. at the Beaver Run Resort. Enjoy light appetizers, good friends, and more good times. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For more information, call 970-453-6423.


Saturday, January 14th – Chilly Chili Cook Off Event – January 15 (3:00 – 7:00pm)

Join us for the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club Chilly Chili Cook Off Event at the Riverwalk Center. Enjoy samplings from local and world famous chili chefs, plus fun activities for the whole family. Tickets for Chilly Chili Cook Off: $15 pre-sales: $20 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.BreckChillyChili.com

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Living Breckenridge, there is a high level of athleticism displayed by its inhabitants.  The mountains afford opportunities to participate in myriad of activities like mountain biking, trail running, and white-water rafting in the summer; and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.   While it is healthy to be active and fit, the importance of proper relaxation cannot be overlooked.  Think of relaxation as the yin to the yang of activity.  Yoga teaches us that there are five points to a healthy lifestyle:  proper diet, proper excercise, proper breathing, positive thinking and meditation, and proper relaxation.

The hatha yoga classes taught by Breckenridge massage therapist and yoga instructor Erica Ragusa are designed to give us the proper levels of movement, breathing, and relaxation to contribute to our health and well-being.  The classes are one-hour long and start out in savasana, or corpse pose, to bring the participant into the present moment and leave behind the stresses of the day.  Then, there is instruction in pranayama, or breathing techniques to increase our vitality.  It is said that when we breathe deep, we live deeply; when we breathe shallow, we live shallow.  Deep breathing techniques are taught along with exercises to improve lung capacity.  Then, the part of the practice that is most associated with “yoga,” the asana practice, is started.  We move into a series of poses while keeping an awareness of our breath, trying to synchronize our movements with our breath.

The pace of the class is slow, giving us time to really feel the movements and deepen our stretches.  Participants have said that the class has allowed them the opportunity to really stretch, lengthen, and open their joints.  The class concludes with a guided relaxation to facilitate total calmness and comfort.  The savasana at the end is important, as it allows our bodies time to process the asanas and integrate them into our structure.  Erica teaches yoga Wednesdays at 5:45pm at Carter Park, Saturdays at 9:45pm at the Rec Center, and volunteers with the BOEC as a gentle yoga instructor and massage therapist for MS, ALS, and TBI groups.  Visit her Breckenridge Massage Therapy website for more information.










This season so far has not been exactly stellar although this storm will certainly help. If there is anything you can think of to do in order to keep the snow coming,  (Snow dance, sacrifices, etc) let Pine Ridge know in the comment section below. We appreciate it and hope to see everyone in person this season!

Our family visited Pine Ridge last week and wanted to thank you for a wonderful week. Special thanks to Chris who helped us with an Emergency Physician when our one year needed medical attention. Thanks again for a wonderful time in Breckenridge!


Lucy T.

We apologize to our followers that it’s been so long since we’ve posted. Pine Ridge in Breckenridge has been incredibly busy! From Opening day at Breckenridge Ski Resort to Chris Tabb’s mountain wedding, to the Dew Tour and all the way through the winter holidays– we’ve been out and about. With so much happening, can you really blame us for missing a few posts? Well, we’re here now and ready to tell you about ALL of it!

It’s Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 50th Anniversary, and it’s been kind of a big deal around here. On opening day, Pine Ridge got 2nd chair (behind some worthy military personnel, as it was Veteran’s Day). There were cupcakes, a champagne toast, and the unveiling of the Breckenridge 50th Anniversary beer. Just another day at Pine Ridge.


On a shorter note: one of our employees, Chris Tabb, the social media manager, was married in Breckenridge on December 9. A big welcome to Mrs. Emily Tabb to the Pine Ridge family.


One of the biggest deals this winter, so far, has been the Mountain Dew Tour.  There were big names, big prizes, a big halfpipe, a Yeti, and a railjam downtown. Breckenridge local Duncan Adams took 3rd in the Men’s Ski Superpipe.  You can find video of all of this and more highlights from the Dew Tour on our youtube channel: PineRidgeInBreck.


The holidays, oh the holidays! From Thanksgiving to Christmas have been nothing short of spectacular here at Pine Ridge. The smell of delicious turkey wafting down our hallways was hard to miss. As was the Wassail Festival in Frisco, where some of our more talented employees went caroling for free cider. And who could forget the 1st annual Race of the Santa’s in Breckenridge, where 150 Santas skipped, jogged, ran, and danced down Main Street towards their reindeer. The North Pole has nothing on us!


All in all, our winter wonderland here at Pine Ridge Condominiums has been bustling. Please check back for photos and videos of all the fun events and many more! Check back next week for our newest post…….

-Breckenridge Ski Resort opens on Friday and that gives us sweaty palms and heart palpations, 2011/2012 here we come! 

Writing from the base of Peak 8, I can hear the constant hum of snow guns coating our favorite trails in wintery goodness (that or I am suffering from an early onset of schizophrenia). Over the last two weeks what started as a quiet buzz has built into a crescendo signaling that Opening Day is, in fact, upon us. Fresh faces, seasonal faces and out of state plates have appeared in our tiny ski town and Breckenridge is once again flush with the lifeblood of commerce.

With the upcoming season in mind I have compiled a list of tips to streamline your vacation experience.

Tips for the Season 

  • Do not get sucked into the 8 headed Hydra-beast I-70 becomes on any given Sunday once the lifts are turning. Plan ahead and leave early in the day or hunker down in town with a good meal until the coast is clear. (Stop down at the front desk for local recommendations)
  • Lifties and Ski Patrol are excellent sources of beta: for powder stashes; times certain lifts and terrain are expected to open; and most importantly where to stay away from. 
  • The majority of accidents happen on that “last run” which usually takes place long after your legs have given up. Follow suit and know when to walk away to an excellent Après-ski special. (Stop down at the desk for a complete run down on all the best specials)
  • Set a goal for the season, maybe it’s going from a green skier to a blue. This year you might want to check out the trees or perhaps you’re after the steep and deep. Whatever your goal is go for it and hang tough if it doesn’t happen right away! (My goal is 1 million vertical feet skied)
  • If you’re renting make sure to get your skis from our on-site Christy Sports, which is offering 20% off for our guests and as an added bonus you don’t even have to leave our complex.
  • If you have a season pass, sign up for Epic Mix, which allows you to track your vertical feet, connect with friends, and share photos from your ski vacation! (Ours is linked to our Facebook profile, check it out)

Finally, I hope to see all our cyber space friends here in Breckenridge in person celebrating their passion for life and skiing/snowboarding.

Get to it and we’ll see you out there!

*Chris Tabb lives on-site at 9,600ft with his fiance and Jack Russell Terrier.