Grand Adventure Balloon Tours
Rise with the hot air & see the Rocky Mtns from a peaceful hot air balloon ride. Mountain flying offers some of the most amazing scenery, but is the gentlest balloon experience available. Mountain flying is great for the whole family. Flights are weather permitting,so scheduling for your 1st available morning. Call 970-887-1340

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 12, 2011 – After a great week of snowmaking and several fresh inches of snow, Arapahoe Basin ski area officials announce that opening day for the 2011-2012 ski season will be Thursday, October 13, 2011.  The ski area has only been closed 100 days since last season ended on July 4, 2011.

 

Black Mountain Express will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run along with several features in the High Divide Terrain Park.  There will be no beginner skiing at this time.

 

A tribute to Arapahoe Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum who passed away this year will take place before the lifts open to the public.

 

Opening day adult lift tickets will be available for $59, youth tickets age 15 – 18 will be $49 and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30.  The ski and snowboard rental shop, tune shop, food and beverage service, the 6th Alley bar and retail shop will be open to the public.  Snowsports lessons will be available on a limited basis.

 

Local radio station, KYSL will be doing a live morning show and giving away lift tickets on-air.  KSMT will also be on site in the base area with a live remote, playing music and handing out give-aways.

Something I love to do in the summer and fall here in Breckenridge is hike. It’s like walking in a painting; I can’t get enough of the colors. Yesterday, my dog and I trekked up Peak 8. As winter has been creeping in each day now, I knew that my hiking days were short lived. It’s as if my dog knew this might be his last hike of the season too; he took his time, smelled every bush, and back tracked twice over.


We barely made it past One Ski Hill Place when the wind and snow became too much. I had been caught. I had walked out my door at Pine Ridge in shorts, a patagonia long sleeve top and a light vest, hiked two miles, and walked straight into a wintery storm. We had to turn back. Winter had announced itself.


What’s so amazing about the high country is that the end of one season is the turning point to another. There’s always a reason to celebrate. So, as I put my hiking boots in their respective “winter location” in my closet, I actually celebrated. Out came the winter coat, my snow boots, skiis, boots and poles. I made some wassail, sat on my couch in front of the fire, and thanked Ullr that I was in Breckenridge, Colorado when winter arrived.

Fall is here folks! In most towns around the country when you think of fall, you think of changing colors and fallen leaves. Well, much of the same here in Breckenridge but we add snow in our fall season. That’s right, it snowed yesterday in Breckenridge and more in the forecast for this weekend. Our Summit Express Shuttle saw snow for the first time this season yesterday as well. Both A-Basin and Loveland ski resorts have started making snow. Breckenridge I’m sure will start making snow soon. One of Breckenridge’s ski in properties is Pine Ridge. If you’re looking for great specials and lodging deals please visit Pine Ridge condos, www.pineridge.com . Summit Express, Breckenridge’s premier airport shuttle.

The Physiological Effects of Stress

In my massage practice, I look at the whole picture when clients come in to relieve muscle soreness or promote relaxation.  Although there are immediate and obvious causes for the two, there is also a less apparent factor:  stress.  Stress plays a major role in the onset of disease and injury.  Ancient healing traditions, such as Ayurveda of India and Chinese Medicine, have long recognized the state of dis-ease as a movement away from wholeness cause by a disturbance in the mind or body.  In Ayurveda, dis-ease is the manifestation of a disturbance in the body or mind caused by the disconnect with our own true nature.  Disturbances form in the mind first, called vrittis.  Since our body is connected to the conscious and subconscious thoughts of the mind, the disturbances in the mind will create dis-ease in the body.

For example, when we have overworked ourselves to the point of carrying stress, and come home looking for food, we often turn to fried or fatty foods to give us comfort, even though we know that it is unhealthy.  This is what is meant by a disturbance between the mind and body.  The effect of our distress (or, state of being stressed) is to ignore our inner intellect and make unwise and unhealthy choices.  When we operate with a chronic, low-grade stress, it effects many systems in our body, weakens our immune system, hinders our ability to digest our food, and over time can lead toward disease.  If we do not treat stress, we are setting ourselves up for health problems later.

Massage therapy is one of the best ways to promote relaxation, work out muscle pains, and lead the mind and body toward wholeness.  In my practice I use therapeutic-grade essential oils to add the element of aromatherapy into the treatment.  High quality essential oils can lead you towards a relaxed state more quickly and ease-fully than just a massage alone, so I always include them in my treatments.

Call Erica today to guarantee your bliss over the holidays

Erica Ragusa, CMT
Ambika Healing Massage
233 S. Ridge St #C-1
Breckenridge, CO 80424
970-368-3270
ambika.massagetherapy.com
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D’Vine Wine Tasting Room in Breckenridge is a boutique wine tasting room in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. We offer tastes, glasses, and bottles of our very own wine. Our line of wine is Wild Women Wine, and each wine bottle has a different Wild Woman on the label. The wine is locally made right here in Summit County at our Winery in Silverthorne, CO. We import the best of grapes for high quality wine at low prices for the customer. It is all handcrafted wine for small-batch production. Since we love our customers so much, we offer great deals and host fun events on a regular basis. Wear the grape suit on Main Street for a free glass of wine!

 

Thursday evenings we have LADIES NIGHT with half-price glasses for ladies and glass specials for gents as well. We also offer $1/minute chair massages by local professional massage therapists!

 

Friday evenings we have GAME NIGHT with trivia, board games, and glass specials!

 

Saturday evenings we have our infamous MUSIC MERLOT & MASSAGE with free live music, glass specials, and $1/minute chair massages! We bring in a variety of talented local musicians and massage therapists every week.

 

All of us at D’Vine love living here in Breckenridge and we know! that it is the best ski town in the Rocky Mountains. It is picturesque with locally owned businesses and the friendliest people, right along with breathtaking views. We are very fortunate to run a business in such an amazing place.

It’s a strange beautiful thing the morning you discover your skis by the door and you honestly don’t remember placing them there.

Our fireplace has been lit every night this week and the leaves have taken on their finest shades of Fall. The long cold snap right around the corner has signaled it’s arrival ……and you have been put on notice.

Two weeks ago snow arrived, as I mentioned in my last post, but quickly disappeared as our temperatures rose. The winter season is much like an idea, whose time has come and cannot be stopped (mostly certainly not by man).

Just today I fit in a bike ride out to Dillon (much farther than I had anticipated) entranced in the colors that framed the bike path. Coming home, I set my pace to exhaustion because deep down I knew it might be my last ride of 2011.

But, I say, do not let this be the winter of your discontent. Break out, discover adventure and challenge yourself at Breckenridge Ski Resort every chance you have this season. However, once you’re done, ski down the mountain and steal yourself away in the comfort of Pine Ridge.

We’ll all be here (Darcy, Chris T, Mitch and Chris L), so stop in and say Hi!

-Tabb

 

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2011

If anyone had said that Summit County was lacking in the fall category, Mother Nature took care of that right on schedule. Termination dust showed up overnight on several of the well known peaks in the area. And, our aspens stepped up to do their part as well– highlighting the mountainous landscape that surrounds Breckenridge with intermittent hues of bright yellow and orange.

As dawn breaks on Saturday a cheer goes up from around the mountain
Breckenridge’s 2011 Oktoberfest Is on!

The groundswell began early in the day- thirsty travel-weary festival goers emitting a collective resilience which shrugged off the ever increasing rain. Empty ceramic steins clutched in wet hands, eager to be filled and put to work. Women and men of all ages garbed in traditional/*non-traditional Oktoberfest gear added to the “good times to be had” atmosphere.
Oktoberfest in Breckenridge 2011

These people would partake in foreign (and not so foreign) brews, engorge themselves on delicious smoked meats and polka their faces off, even if it meant standing in the hail while they did all the wrong steps.

But the takeaway here is that this years Oktoberfest went on as planned because, in the immortal words of Montell Jordan, “This is how we do it!”. We don’t allow the weather to dictate our lives, we simply adapt and have fun!

 

 

Now off for a hike up the mountain…..till next time!

-Tabb

*Something somewhat unrelated:

Over Oktoberfest I spotted a fun group of 20 something year olds sporting what I have come to understand is known as a “ForEver Lazy”. So, of course, I investigated and here is my report to you.

For all of those that thought the Snuggie was already ridiculous, this product has a handy pocket in the back for when you’ve got “business to take care of”. Yes, it is an adult onesie that comes with the implied promise you need never workout again.

This is not an endorsement, however, I believe they’ll sell like hot cakes (or rather any food related item) come Christmas.

Gifts can be addressed C/O Chris Tabb 400 Four O’Clock Rd Breckenridge, Co 80424.

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