With Keystone opening today and Breck set to open in exactly one week, this tiny town is waking up from the shoulder season.

Breckenridge Ski Resort is set for opening November 11, 2011!
The Breckenridge Ski Resort will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on Friday, December 16, 2011. This date falls on one of the resort’s signature annual events, the Winter Dew Tour, with competitions on the mountain and celebrations throughout town.

Wine and Cheese Wednesday’s – Ridge St. Wine, 304 S. Main St. Free cheese assortment and tapenades. Wines by the glass or ½ glass. Budget friendly way to get out with friends, socialize and try some great new wines. 5-7 pm

Public Ice Skating –
Stephen C. West Ice Arena
Call 970-547-9974 for open skating hours or lessons

Historic Saloon Tours
11 am – 3 pm. Visit the Welcome Center for information. 970-453-9767
Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main St.

Matchstick Productions Presents the Film “Attack of La Nina” – Riverwalk Center, Thursday, November 10th, 8 pm. MSP chronicles the deepest North American winter in recent history. Show casing the talents of today’s best skiers in a journey through the snowiest winter of their lives. “Attack of La Nina” will transport you to Colorado, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, California and other world class destinations. Doors open at 7 pm.

We now have a full line of retail items at Ambika Healing Massage to complement the therapies we offer.  Now, you can extend the value of your massage and bodywork treatments with herbal supplements that will help you in a variety of ways.  I have personally selected herbs that help with muscle trauma, support the immune system, aid in elimination, and mitigate the effects of stress.  There is something for everyone!

Sacred Smudge Sticks from New Mexico
Smudge Sticks
Since energy healing is a popular treatment on the services menu, I have ordered some sacred smudge sticks from the Taos Herb Company in Taos, New Mexico.  These smudge sticks are handmade on the Native American Pueblo in Taos.  I am selling 3 kinds:  sage, cedar, and sweetgrass.  Sage is used for healing and to clear the air for ceremonies.  Cedar is used for protection and to cleanse unwanted energies in a house, building, or on a person.  Sweetgrass is used to bring about the feminine energy and the Mother Earth energy.  I also have abalone shells that serve as a container when burning the smudge sticks.

                                                   Handmade in Breckenridge, Colorado

Homemade Salves
Lastly, I’ve made a line of body products known as Ambika Therapies, that are all handmade in Breckenridge by yours truly under the waxing moon.  Farmers believe that crops growI have salves, massage oils, body sprays, and more.  I use herbs and therapeutic-grade essential oils in my products, and all of the massage oils contain a quartz crystal from the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado.  I have four massage oils:  Rub Rub Relax; Aches Away; Balanced Body; and Skin Smoothie; they all contain an Ayurvedic blend of carrier oils that are steeped in herbs, and four salves:  Aches Away, Healing Hands, Wound Heal, and Sinus Salve.  They do what they say they will!

The chakra oils are made with therapeutic-grade essential oils from Elizabeth Van Buren and are used during my energy healing treatment.  I have testers so you can smell different blends…the one you are attracted to is most likely the one your body needs.  Go with it!

Staring anxiously out our office window at the snowflakes falling in the courtyard, I catch myself silently urging them on – “Fall Faster”.


It has been no secret since the end of August I’ve been in full blown winter mode; swapping out crud cages for powder baskets and sewing the fist sized tear in my ski jacket (a lasting reminder to stay away from trees much like strangers). I’ve conspicuously placed my skis by the door similar to the way a fireman leaves his boots in his rolled up pants ready to go…just in case. My soon-to-be wife understands this sickness and no longer buys the excuse “I’m just breaking them in” as to why I’m walking around the apartment in ski boots… in September and October.


When in the company of those souls who have barred their teeth through many a Breckenridge winter, I keep these tidbits of conversation to myself. I’m well aware of the guffaws and head shakes my excitement will evoke and that my exuberance reveals me as a non-local or worse…(dun, dun, dun) a gaper!


So I will call out myself: I am a gaper, a nube, fresh faced with excitement that fuels a “first chair, last call” attitude to not only skiing but life.


Come join me this season with unbridled excitement, because I think La Nina has a little sister and this year is going to be Epic!

Chris Tabb lives with his fiance and dog at 9,600 feet in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado.

With winter weather pending this weekend is shaping up to be picture perfect with high temps and clear skies. Couple this beautiful weather with Pine Ridge’s Buy 1 Get 1 Free special and your sure to have a blast.

Haunted Tours of Breckenridge, Historic Saloon Tours, Washington
Gold Silver Mine Tour, Historic Walking Tours, Call for details, call 970-453-9767

Arts Alive -Friday, Saturday October 14th -15th , 6 pm., La Cima Mall, 500 S. Main St., The Fall colors are at their peak. Come to the gallery and see fall interpretations by local artists. 970-453-0450

French Gulch Guided Hike -Every Monday, 10 am. Turn on Wellington off Main St., continue 1.1 miles at stop sign turn right onto French Gulch Rd., At 3 miles you will reach the trailhead to the Reiling Dredge. Meet your guide Mike, at the parking lot on the left. Join one of our experienced guides for a hike in French Gulch. This hike is moderate-difficult. 970-453-9767

Iowa Hill Guided Hike -Every Thursday, 10 am. From the Breckenridge Welcome Center head north on Hwy 9. Turn left at Valley Brook Rd. Turn right on Airport Rd., The trail head is ½ mile up on the left hand side. Parking is available in the dirt lot. Join one of our local experts for a hike through the historic Iowa Hill Mine. Enter the once 1868 restored miner’s boarding house, see mining artifacts and find out what mining was all about in Breckenridge. Easy Hike. 970-453-9767

Drew Reges playing at the Motherloaded Tavern -103 S. Main St., Friday, October 14th , 9 pm. Modern and classic rock -Subtime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peal Jam, Gin Blossoms, Eric Clapton.

The Frozen Movement with Fisk (fresh2death) – three20south, 320 S. Main St., Friday, October 14th, 9 pm. TMF blend funk, rock, jazz, reggae, and electronica to create High-Altitude Electro-Funk-Rock.

Izzy & the Castastrophics w/The Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons -Saturday, October 15th, 9 pm. three20south, 320 S. Main St., 1950’s Rock n’Roll, Classic Country, 1930’s Swing, with Surf & Bluegrass.

Breckenridge Distillery -Tasting room, 137 S. Main St., Tuesdays -Sundays, 1 -8 pm. Distillery, 1925 Airport Rd., Mondays -Saturdays, 11 am -6 pm. Saloon Tours and Tastings available. 970-547-9759

Stoney Live at the Motherloaded Tavern -103 S. Main St., Saturday, October 15th, 10 pm. Great dance music – Ramones, Neil Diamond, Foo Fighters, Johnny Cash. 970-453-2572

Trivia and $2 Tuesdays -Motherloaded Tavern, 103 S. Main St., Tuesday, October 18th, 9 pm. Live hosted trivia with drink specials and prizes. 970-453-2572

The North Face Speaker Series presents Mark Synnott – Riverwalk Center, Saturday, October 15th  7 pm. 3rd Annual Series presents Mark’s quest to climb the world’s wildest cliffs, taking him to the Arctic, Himalayas, and the Amazon. Recently he explored the Ennedi desert in North Africa, where he and his team ascended rock spires and arches. Mark mixes tales of high adrenalin with droll humor, and his images are breathtaking. http://thenorthface.inticketing.com/events/154574

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

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.