My family and I found the staff at Pine Ridge Condos to be friendly and very helpful. The cabin was very spacious and clean. Christy’s Sports shop is located in the same building and made it very convenient to rent our skis and snowboards. The one-block distance to downtown made it easy to walk to the restaurants and shops without having to wait for a bus. Since Pine Ridge is a regular stop for the free bus service, it was very easy to get to the ski lifts from our condo. We will DEFINITELY stay here next year.

Stayed February 2012, traveled with family

This was our second stay with Pine Ridge condos. We stayed Labor day weekend 2010 & we just stayed Feb 12-16 2012 for a ski vacation. We stayed in 12D. It was very cozy, well decorated and clean! We parked our car when we arrived and didn’t get back in until we left. You can walk to the ski lift and you can easily walk to main street for dinner. There is some noise from people with boots on trying to get to and from their condos on wood floors but big deal we were part of the noise as well. We loved it and are already looking forward to next year hopefully in the same condo! One of our best & most memorable family vacations! Thanks Pine Ridge!

Room Tip: The higher up you are the less noise you will hear

The location of this condo is excellent for the price. It is ski in and you can walk (albeit uphill, about 10 minutes) or shuttle to Snowflake Lift. We had a car so cannot comment on access to town via foot or shuttle. We were able to park right in front of our room. The space was clean, well decorated and roomy, the fireplace a lovely addition. The shower in the main br was broken and repaired within hours after a phone call to the front desk. Staff was friendly and the dvd collection in the Office held great flicks. The hot tub was welcome after a long day on the slopes. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed February 2012

Condos are family owned and therefore fully equipment and comfortable. The location is excellent and very close to the lifts. A free shuttle runs from outside the reception to all the lifts for those who dont fancy a 5 min walk in boots! You can ski back every eve to the door of your condo. Brilliant trip, will stay again!

Stayed February 2012

Breckenridge Ski Resort Announces Schedule for Annual Spring Fever Festival

March 17- April 15, 2012 

  • Biggest Spring Celebration in Rocky Mountain Region
  • Last Chance to Celebrate Snow & Sun Before End of Ski Season
  • Breck Boasts Best Snow Quality in Spring
  • Month-Long Series of Events for All Ages On Mountain and In Town

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Feb. 6, 2012- Breckenridge Ski Resort announced today the schedule of events planned for this year’s Breck “Spring Fever” month-long festival, which will feature a series of events taking place from March 17 to closing day, April 15, 2012, both on the mountain and in town.

Spring Fever, presented by Cadillac, will take place throughout Breck as the town and mountain welcome visitors to one of the best times of the year for skiing and riding. Spring in Breck is widely known for having the best snow in Colorado, along with sunny bluebird days, special events, and great deals for guests from around the world. There’s no better way to send off the season than with Breck’s Spring Fever festival.

“We’re very excited to announce this year’s lineup of Spring Fever festivities,” said Kieran Cain, Breck’s director of marketing. “Last year’s inaugural season of the festival set the bar high for providing the best spring party in the Rocky Mountains for our guests, and we’re looking forward to taking our month-long celebration to an entirely new level this year to coincide with this historic Breck 50th Anniversary Season.”

Breckenridge Ski Resort launched Spring Fever last year to celebrate and embrace the biological change which occurs in humans as the seasons switch from winter to spring. Wikipedia defines spring fever as: “A term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring, and an increase in energy and vitality.”

The Bud Light Live Concert Series brings the party to Breck with 6 total days of big-name acts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on a specially-constructed stage at the base of Peak 8. 2012 music lineup with be announced soon; last year’s acts included Ozomatli, The Wailers, moe., DeVotchKa and the Flobots.

Spring Fever 2012 Signature Events will include:

– A town-wide St. Patrick’s Day celebration

-5 till 5 Terrain Park Happy Hour Thursday nights off of the 5 Chair lift

-The inaugural “Then & Now” Halfpipe Competition

-The “Breck Ascent Series” uphill races on Wednesday nights

-Park and Pipe Breck Ski and Ride School Camps

-Ripperoo’s Mascot Olympics

-The Breck 5 Peaks Mountaineering Race, North America’s longest ski mountaineering race

-The KSMT Spring Beer Festival

-The 16th Annual Imperial Challenge bike & ski race

-Easter Egg Hunts & Easter weekend activities on the mountain

-Many more events for guests of all ages!

*Schedule of events is subject to change

Events continued to be added in town and on the mountain throughout Spring Fever; for the full schedule of Spring Fever events, visit www.BreckSpringFever.com.

Breck Spring Fever is presented by Cadillac. The weekend concert series is presented by Bud Light, and associate partners for the event are Helly HansenSobe LifeWaterand Maui Jim.

MAIN STREET STATION ANNOUNCES A FREE CONCERT

WITH JOHN POPPER

 

BRECKENRIDGE- Main Street Station, is pleased to announce a FREE concert with the legendary John Popper on February 25, 2012 from 5pm – 6:30.  Popper is most famous for his role as front man of the group Blues Traveler, performing harmonica, guitar and vocals. He is widely considered a harmonica virtuoso, and is listed by harmonica manufacturer Hohner as a “Featured Artist”, an accolade reserved for only the best and most successful harmonica players.

 

“We are delighted that Mr. Popper has chosen the outdoor stage of Main Street Station as the site for his first solo Breckenridge performance”, says events coordinator and producer of the show, Karin Bearnarth.

 

A privileged few locals will be on hand as his back up band on stage as Popper wields his harmonica to many cover tunes as well as his vocal performances to Blues Traveler favorites  “The Mountains Win Again”,  Grammy award winning “Runaround” and “Hook”.

 

The musical afternoon will begin at 4pm with DJ Crisp spinning.  There will be a beer garden with food and drink.

Sushi in the Rocky Mountains in February…. Impossible! Actually there’s a plethora of sushi places to choose from in Summit County. My choice for Pine Ridge guests would be Wasabi Japanese restaurant.

We recently visited Wasabi in Breckenridge and had an amazing time! Our waitress was cheery and informative. We started with the Wasabi Steamed Pork Dumplings (We’re always striving to try something new.) If you are in the mood to try something uniquely delicious, this is for you! Immediately the savory pork dumplings fill your mouth with the delight, then the wasabi hits the roof of your mouth– POW! Like stepping out into the snow after a hot tub, the wasabi caught us off guard even though we knew it was coming. However, the appetizer was so delicious, we ordered a second!

Finally came the main event– the sushi! The spicy tuna and asparagus rolls were delicious, but out shined by Wasabi’s specialty rolls. The Shrimp Tempura roll and the Summit Roll could only be described as yummy. In fact, rather than getting dessert we ordered another roll, this time enlisting the help of our waitress. She suggested the Number 10- their newest roll. It’s a cross between a California Roll and a Spicy Tuna roll. The best of both worlds! We were delighted.

Overall, Wasabi is the best sushi in Breckenridge (by our account). I would even suggest that it’s the best Asian dining in Breck, but I would only be making this judgment by their wasabi pork dumplings. (Though those by themselves would earn Wasabi a best of mark in my book.) But go see for yourselves, they’re located at 311 North Main Street in Main Street Mall or visit their website at http://www.wasabi-breckenridge.com/ .

That’s right! Breckenridge Resort is reporting 8 inches of fresh white fluffy stuff for your riding enjoyment. Earlier in the week we wrote, there was a chance for 2-4 inches in the forecast and boy were we wrong! First thing this morning we ran outside and snapped a few photos for our blog, and then slid down the hill to the Riverwalk Center to see how the snow giants had fared. Upon first sight everyone/thing looked great, plus a fresh winter coat. Teams were busy brushing off Ullrs bounty and some were even being interviewed by both local and national news stations (Watch your favorite news channel you may see Breckenridge).

 

 

This morning we are strapping on the big Volkls (132 mm underfoot) and crushing powder pillow after powder pillow as the snow seems to be on automatic refill with snow still falling as we type. Look for a video edit in the near future featuring todays antics via our brand new GoPro Hero2 (Please, don’t let us lose this one).

 Call the Pine Ridge office on your way up and speak to Katie in order secure what is left of our rapidly depleting inventory 1-888-840-4170.

Till next time….

International Snow Sculpture Championships and POW is in the forecast

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Fifteen teams of snow sculptors from ten different countries have already begun carving what they hope to be the winning piece in Breckenridge’s annual Snow Sculpture Championships. The teams began the sculpting process Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 65 hours later on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. the teams must be finished with their work. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., but curious visitors are encouraged to come and view the process and the final products anytime starting Jan. 24,

Breckenridge is expected to see snow accumulation in the neighborhood of 2 to 4 inches on Friday. Come Saturday, temps will range between 18 to 28 degrees and not a trace of that bone chilling wind we all love/expect. With last weekends snow firmly packed into corduroy and additional snow on the way, conditions are shaping up everyday. What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and give us a call 1-888-840-4170

Pine Ridge is almost fully booked for this weekend, but we do have a few remaining units. Find our availability here (hit your refresh button for the most current results).

http://www.pineridge.com/reservations/Arrival=01%2F27%2F2012&nights=2&People1=1&People2=0

Four O’Clock Run is now OPEN- Ski down Four O’Clock Run back to Pine Ridge from Peak 8

 

 

 

 

 

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (I’m already finding candy hearts and cards in City Market) it only seems fitting that our second Town Trappings will be for one of the most romantic restaurants in town: The Hearthstone.

 

My wife and I visited the Hearthstone on New Year’s Eve, after reading and hearing incredible reviews, and we were not disappointed. For 22 years, the historic, 125- year-old Kaiser House, has been a local’s favorite for hand cut steaks, game and fresh seafood. On New Year’s we not only enjoyed the picturesque Victorian-era home with beautiful views, but also the wonderful Colorado food.

 

When trying to choose an appetizer, we couldn’t decide (With prosciutto wrapped scallops, baked brie, and beef wellington as options, who could make a single decision!?). So, we each chose one: the crispy lobster and the duck confit ravioli. Although the fried lobster with wasabi aioli was marvelous, it was far outshined (in our opinions) by the ravioli with foie gras sauce.

 

We struggled as much with our entree selection as with the starters, eventually settling on the Blackberry Elk and Filet Mignon. Let me start by saying that this was not just a meal, it was an experience. The sweet marion blackberry demi-glaze on the succulent elk was “literally to die for”. As the filet mignon melted in my mouth, the balsalmic shallots and garlic spinach popped, creating a symphony of mellow and savory in my mouth. We finished the night with the crème brulle– and it was the crème brulee of crème brulees.

 

In closing, I would recommend the Hearthstone to all of our guests. It is perfect for special occasions: New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, birthday, or romantic night out. You can find the Hearthstone at 130 South Ridge Street, only 3 blocks away from Pine Ridge Condominiums. (I would recommend calling ahead for reservations, or visiting their website http://hearthstonerestaurant.biz )