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.

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.
970-453-2572.

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