Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Colorado cloud-seeding program aims to boost snowfall, power generation

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The University of Colorado Boulder is participating in a cloud-seeding effort, launched this month, to increase snowfall in the mountains of southwest Idaho with hopes of ultimately increasing power generation by hydroelectric dams.
The research project, Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds – the Idaho Experiment (SNOWIE), is a joint project headed up by CU Boulder, the University of Wyoming and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. The idea is to increase mountain snowfall, which leads to more runoff in some rivers and increases subsequent power generation capacity throughout the year.
In many cloud-seeding efforts, silver iodide is released into clouds either from the air or by ground-based generators, said assistant professor Katja Friedrich, who spearheads the CU Boulder portion of the effort. For SNOWIE, silver iodide will be released by an aircraft funded by Idaho Power while a second aircraft, a King Air owned by the University of Wyoming, will take data to help scientists better understand the impact of silver iodide.
Natural precipitation in winter mountain storms generally develops when ice crystals form on a natural ice nuclei, like dust particles, and grow. Silver iodide crystals, which are similar in structure to ice nuclei, allow for the formation of precipitation particles like raindrops and snowflakes during weather events.
“The experiment will provide new insights into the atmospheric conditions needed for effective seeding of mountain clouds, building the scientific foundation for weather modification as a tool for precipitation enhancement,” said Friedrich of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC).
“While the experiment is being conducted in Idaho, the results can be applied to many mountain ranges in the Western United States,” said Friedrich, one of three principal investigators on the project.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project also includes the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
Cloud seeding has been undertaken in a number of Western states, including Colorado.
Because of water shortages and drought in some states and other countries around the world, cloud seeding is seen as a potential way to increase water supplies for communities to irrigate crops. Cloud seeding is typically paid for by water resource managers, power companies and agricultural interests, said University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Jeff French, a principal investigator on the effort.
Friedrich’s CU Boulder team includes two graduate students and three undergraduate students. The team has deployed several instruments, including a radar system, high-tech precipitation gauges called disdrometers and a microwave radiometer to measure vertical profiles of humidity, temperature and water.
Two ATOC graduate students, Joshua Aikins and Matthew Steiner, are operating a Doppler radar system currently deployed on Packer John Mountain near Boise, Idaho.
Throughout the three-year project, CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the scientific research through independent studies, internships and doctoral theses. In addition, Friedrich will take four CU Boulder undergraduate students in the field for a week to give them exposure to experiment field work, including visits to the SNOWIE operation center and various instrument sites.
CU Boulder also is working with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science Program, which is intended to broaden undergraduate student participation with an emphasis on underrepresented student groups in STEM fields, said Friedrich.
“Results from SNOWIE are expected to provide a new and important understanding of cold season precipitation — both naturally and augmented through cloud seeding — and will have an impact throughout the American West, a region that increasingly suffers from drought and water shortage,” said French.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Aspen luxury home used for Craigslist rental scam stealing ‘thousands and thousands’

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Don't fall for this scam.

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A woman has scammed at least four different people out of thousands of dollars in the past two years or so by renting them one particular address in Aspen’s West End, police said Friday.
The woman — who tells prospective renters her name is “Shawn Sullivan” and that she’s the owner or property manager — appears to be legitimate and has clearly done some research on the property, said Aspen police Detective Ritchie Zah. The woman’s email corresponds to the name of the limited liability company listed as the owner in property records, he said.
However, Sullivan, or “Sully,” as she sometimes identifies herself, is clearly not the owner, as at least one renter discovered when he got to town and found out he had nowhere to stay, Zah said.
“It’s important for people to be diligent,” he said. “Our goal is to let people know this person’s out there scamming people with this address.”
The most recent scam regarding the home at 220 W. Hallam St. was reported to Aspen police Jan. 6, Zah said. That person wanted to rent a luxury home in Aspen and found an ad on Craigslist for the five-bedroom, five-bath, 4,790-square-foot home, he said.
He spoke with Sullivan on the phone, worked out details of the rental, then signed a rental agreement from RocketLawyer.com and sent two installments of $2,000 each, Zah said. Later, the person went back to the original ad to find out if the home had a pool table, found the ad had been deleted and discovered another in its place identifying the rental as a scam, he said. The man then contacted Aspen police.
Zah said he also investigated another rental scam at the same address Dec. 31, 2015, as well as two other times prior to that date.
“Thousands and thousands of dollars have been taken,” he said. “We have four victims in Aspen.”
At one point, Zah was able to track the scam back to an actual woman named Shawn Sullivan, he said. He obtained an arrest warrant signed by a judge for her, then found out she’d been in prison in Texas during the duration of the scam, Zah said.
“It was the wrong person,” he said. “We’re still investigating.”
However, police were able to use the warrant to obtain emails associated with an address used by the person calling herself Sullivan, Zah said. Those emails indicated that she was initiating similar rental scams in other states, he said. Zah declined to provide further details of those scams or which states were targeted.
The Hallam Street home was built in 2007 and most recently sold for $6.3 million in September 2014, according to Pitkin County property records. It is registered to a limited liability company in Mexico, records indicate.
A man who answered the door at the home Friday said he had heard about the scam but was not the owner. He declined to comment further.
An ad available Friday on the “High Rockies” version of Craigslist warned prospective renters that the ad for the home was a “scam.”
“There is a person or group of people fraudulently offering up a rental property in the Aspen area,” the ad states. “They appear to have done quite a bit of homework.
“Don’t be fooled.”

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Illegal Ullr Fest coins and more at the ‘Mining Town Turns Ski Resort’ exhibit

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Phil Lindeman / plindeman@summitdaily.com

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For one weekend in 1963, the Kingdom of Breckenridge tested its storied nickname against the big, bad United States of America.
Back then, when Ullr Fest was still in its infancy, the town’s annual celebration of all things wintery and vaguely pagan was almost exactly like it is today, drawing thousands of people to a slowly growing ski town for parades, skiing and debauchery. Lots of debauchery.
For that fateful ’63 Ullr Fest, event organizers decided to mint 2,000 gold coins, each worth 50 cents apiece, and treat them as legal tender for beer, sausages, helmets and more. The U.S. Department of the Treasury got word of the rogue nation-state at 9,600 feet in the Rocky Mountains, and soon after the federal government sent an IRS agent to the Kingdom with a decree: stop printing Ullr money.
“The neighboring ‘States of America’ took a dim view of the competition which might have resulted from a new monetary system so close to their borders,” reads a passage from the Ullr Fest Breckenridge Winter Carnival in 1979. “The Kingdom bowed to the superior members of those States and from 1963 on minted coins ‘not’ good for 50 cents in trade.”
It wasn’t the first time all eyes were on Breckenridge, and it was far from the last time. The story of illegal Ullr Fest coins — along with two examples of the “not good for 50 cents” version from 1964 and on — is one of hundreds of on display at the recently renovated Summit Ski Museum. The lore might be from long ago, but it’s far from long forgotten.
“I think that story kind of encapsulates the town before it was a world-class ski resort,” said Kris Ann Knish, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance archivist charged with organizing and displaying the exhibit’s hundreds of donated items, most of which were donated by longtime locals and former residents. “It was a festival atmosphere, about having fun and doing your own thing.”
Found tucked away in downtown Breckenridge, the two-story museum traces the town’s growth over the past 150 years. It begins on the first floor with photos, wooden skis and more from the mining-town boom years, and then continues in a renovated basement with the brand-new exhibit, showing in bright, vivid detail how Breck went from a soon-to-be ghost to town in the ’40s to a fledgling ski hill in the ’60s and ’70s to the world-class, $171-per-day resort it is today.
The new collection, dubbed “Mining town turns ski resort,” debuted earlier this week with a reception. More than 60 attendees, many of them longtime residents who donated skis and coats and leather boots to the museum, came together on a whiteout night in the thick of the Ullr snowstorm to peruse the collection. The night also launched Knish’s companion project: a series of oral histories with locals like tuning guru Rick “Pup” Ascher, former Breck mayor John Werner and former speed-skiing world record holder CJ Mueller. All donated items to the exhibit, and Knish spent countless hours (seriously — she can’t even estimate the time commitment) pairing histories with gear and other oddities.
“It was very tough to track down the histories,” Knish said. “I’m still working on it, and that’s where we hope that longtime locals can help us out. It was even tough to track down the original logos for the resort. It changed ownership so much early on.”
Along with artifacts like the Ullr coins — aging neon posters from the ’80s, laminated brochures from the ’70s, — the exhibit is teeming with coats, boots, skis and other gear from the past six decades. There’s a vintage National Ski Patrol coat with a fading, yellowed white cross in the ’70s display, and then there’s a grouping of four Day-Glo jackets set like models at a ski shop in the ’80s display.
One of Knish’s favorite pieces comes from a bona fide ski bum: Scott Rawles, a Breck local since 1979 who bought a patchwork coat covered in painted bananas soon after he moved to town. As Knish tells it, he soon wore that coat everywhere — the mountain, the bar, maybe even church — and became known as “Banana Man.”
It didn’t hurt that Rawles backed up his bizarro steeze with legitimate skills: He dominated the long-gone Pro Mogul Tour in the ’80s and coached the U.S. team to 10 medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“It was tough to find the big stories because we had so much, but that’s where we depended on locals,” Knish said. “They share their stories about living here in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s, and that’s when you find out about the people who helped form this town.”
For the first time, that history is on display steps from the Main Street where it was made.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Summit County Real Estate: Demand for single-family homes remains high

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Courtesy of Liv Sotheby

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As more and more people continue to move to Colorado, local real estate brokers in Summit County expect many of the trends from 2016 to continue into the new year, meaning continued high demand for properties and a low inventory to sell from.
Dennis Clauer, broker and owner of Real Estate of the Summit, Inc., said that he thinks the market may not be quite as dire as it was last year.
“I think the inventory will be low, but I think that we’ll start to see more inventory coming on the market,” he said.
Currently, there are 319 residential listings on the market in Summit. Jack Wolfe, an associate broker with Liv Sotheby, said this is a 29 percent decrease from last year.
Fewer listings means fewer options for people to chose from. The demand for single-family homes is still up, so those properties spend less time on the market. Right now, the time is ripe for selling a middle-market home.
The change in interest rate may impact buyers seeking homes in that market that plan on taking out loans. In mid-December, the Federal Reserve bumped the interest rate by .25 percent, pushing the interest range from .5 to .75 percent. However, neither Wolfe or Clauer thought that the recent increase in interest rates will have a strong impact on buyers in Summit County. Clauer estimated that as much as 40 percent of the purchasers here use cash, and are not using loans to purchase a home. He also predicts that there will be more increases from the Federal Reserve as the year goes on.
“They won’t be substantial, but there will be increases,” Clauer said. “I think that those may balance out a little bit. You may find a few less buyers, but you might find a few more sellers.”
Wolfe said that the high rate of cash buyers is in part because of the demographic of people looking at property here. Nearly two-thirds of the properties in Breckenridge are second homes, people coming into Summit County using disposable income to purchase a real estate investment. He also added that the increase did not bring rates up by much, and that rates have been relatively low for how strong the economy is.
“People have taken it for granted,” Wolfe said.
Wolfe is also a broker for commercial properties with Liv Sotheby. The turnover for commercial real estate is not as frequent as residential. But there are certain similarities between the two. Prospective business owners are facing a lot of competition for properties in Denver. Wolfe said that buyers have been coming from the Front Range in the hopes of less people to bid against.
Although demand for homes in the middle market remains strong, Clauer said that luxury homes, properties priced over $2 million, have not bounced back in the growing economy. These homes tend to spend more time on the market. He added that while different towns have varying levels of what is considered to be in the luxury market, those homes have not been doing well in resort areas.
“That market remains slow,” he said. “The luxury market in resort areas in Colorado have been slow to come back as the economy’s continued to expand and grow.”
On the other side of the market is the workforce in Summit County, and while developments for more affordable options have started, construction takes time.
Wolfe said that developments can take a minimum of three years from the planning and development phase to the final process of a person moving in. He added that while many of the towns in Summit have done a good job obtaining land to build housing projects on, there are only so many places to go.
“We don’t have more land that we can keep annexing in,” he said. “The housing crisis will be with us for a while.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

Summit County’s consistent snowfall increases chance of ice dams

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Kailyn Lamb / klamb@summitdaily.com

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The long, finger-like icicles spreading from the eaves of your house may be sprouting from an even bigger problem — an ice dam.
Chad Lloyd, co-owner of Summit Gutter Systems, said that the large amount of snow combined with cold temperatures has created a “perfect storm” for the formation of ice dams on homes and businesses.
“Any time you get the extremes happening in excess then you’re going to be having ice dam issues,” he said. “We’ve had extremely cold weather coupled with a lot of snow.”
Ice dams form when snow melt travels down a roof and freezes once it hits a cold spot. The ice forms a wall that prevents snow from falling off the roof. Snow accumulates going up the roof, moving up against the shingles which can cause damage to homes. From there, the melted snow can get into a house and wreak havoc on drywall. Unnoticed leaks can also lead to mold. Once the water gets into a house, Lloyd said, that’s when the real problems begin.
“Any time you get the extremes happening in excess then you’re going to be having ice dam issues.”Chad LloydCo-owner of Summit Gutter Systems
“Water inside is usually where the emergency situation is happening,” he said.
Typically, Lloyd said that storms in Summit are more spread out, with nicer days in between. The past several weeks of constant snowfall have caused an increase in people scheduling ice dam removal with his company. His staff has been in and out, trying to keep up with scheduled appointments and emergencies that crop up. He added that extreme weather can sometimes make it hard to combat ice formation.
The last time the weather was causing this much trouble with ice dams was more than 10 years ago, and even then there were small breaks between storms.
“We just got so much snow that we couldn’t hardly do anything, just stay on what was happening,” he said.
Lloyd said that icicles are one sign that you could potentially have an ice dam forming on your roof, but another sign is snow sitting on top of darker colored ice.
Other things to look for are sections of the house that may not be as well insulated. Certain features on homes get colder much quicker than others. Sky lights and chimneys can cause cold patches where ice dams could potentially form. Air from the house warms the roof, with the exception of the eaves.
This Old House, a home-focused media brand based out of Connecticut, recommends keeping your roof the same temperature as the eaves to prevent ice dams. Heated tape or cords can be used as a preventative measure, but are not made to melt ice that is already there. Lloyd said that if you don’t have a preventative system, pulling the snow off the roof can help stop ice dams from forming.
Cody Jensen, the energy programs manager at the High County Conversation Center, said that cables can end up being an expensive solution, and are often only temporary.
“It just helps with the symptoms,” he said. “Throughout the winter about 100 feet of deicing cable will cost you about 300 bucks.”
He added that fixing insulation within a house is a better long-term solution. The center also offers an energy audit program that helps to ensure houses are as efficient as possible. Jensen called it an “educational tool” that helps give people solutions to problems like ice dams.
“They can diagnose things and also prescribe some actions to help fix that,” he said.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Breckenridge Ski Resort official reject town council’s $3.5 million offer to buy parking lot

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Kailyn Lamb / klamb@summitdaily.com

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The discussion around a parking garage in Breckenridge has become heated once again after Breckenridge Ski Resort rejected a $3.5 million proposal from the town to buy the South Gondola Lot.
In December, the town of Breckenridge offered to purchase the lot from the resort in the hopes of building a parking structure, with construction starting by April of 2018. The proposal also called for an agreement for first right of refusal for the North Gondola Lot, as well as the Gold Rush Lot, should the resort ever put them up for sale.
“We all agreed that South Gondola would be the best. It is the largest; it is the most rectangular; it has the best access points to both Park Avenue and the core of town,” Breckenridge Mayor Eric Mamula said. “It was truly the place to build a structure.”
However, in a Jan. 6 statement, John Buhler, the vice president and COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort, said the resort is not interested in selling its land to the town. Buhler went on to voice his continued disappointment with the council’s refusal to build a parking garage instead on the town-owned F-Lot.
Buhler said the town all but guaranteed a parking structure on the lot if the resort declined to oppose a proposed $3.5 million annual lift-ticket tax, which passed handily in November of 2015. Buhler has long been critical of the town’s decision to postpone building a garage, sending letters to pass holders at Breckenridge, as well as to the Summit Daily.
The current proposal is a second attempt made by the town to create a new deal for parking in Breckenridge. Mamula said that the town had sent a similar proposal to the resort in August of last year, offering to buy all three of the ski resort’s lots for $10 million. The town never heard a counter offer from the resort.
After the initial talks about parking in 2015, the town had hired a traffic consultant firm, Nelson/Nygaard, to conduct a study. The firm concluded that building on the F-Lot would add to congestion. The town looked at other options for lessening traffic, including paid parking in several of the town’s lots and major streets. Then came the town’s bid for a resort-owned lot for a parking garage.
The South Gondola Lot already has 600 spots. A garage would add a minimum of 400 more spots. Shannon Haynes, the assistant town manager for Breckenridge, said that the cost of a garage is largely dependant on the size of both the lot and the structure, and whether or not there will be an underground level. She added that it’s cheaper to go up rather than down, and that a garage could cost anywhere between $35,000 to $100,000 per space. Under the failed proposal, the area would have been under construction for 18-24 months, leaving the town short a full parking lot. Haynes said that if the town does build a structure, they have parking available on Block 11 in the town, but that a plan would have to be put in place.
Buhler disagrees that a garage in South Gondola Lot works for the town, or the resort. He added that the Gondola lots, as well as the Gold Rush Lot, are some of the most important parking locations for skiers in the town.
“(These lots) are critical for the operation of our resort and many other businesses in the community,” he wrote in the Jan. 6 statement. “Given the events of last year and the town’s lack of focus and consistency in addressing parking, we will not put those lots’ future in the town’s hands.”
Wendy Wolfe, a councilwoman and mayor pro-tem in Breckenridge, said that the resort’s focus on skier parking is part of the reason for the clash. The town is responsible for locals as well as guests. With the increasing number of tourists in the summer season, she said that the town also needs to think of parking solutions for those visitors.
“The town never talked about this being only skier parking; this is parking for any guest who comes to town,” Wolfe said. “I think that’s been something that the ski areas struggle to understand.”
Buhler has also continually accused the council of dragging their feet by performing additional studies on the traffic congestion in Breckenridge. In talks with the previous town council, Buhler said that a parking garage was promised for the F-Lot, and that traffic studies had already been done during the 2015 parking campaign. In past comments to the Daily, Buhler said that it was his understanding that the lift-ticket tax was supposed to go toward building a structure.
“The plan has always been to build a garage on F-Lot in the town’s core, which was made clear in every article, every quote, every council record, every piece of campaign literature before the tax was passed by voters,” he said.
However, Mamula disagrees, saying that there is no written record on an agreement to build on the F-Lot. He added that the rise in traffic concerns in Breckenridge has forced the town to think differently about how to solve congestion.
“Things change, times change, new information comes to light. It would be wrong if this council went against several engineering studies now to appease what VR believes was promised to them,” he said.
On Jan. 24, an engineering report on congestion and traffic patterns on Park Avenue will be presented during the town council’s work session. The session will start an hour early in order for the council to have more time for discussion on the study. The council will also hold a special retreat meeting on Feb. 14 to talk about the Park Avenue study. Highway 9 transitions into Park, and is under the oversight of Colorado Department of Transportation. The department requires an engineering study before construction is done.
Wolfe said that fixing traffic on Park was always part of the discussion for parking issues in Breckenridge. Mamula added that the studies that have been done have taught the town council about the habits of drivers in Breckenridge and how they use parking in town. The study will help the town council to decide how to move forward after the letter from Buhler, and where the next best spot would be for a potential parking garage.
“For the ski area to continually send letters to the guests, to the pass holders, to the paper, to get the Denver Post editorial board in on this fight to criticize us on it, I just think is not in the spirit of working as the partners that we’re supposed to be,” Mamula said. “The people who live in this community do not want to see this turn into a school-yard fight between the town and VR.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Breckenridge celebrates Ullr Fest Jan. 11-14

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Courtesy Breckenridge Tourism Office

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This year, Ullr Fest will celebrate 54 years with fat biking, a parade, bonfire and the World’s Longest Shot Ski, on Jan. 11-14. Viking hats will adorn the heads of skiers and snowboarders during the multi-day event in Breckenridge, as more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts fill the streets for the Ullr Parade.
The history behind Ullr, according to the Breckenridge Tourism Office, is that Ullr was so skilled in the use of the bow and could go so fast on his skis that in these arts no one could best him. Each winter he covered the earth with snow to protect it from harm. It has been said that Ullr enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his great skis, for pleasure and hunting.
It is also said that Ullr was such a great skier, he would streak across the sky leaving the brilliant stars as his trails (they obviously had some fine powder days). Though very skilled, Ullr guarded his knowledge closely and refused to show the other gods how to ski. Each year, Breckenridge holds a festival in Ullr’s honor to repay him for his gift of snow.
SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
Summit Ski Museum “Peace, Love & Skiing” Exhibit (4–6 p.m.): Put on your best retro ski gear and come celebrate the new and improved Summit Ski Museum at 308-B S. Main St. Refreshments will be served.
Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen (6:30 p.m.): Continuing 54 years of tradition, two local residents are chosen as the Ullr King and Queen for their contributions in the community. This will take place at the Riverwalk Center before Breck’s Got Talent.
Breck’s Got Talent (Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.): Join local radio station, Always Mountain Time, for a town-wide talent show at the Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Ave. For more information or to register, contact johnny@alwaysmountaintime.com.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
Ullr Shot Ski (4:15 p.m.): The Breckenridge Distillery presents the World’s Longest Shot Ski. Last year, the shotski had 777 participants, spanning 1,250 feet down Breckenridge’s Main Street. Park City has a chance to take over the world record, so come out and help Breckenridge keep the title. Visit the Riverwalk Center starting at noon to register for $5 (Must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID). All proceeds will benefit the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary.
Have some skis you’d like to donate to the record-breaking Ullr Shot Ski? The more we get, the longer it can be and you can be part of it by dropping your old skies off at the Breckenridge Distillery located at 1925 Airport Road, Breckenridge.
Ullr Parade (4:30 p.m.): The centerpiece of the week, the Ullr Fest Parade, showcases Breckenridge’s wild winter fun while taking over Main Street. There will be prize money for the most creative float. First gets $500, 2nd gets $300 and 3rd gets $200.
Ullr Bonfire (5–7 p.m.): Join for the town bonfire and retire your Christmas tree in style. Taking place in the South Gondola Parking Lot with free entertainment by Red Bull.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13
Hangover Breakfast (10 a.m. to noon): Quandary Grill, located at 505 S. Main Street, will feature hangover breakfast specials from 10 a.m. to noon to get you fueled up and ready for the Ullr Ice Plunge.
Ullr Ice Plunge (2–4 p.m.): Come prove your endurance and dedication to the cold at the Ullr Ice Plunge. Plunge into the frozen depths of the Maggie Pond and fully immerse yourself in winter’s chill. There will be music, food, drinks and laughter. There will also be a competition for the Best Plunge Costume so come dressed to impress. The winner will receive their own decorated Ullr Helmet. Too afraid of being cold? Don’t worry, there will be a heated changing room and even a hot tub, provided by Affordable Mountain Hot Tubs, open to anyone willing to accept the challenge. Located at Main Street Station Plaza, 501 S. Main St.
Comedy Night (Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.) – Join for some laughs at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave. Admission $25 each or $225 for 10, tickets are available at the Carriage House, at the Riverwalk Center Box Office and online at BreckCreate.org
SATURDAY, JAN. 14
Ice Skating Party (11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.): Bring the kids for an afternoon of ice skating and free kids Ullr helmet decorating. Steven C. West Ice Arena, located at 189 Boreas Pass Road. Hosted by the Breckenridge Ambassadors.
Family Snow Day (2–4 p.m.): Come to Carter Park to play in the snow and share with the little ones how to channel their inner Ullr. Come dressed to play in the snow and partake in sledding, snowman building and other fun family activities. If you need to warm up, come into the Carter Park Pavilion where there will be fun Ullr Fest art projects, snacks and warm drinks. Everything is free at the Family Snow Day. The first 40 kids will recieve a free sled. 300 S. High St., Breckenridge
Wild and Scenic Film Festival (Riverwalk Center, Doors at 6 p.m., Films begin at 7 p.m.): The Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires solutions and creates positive perspectives to restore the earth and human communities. The two anchor films this year, “AINA” and “Paddle to the North” both showcase the beauty of the natural environment and stress the fact that it is our duty to protect it. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Click here for more information and to buy tickets or call (970) 668-5703.