The influx of visitors to Summit County this week is a sure sign of the holidays, and we’ve been blessed with some really great snow and more in the forecast just in time for Christmas. I could complain about the traffic, but I won’t, because it just means we are lucky enough to live in an amazing and beautiful area that so many people are drawn to for their rare vacation time, as well as spending their hard-earned money at our neighbors’ shops. Well, and because my car won’t start and I’m stuck 8 miles up a dirt road in the middle-of-nowhere Fairplay. When it comes to events, Christmas Day is pretty quiet around town, but you can be sure that local business, restaurants, bars and ski hills will be offering up their best between now and New Year’s Day.
There is an abundance of live music happening this weekend and into next week. A couple of notable highlights are Boombox playing at The Barkley Ballroom for two nights, Dec. 28 and 29, and the fact that the Snake River Saloon is celebrating its 40th annual New Year’s party on Dec. 31. The Snake brings us live music most every weekend — even in the off-season — and forty years is an incredible feat. I haven’t even been around for as long as the Snake has been throwing down its ski town NYE party. As for the show in Frisco, I’ve seen several Boombox gigs, and last year, the sold-out show the duo played at Barkley was pretty incredible. The group is a blend of rock and blues with an electronic twist, and one of the musician’s names is Zion Rock Godchaux — just thought I’d point that out.
FRISCO ESCAPE ROOM
A new escape room just opened in Frisco on Main Street. These rooms are blowing up in popularity, and its easy to see why — they are challenging, and incredibly fun. To “escape,” you must solve a series of puzzles to find codes and keys to unlock the next hint. The two locals who created the Frisco Escape Room used true Summit County history for the theme of their first activity.
The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is putting on a movie night at the Keystone Conference Center on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.. The group is presenting a documentary film called “Fire on the Mountain,” which recounts the horrifying circumstances of an elite group of soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. There is some incredibly interesting history surrounding the 10th Mountain Division, and all the proceeds go to FDRD, which in turn takes care of our trails in the summer. It’s a big win-win.
Don’t want to do any cooking this week? No judgement here — you do enough of that at home. Check out our list of some of the restaurants open and specials for Christmas Day.