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Race of the Santas and more weekend fun in Summit County

by The Mountain Living Team

​​Running of the SantasAre you in need of some holiday spirit this season? If so, Breckenridge has the cure this Saturday. Join in a sea of Santas as they run down Main Street Saturday, December 3rd.  There are young Santas, old Santas, female Santas, thin Santas. You have never seen so many Santas!  The race starts at 4:30 but you'll find them roaming the streets at the holiday market that begins at noon, or maybe walking the dog that is dressed as a reindeer during the dog parade.

After the Race of the Santas, stick around for the Lighting of Breckenridge when the holiday lights are turned on and the town tree in Blue River Plaza lights up.
If you're still feeling festive, head to Frisco's Main Street for a taste of Wassail from local merchants during Wassail Days.  Wassail is a mulled cider that dates back to midieval times. Two traditions are connected with it.  One awakes the apple trees and ensures a good harvest next season, the other offers blessings in exchange for food and drink.  Recipes vary, some with alcohol, some without but It is typically served warm during the holidays.  Stroll along Main Street and try them all and then vote for your favorite.  Wassail Days runs from December 1 thru 10 so get out there and try this historic drink.



Frisco's BBQ Challenge 2016

by Meredith Adams

Frisco's BBQ ChallengeIt's that time of year again!  The unofficial start of summer in Summit County means it's time to close off Main Street in Frisco and bring in the barbecue, beer & live music for the 23rd Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge.  Friday and Saturday, June 17th & 18th will be loaded with fun for the whole family.  If you haven't made it out yet, come on out and see what the talk is all about.

About 70 competitors will be grilling up their best barbecue in anticipation of a blue ribbon and a chance to compete in the American Royal, the world series of barbecue cook offs.  Not all competitors sell to the public but there will be six blocks of vendors on Main Street so there won't be any shortage of good food and beer to indulge in.  Check the Summit Daily, our local newspaper, for a vendor map on the day of the event and make it easier to find your favorite barbecue.  Look for last year's top ten, overall winners:  Shake 'n Bake, Backdraft BBQ, Gettin' Basted,  True Bud BBQ, Porky Butts, Crazy Coyote, 3 Li'l Macs, Bubba Q's, Smokin' Triggers, and the Celtic Pig.  See a complete list of last year's winners in all categories on Frisco's website.

Barbecue Challenge in FriscoThroughout the day on Friday and Saturday you and your family can watch the pig races, ride a mechanical bull, play in the bouncy house and listen to some great live music all in addition to eating barbecue brisket, chicken and ribs, berry kabobs, funnel cake, and roasted corn on the cob.  Enjoy a variety of live music all day long too with 8 different bands playing plus a kick-off concert on Thursday night.  See the Saturday's BBQ Challenge schedule, Friday's BBQ Challenge schedule, and info on Thursday's concert.

Summit County has so many events happening all year long.  No matter what you enjoy odds are there is an event that celebrates it.  Here are just a few blog posts we have written over the years about some of the Summit County events.

Last minute 4th of July plans

by Meredith Adams

If you haven't made you plans for the 4th of July yet this year, just come up to Summit County.  It's cooler than the Denver Metro area and there's a lot going on.  Click on the town name to link to their website with details about their activities & events.

7am  10k trail run
9:30am  Firecracker 50 bike race
10am  Parade
12:30pm  Viper car show
1pm  Kids water fight
2pm  Live music
8pm NRO at Riverwalk
9:45pm  Fireworks

Dillon Amphitheater
7pm  Forever in Blue Jeans, Neil Diamond tribute band
10pm  NRO Performance

8am  Pancake breakfast
9am  Fishing Derby
10am  Summit Concert Band
12:30pm  Parade
1:30pm  Live music by Guild of Ages
3:30pm  Drum circle
7:15pm  The Long Run, Eagles tribute band
9:30pm  Fireworks

8am  Fishing Derby
9am  Super Slimy Science
10:30am  Bike decoration party
11am  Bike parade
11am  Ala carte BBQ
12pm  Live music by Trout Steak Revival
7pm  Live music by The Burroughs
9pm  Fireworks


Frisco's 4th of July Parade



Robert Randolph plays Dillon Amphitheater

by Meredith Adams

Robert Randolph and the Family Band perform at Dillon AmphitheaterThe amphitheater was packed as the opening band took the stage.  John Trucelli said the crowd was 10 times bigger than what they're used to playing for. They are a local band and play venues all over Summit County.  They played a good set, introducing their new album to the crowd.

Then it was time for the main event.  Robert Randolph and the Family Band took the stage.  The crowd roared and the floor in front of the stage was full in no time as everyone got up to dance.  Robert Randolph is ranked as one of the 100 best guitarists by Rolling Stone.  His music is very high energy, funky & soulful.  Many in the crowd were wearing ear plugs because it was so loud.  I think that must have chased off a few of the younger and older listeners as the evening progressed.  Those that remained had a fantastic time jamming to some great music as the band put on an awesome performance.  Robert engaged with the crowd, inviting the ladies in the crowd on stage to dance, bringing up a fan to play guitar with him and another to sing.

A big crowd for the free concert at Dillon Amphitheater June 27thRobert Randolph & the Family Band was a fantastic way to kick off the summer season at the Dillon Amphitheater.  All shows are free at the amphitheater.  Concerts will be happening every Friday and Saturday nights all summer long with performances by a variety of artists.  It's a great way to spend an evening under the stars in Dillon, Colorado.

Spend your Memorial Day weekend in Summit County!

by Meredith Adams

Spring skiingMemorial Day weekend is typically a weekend of family get-togethers that often include camping and barbecuing.  This year’s May weather has dampened Memorial Day plans for many.  An abundance of rain and cooler than normal temperatures have caused campgrounds and hiking trails across the Front Range to close for the holiday weekend.  So what’s a family to do?  All that rain has been in the form of snow at elevations around 10,000 feet.  That’s the perfect elevation for the one ski area still open in Colorado, A-Basin. 

Arapahoe Basin manages to extend the ski season well beyond the mid-April closing dates of most ski areas.  Some years you can still ski on the 4th of July and on occasion, all the way into August, if you can believe that!  A-Basin is slated to close June 7th this year; at least that was the plan until all this May moisture.  They are now considering abandoning that closing date and staying open later into summer.  Spring at A-Basin always include concerts, festivals and fun.  Every weekend in May features concerts in the Shakin’ at the Basin Concert Series.  Memorial Day weekend is no exception.  Saturday’s concert is Wash Park playing at the base from 1-4:00.  Sunday’s events include a rail jam, concert, and a beer festival.  Hit the terrain park to take part in the rail jam at 11.  Then you can enjoy Funky Johnson’s music while trying a variety of craft beers from brewers across Colorado.  The 14th Annual Festival of Brewpubs is A-Basin’s largest party of the year.  For a nominal price you get a souvenir mug and are able to taste beers from the 11 participating breweries.

Oh, and don’t forget about all the snow.  Head up on the mountain and enjoy that too.  Most of the mountain is still open with fantastic conditions.  By now most of us have traded our skis and boards for bikes and golf clubs but it’s been so hard to use those this May.  It’s time to give in to Mother Nature and go with the flow, or should I say go with the snow.  Strap on the skis and boards and hit the slopes this Memorial Day.  You won’t be disappointed!

2014 Romp to Stomp Snowshoe in Frisco

by Meredith Adams

Winter in Frisco, CO means a lot of outdoor fun. Whether it's skiing, tubing, kiting or snowshoeing, there's fun to be had. So why not combine some of that fun with a good cause and raise money while having fun? This family friendly event does just that. It combines snowshoeing with raising money for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. The Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series has been romping and stomping in Colorado for over 10 years. This year's Frisco Romp is on Saturday, March 1st and offers 3 different snowshoe events for participants. For serious snowshoers you can take part in the 3k race, for the kids there's a Lil Romper Dash, and for the rest of us, a 3k or 5k walk. No one should snowshoe on an empty stomach so these events follow a delicious pancake breakfast. See the complete schedule. The snowshoe course winds it's way around Frisco's Peninsula Recreation Area. It's a relatively flat course so even those not used to the lack of oxygen at around 9,000 feet in elevation can probably handle it. It's a great opportunity for those that have never snowshoed before too. Just demo some Tubbs showshoes and strap them on for a good cause. You may find out what a lot of people already know; that it's a great way to get out and enjoy nature in the wintertime. This snowshoe may be helping a serious illness but it's not all business on the day of the event. Hot pink is the color of choice for most snowshoers and the zanier the outfit the better. Teams typically coordinate their outfits with groups of people wearing pink ballet skirts, hot pink boas and whatever else will fashionably accessorize their winter weather attire. The Romp to Stomp event beautifully combines a good cause with a great outdoor activity in a fun way while remembering those you lost and celebrating those that survived. The 2014 Romp to Stomp in Frisco is on Saturday, March 1st at the Peninsula Recreation Area. Register now.

Summit County Parade of Homes

by Meredith Adams

It’s that time again!  The aspen leaves are turning a brilliant gold, the air is crisp and some of the most amazing new homes in the county are open to the public.  The 2013 Parade of Homes in Summit County features 11 homes, 7 in Breckenridge, 1 in Frisco and Keystone and 2 in Silverthorne.  The homes range from a loft over commercial space to brand new construction to complete renovations.  Construction varies as well.  You’ll see log homes, contemporary homes, and rustic homes with reclaimed materials.  No matter your taste there’s something you’re going to love. 

The Parade of Homes runs for two weekends, the 21st & 22nd and the 28th & 29th of September.  Tickets are $15 and are available online, at select homes on the tour, Dillon & Breckenridge City Market stores, and Breckenridge, Frisco and Silverthorne Bank of the West branches.  Bank of the West will contribute $2 from every ticket sale to The Summit Foundation.

For a complete list of homes on this year’s Parade, pick up a Parade of Homes book at Coldwell Banker at 4th & Main in Frisco or any Summit County real estate office.  You can also view it digitally online at

Wine in the Pines in Keystone

by The Mountain Living Team

October 18-19, 2013

Wine in the Pines is an annual event which pairs exceptional wines with exceptional food prepared by the premier chefs in Keystone.   It is a charitable event benefiting Cerebral Palsy of Colorado.  The founders, Mike and Margaret Smith, wanted to create an event to help people like their daughter Kelly, who suffers from the disease.

This year the 2 day event will highlight the wonderful wines from the winemaker Allegrini. The event kicks off Friday night with the Winemaker’s Dinner at Keystone Ranch Restaurant. It will be a Denim and Diamonds themed affair offering a 5 course dinner which will be paired with the great wines from Allegrini winery.

Saturday night is the International Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting at the Keystone Conference Center.  This elegant tasting will feature delectable bites and irresistible desserts along with live entertainment, silent and live auctions and close to 500 wines. You don’t want to miss this very popular event.

Keystone's wine in the pines

Contact Keystone Resort for ticket information or visit

Join The Mountain Living Team at the Romp To Stomp

by Meredith Adams

The Mountain Living Team has joined the Romp to Stomp for the 2nd consecutive year.  Join us as we strap on the snowshoes and romp to stomp out breast cancer at Frisco’s Nordic Center on March 3rd.  It’s a great time for a great cause.   Join our team by visiting our Romp to Stomp page .  If you can’t make it on March 3rd, don’t worry, you can still contribute to the cause.  Visit our team page and pledge your support.

The Romp to Stomp is celebrating it’s 10th year in Frisco.  Having raised over $745,000 with over 15,000 participants the Romp to Stomp hopes to celebrate another great year.  For more information about the event visit the Romp to Stomp website.  Don’t miss your chance to join the largest snowshoe series in the world.

A website to help plan your Summit County good times!

by Joanne Hanson

While researching information on the new Frisco Sledding Hill, (blog post coming soon!) I came across a website that many of us will find very useful when planning either our weekends or your vacations.  Whattodo is based in Eagle County and is full of information on Vail, Beaver Creek, Leadville, and all the towns here in Summit County.  They have a complete events calendar, maps of each area, and even coupons for discounts at local merchants, from restaurants to ski rentals.  Check it out!

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101 E. Main Street, #109 / PO Box 4115
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