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“Get Your Tee On” in Summit County

Written by Will Lancaster & Chad Galaszewski

Ahhh, golfing in the Rockies — the grass is greener, the air is thinner, and the players abundant. Our county’s five golf courses provide just that. If you’re looking to hit the greens while visiting Summit County, we’ve put together a breakdown of everything you’ll want to know before you book your tee time.

Breckenridge Golf Club

Courtesy Breckenridge Golf Club

First, let’s head west toward the Tenmile Range to the Breckenridge Golf Club, where you’ll find 36 holes between the Elk, Bear, and Beaver courses at Breckenridge Golf Club. We had the privilege of hitting off the Elk and Beaver Courses. All three, however, are Jack Nicklaus signature courses and have absolutely stunning views of the Tenmile range. In fact, it’s rumored that it’s the only public 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course in the world. Regardless of any combination of the three, accuracy and skill are definitely required. All are very challenging providing elevation change. One aspect you certainly can expect golfing these holes is wildlife. Seeing the local red fox and beaver are always a pleasant surprise. You can never go wrong with this establishment being awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence-2014’ by TripAdvisor.

For more information about the Breckenridge Golf Club, click here.

The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks

Courtesy The Raven at Three Peaks

Located in Silverthorne, the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks weaves through towering pines, lush groves of aspen, grassy wetlands and trout-filled lakes. Positioned at an elevation of over 9,000 feet, the golf course offers stunning views of Buffalo Mountain and the “Three Peaks” for which it is named. The bunkers have steep faces and deep-furrowed edges that provide a unique challenge and also help to contain tee shots, which can have increased carry due to the course’s impressive elevations. The rolling fairways are surrounded by trees, and water hazards come into play on a few holes as well. The Raven has been recognized by several golf publications nationally. Also, it is considered by the locals as one of the best courses in the state.

Hole 16, otherwise known as King Solomon’s hole, is the signature hole of the course. This was a favorite feature of the course for us. The dogleg right, with sand bunkers surrounding the green, make for a fun and challenging hole. One of our favorite things about the Raven was the alacrity of the employees. Everyone there was very informative and willing to give tips and info about the course.

Overall, The Raven at Three Peaks makes for a very enjoyable round of golf. The Raven is a fantastic bargain for the quality of the course and employees. Make sure to get a round in at this course while visiting Summit County!

For more information about the Raven at Three Peaks, click here.

Keystone Ranch & Keystone River Courses

Courtesy Vail Resorts

As you look at the Keystone Ranch/River courses, each provide a separate but equal quality product. The courses, year after year, are given the utmost care and love regarding overall upkeep. You can expect the River course (Par 71) to be the easier of the two with incredible views of Lake Dillon. But don’t be fooled; elevation changes, variable bunkers and water hazards are persistent, in addition to five sets of tees per hole that make it a challenge for golfers of all abilities. As you look at both comparatively, you can anticipate the Ranch (Par 72) having an overall better ambiance and higher difficulty level. In addition, pertaining to the female clientele, the Ranch Course has been voted top 50 courses for women because of how it plays with slight elevation changes. Both are managed by Vail Resorts Development Company.

For more information about the Keystone Ranch and River courses, click here.

Copper Creek Golf Course

Courtesy Copper Creek Golf Course

A mix of links and mountain style holes, Copper Creek at Copper Mountain accommodates the greenhorn golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the savvy golfer. Copper Creeks also boasts the highest tee box in North America at 9,863 ft. Captivating views of the Tenmile Range provides the ideal backdrop for any golf excursion. JJ’s Tavern acts as a perfect starting and ending point for pre/post game food and cocktails.

The front nine cuts through natural alpine terrain, including numerous lakes, streams and imposing pines. All this lead to rolling jade greens that command your best concentration. The back nine changes in character as the fairways wrap through the forest and the paltry remains of a 19th century mining town. The inclusion of the natural alpine terrain, interesting use of railroad tie bulkheads and intricate mound systems present you with gripping challenges and scenic gratification.

For information about Copper Creek golf course, click here.

There are two things you don’t want to forget while golfing in Summit County: a rain jacket and sunscreen. Have a great time!

Kicking Off Summer in Summit County

Written by Jamie Goswick

The weekend of June 13-15 officially kicks off summer in Summit County. No matter where you decide to hang out, we guarantee you’ll find something going on. Below are some of our favorite events.


Photo by Todd Powell

Frisco BBQ

This year is the 21st anniversary of the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco. Approximately 70 BBQers will compete in a wide range of categories including pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, anything goes, barbecue sauce, side dish, salsa and dessert. Other BBQ activities include chef demonstrations, pig races, a whiskey tour and a variety of musical entertainment.

Where: Frisco’s Main Street

When: June 12 – June 14

Click here to see the full Frisco BBQ schedule



Breckenridge’s Kingdom Days Outhouse Races & Street Party

The centerpiece of the Kingdom Days celebration, Breck’s Outhouse Races (yes, that’s right … outhouse) as a way for the community to have a little fun with history. Teams build commodes and race them down Breckenridge’s Ridge Street. The races have evolved into a street party with barbecue and live music. Make sure you also take advantage of the walking tours and museum open house, as well as all of the family activities!

Where:  June 14 – June 15

When: Breckenridge

Click here to see the full Kingdom Days schedule



Breckenridge Town Party

Breckenridge’s burgeoning art scene and rich historical offerings make for a diverse downtown. But we still like to party. What better way to celebrate summer than with an official Town Party? Gather for food, music, beer and a town photo.

Where:  Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

When: June 13


Click here for more information about the Town Party


Breckenridge Fun Park & BreckConnect Gondola Opening

The Breckenridge Fun Park and BreckConnect Gondola opens Friday, June 13. The gondola ride is free and takes you to Breckenridge’s Peak 8 Fun Park featuring the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, a bounce house, bungee trampoline, mini golf and more. Guided hiking, 4×4 tours and mountain bike clinics are also offered.

Where: Access the gondola from town at Breckenridge Station, 150 Watson Ave. The gondola brings guests to the base of Peak 8 and the Breckenridge Fun Park.

When: Summer operations begin Friday, June 13.

Click here for information about the Peak 8 Fun Park’s hours, activities and pricing.



Copper Mountain’s Summer Opening Weekend

Celebrate Copper’s opening weekend with scenic chairlifts rides and other summer activities including a climbing wall, bumper boats or a round of golf at Copper Creek Golf Course. Race around Summit County’s only go-kart track, take a rugged scooter around the village, jump for joy on the bungee jump, or invoke your “inner Happy Gilmore” on the mini golf course.

Where:  Copper Mountain

When:  June 13 – 15

Click here for information on Copper Mountains opening weekend, hours, activities and pricing.



Keystone Resort’s Opening Weekend

Join Keystone Resort for the opening of summer at Keystone.  This is the start of summer fun at the Kidtopia play park, tubing hill, mountain biking and scenic lift rides. There’s even a BMX stunt show in River Run Village!

Where: Keystone’s River Run Village

When: June 13 – 15

Click here for information on Keystone Resort’s opening weekend, hours, activities and pricing.


Ride the Rockies

Ride the Rockies rolls into town on Thursday, June 12. To celebrate, locals have lined up entertainment — DJ DC, Chris Daniels & The Kings, and more — from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. Food will be available until about 6 p.m. and the beer flows while the music plays. Food and drink prices vary; entertainment is free.

Where: Breckenridge River Walk Center

When: June 12

Click here for more information on Ride the Rockies

For information on discounted lodging during the summer, visit

Gaper Day…A Local’s Perspective

Viva Gaper Day!

Written by William Lancaster

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Imagine a day where locals celebrate everything about living in a little mountain town, such as as powder days, cliff drops, and new friendships. A day when we consecrate the end of the season. To “kick up one’s heels” and say goodbye to the pandemonium that is peak ski season. The tourists start to dwindle away and residents begin to make their summer plans. Fluorescent ski suits, Pit Viper shades, fanny packs and skinny skis. This is “Gaper Day.”

Nietzsche once said, “Out of chaos, comes order.”  This is a very appropriate statement. A great deal of stress can be put on locals during the ski season. Questions like, “Where do you put the moguls during the summer?” and “Which ski is the left one and which is the right one?” arise frequently during the winter in a ski community. The chaos that is ski season inexorably ripples into the calm water that is summer. April 1st, or Gaper Day, is the culmination of all of the season’s stress and the springboard to some much needed time off.

Some people might say that the gaiety of Gaper Day is nothing but the locals’ opportunity to poke fun at the tourists that have helped support the ski season that year. From an elemental standpoint that may be true. However, there are many variables (and parallels) to the celebration. In Hispanic culture, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not the revelry of a person’s death, but their life. The same can be said of Gaper Day. We do not celebrate that the tourists are gone, but that they have come!

Get in touch with your inner Gaper. Applaud yourself and those around you for surviving yet another season. Let loose the rope of this ski season and sail towards the next. Viva Gaper Day!

First Snow in Breckenridge! – September 17, 2012

A view of Breckenridge Mountain from Boreas Pass

Clouds clearing off, showing some of the white stuff left behind

A view during the storm from the top of Breckenridge's Peak 8

A view from Breckenridge's Horseshoe Bowl during the storm

That's about an inch at Breckenridge's Peak 7 Warming Hut

Snow at Keystone Ski Resort

Snow at Loveland Ski Area

Snow at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Snow at Copper Mountain Resort

Snow on top of the Ten Mile Range

The Honey Hole

Summit County Beauty

Everyone has a place they go to unwind, and mine, currently, is a spot on the Blue River that I have dubbed the “Honey Hole.” The name comes from a place that I once visited with my father when I was extremely young. So young, in fact, that it is one of those memories that is barely a memory at all; not much more than a couple of mental snapshots hanging on the edge of the abyss of forgetfulness. This memory is so blurred that I might even need to double check with my father at some point to confirm that it even happened. In any event, my memory of the honey hole comes from Missouri where I spent the first few years of my young life. It was a wooded area, there were old, rustic cabins scattered about, and most importantly, there was a creek. Within this creek, there was a deep hole where many fish, their type unbeknownst to me, gathered. I recall using small pieces of pink bait, shaped something like an oversized fish egg, and that’s about it. I do not know how long I was there, or whether or not my father and I even caught any fish, but I do know that this place was the honey hole, named as such for the abundance of easily landed fish.

My present honey hole is much more memorable.

Blue River Trout

The Blue River, stemming from the Blue Lakes, runs right through the heart of Breckenridge. At its source, it’s nothing more than a creek, tumbling over rocks, weaving through fields of willows, wildflowers, and tall grasses, and at one point taking a brief hiatus in a large pond. By the time it reaches town just 9 or 10 miles later, it’s a full sized stream, finding its way around mountain homes and businesses. At the north end of town, the Blue slows down a touch and meanders through a long stretch of completely restored trout habitat. Shallow pools, each roughly a long cast in length, are connected by short waterfalls.

Halfway through this restored habitat, there is an area where the stream splits. It is not, however, a noticeable fork in the stream. From one of the deeper pools, water percolates through porous gravel and pops out again, like a spring, a short ways off course from the main flow. It reminds me of the “Business Loop” one might see branching off of a major interstate. This side creek is much smaller in volume than the main stream. It, too, babbles through a series of much smaller steps and pools, crashing through dense stands of willows and shrubs. The vegetation in most parts of this side stream is so impenetrable that fishing is largely impossible, unless you think you have the wits to grab a trout with your bare hands. At the very end of this detour, the water picks up speed and tumbles through an even thicker stand of vegetation. The willows form a sort of tunnel over the stream where little light penetrates, and the water runs black. Many insects buzz around the tangled branches, and many of them end up being swept down stream.

Then, as quickly as the new creek started, it flows from the dark tunnel and dumps into a small, sunlit pool. This is the honey hole. The water slows rapidly to a crawl and widens to about 15 feet. At it’s center, the honey hole is maybe knee deep. Fry, the tiniest of trout, dart in and out of small rocks in the shallows, while smaller adults swim lazily near the rear of the pool. Moving upstream from one end of the pool to another (a total of roughly 50 feet), the fish get bigger and bigger. On occasion, I have snagged my fly rig on willow branches near the mouth of the pool where the water rushes from the tunnel, turning from black to crystal clear again. Wading cautiously towards that transitionary spot to remove the fly from the tree, I have seen several monstrous trout hunkered down under low hanging branches, in the dark, preying on insects that get trapped in the current further upstream. Most nights that I visit the honey hole, I spot many fish, though most of them are quite small.

Not once have I approached this spot to find another fisherman already taking up the space. It’s a small haven on a heavily fished section of water.

Caught with a midge!

For a time, the honey hole got on my nerves. When I first started fly fishing and discovered the spot, I had no waders. I would timidly waltz into the hole, positioning myself to cast upstream towards the far end, while my feet quickly turned numb and took on a mild blue hue. To further aggravate the situation, I was nowhere near talented enough to avoid getting snagged on the willows that closely hugged the water. Each trip somehow ended in mild bursts of frustration, even if I caught a couple of trout. Eventually I mastered casting through the small trees. I usually stand near the center of the honey hole with about twenty feet of line extending from the tip of my rod. Lifting my arm sends the line soaring backwards up over my head. For what feels like an extended second, the line continues to float away from me, downstream. When I feel it go taught, a quick flick of the wrist brings everything whizzing forward, cutting through the air next to my ear. The line forms a tight loop, and my fly floats through the air, just above the water and just barely below the scraggly branches, before plopping effortlessly at the head of the honey hole and floating slowly, naturally, back towards me. Sometimes the process is repeated a seemingly indefinite number of times before I might eventually feel a trout on the end of my line.

Regardless of how long it might take to land one, if at all, the honey hole always makes me feel refreshed. And even though I don’t always catch one of the numerous fish, the picture is always the same: the sun sets over the 10 Mile Range to the west, and cold, crystal clear water curves around my calves while beautiful trout coast slowly by.

My Honey Hole on a typical Breckenridge Evening!

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