This family trip to Breckenridge was a great reminder of why I spend so much money to live in Colorado. No matter the season, there's so much to do and scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.
Day 1 - Hanging Around Breckenridge
The first day, we made the two hour drive from Denver to Breckenridge. Once we arrived, we took it pretty easy - just settled into our condo and explored the town.
Of all the times I've been to the Breckenridge/Frisco area, I've never stumbled upon Sapphire Point. Thanks to our family photographer, we discovered the hidden overlook.
Main Street has lots of cute restaurants and shops. My favorite boutique was Marigolds Farmhouse Funk and Junk. The store has a mix of country/vintage/bohemian clothes, jewelry and home decor.
Day 2 - Skiing at Peak 8
After 2 1/2 years of living in Colorado, I finally tried skiing (pretty embarrassing, but to be fair, I've been on a grad school budget). My parents and I took a beginner class at the Ski & Ride School. The first half of the day we learned the basics. After lunch, we met up with Drew and tried out our skills on a green run.
I walked away with sore muscles and couple bruises, but it was totally worth it! Needless to say, I'll be planning a couple day trips this season.
Day 3 - Sledding at Carter Park
On day 3, Bradley and Courtney joined us. We were excited to snow tube at Cooper Mountain, but heavy traffic on I-70 forced us to adjust our plans. Instead, we spent a couple hours sledding at Carter Park.
Poor Drew hurt his tailbone sledding (he says it's fractured...I say it's bruised). Once we returned to the condo we jumped right into the hot tub to recover.
Day 4 - Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding & Sleigh Ride
Day 4 was the most action-packed day! We started our day at Good Times Adventures for a 3 hour snowmobile tour. The guide led us through surrounding trails and up to the continental divide.
Later that day, we went on a 6 mile dog sled tour. The five of us switched between running the dogs and riding in the sleigh. Let me just say, it takes a very talented person to run the dogs. Bradley, Courtney and I definitely had our share of falls!
To end the day, we went on a dinner sleigh ride with Two Below Zero. Our driver/mules took us on a 30 minute ride to a heated tent in the woods. There we enjoyed a three-course meal, a little wine and live entertainment.