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Excitement is high right now in Breckenridge, with an early opening on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and snow already blanketing the slopes. There are a lot of awesome events lined up for the first month, so here’s the rundown on how to get the best experience from the opening days of the season, all the way into the holiday season. Be sure to book your lodging and get your lift tickets now while there’s still availability!

1. To Celebrate Opening Weekend, Nov. 9

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Beaver Run Resort provides ski in/out access to slopes, ski school, equipment rentals, restaurants, shops and more. Photo Courtesy: Beaver Run Resort

Can you feel the magic in the air? Go get those first tracks in! On Friday, November 9, help celebrate opening weekend by getting in line early for the party, and enjoying breakfast treats, music and giveaways. Catch Denver horn extraordinaires Brothers of Brass performing around the base of Peak 8 throughout the day, as well as their hour-long performance later at TBar during après-ski.

Learn more about Friday’s Opening events.

2. To See Shredding Medalists and a Free Gramatik Concert, Nov. 17

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Electronica/Trip Hop performer Gramatik will play a free concert at Snow Dance. Photo Courtesy: Breckenridge Tourism Office

The Mtn. Dew crew will be going hard all day long (specifically, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on the mountains of Breckenridge Ski Resort with the all-new Snow Dance event. Highlights will include on-mountain appearances from 2018 Winter Olympic Games Slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard and four-time 2017 X Games medalist Jules Marino, along with concurrent activities like live music from local bands and DJs. Then, from 4 – 7 p.m. the party gets lifted by a free concert on the outdoor stage from world-famous Electronica and Trip Hop performer Gramatik.

Get more details about Mtn. Dew Snow Dance.

3. To Tear up Mountains of Pow and Potatoes, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Buffet
Beaver Run Resort is offering a gourmet Thanksgiving Day buffet. Photo Courtesy: AdobeStock

What’s the best way to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving Dinner? We shouldn’t need to answer that. Start the day by creating your own holiday agenda — go skiing, boarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing … or take a historic tour. Nearly every store, guided tour and activity will be open. After the day’s adventures have you primed for a feast, Beaver Run Resort is offering a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; call 970-453-8755 to make a reservation. Not only will the resort be open, but so will the Beaver Run side of the mountain. One glance at the massive menu yields promises of delectable delights like Pumpkin & Ginger Bisque, King Crab Legs, Slow-Roasted Turkey, Braised Beef Wellington, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grouper Povençal with Crab Butter Sauce, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Just make sure to lock in reservations for guided tours and dinner beforehand so you can enjoy the lowest-stress Thanksgiving ever.

More about Thanksgiving at Beaver Run Resort.

4. To Watch (Many) Santas Run and Then Light up the town, Dec. 8

Run of the Santas
Each year, hundreds of Santas race down Main Street, and you can join them. Photo Courtesy: Breckenridge Tourism Office

Breck in December — there’s nothing frightful about the weather outside. With dropping temperatures come ideal slope conditions, so it’s the perfect time to come shred the gnar. And after that, what could possibly make you more merry than to watch hundreds of Santas running down Main Street? Well, at 4:30 p.m. you can do just that at the Race of the Santas. You can also participate! If you’re not a runner, you can walk, jog or skip through the three-quarter mile course … making this the kind of race that the jolly old elf himself would approve of. After that, watch the holiday spirit come alive with the Lighting of Breckenridge at 5 p.m. With the flick of switch, Santa will do his holiday countdown and activate Breck’s annual transformation into a sparkling holiday scene. This event is perfect for the whole family, as it also includes the Reindeer Run for kids 12 and under, a Holiday Dog Parade for your furkids and caroling karaoke!

Learn more about Race of the Santas and the Lighting of Breckenridge.

5. To See World-Class Skiers and Snowboarders Compete, Dec. 13-16

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Some of the best riders in the world compete at Dew Tour in Breck. Photo Courtesy: Breckenridge Tourism Office

Over the course of four days, world-renowned freeskiers and snowboarders will compete in a multitude of ski and snowboard Superpipe and Slopestyle events during the only winter stop of the Dew Tour. Where else can you see riders from the last three Olympic Games compete in one place? If Olympic medalist names like Chloe Kim, Arielle Gold, Jamie Anderson, Kyle Mack and Max Parrot don’t get you excited, the list of competitors at this year’s event also boasts numerous X Game medalists, pro riders and Snowboarding World Championship winners. The Dew Tour competitions and festival are free and open to the public, and VIP Passes are available for purchase. Topping all this off, seven-piece funk band The Motet will play at the Riverwalk Center after Saturday’s competitions are complete. The popular Denver-based group has previously wowed crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and their all-ages show here will start at 7 p.m. General admission tickets for The Motet are now on sale.

Get more information on Dew Tour.

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