Monday, October 27, 2008

Devotchka in Keystone for a free show!

If you haven't heard of DeVotchKa yet, well where have you been? (j/k)
Friends of mine saw them at Bonnaroo a couple of years ago and since then they've been gaining buzz, most notably a Grammy nomination for the Little Miss Sunshine score.
Anyway, they are playing a FREE show at Keystone, Friday 11/28! Just one more reason to make that trip to Summit County, Colorado for a Thanksgiving ski trip...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Breckenridge Announces Opening Day plans

Breckenridge Ski Resort announced the opening day plan for the upcoming winter season. Breckenridge is scheduled to open Friday, November 7, with terrain, lifts and services on Peak 8. The resort is preparing to offer top to bottom skiing and riding via the Colorado Superchair. The BreckConnect Gondola will be open to provide the only access from the skier parking lots in town to the base of Peak 8. There will be no parking on Peak 8 due to construction.
If you're planning to stay at a Peak 9 property in the first few weeks of the season, plan to walk or take the free shuttle over to the Gondola. With continued cold temps and a good storm cycle or two, Breckenridge hopes to have Peak 9 terrain open around Thanksgiving.

This pic was taken at the base of Peak 8 yesterday afternoon--amongst the snow balls falling from the sky is the gondola terminal in the foreground and behind that, you might be able to make out the retaining wall for the new property under construction now.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

It is not yet Labor Day, yet we received our first snowfall of the season. It is that time of year again to start thinking of putting away the mountain bikes and grabbing the skis. The summer is going by so fast but not without some amazing events. The Aspen Food and Wine Festival is held every June and is the biggest festival of its kind in the country. If mouthwatering recipes designed by celebrity chefs and wines from across the globe are of interest to you, then attending this festival is a must. Another great time for the more athletically adventurous is the wildflower hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. Noted as the most hiked trail the West Maroon Bells pass to Crested Butte offers the most beautiful wildflowers in the state. It is best to go at the peak of the wildflower season between the last week in July and the first week in August.

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A few pix of the recent snow here in may not look like a lot right now but with temps in the 20s at night, snowmaking operations are ramping up across the state. Word on the street is that Breckenridge started making snow last night!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2010 Olympic Games

SO, I've had the 2010 Olympics schedule printed and on the wall for more than a year now. With venues in two of my favorite locales, Vancouver and Whistler, this is sure to be a beautiful and memorable Games and I WANT TO GO!
With a flip of the calendar page to October today, I realized that Phase 1 of Olympic ticketing begins this Friday, 10/3!
Phase 1 is the BEST chance to get tickets, but you need to put some thought into your itinerary and requests. A couple of planning tips I've tried to keep in mind (I'm on ticket request matrix v.5 now) is to allow for travel time between venues in Vancouver/Richmond, Grouse Mountain and Whistler & to prioritize those events that I *really* want to see since there is a maximum request of 48 tickets-across all events.
The ticketing timeline looks like this:
  • Friday, October 3 - Friday, November 7, 2008: During this time frame, ticket requests can be submitted at
  • Mid-December: Ticket Allocation, Confirmations sent and Payments processing

Let us know what your request matrix looks like--I'm still tweaking mine. ;o)