January 2011 21st Annual Snow and Ice Sculpture Extravaganza
My family and I traveled up to Breckenridge for the 21st Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships. We have never seen the ice carvings and were excited to check them out. We arrived up in Breckenridge on Friday afternoon and checked into the Mountain Thunder Lodge. We stay at this complex every time we come up to Breckenridge. It is so convenient for families and their service is top of the line. It is right in the middle of the town and so you can get anywhere within minutes. They have a shuttle service that will take you where you need to go and pick you up when you are done. It was very crowded for the sculpture championships, so it was so nice to have them drive us around and not have to worry about parking.
The snow sculpture was amazing! My kids could not believe all the sculptures that were carved from hand. You can check them all out on the Breckenridge website. As we were walking around checking them all out, the sculpture that Germany created (it was like a bridge on stilts) literally fell over. It was so sad to see it collapse (and a bit frightening too) however, they did the judging that morning and so they were still in the running. It was a beautiful day and I think the warmer temps were starting to impact the sculptures. If you have never been to this Annual event in Breckeridge, it is a must see! It is open through Feb.6th if you still want to take a look.
We were scheduled to ski on Saturday, so Friday afternoon Door 2 Door Rental Delivery contacted us to get all of our skis and rentals set up for the next day. I can’t believe I have never heard of this company before!! Seriously convenient:) Instead of heading to the rental place early in the morning (with everyone else doing the same thing) and having to wait in line, fill out forms, then take your shoes to a locker while lugging your skis around, AND THEN hitting the slopes, Door 2 Door gets rid of the headache! You chat with them the day before, give them shoe sizes and heights for everyone in your family, and they bring the skis, helmets and boots directly to you! The next morning, we woke up and walked everything down to the lobby and the hotel shuttle took us directly to the Gondola on the ski slopes. So convenient and easy! I highly recommend this service for anyone going skiing at the mountain resorts.
Do you know what I love most about skiing in Breckenridge?? There is so much terrain and different runs that you never feel like it is too crowded. I always worry about my kids getting run over by some 18 year old snowboarder, but Breckenridge is so expansive that I always feel like we have the mountains to ourselves. Huge relief for any mom out there! My kids can ski at their own pace and not worry about all the traffic. Everyone on the resort is also so friendly and helpful. If you have never been to Breckenridge before with your family, I highly recommend a trip.
The town has this quaint feel that most ski towns do not have. You can walk down mainstreet and shop and eat in a small town feel. The shops are great, the restaurants are delicious, and there is so much to do! We have experienced snowmobiling, dog sledding (in both winter and summer months), carriage rides, ice skating, tubing, skiing and so much more. No matter what age your children are, there is always something really fun to do. My kids love Breckenridge and will carry with them amazing memories for a long time. Check it out!