Take a break from the madness to score some of the goods Breckenridge is known for--the skiing. PHOTO: Liam Doran
Calling all skiers in Colorado, the Dew Tour is upon us, landing in Breckenridge this weekend, December 8-11, and bringing with it a slew of sights to see, comps to watch, athletes to seek autographs from, plenty of hype, and the 17th Annual Powder Awards. But also, don't forget that you're in Breckenridge, one of the most charming mountain towns in the world with great skiing, a solid round of aprés options, and a vibrant nightlife. With so much going on, we thought we'd help steer you in the right direction. Here's the POWDER-approved skier's guide to the Dew Tour.
Thursday, December 8
You've just arrived. Forecasts are calling for frigid temps so pack an extra layer and wool socks. Check in with your friends whose couch you're crashing on, and then take a stroll down mainstreet to get your bearings. Located at the foot of the Tenmile Range, Breck started as a gold rush town and those Victorian roots are evident in the quaint, colorful buildings housing the shops and restaurants of downtown. Swing by the arts district in town if you have time to take a pottery class, or if you need to acclimatize to the frigid temps, take a dip in the hot tub at the Rec Center.
A quick nap. You'll need some rest because tonight things are going to get rowdy.
Or, if you’ve got the pre-party tingles, order a martini at Blue River Bistro. Happy hour is two-for-one martinis and buy-one-get-one appetizers and happens twice daily, from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight.
Sustenance. You’ll need it. Fill up at South Ridge Seafood Grill. Breckenridge insider Jesse Ambrogi-Yanson recommends the ahi and swears on their burger with a French fry salad. Yes, please.
Put on your best aprés cocktail attire and show up to the biggest night in skiing, the 17th Annual Powder Awards, which are returning to Colorado after a four-year detour to Utah. (We're really excited to be back in the Centennial State.) It's going to be a huge party with all of the talent in this year's crop of ski movies--on both sides of the lens. Athletes, filmmakers, and skiers of all kinds mix, mingle, and start the season right by honoring the films that fire us up for winter.
The show is held at the Riverwalk Center downtown. Tickets are $12 and proceeds go directly toward a good cause we can all get behind--the High Fives Foundation. Get your tickets right here.
Take the energy from the Powder Awards out to the town and wrap it up at the after party at Napper Tandy's, Breck's Irish Pub featuring beer pong on Thursday nights with $5 pitches.
Friday, December 9
Yes, you drank too many $5 pitchers last night and lost that game of beer pong. Cure that hangover with a greasy breakfast from Blue Moose. Then pull those ski boots on. Time to go skiing.
Leave the crowds behind and say adios to that lingering headache with some fresh Rocky Mountain air and a few chalky, wind-buff laps in Breck's upper bowls. As local photographer Liam Doran says, the secret to skiing Breck is to push through the crowded shorebreak of the lower mountain and hang out up top where the terrain opens up and steepens. Take the T-Bar to Imperial Express and traverse the ridge as far as you'd like to find the line that's calling your name.
Feeling that quad burn? Now is a good time to take a break and show some love for the women in the Dew Tour. The finals for women's ski slopestyle are from 12:45 to 3 p.m. This year, the slopestyle comp is broken into two sections: a big-air jump and a jib course. The winner's score will be based on the best two out of four jumps and the best one out of three runs through the jib course.
This year's Dew Tour is hosting some mad talent, but among the athletes competing, keep an eye out for 14-year-old wunderkind Kelly Sildaru from Estonia, Olympian Devin Logan, veteran champion Kaya Turski, and up-and-comer Maggie Voisin.
Do yourself a favor and aprés at the Breckenridge Brewery. The vibe is cozy, warm, and crowded since this is a favorite spot to pull up a stool and sip a frothy vanilla porter after a long day of skiing. The food is trés delish, too.
Or if you still have your ski pants on, Ambrogi-Yanson recommends the T-Bar at the base of Peak 8 where the deck pairs well with a cold draft.
Tonight's programming brought to you by Transworld Snowboarding at their Riders Poll, the biggest night in--wait for it--snowboarding. Show support for your single-plank friends, and come together to toast a few drinks to the best riders of the year. RSVP to the show here.
Depending on your mood, either wind down the night with a glass of vino at the classy joint Twist or order some tequila at Angels Hollow. For a game of pool, try Brooklyn’s Tavern. For dancing, try Liquid Lounge or Cecilia’s.
Saturday, December 10
Start your day with a cup of Joe and a breakfast sandwich to-go from Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House, and a stroll through the Dew Tour Experience, an intersection of music, art, and action sports culture at the base of Peak 8 downtown.
Part of this year's reimagined Dew Tour are the Team Challenges, bringing groups of athletes under the banner of six of the industry's biggest brands to compete as a crew. Teams from Armada, Atomic, Faction, Head, K2, and Volkl will host two skiers and a team captain to throw down on the course's big-air jump and rail zones.
Cap the weekend off with a concert featuring Joey BadA$$, A-Trak, and D.R.A.M. at the Riverwalk Center.
Sunday, December 10
We know you're tired from the full weekend's festivities and celebrations, but before you hit the road to go back to reality, catch the last competitions of the weekend: the men's ski slopestyle and jib, featuring skiers Aaron Blunk, Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy, Henrik Harlaut, Joss Christensen, Jossie Wells, and Nick Goepper, to name a few.