History

History of Breckenridge

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Breckenridge’s rich history of athletes

From Olympic skiers and skeleton racers to mountaineering champs and X Games medalists, Breck has always been a hot-spot for the world’s best. Since Breckenridge Ski Resort first opened in 1961, it has served as a stomping ground and an incubation zone for a steady lineup of winter sports stars. Actually, the resort itself wouldn’t… Read More

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Explore the History of Breck!

Starting out as a vibrant mining community, Breckenridge, Colorado is immersed in rich history with tales of ghosts, Indians, miners striking it rich, and tales of woe.   The Brown Hotel Sitting among over 350 buildings in Breck’s Historic District, is The Brown Hotel and Restaurant. Remaining in operation since 1895, The Brown is filled… Read More

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Meet Trygve Berge, founder of Breck [video]

Things looked a bit different around Breck in 1960. There was no ski lift or ski runs. Town had just a few shops and no pavement. Mining had been the primary industry in the area. Fast forward to 2015 and skiing is our main business and something we’ve put a stake in the ground around…. Read More

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A mountain town timeline: Breck characters, events & ski industry evolution

Our prosperous Colorado ski town was once a mining payday hotbed stacked with boarding houses, base camps, and – count ‘em – 18 saloons. Eventually, the treasure hunt dried up and visionaries spun white gold into the legendary vacation destination we know and love. Take a trip through time with this Breckenridge historic highlight reel:… Read More

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Ullr Fest at Breck

Monday brought 5 inches of new snow to Breck, which comes in perfect time to celebrate our Norse god of the snow, Ullr. The week of Jan. 11-17, the Town of Breckenridge comes alive with week long festivities in honor of Ullr as a way to recognize and please him, and hope he smiles down… Read More

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Ullr: The man, the myth, the snow god legend

January in Breckenridge ushers in the peak of ski season and, naturally, a time of reflection and thanks aimed at our beautiful surroundings. All of this fresh New Year glory — and the deep-rooted reflex to yearn for more snow — are encompassed in Breck’s most anticipated winter event, Ullr Fest Jan. 11–17. Steeped in… Read More

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Live and let ride: 30 years of snowboarding at Breck

It was 1985. Snowboards were shorter, slimmer, pointed and made of wood. Wide neon headbands sat where helmets now reside and saggy :”steezy” swagger was a glimmer in the nylon one-piece snowsuit’s eye. Highback bindings were in infant stages and the first magazine about snowboarding, Absolutely Radical (later renamed International Snowboard Magazine), was fresh off… Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Tracy Bartels, Breck’s Health and Safety Manager

Vitals Name: Tracy Bartels Job: Health and Safety Manager Age: 49 Family: Married with 2 kids, ages 21 and 24 Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri Resume: Started with the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School in 2000. Spent 11 years working the children’s ski school. Q: What brought you to Summit? A: My family decided… Read More

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Breck’s haunted past

In spite of the bro party vibe and fun surrounding a friendly game of ping pong, there is no question that The Brown Hotel in Breckenridge feels spooky. Even if you’ve gotten past the chill of history packed into the tiny bar and velvet-lined sitting room, distracted yourself with a couple of hours of air… Read More

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Employee Spotlight: John Anicito “At home on water — winter or summer”

Photo (from left to right): Todd Toledo , John Seelig, John Anicito,  Matt Norfleet, taken in California in May just after winning Nationals. Breck’s Snowmaking Supervisor John Anicito will spend his pre-season representing the U.S. at the World Rafting Championships in Brazil. In 2001, John Anicito left the east coast and headed to Breckenridge, planning to… Read More