Cycling organization upgrades town’s status from Silver to Gold
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Making Breckenridge bike friendly has been a big priority for the Colorado resort town, and this week, the hard work paid off as the League of American Bicyclists upgraded the town’s bike-friendly status from Silver to Gold.
“The League congratulates Breckenridge and all of our BFC winners for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans and programs that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens,” said League president Andy Clarke. “Even in tough economic times it is clear that cities are choosing investment in bicycling as a key to building the places people want to live, work and visit.” Continue reading “Breckenridge wins kudos for bike-friendly policies”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Cycling enthusiasts visiting the high country for the final stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge can test their own mettle in a series of free citizen sprint races on Main Street, Breckenridge while waiting for the world’s top cyclists to roll into town after dueling over Rabbit Ears Pass on their way from Steamboat Springs.
Town council and Summit County Commissioners will finalize formal comments on controversial ski area expansion proposal
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Based on a draft comment letter to the Forest Service, the Breckenridge Town council is prepared to take a strong stance on the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area, asking the agency to set a cap on daily skier visits and delay approval of the Peak 6 plan until a ski area lynx study at Silverton Mountain has been completed.
The draft letter is up for discussion at the Aug. 23 town council meeting beginning at about 3:45 p.m. The draft letter also questions whether the Forest Service preferred alternative includes enough legitimate intermediate terrain to accommodate the stated purpose of the expansion, which is to disperse skiers and alleviate crowding on existing terrain.
The council’s position probably won’t satisfy some critics of the Peak 6 proposal, who had hoped that the council would wholly endorse a no-action alternative, included by the Forest Service as a baseline against which to measure the impacts of the other two action alternatives.
SUMMIT COUNTY — After two extensions, a public comment period on the proposal to add several hundred acres of new lift-served terrain at Breckenridge is coming to an end Aug 26, and the Peak 6 expansion is no less controversial now than when it was first proposed publicly in 2008.
The public debate about the expansion shows how ski communities in general are divided on ski area growth. There is strong support for the expansion plan from part of the town’s business community, including the Breckenridge Restaurant Association and some other ski-related businesses. Other residents feel strongly that the resort is big enough and that additional growth will undermine quality of life in the community.
Resort leaders say the plan to add new terrain served by a six-seat chair will help disperse skiers and riders across Colorado’s busiest ski area, easing congestion on existing lifts and trails. Critics of the plan say it will attract more visitors, ultimately resulting in even more crowding, both on the mountain and in the town.
With opt-in, GPS technology will enable site specific messages
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A new mobile app launched by the Breckenridge Resort Chamber will help keep guests and locals up to date on the Aug. 27 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and much more by using GPS technology to deliver location-specific information.
Some of the app’s functionality will be launched during the Breckenridge stage of the upcoming bike race to give timely information about road closures, and when to expect the peleton’s arrival, as well as info about post-race concerts and other activities.
The first phase offers a listing of current events. Download the app by texting BRECK to 25827 or visiting www.GoBreck.mobi.
Additional phases will feature up-to-the-minute Breckenridge news and information, including maps and tourism resources, event calendars shopping, activity and restaurant details, road and weather reports and special offers. The custom application is expected to enhance the guest experience by providing an additional source of local information and reaching audiences that may not be receiving real-time updates via the current channels. Continue reading “Breckenridge smart phone app offers timely tourism info”→
Big bike day includes citizen sprint races, cruiser ride, race expo; bonus concert features local bluegrass-fusion favorites, The Pine Beatles
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge will celebrate the arrival of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge with a free Big Head Todd and The Monsters show at the Riverwalk Center after the cyclists spring down Main Street for the finish of Stage 5 — the next-to-last stage of a seven-day race featuring the best cyclists in the world.
Several local pubs will also be hosting special viewing parties featuring drink specials and live race coverage. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will host a VIP viewing party on the lawn of the Barney Ford House Museum; tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by calling 970-453-9767, ext. 2.