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Busy month in Breck: Dew Tour, Ice Castles, Christmas lists and more

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It’s that time of year again as we plunge headlong into the Christmas season, and Breckenridge has quite the lineup of events and activities coming up this month.

As we discussed here the other day, we’re quite confident that we’ll see a lot more terrain open up over the next couple of weeks at Breckenridge Ski Resort, particularly since we’re expecting regular snowfall all week long, just in time for all the great stuff coming up in Breck this month...

Season Kick-Off
The Town of Breckenridge will kick off the season on Dec. 7 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, a costumed fun run. Holiday festivities continue throughout the evening with caroling, a Main Street procession, lighting of the town tree and visits with the real Santa.

New at this year’s Race of the Santas is a milk and cookies challenge station and a kids’ 12-and-under race in the reindeer category, which includes free antlers and jingle bells. Registration (starting at $10) supports Adopt an Angel Summit County. For more information, go to BreckSantaRace.com. Here’s the schedule of events on Dec. 7 in Breck…

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Tag Breckenridge holiday photos #BreckBecause and show the shot to the Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) on Dec. 7 to receive a drink ticket (good for a free beer or soda) to be used that evening at The Motherloaded Tavern.

Noon to 5 p.m.: Bring the family for ornament decoration at Ready, Paint, Fire (323 N. Main St.). Paint ceramics and receive the finished product the next day.

Noon to 3 p.m.: Free make-and-take holiday art projects at the Fuqua Livery Stable in the Breckenridge Arts District (110 E. Washington Ave.).

4:15 p.m.: Race of the Santas will bring hundreds of Santa Clauses sprinting down Main Street, all in the name of fun and fundraising. Register online or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.).

4:30 p.m.: Free cocoa, cookies and caroling at the Red, White & Blue Fire Station (316 N. Main St.).

5:15 p.m.: The real Santa arrives at the fire station for a public-welcome procession to the Blue River Plaza (South Main and Washington), where Santa will light the town tree.

5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Visit with the real Santa and let the little ones share their holiday wishes at the Barney Ford House Museum (111 E. Washington Ave.), across from the Blue River Plaza.

Breckenridge’s holiday activities continue throughout the month and include a window-decorating contest, the Dew Tour, New Year’s Eve torchlight parade, and more.

Ice Castles
Ice Castles, LLC unveils a massive castle made only of ice in Breckenridge in mid-December. The Ice Castle will feature lofty ice towers, shimmering archways, glowing tunnels, narrow slot canyons, glossy walls, roomy caverns and frozen thrones, all made entirely of ice.

Ice Castles are the brainchild of Utah-based ice architect Brent Christensen, who is returning to Colorado after his Ice Castle exhibit in Steamboat Springs last winter and in Silverthorne the winter before. Ice Castles are crafted entirely by hand using only icicles and water. These creations result in millions of icicles that sparkle a glacial blue by day and glow multi-colored at night with the help of LED lights embedded in the ice.

“Ice Castles really are one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth,” said Christensen. “And every visitor gets a distinctive experience since the ice is constantly melting, freezing and being reshaped. It’s an amazing, continuously evolving experience.”

Breckenridge’s Ice Castle began construction in mid-November and will be open to the public in mid-December through March 2014, weather permitting. The Ice Castle will be open Monday through Friday from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-10 p.m., and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. Tickets are $9.95 for ages 3 and up, and group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased on-site or at www.icecastles.com.

Dew Tour
The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships return to Breckenridge, Dec. 12-15, featuring the world’s top freeski and snowboard athletes, including Shaun White, Louie Vito, Danny Davis, Kelly Clark, Torin Yater-Wallace and Bobby Brown, competing in superpipe and slopestyle competitions.

The event will serve as the first official US Ski and Snowboard Association Olympic team selection event of the 2013-2014 season, and the first ever USSA selection event for freeski slopestyle, freeski superpipe and snowboarding slopestyle disciplines.

Also on tap at The Dew Tour in Breck, modern pop combo Fitz and the Tantrums will headline the music lineup for the iON Mountain Championships. The weekend will also feature the return of Recognize: Film, the Dew Tour’s action sports film event, and the Nike Snowboarding Streetstyle competition. Tickets for all events are on sale now at dewtour.com.

Competing for a spot on the USSA team for the first time, snowboard slopestyle athletes will take on the Dew Tour course for the sixth consecutive year at Breckenridge. Chas Guldemond and Breckenridge local Eric Willett will hit the rails and jumps alongside Canadian Mark McMorris and Norwegian Torstein Horgmo in a contest that will preview the action in Sochi. Jamie Anderson and young gun Ty Walker will show the world what the ladies are capable of in slopestyle.

Showcasing their skills in men’s and women’s freeski superpipe will be top contenders Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Simon Dumont, Maddie Bowman, Devin Logan and Jen Hudak. The slopestyle contest will feature heavy hitters including Breckenridge native Bobby Brown, Nick Goepper, Tom Wallisch and Gus Kenworthy. Logan will be pulling double duty at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, as she will also be competing in the slopestyle contest against top contenders, including Keri Herman and Grete Eliasson.

“I couldn't be more excited that the Dew Tour is the first USSA selection event this December,” said Yater-Wallace. “The event always brings out the best competition, so it will be the perfect way for freeskiers to make our statement as we prepare for our first Games in Sochi.”

The iON Mountain Championships will once again host the Nike Snowboard Slopestyle event in downtown Breckenridge. The contest will highlight snowboarding’s best urban talent on a collection of street features under the lights on Washington Ave.

NBC Sports Group will feature more than four hours of live coverage of the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships from Breckenridge. Coverage begins Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon ET on NBC, and continues through the weekend on NBC and NBCSN. All practice, qualifying, and finals will be streamed live on DewTour.com.

For a full list of confirmed athletes and additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com, www.facebook.com/dewtour, and www.twitter.com/DewTour.

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