Nestled in River Run Village at the base of Keystone Mountain, NorSki Sport Rental arms outdoor enthusiasts with high-quality, custom-fitted equipment from manufacturers such as K2, Nordica, Fischer, Never Summer, Volkl or Salomon. Cold-weather cavorters lock into a snowboard or pair of skis for a speedy journey down the slopes, or slip on a pair of snowshoes to traipse about Keystone’s extensive trail system in search of the abominable snowman’s ice-sculpture garden. For warmer amusement, patrons rent Yeti and Giant brand mountain, touring, and hybrid bikes during the summer months. NorSki’s knowledgeable team of mechanics carefully dotes on each piece of rental equipment, maintaining a fleet that is both safe to ride and assured of its self-worth.
Breckenridge Stables' herd of more than 100 steeds trots along for scenic trail rides, Western-style lessons, and historical tours of the town. As horses deftly navigate the Tenmile Range, guides point out local wildlife along the continental divide, the imaginary line drawn when Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox broke up. During colder months, Breckenridge Stables' custom-built mountain sleighs keep passengers snuggly during sleigh rides as a team of belgian, clydesdale, or percheron horses canters through the Colorado air.
Breckenridge Distillery sits at 9,600 feet above sea level, where brew masters mix mineral-rich Rocky Mountain snow-melt water into bourbon, vodka, and other stiff libations. A 500-gallon Vendone copper pot whips up spirits in tandem with an open-top, Scottish-style fermenter—the two forming a better booze-promoting team than Al Capone and a basement. As guests meander through the storefront, they might sample the distillery's namesake bourbon, which boasts aromas of banana and brown sugar, or the namesake vodka, which yields notes of lemon cream and meadow flowers. With their $20 retail credit, tour-takers can bring products including mugs ($6), playing cards ($8), and flasks ($15) to the homes and recreational submarines of friends.
The 8th Annual Vail Film Festival brings more than 60 international films, documentaries, and shorts to the cinema-craving denizens of the central Rocky Mountains, and this year presents an acting achievement award to actress Kate Bosworth. Screening pass holders get admission to all non-VIP theater screenings, panel discussions, and access to the open bar at the Festival Hospitality Lounge, open every day of the festival. In addition to all of the above, festival pass holders get admission to all screenings (VIP included), the awards ceremony, the closing night party, and a Friday night concert by singer/songwriters from the well-known Hotel Cafe in LA. Black diamond pass holders get all the benefits of a festival pass, plus the chance to bump shoulders and exchange elbows with celebrities and festival patrons at the opening night party, the Friday filmmaker reception, and the late-night festival lounge.
Opening a new business in the middle of a recession takes bravery. Yet, in 2009—on the heels of their success with their first boutique, Fopp’s—Courage. b’s owners decided it was time to open the store. Since their days at Fopp’s, the Courage. b line’s designers have been fabricating each of their pieces in-house with looks that give off a timeless, European elegance. Their one-of-a-kind blouses, sweaters, and pants are as fashionable as they are classic. And their dresses and separates seamlessly weave into most wardrobes. The collection also includes original accessories, such as handbags, scarves, and belts. Since opening, Courage. b now has several locations in style hubs from East Hampton to Colorado, a testament to the clothing’s accessibility and stylishness, whether during cocktail hour or snowball-fight hour.
Within an hour of Mountain Angler's Breckenridge headquarters, five rivers, a trio of reservoirs, a dozen small streams, and several ponds teem with fish. Jackson Streit, author of Guide to Fly Fishing in Colorado, founded Mountain Angler in 1985 with the intention of matching experienced guides with guests eager to explore the region. Mountain Angler personnel whisk clients away on river or lake boating excursions, full- or half-day walk-and-wade trips in pursuit of brook and rainbow trout, and fishing sessions on one of four private ranches. Before plumbing the watery depths on lengthier voyages, visitors can reel in fishing skills during lessons and load up on rods, wading shoes, and low-frequency whistles audible only to worms at Mountain Angler's fly shop.