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.
Pioneer Sports suits up adventurers for high-altitude outdoor excursions with seasonal sports rentals. In cooler months, the mountain-savvy staff of outdoor enthusiasts hooks up skiers and snowboarders with comfy outerwear and skate-sharpening services. When temperatures climb, the shop's fleet of more than 150 bikes prepares cyclists for bucolic jaunts through rolling Colorado terrain. With bike frames that range from 13.5" to 21", the fleet meets the needs of younger cyclists, adult bikers, and the runts from families of giants.
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.
Snuggled up next to the Vail ski resort and located within a double cartwheel of Vail’s Vista Bahn lift, Bridge Street Skihaus decks out everyone from mountain newbies to slope hounds in high-quality ski and snowboard equipment. With this deal, the experienced and snow-savvy Skihaus staff will equip ski or board renters with gear that is comfortable and well-suited for their skill level. The one-day demo rental package includes a pair of strapping boots in addition to skis or a snowboard, with top-notch brands such as K2, Salomon, Head, Rossignol, and Burton. A complimentary basket check and overnight valet ski storage allows trailblazers to safely store their wallets, purses, and vice-presidential bobble heads during a speed-packed day of carving and shredding the mountain.