Adventure Activities in Breckenridge -- Try if You Dare

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Breckenridge, Colo., is a haven for skiing and other snow-related activities. The town has been around since the late 1800s but has recently become one of the premiere ski destinations in the country.

But sailing down the bunny slopes is not all Breckenridge has to offer. For the true dare-devil, the town seated at an elevation of 9,600 feet offers true adventures ranging from wrangling sled dogs along a tumultuous river to drinking with spirits.

Here are five adventure activities in Breckenridge we dare you to try:

1. Have man's best friend show you the sights

Dog-sledding is a must-do for the adventurous at heart. The hour-long sled dog tour, operated by Good Times Adventures, guides participants six miles up the Middle Fork of the Swan River in Breckenridge. Those who dare to take on this adventure activity in Breckenridge will learn how to operate the sled and command the pack of Siberian huskies that drag the sled along the river banks. Give a wrong command and participants may lose control of the sled. The sled can hold up to six people. Good Times Adventures charges $70 for adults and $35 for children (as of 2010).
6061 Tiger Road

2. Join an Ullympic Team

The annual Breckenridge Ullympics is part of the quirky Ullr (pronounced "ooler") Fest, which pays homage to the Norse god of snow in hopes that a great ski season will be bestowed upon Breckenridge. This weeklong annual competition takes place every January, typically the second week of the month. Co-ed teams have a blast competing for prizes in Carter Park.

The Ullympics is divided into several different sporting events including Broom Ball and Volleyball with Snowshoes. Participants can try to volley a ball over a net while wearing the traditional horned, Viking helmet. The horned helmets are a fashion must -- accessories that pay homage to Norse god and exaggerates the silliness of the festival. After the competition is over, the party continues as attendees drink beer and celebrate with the winners of each competition.

When you have had enough of competing, explore your foolish side by joining the annual Ullr parade. Pay the Norse god homage by dressing up like a viking or dressing down and exposing some bare skin in the dead of winter as you parade through Main Street. And don't forget your Viking hat.

There is no charge to participate in the events; only gumption is required. Those interested in participating in the Ullympics should contact the Breckenridge Resort Chamber.

3. Celebrate, N'awlins-style

New Orleans takes a seat right in the hills of Breckenridge. If you dare to escape the cold, heat up during the town's Fat Tuesday celebration. Breckenridge attempts to keep the traditional festival authentic by importing real New Orleans natives to head the celebration every winter for the four-day celebration. The event typically takes place the second week in February.

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge starts off with the Bacchus Ball, which is a New Orleans-style masquerade ball featuring live bands pumping out N'awlins-inspired tunes, chefs preparing New Orleans cuisine and the crowning the Mardi Gras Rex and Queen.

The Mardi Gras parade takes place two days after the festivities begin. The parade is a typical Mardi Gras-inspired procession down Breckenridge's Main Street. Participants have the opportunity to shine in a silly Mardi Gras mask, while trying to attract the bead throwers. If you are truly brave, have a few drinks and see what type of stunts you are willing to pull in order to collect the most beads.

4. Have a pint with a ghost

Head over to The Historic Brown Hotel -- which now operates solely as a tavern -- and venture upstairs for a true ghost-hunting experience. The tavern is dark and seedy and oozes with an air of phenomena, an atmosphere just ripe for ghostly encounters. The Brown Hotel offers an array of alcoholic beverages as well as extra-curricular activities such as foosball, pool -- and, of course, ghost-hunting.
Location: 208 N. Ridge St.

5. Trek the back country on a hut adventure

For the true dare-devil who is not worried about five-star accommodations, Breckenridge offers adventurers a chance to cross the majestic and dangerous central Rocky Mountains and make periodic stops at any of the 22 conveniently placed huts located within the 350 mile terrain that connects Summit County to Aspen, Colorado.

Participants will challenge elevations between 9,700 to 11,700 through the mountains of Breckenridge. Some huts are in avalanche territory, so it is important to check local conditions before setting out on a hut adventure. Warm summers may also give rise to tumultuous winters when there are not only snowstorms but also lightning that can strike hikers and skiers dotting the landscape. The hut tours are available from Thanksgiving through April each year.

There are several operators that conduct these tours including the 10th Mountain Divide Hut Assoc. and the Summit Huts Assoc.

10th Mountain Divide Hut Assoc.
Office: 1280 Ute Ave.

Summit Huts Assoc.
Office: 524 Wellington Road

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