A never-ending winter just won't seem to go away, as we head into the first week of June and lots of snow still clings to the upper slopes. You can't ride the epic singletrack that can be found in the alpine realm of Summit County, but you can still have a great experience in the mountains. There are lots of lower trails that melt sooner than others. We can tell you which are ready, and which aren't.
Around town, it's a great opportunity for dining as restaurants offer a classic mud-season incentive, 2-for-1's! Check the local paper to see who's in on this deal, as some restaurants wait until June to reopen.
After learning more about the 10th Mountain Division, I felt I wanted to share the local connection to this group, and that is a statue near the Blue River in downtown Breckenridge. The first military group that was devoted to mountain warfare, this amazing group of individuals were experts at skiing, mountaineering and technical climbing, as well as how to live as comfortable as possible while being cold, wet and hungry.
After the war, these men went on to become founders of ski areas, ski school instructors and influential members of the ski industry. To say that they have a part of the current mountain culture near Summit County, Colorado would be an understatement.
The benefits of choosing this time of year for your mountain wedding is that you can have a quiet mountain town "all to yourself", and get some great deals on lodging while missing the crowds of the busier holiday weekends. Skiing is still available at Arapahoe Basin, you can go rafting or fly fishing, or hit the bike path for some early season biking. Art galleries, museums and restaurants are just waiting. Yeah, there's snow up there still, but they're not going anywhere.
Memorial Day weekend is a great choice for a mountain wedding in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone or Silverthorne, Colorado. Too bad you can't use the hut system this time of year, but now is when they restock and resupply for the summer season. To help or volunteer, check out the options here: http://bit.ly/hutsystem
Cool air and warm sun make up spring weather in the mountains, and definitely be prepared for rain, possibly snow on any given day, regardless of forecast. There was brilliant sun over the weekend, but today was breezy, saw a bit of graupel, and was only in the upper 40's. It should be in the 70's the rest of the week. Perfect mountain weather if you ask me.