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Breckenridge ski resort offers spring activities

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BRECKENRIDGE – March may have come in like a lamb, but it’s certainly starting to roar as Breckenridge Ski Resort has received two feet of new snow in the past seven days. While the snow continues to fall, this is the perfect time to make plans for a spring skiing experience during Breck’s Spring Massive Festival. This year, Spring Massive boasts live music featuring Ozomatli, family-friendly events and some of the best lodging deals of the season.CompetitionsGuests can soak up the sunshine and witness amazing skiing and riding at the Massive Slopestyle, Massive SuperPipe and Massive Rail Jam. This year, the cash and prizes total more than $10,000. Helmets are required, and entry is limited to 125 participants. Competitors are encouraged to register for the Massive Slopestyle, Massive SuperPipe and Massive Rail Jam online at Family Friendly ActivitiesThe SnowActive Kid’s Weekend is an annual favorite, featuring a Mini Snow Sculpting Challenge, an Interactive Kid’s Village at the base of Peak 8 and the Cocoa & Cookies Concert with Emmy award-winning folk musician Jim Salestrom. Families are also welcome to enter Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup race. Taking place on Peak 8’s Twister, this race produces nothing but winners. The weekend also includes the Easter Brunch Buffet Sunday morning at the Breck Burger Bar. Massive Music WeekendOzomatli is a Latin Funk/worldbeat/rock en Espanol group, formed in 1996 in Los Angeles, known as much for their extremely vocal activist viewpoints as their huge array of musical styles. Ozomatli is named after the Nahuatl name for the monkey astrological symbol within the Aztec calendar, as well as God of Dance, of Fire, the new Harvest of Music, Orchestrator of the Jungle. The band began its career in the Los Angeles and San Diege/Mexico border-area club scene. Following an appearance on Vibe!, the group broke into the mainstream, releasing Ozomatli, their self titled debut album, in June 1998. Ozomatli has since released two other albums: Embrace the Chaos in 2001 and Street Signs in 2004. In 2005, Street Signs won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. Ozomatli will perform Saturday, April 22 at the Riverwalk Center in downtown Breckenridge. Los Angeles based band West 8 Five opens.Lodging Deals$96 at 9600 FeetAt 9600 feet, Breckenridge is known for its excellent late season conditions. With the terrific snow seen so far this season, April is a great time to visit and ski Breckenridge. Experience the fantastic spring skiing and riding for $96 per night in select properties. This offer is valid April 2-30, 2006. Some restrictions may apply. Call 888-533-9886 for reservations or more details. Adult Learn to Ski PackageWant to learn to ski or snowboard? Now is the time to take advantage of the terrific instructors at the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School. Lodging, lift tickets, rentals and a lesson are included to make your vacation an unforgettable one. Starting at $367 per person, this package includes 4 nights lodging, 4-day lift ticket, 4-day sport rental and a 1-day beginner lesson. A 4-night minimum is required, other restrictions may apply. This offer is valid April 2 – 23, 2006. Visit to reserve a stay or for more information.Spring Massive SpecialBreckenridge’s final blow-out of the season features concerts, dining specials, races, shopping deals, kid’s events and all the Colorado sunshine you could want. Starting at $75 per night, Breckenridge Mountain Lodge offers the perfect place to enjoy spring skiing. This rate is for a Queen Double room, but other room types are available. Rate is valid Sunday-Wednesday, April 2-12, 2006 and every day April 15 – 23, 2006. Weekend rates available from $85 April 2 – 15, 2006. Other restrictions may apply. Visit to reserve a stay or for more information.Schedule of Activities:BITE OF BRECKENRIDGE (April 1-23, 2006) For a truly unique dining experience, come to Breckenridge during Spring Massive for the annual “Bite of Breckenridge”. Participating restaurants will feature a 3-course menu (appetizer, entre & dessert) for a special price point. Don’t miss this chance to sample Breck’s premier restaurants an exceptional price. For more information call Breckenridge Ski Resort at 970-453-6018. APRIL FOOL’S DAY CELEBRATION (April 1, 2006)Breckenridge celebrates with live music, a town barbecue, volleyball tournament and the crowning of the Town Fool. Contact the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at 970-453-2913.MASSIVE RAIL JAM: BENEFIT FOR MATT WYFFELS (APRIL 7, 2006)Skiers and boarders grind it out at this Massive Rail Jam, benefiting Matt Wyffels, a competitive snowboarder who was paralyzed a few years ago. With prize money on the line for each rail, this competition is always a rail sliding celebration. All proceeds will be donated to Matt for his physical therapy, which has taught him how to walk and snowboard again despite his paralysis. There will be prizes, giveaways and live music. HELMETS REQUIRED! Entry is limited to 125 participants. Call 970-453-5000 or visit for details and registration information. For more info on Matt’s progress, visit MASSIVE SLOPESTYLE (April 8, 2006) Skiers and riders throw down in slopestyle competition in the Freeway Terrain Park. A cash purse is on the line with each rider being judged on overall style, technical difficulty and creativity. HELMETS REQUIRED! Entry is limited to 125 participants. Call 970-453-5000 or visit for details and registration information.SNOWBASH CELEBRITY SKI RACE (April 8, 2006) Ski teams comprised of celebrities, disabled skiers, disadvantaged youth and sponsors will challenge each other on the slopes of Breckenridge. Festivities include parties, receptions and the Celebrity Race on Peak 9. SnowBash is an event partnership between the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) and the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation. The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people of all abilities through high quality outdoor experiences. Contact the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center at 970-453-6422 for more information.MASSIVE SUPERPIPE (April 9, 2006) A festival of Massive proportions calls for an equally Massive Superpipe Competition. World-class riders and local amateurs compete in Colorado’s top-rated Superpipe. As if the 18-foot walls weren’t enough to keep you gasping for air, the tricks that these skiers and riders have up their sleeves are sure to blow you away. Add to that a cash purse, and you’re in for a huge competition. Entry is limited to 125 participants. HELMETS REQUIRED! Call 970-453-5000 or visit for details and registration information.SNOWACTIVE KID’S WEEKEND (APRIL 15-16, 2006) The SnowActive Kid’s Weekend is full of FREE “fun-tastic” snow adventures catering to guests tall and small including interactive escapades that will make for a family affair to remember. Special weekend activities include a Cocoa & Cookies Concert, Interactive Kid’s Village at the base of Peak 8, Mini Snow Sculpting Challenge, Easter brunch, and much more. New this season: Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup. Contact Breckenridge Ski Resort at 970-453-5000 for more information.COCOA & COOKIES CONCERT WITH JIM SALESTROM (April 15, 2006) Colorado legend and Emmy award-winning folk musician Jim Salestrom headlines a free children’s concert in the Bergenhof Restaurant at Peak 8 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Don’t miss this highlight of the SnowActive Kid’s Weekend featuring free cocoa & cookies for the kids. Contact Breckenridge Ski Resort at 970-453-5000 for more information.RIPPEROO’S MINI WORLD CUP (April 15, 2006)At this exciting race, everyone is a winner. There’s no need to register, just show up at the start gate at any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Twister on Peak 8. This event is open to kids of all ages that can ski or snowboard. A lift ticket is required, and parents must sign a waiver for children under 18. Contact Breckenridge Ski Resort at 970-453-5000 for more informationEASTER BRUNCH BUFFET (April 16, 2006) Grab your family and head over to the Burger Bar at the Village at Breckenridge at the base of Peak 9 for the Easter Brunch Buffet. This yummy Easter meal will give you the fuel you need for a great Easter Sunday on the slopes. When you’ve had your fill at brunch, bring your kids over to the Snow Active Kid’s tent at the base of Peak 8 for more free games and activities. Keep your eyes open*you just might catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny. Contact Breckenridge Ski Resort at 970-453-5000.FIESTA LATINA (April 16, 2005)Celebrate Easter with a Latin flair at Fiesta Latina. Enjoy Latin dance performances and ski boot salsa lessons to the sounds of DJ Patricio on the deck of the Bergenhof Restaurant at Peak 8 from 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Bilingual Ski & Ride School lesson products and ethnic foods will also be available. Grab your family and your dancing shoes and head over to Peak 8 for an Easter celebration to remember. FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT AT THE RIVERWALK CENTER (April 22, 2006) It’s the musical event of the year at the Riverwalk Center. End your day on the slopes with a high-energy FREE outdoor concert by Ozomatli at the Riverwalk Center from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. LA based band West 8 Five opens. Call Breckenridge Ski Resort at 970-453-5000 for more information.IMPERIAL CHALLENGE (April 22, 2006) The 13th annual Imperial Challenge warms up with a 6.2 mile mountain bike ride from the Town of Breckenridge across Peak 7 to Peak 8. Followed by a 2,500 foot, wind-testing ascent of Peak 8 to the top of the Imperial Bowl on the equipment of your choice. As your quadriceps quiver from oxygen deprivation and lactic acid build up, a descent to the base of Peak 8 on skis or a snowboard. An hour and forty-five minutes could win; two hours would be a great time! Contact Great Adventure Sports at 970-453-0333 for more information.27TH ANNUAL BRECKENRIDGE BUMP BUFFET (April 23, 2006) One of the long-standing spring skiing traditions in Breckenridge, the 27th annual Bump Buffet combines talent with spirit as telemarkers tackle the bumps dressed in zany costumes. Competitors may compete as a team or as an individual with great prizes and a raffle for all. This event is a must-see for those wishing to witness the effects of a long winter in Colorado. For Registration Information contact Mountain Outfitters at 970-453-2201.Vail Colorado

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