If you happen to be in the town of Breckenridge during the week of January 13th-16th, then come join in celebrating the 53rd year of Ullr Fest! This is an event where more than 12,000 participants come to show appreciation to the snow god. All around town you will find fun filled events, from the World’s Longest Shot Ski to watching those willing souls plunge into a frozen pond.
On Wednesday, January 13th there are lots of events to kick off Ullr Fest 2016. The Breckenridge Ascent Series starts at 6:15 am, which is a Mountain Ski Race using specialized ski equipment, at the bottom of Peak 8. After that, the Crowning of the Ullr King and Queen takes place at the Riverwalk Center down in town. This is an ongoing tradition where two locals are crowned and recognized for their involvement in the community. Followed by a unforgettable talent show that is open for whomever to register.
The festivities continue on Thursday, January 15th starting off with a fat tire bike race down Main Street. Shortly after, the famous World Record Shot Ski tradition takes place. As of last year, 777 participants joined together to make the world’s longest shot ski record of 1,250 feet. If you are interested in participating and breaking last year’s record, then visit the Riverwalk Center around noon to register. Shortly after, the main event of Ullr Fest begins — The Ullr Parade! From people skiing on trailers with snow to hot tubs being pulled down Main Street, this definitely is a sight not to miss. Once all of the floats have made their way throughout town, make sure to stop by the bonfire in the gondola lot. The more old Christmas trees people bring, the bigger the fire will be!
Waking up after a long night out on the town calls for a very necessary Hangover Breakfast at Main Street Station. Once you are full of delicious food, head over to Maggie Pond where you will either watch or hopefully participate in the Ullr Ice Plunge. Whether or not you make the bold decision to take the leap of faith into the frigid ice cold pond, there will be plenty of food, music and drinks to go around.
So hope on one of our Breckenridge shuttles if you are looking for a spiritual, unique and memorable experience, then Ullr Fest in Breckenridge is the celebration to definitely check out.