When one thinks of spending a winter tucked away in the snowcapped Rocky Mountains, celebrating Mardi Gras is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but Breckenridge is not your average mountain town. It’s a town where crowds take to the streets wearing Viking hats to celebrate the Norse god of winter, Ullr, in January and when October rolls around, the lederhosen come out for Oktoberfest.



On a cold Fat Tuesday afternoon, we headed downtown for a Mardi Gras street party Breckenridge style.





Breckenridge may not be New Orleans when it comes to Mardi Gras, but they do put on their own festivities. There were fire dancers, music, puppets, and a small parade.



Each year before Mardi Gras, Thing 1 has asked us to buy a traditional Mardi Gras dessert called king cake. The problem is they tend to be sold regionally and a good king cake from a bakery can be a bit on the pricey side.

As expected, a few days before Mardi Gras, he asked once again if we could try to find a king cake. This year we had the brilliant idea of putting our RV kitchen to use to make our own. It seemed a little intimidating at first. Cookies? No problem! But something that requires yeast and rising time… at a high altitude?



Thankfully, Brent enjoys cooking as much, if not more, than I do so he stepped up to help Thing 1 make his first king cake. It was a good learning experience for Thing 1 and the final result was delicious!



We came up to Breckenridge for the snow and during the past week, there has been plenty of it.




The winter wonderland outside our door has been a fun new experience for Thing 3. His big brother has enjoyed showing him the ropes. These are the moments I will never forget and why we love to go RVing!




The fresh snow has made for some great days on the mountain.



Our two older boys are as different as night and day, but one thing they have in common is a love for snowboarding. It’s been wonderful to watch their friendship grow this winter as they hit the slopes together.




After a long day on the mountain, we look forward to coming back home to our restful RV for a hot dinner.



Carter Park in Breckenridge is the perfect place for sledding. We spent a fun afternoon sliding down the hill on plastic disc sleds.



It was fun for all!



Thing 3 even got in on the action!



Just down the road from Breckenridge is the historic town of Frisco. It has a quaint downtown with many restaurants and small boutiques. We visited the free historic park and museum to learn more about the town’s history.



Originally established in 1870 during the mining boom, the town almost disappeared after the Great Depression. Frisco is now a thriving small town thanks to the numerous ski resorts in the area.



While snowboarding is our preferred winter sport, we always enjoy trying new activities. There are numerous Nordic centers in Summit County that offer trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.



Unlike snowboarding, the entire family was able to take part in this adventure!



There were miles of beautiful trails to explore.



And we found out that cross-country skiing is more tiring than it looks!



With just a few days left in one of our favorite spots in the United States, we are trying to soak up as much wintery mountain goodness as possible.



But despite being a little sad to leave this snowy paradise, we are looking forward to our next adventure as we start to head east and then south to defrost our toes!


Next stop Denver! Any suggestions on what to do and where to go RVing near the Mile-High City? Do you have a favorite winter sport?