A&E briefs: A-Basin hosts Spyder Grind mountaineering race
With its revamped uphill access policy and this year’s Rise and Shine Randonee Races, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area continues to be at the forefront of the skinning and ski mountaineering trend. On Saturday, A-Basin will host the 11th Annual Spyder Grind, a skin uphill/ski downhill adventure race. The Grind features two courses: the recreational division (covering 2,000 vertical feet) and the race division (covering 4,000 vertical feet). The race begins with a traditional Le Mans start, with the athletes running from the starting line toward their skis to clip in and begin their climb. Prizes for the contest include cash for the top finishers and gear from Spyder and other partners and will be awarded in a variety of categories within the two divisions.Spaces are still available for those interested in participating. Registration costs $40 for the race division and $25 for the recreational division. Registration and check-in for both divisions starts at 7 a.m. in the A-Frame. The race division start is at 8:30 a.m., and the recreational division start is at 9:30 a.m. Course maps and registration can be found at ArapahoeBasin.com/grind.
Artist Bob Hoppin will be featured at Arts Alive! Gallery in Breckenridge through the end of April. Arts Alive! Gallery, a local artists’ co-op, is sponsored by the nonprofit Summit County Art Council. Its mission is to promote visual arts and enhance the cultural life of Summit County. The Arts Alive! Gallery is located in the La Cima Mall in Breckenridge, 501 Main St., and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (970) 453-0450 for more information.
From 4 to 8 p.m. today through Sunday, meet photographer Matt Angiono at Art on a Whim. Angiono is an award-winning landscape and nature photographer with a true passion for finding that “epic light” created only by the perfect combination of natural elements. His unique artistic vision, powered by his eye for detail, has led him to create hundreds of breathtaking images of Colorado and the surrounding Southwest. Graduating with a degree in physics from the University of Colorado, Angiono took a firm understanding in the characteristics of light and optics. Angiono uses this understanding to recognize the true potential of his camera, producing very unique and captivating imagery. For more information, visit http://www.artonawhim.com.
Loveland Ski Area hosts the 11th annual Corn Harvest, a benefit ski party for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center plays a large role in skiing safety and is not only an invaluable source for backcountry travelers but also is helpful in maintaining the safe use of the Interstate 70 corridor for travelers. Guests are invited to enjoy a day of skiing and riding, a barbecue lunch, live music and raffle prizes and to show their support for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com.Hasta la vista, SpeakeasyToast the history of the Speakeasy Movie Theatre space, and get the skinny on plans for the new movie theater around the corner. A happy hour reception and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. today, offering a chance to bid on unique Speakeasy memorabilia and other items.Get tipsy and take home Mae West (or Marlon Brando, if you prefer!). At 5:45 p.m., Mayor John Warner will offer a sneak peek at the plans for upgrades to the Breckenridge movie-going experience at the Speakeasy’s new home. The evening will also include happy hour appetizers and trivia for fun and prizes and will wind up with a pizza party and movie screening. Beer and wine will also be available. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, the Summit County Library Foundation and the Speakeasy Movie Theatre are sponsoring this free event. All proceeds will benefit the Capital Campaign for the renovation of the Harris Street Building. Call (970) 453-7243 for more information.
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance has switched over to its spring operating hours. The Alliance leads guided tours through museums and sites in Breckenridge, as well as historic walking tours through the town. Step back in time and explore the restored home of Barney L. Ford, escaped slave, prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights leader, or join the Alliance for a late evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted historic district to hear eerie and unexplained stories from Breckenridge’s rough and uncertain past.The Alliance also offers guided hikes to the Iowa Hill mining site, the French Gulch gold mine and the ghost town of Preston. For a full list of tours and hikes, including times and prices, visit http://www.breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2.
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