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This ball means fun, not fancy

Special to the Daily Slipstream provides a fun, mellow Colorado bluegrass sound at tonight's Backcountry Ball, at the Maggie Restaurant in Breckenridge.

BRECKENRIDGE – “Don’t let the word ‘ball’ fool you. It’s ‘ball’ as in ‘fun,’ not ‘ball’ as in ‘fancy.'”That’s what Backcountry Ball event chairwoman Maryann Rowley said about tonight’s event at the Maggie Restaurant in Breckenridge.The third annual Backcountry Ball, a casual dinner with a silent auction and entertainment by Slipstream, benefits the Summit Huts Association youth education fun.

The fund, which The Summit Foundation also supports, allows youth groups, such as schools and scouts, to use the backcountry huts for half price. It also provides scholarships on a case-by-case basis if a group can’t afford an educational program at the huts.A silent auction featuring such sports equipment as snowshoes, hydration packs, sweaters, all terrain skis, K2 tele skis, sleeping bags and packs will complement the usual restaurant gift certificates available at fundraisers.Anyone who buys a beer or wine glass with the association’s logo on it will get two drink tickets and two tickets for a drawing for a Moab getaway.

While last year’s theme focused on retro skiing, this year’s theme is Norwegian – as in breaking out your favorite Norwegian sweater.Glen Rydin, the executive chef of Breckenridge Mountain Dining, created a Norwegian-themed menu. It includes biff a la Lindstrom (beef patty with beets, capers, vegetables and diced potatoes), pinaattio hukaiset (spinach pancake), smorbampete nypoteter met persille (a fancy name for boiled new parsley potatoes) and ole lena (Caesar salad). Plus, there will be plenty of snowshoe cookies and backcountry brownies.”It’s more of a traditional food, and it’s really good,” Rydin said. “I made it two years ago at World Fest at the middle school, and it was popular with the kids. For the kids to like it, that says something.”

Slipstream plays its Colorado brand of progressive bluegrass during the ball.Tickets to tonight’s Backcountry Ball at the Maggie Restaurant are $20 for adults and $10 for children. They are available at the door or in advance by calling Summit Huts at (970) 453-8583 or visiting, Mountain Outfitters in Breckenridge, Wilderness Sports in Frisco and Dillon, or The Fall Line at Copper Mountain. The ball is tonight from 6:30-11 p.m.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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