Sports Picks: Team Breck barbecue and a hike under the blood moon |

Sports Picks: Team Breck barbecue and a hike under the blood moon

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What a difference four months makes.

After a cool and soggy start to the summer, September arrived with nothing but bluebird skies and bizarrely consistent weather. We’ve been blessed, spoiled, lucky — whatever you want to call it — and, now, I’ve probably jinxed us all. (Weather reports call for more of the same in early October, but I’ll believe it when I see it. No one is that lucky in the Rockies.)

And that’s fine if the weather turns sour — I’ve enjoyed a few weeks of Indian summer. The snow will come soon enough, like it always does, so, in the meantime, I’ll talk about the weather like some kind of nervous punk at dinner with his girlfriend’s parents.

Janet’s Cabin heli day, take 2

Onto more useful ramblings: Last weekend’s Summit Huts volunteer day at Janet’s Cabin was called off due to (what else?) weather, although this time, it was the wind, not unexpected rain or snow. The event has been rescheduled for this Saturday, as in today. Things get started early at the hut (organizers told on-site volunteers to arrive Friday night), but there’s still space for about 10 people to load the helicopter at Copper Mountain. Expect to spend about five hours there doing manual labor, beginning around 8 a.m. To get all the details, register online at under the volunteer tab.

Can’t make the Janet’s Cabin heli day? No problem. On Oct. 3, Summit Huts is hosting another volunteer day for Section House and Ken’s Cabin. Again, register online for complete details. Both weekends come with a reward: all volunteers earn one free night for every day of work. Who can argue with that?

Team Breck pre-season barbecue

Ski club season is right around the corner, and this weekend Team Breck is hosting its annual pre-season barbecue at Carter Park. Drop by from 4-7 p.m. to meet coaches, admins and board members, plus nosh on hot dogs, hamburgers and the like. There will also be tons of info on the clubs ski and snowboard programs, and athletes will even get a sneak peek at this season’s uniforms. The event is open to current and prospective club members alike. Just drop by, see what it’s about and go from there.

Harvest moon hike

Harvest moon, blood moon, super moon — call it what you want, but this month’s full moon on Sept. 27 promises to be a doozy. It’s the biggest and brightest of 2015, and, to make things even more intriguing, it comes paired with a total lunar eclipse. Too bad it won’t arrive on Halloween.

Still, this type of lunar phenomenon doesn’t happen often, and the Continental Divide Land Trust in Breckenridge wants to celebrate in style. Join local naturalists Rachel Winkler and Kim Dufty from 6-8 p.m. this Sunday for a hike under the harvest moon. The group will meet just east of Breckenridge at Cobb and Ebert Placer open space, and the $10 suggested donation goes to CDLT programs. To reserve a spot or find out more, email Winkler at or call (970) 453-3875.

And hey, guess what? Forecasts are calling for clear skies. Thanks weather, and thanks, Mother Nature. We’ll keep talking about both of you forever.

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