The Fun-Filled Ullr Fest in Breckenridge
According to Norse mythology, Thor, the god of thunder, has a stepson named Ullr. Ullr became the winter god and had a passion of the cold. Because of his love for the earth, he would cover the ground in a blanket of snow to protect it against the cold winter months. With his good intentions came the joy of skiing around the country and Ullr would use any excuse or opportunity to glide across the snow. He became the master of the snow, traveling at speeds that no one could match. His travels brought him to Breckenridge in Colorado, and this is where he chose to live.
Every year Ullr would bless the slopes of Breckenridge with the best snow found anywhere in the world, attracting skiing enthusiasts from all over the world. To pay respect to the Norse winter god, Breckenridge has been hosting the Ullr Fest for the last forty-three years. Between the 6th of January and the 11th of January 2008, the town will once again come alive with a spectacular festival line-up and entertainment for the entire family. The Ullr Fest has become just as much of an attraction as the slopes are every year.
Visitors to the Ullr Fest can look forward to a weekend filled with traditional fun, such as the snow sculpture championships, the Ullr bonfire, the Budweiser Ullr Fest Bar Series and the parade. Approximately thirty floats take part in the parade each year with participants dressed in magnificent costumes, and thousands of spectators come to see the fun. Another Ullr Fest tradition is a game called pig bowling, and before animal lovers get worried, a frozen ham is tossed around. The skiing event is also a ton of laughs, as team members try to keep their balance on giant skis. Turkey Toss and frying-pan tossing is all part of the Ullympics and is jam-packed with fun events. The crowning of the Ullr Fest king and queen rounds up a weekend of excitement entertainment, great parties, good food and more than enough to drink.
From parades to parties, games and competitions, the Ullr Fest is a crazy, entertaining and fun event that should not me missed. It is a weekend of skiing festivities and celebration. Saying thank you to the Phat Man of Winter, as he is popularly called, has never been so much fun. For non-stop action, fun and enjoyment, head down to the Ullr Fest in 2008, and find out first-hand what the festival hype is all about.