Ullr Festival in Breckenridge is a long-time local tradition in which locals and visitors alike celebrate, dance, pray and party to the “God of Snow.” Pronounced “Ooo-ler”, ever year at this time the streets fill up, the Vikings horns come out and a slew of activities commence! 2015 marks the 52nd anniversary for this fun-filled winter festival.
According to Norse mythology [the mythology of Scandinavia (shared in part by Britain and Germany) until the establishment of Christianity] Ullr is the son of Sif and stepson of Thor. He is known as an expert archer, hunter, skater and skier. Loving referred to by locals as the “Norse God of Snow” you’ll hear many praising him on big powder days or shouting up to the heavens asking for more snow.
Today, we celebrate this loving character on the biggest day of the Ullr festival in Breckenridge. More than 12,000 people will fill the streets of Breckenridge for the Ullr parade. Before the parade commences, Breckenridge will attempt to break the world record of the “world’s longest shot ski.” In 2013, Breckenridge Distillery shattered the record in which 192 people did a shot in unison using 60 skis. Check out the video here by clicking here. You can join in on the “world’s longest shot ski” during the Ullr Festival in Breckenridge by signing up to participate at the Riverwalk Center starting at 1:00pm today (1/15/2015). You must be 21 and ready to participate at 4 pm.
After taking a shot, the party get’s started! Around 4:30 the streets will be lined with a sea of horned Viking hats, fun filled party floats and beads galore! After the parade, warm up next to a huge bonfire in the South Gondola Parking Lot where music and fun is to be had until about 7 pm.
Hopefully Ullr hears us today and continues to bless us with a ton of power days for the 2015 season. Thus far, he’s kept his side of the bargain giving us 172 inches year-to-date! Cheers to Ullr! To stay up on all the events for the Ullr Festival in Breckenridge you can visit the GoBreck website for the event schedule!
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