SPORTS AND SHOOTERS
Catch NFL games on one of the 30 televisions at
in Vail's Lionshead Village (
). While you're there, spin the shot wheel, a
Wheel of Fortune
-style device that doles out slammers ranging from Melon Balls to Moose Piss (that second one's Coloradan for whiskey and tequila).
BRECK'S BEST BREW
Beer connoisseurs flock to
in Frisco (
) for award-winning blends like Switchback Amber and Telemark IPA. Order from the hearty steak-and-burger menu and you'll be stuffed till you're halfway across Kansas.
BET ON IT
The newly built
Central City Parkway
) is a four-lane superhighway that goes directly to 22 casinos. You'll be playing hold 'em in 15 minutes, but it ain't no Bellagio: State law sets the max bet at five dollars.
CDOT's traffic hotline (
) will tell you if Eisenhower tunnel is closed because of weather or accidents. If it is, find a room; many Summit County resorts offer great last-minute deals (coloradoski.com).
BE THE DUDE
, five minutes south of
in Dillon, is the only place to knock the pins in Summit County. It's a grungy, well-worn establishment; prepare to channel your favorite Big Lebowski character.
, a stretch of two-lane between Georgetown and Idaho Springs, isn't exactly a secret. But it's less congested than the highway during big jams.
roadhouse (under the
overpass in Idaho Springs) is a down-home mix of Colorado bikers and skiers. Staff pick: Chase the homemade green chile with a pint of Hardtail Amber.
4 P.M. CUP:
Covered Bridge Coffee Shop, 227 Bridge Street
See any Big Horn Sheep?
7 A.M. CUP:
Java Mountain Roasters, 1510 Miner Street
*PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. NOMINATE A DESIGNATED DRIVER.