Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines shoulder as the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk.
There are a few other definitions including parts of garments, pieces of meat and a few verb definitions to include carrying a load or knocking something over.
Whichever you choose, shoulder means only one thing to the Breckgear.com crew. Cleaning. In the summit county vernacular the shoulder is the time of year between ski season and all the other seasons. A-Basin and Loveland ski areas are open for business, but we (snowsnobs) tend to find ourselves hand washing baseboards or cleaning the interior of the trash can. You and I both know that cleaning the interior of the trash can is reserved soley for the truly bored or the completely "retentive." Main street Breckenridge will soon change from tumbleweeds to toontown and thanks to the doldrums of shoulder season we will be ready and waiting for the crowds.
Although I seem to be casting these "tweener" times as pretty weak, it is actually a great time to visit summit county. The Summit Daily is teeming with 2 for 1 deals at all the restaurants, hotel rooms are less expensive and you can literally dance around in the middle of Main Street. The weather is chilly, but lets be honest, it's a great excuse to release your inner pyromaniac. You know that guy, it's the voice in the back of your head that can't wait to get all the ornaments off the Christmas tree and see how big the flames will be once it's in the fire pit.
This time of year may not be for our usual adrenaline seeking crowd but there is ample room for a more mellow crew. Come on up and visit, the locals will be siked to see you (sweet diversion) and you know the shops will be spotless.
Jasper the Dog
Sunday, November 2, 2008