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How to enjoy a supersized February.

by | February 2nd, 2016

Cold, snowy February may seem like the one month you’d prefer less of, not more, but this year it comes with one extra day. 2016 is a leap year, which means it’s the year made for ladies proposing to gents, according to Irish tradition. And for newborn “leaplings,” who beat the 1,471-to-one odds of being born on Feb. 29.  And for everyone in BackCountry who could use an extra day to fulfill that January resolution to have more fun. Enjoy the February activity ideas below.

Mardi Gras in Snowmass-Feb. 9
Can’t squeeze in a trip to New Orleans this month? That’s okay—Snowmass has been throwing the biggest Mardi Gras bash in the mountains for 34 years. With face painting and performers at 2pm, bead tossing at 3pm, a madcap parade at 4pm, and fireworks at 7:30pm, you may feel as if you’re in the Crescent City itself. Except for all the epic skiing and snowboarding that you’ll be able to fit in, too. This authentic fête offers Cajun-inspired fun for every age. Learn more.

Lovers & Lattes at the Sundial House-Feb. 13, 7:30am-10am
It’s the month of love, and who among us doesn’t have warm, special feelings about…coffee? As a kickoff to Valentine’s Day weekend, BackCountry shows its love by offering residents a complimentary cup o’ joe at the Sundial House. Sinfully Delicious Mobile Gourmet Coffee Cart will whip up a delicious cup of your favorite beverage while you enjoy breakfast treats and coffeehouse jazz with your loved ones. No registration required.

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Denver Pops Orchestra-Feb. 18, 7pm-8:30pm
In the perfect run-up to the Oscars on Feb. 28, the Denver Pops Orchestra is going to feature some of the best music written for the big screen. (And happily, this concert is close to BackCountry, at the Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch.) Sit back with popcorn and candy as you listen to epic music from movies like Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean from composers such John Williams, James Horner, and Hans Zimmer. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of event if not sold out. Discounts for military, seniors and children. Learn more.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night-Feb. 26, 7pm
First trivia question: What is Geeks Who Drink? Check out their website for a full description, but the short answer is this: A Denver-based company that hosts highly entertaining bar trivia events created by dozens of quizmasters, writers, fact-checkers, graphic designers, and artists. Geeks Who
 Drink will be hosting 
the first- ever trivia night at BackCountry’s Sundial House, where neighbors will face-off
 and show each other their trivia chops. Bring your friends, neighbors, and thinking caps for an awesome night. Indulge at Pike’s Pub will be open for business throughout the event. Snacks will be provided. RSVP through ActiveNet by Friday, February 19. Participants must be 21+.

Leap Day!- February 29
What will you do with this extra day? It’s a Monday, but don’t let that stop you from adding in a little something special for you (Dinner out? Calming yoga class or massage?) or the family. Check out these ideas for 29 fun things to do on Leap Day. 

For example, have your kids write letters to themselves they’ll open on Leap Day in four years. Try your hand at frog origami. Or tackle a household project that you only want to do every four years—say, organizing the basement.

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BackCountry’s Princess and Superheros

by | January 26th, 2016

The Princesses and Superheroes of BackCountry met with Batman and Princess Elsa for an afternoon celebration at the Sundial House.

BackCountry’s Cookies with Santa

by | December 16th, 2015

BackCountry’s children enjoyed a special visit from Santa at the Sundial House.

Why the best parties happen at BackCountry.

by | December 9th, 2015

Some might say BackCountry’s festive streak is simply a function of the fun, friendly people who tend to move there. Or the very active HOA that’s always cooking up special events to help neighbors get to know each other. All true, but there’s another factor involved: BackCountry offers perfect places for entertaining, both at the Sundial House and in residents’ own homes.

The Sundial House is an award-winning gathering place where residents not only meet for community events, but can host private parties. Several venues provide superb backdrops for gatherings large and small. In more temperate months, cocktails around the courtyard fire pit, looking out over thousands of acres of wilderness, makes for a pretty memorable get-together. You could also host a Broncos watch party at Pikes Pub and Lounge or a lively, interactive dinner party in the demonstration kitchen and dining room. The community room is large enough for a wedding, but with intimate conversation areas perfect for smaller gatherings. (Residents, find more information about reserving the Sundial House at www.backcountrylife.org or contact John Lyon at 303-346-2800 or jlyon@ccmcnet.com.)

That said, BackCountry homeowners have some amazing places to entertain right in their own homes. Visit any of the model homes and you may find yourself dreaming up the guest list for your housewarming party. Every Shea home is designed for great entertaining, both indoors and out, since the great outdoors is so breathtaking in BackCountry.

Within the Shadow Walk Collectionthe Somerset plan is made for entertaining. Guests can easily mingle in thoughtfully connected spaces, such as the formal dining room, morning room, great room, and this kitchen, with a rounded island and breakfast bar. 

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A grand vaulted entrance welcomes guests to the Northern Sky model in the Water Dance Collection.

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Once the party gets going, everyone will find themselves gravitating toward this gourmet kitchen, where the spacious morning room easily seats eight and extends out into a covered outdoor dining terrace. The formal dining room and butler’s pantry complete the space, which is perfect for your more traditional holiday gatherings.

Kitchen and morning room

Also within the Water Dance Collection, the Solstice model offers a special twist for get-togethers. A spacious hearth room connects to the great room, kitchen, and dining area. With a dramatic fireplace as its focal point, the hearth room is an inviting place to break off from the crowd for an intimate conversation.

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Those looking for ranch homes and low-maintenance living (more time for parties!) should peek into the Alize model in the Whispering Wind Collection

This plan has a large great room with fireplace and a morning room that accesses a covered dining terrace, which is perfect for Sunday brunch with friends. Evening might inspire parties downstairs in the finished basement that comes standard—a perfect place to share movies and popcorn or a game of pool.

Alize Basement

Parties at the Sundial House, parties at home…BackCountry offers several places to entertain guests. Discover your own party headquarters here.

BackCountry’s Thanksgiving Craft and Snack

by | December 7th, 2015

The children of BackCountry enjoyed making an after school Thanksgiving craft at the Sundial House.

Fun. It’s not just for kids anymore.

by | July 22nd, 2015

With all the pools, parks, and highly ranked schools, Highlands Ranch and kids go hand-in-hand. But uniquely, BackCountry reaches out to its adult residents as much as it does to its children, addressing sophisticated interests in ways uncommon in the suburbs. At BackCountry, grownups enjoy the best of both worlds: an engaging, adult lifestyle within a relaxed, suburban setting.

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Beyond the trails that beckon bikers and hikers of all ages, the Sundial House itself is an adult magnet. There’s the pool, of course, with lap lanes and lounge chairs. But inside, you’ll also find folks doing yoga and cardio or de-stressing with a facial or massage. Meeting new friends at a book club or empty nester potluck, or picking up goodies for an outdoor movie in the Amphitheatre or a time-saving and tasty “drive-by dinner.”

One of the favorite ways that adults unwind and socialize is at Indulge at Pike’s Pub. Located within the Sundial House, this weekend gathering place buzzes with residents enjoying wine, tapas, and flatbreads, made famous by the original Indulge Wine Bar. Live music adds fun to the vibe twice every month. Stand-up comedy takes the stage sometimes, too.

At BackCountry’s regular wine tasting events, residents explore themes such as Mediterranean terroir, the focus of this event.

BackCountryCO wine tasting

BackCountryCO wine tasting night

About once a quarter, residents gather for a cooking class at the Sundial House kitchen. At this one, Leah Eveleigh, Winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, helped residents concoct a yummy Pacific Island menu. Read more about Leah here.

Chef Leah Eveleigh

Cooking class in BackCountryCO in action

Having an award-winning community center like the Sundial House is only half the story. Compelling activities like these hum along thanks to an active HOA and resident advisors who make sure the good times keep rolling—for every age group.

Mom, I’m bored. (Said no BackCountry kid ever.)

by | June 23rd, 2015

Okay so that’s wishful thinking, but it’s no exaggeration that BackCountry is an incredible place to be a kid. You see it in the way children ride their bikes freely and play in happy little packs, roaming from yard to yard and house to house. (Gated communities where people know each other promote that kind of easygoing vibe.) And naturally, the Sundial pool and abundant parks and open spaces are huge kid magnets in the summer. But BackCountry’s child-friendly planned events also play a critical role in keeping the young’uns busy, physically active, and connected with each other year-round.

BackCountry boasts an exceptionally active HOA, guided by full-time Lifestyle Director Britany Chambers and a committee of residents. Together, they plan special events that target the interests of all kinds of residents, including the young ones. Case in point, this kids-only science event featuring exotic animals and cool experiments that use everyday items.

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backcountry science experiment

Or annual Easter Egg hunts with a special appearance by a very popular, cotton-tailed guest.

BackCountry Easter Bunny

BackCountry Easter egg hunt

Or an afternoon of star-struck hobnobbing with Rapunzel and Spiderman at a Superhero and Princess Party.

BackCountry Superhero and Princess party

BackCountry Rapunzel and Spiderman

So what’s on tap for kids this summer? Below, you can read about a couple of annual favorites followed by a complete summer calendar of activities planned with BackCountry’s youngest residents in mind. Get ready. It’s going to be a fun-filled summer for children at Backcountry.

PATRIOTIC BBQ & COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT
Saturday, July 11, 5:30pm-8:30pm
This is high-quality family time, listening to live music, dancing and sharing good food in the BackCountry Amphitheatre with the gorgeous foothills as your backdrop. Performances include Chris Daniels & The Kings, one of the hottest country rock bands to hit the Colorado scene in years, and a real cowboy uniquely talented in rope-spinning tricks. Kids, get ready for pumpkin seed spitting, lasso jumping, and more fun activities to enjoy.

“DRIVE-IN” MOVIE
Saturday, August 1, 6pm
Far more picturesque than any drive-in parking lot ever, the Amphitheatre is the ideal summer evening setting for watching the Tom Hanks classic, Big. The movie starts at 8pm, but the pre-movie entertainment (including a real-life “Zoltar” machine offering silly fortune telling a la the movie), root beer floats, and popcorn will begin at 6pm.

Other summer events include:

  • Snow Cones & Pool Games, June 8
  • Ventriloquist, June 11
  • Family Concert at Amphitheatre & Food Truck, June 18
  • Tween Pool Party, June 23
  • Snow Cones & Pool Games, June 25
  • Reptile Show, June 29
  • Snow Cones & Pool Games, July 7
  • Kids Painting Event, July 14
  • Tween Pool Party with Water Wizard, July 21
  • Snow Cones & Synchronized Swim Team, July 23
  • Kids Educational Event, July 29
  • Back-to-School Party, August 6
  • Labor Day Luau, August (date TBD)

 

BackCountry’s Red White & Blue Celebration at the Sundial House

by | May 29th, 2015

Residents kicked-off the summer with high energy and interactive games during the Red White & Blue Celebration.

Ready, set, get wet!

by | May 18th, 2015

It’s time to test-drive your new swimsuit: BackCountry’s first pool party of the season is almost here. On Friday, May 22, the Sundial House pool officially opens for summer at 9am. Then, stop by from 3-4:30pm for the Memorial Day Weekend pre-party, complete with beer, popsicles, and a meet-and-greet with this year’s lifeguard crew and pool management company, Perfect Pools. (For residents only; please RSVP at backcountrylife.org by Monday, May 18.) And be sure to come back the next day for the big event—our Red, White, & Blue Celebration.

Held on Saturday, May 23 from 4pm-7pm, this annual event is the season’s much-anticipated kick-off. What’s on tap? High-energy, interactive games and fabulous face painting (come right at 4pm for a shorter wait for our truly talented painters). Free hot dogs sponsored by As You Wish Pet Sitters. Plus snow cones, popcorn, a DJ, and prizes. Please RSVP at www.backcountrylife.org by Monday, May 18.

With so much going on right in the neighborhood, why not make the Lantern House your Memorial Day weekend HQ? Hang out with your family and neighbors—a much more relaxing choice than fighting the masses headed to the mountains. Plan that trip for a non-holiday weekend!

Here are a few photos from previous summers to wet, er, whet your appetite for another season of happy memories.

backcountryfirepit

It is May in Colorado after all, where a firepit is as practical as it is delightful.

backcountrygirlwithribbons

And so it begins: Rhythmic Gymnastics champion, Olympics 2028?

backcountrygirlfacepaint

On a hot day, even kitties love a snow cone.

backcountrygirlssmile

The smiles say it all. Summer vacation has arrived.

backcountrycoolfacepaint

True artistry happens at our face-painting booth.

backcountrypartymtns

Beautiful foothills views create an idyllic party backdrop

backcountryboyhulahoop

How does he do that?

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Colorful, late spring decor just in time for the Red, White & Blue Celebration

BackCountry’s Kids Science Event at the Sundial House

by | May 11th, 2015

Kids enjoyed a hands-on adventure with Bryce Jackman exploring the world of weird and wacky science with everyday household items. A little bit of fun and a whole lot of crazy.

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