Breckenridge

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Breckenridge
John “Fritzski” Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John “Fritzski” Fritz
SnowPak review
4.4
Customer reviews
4.5

Pros

  • Highest lift in North America at 12,840 ft for some big mountain shredding
  • Bustling historic mining town with a laid-back vibe
  • Party town reputation - they got après ski down packed
  • Wide range of lodgings from modest to luxury to suit all budgets
  • Award-winning terrain parks (some of the best in the world!)

Cons

  • Epic wind chill so wrap up warm
  • High elevation combined with strong winds means top lifts can close for days
  • Slopes can get crowded, ugh!
  • Snow can be blow-packed into a crusty shell
  • High altitude can cause altitude sickness

Overall

4.4

A mecca for big mountain shredders and trick stomping freestylers, Breckenridge is all about the new school! When it comes to high alpine terrain, no-fall zone chutes, and wide open bowls, it tops every other ski area in Summit County.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January

Thanks to its spot high up in the mountains, the ski season in Breck usually lasts for around five months, from mid-November to mid-April. Slopes can be a bit patchy at the start and end of winter, but an extensive snow cannon network keeps the lower trails white for as long as it’s cold! As far as proper snowfall goes, it really starts cranking from January, tailing off by the end of March. Events like Ullr Fest and the International Snow Sculpture Championships are held in January, making that month an awesome time to visit. If there was ever a time not to visit Breckenridge, it’s the Christmas and New Year holidays, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents’ Day. Crowds peak during these times, leading to monstrous lift queues and a spike in accommodation prices.
Airplane

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

Bus

SHUTTLE TO

Breckenridge (approx. 2.5 hours)

Base of Breckenridge (Walk)

  • Popular base areas include Peak 7,8 and 9
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • Peak 8 and Peak 9 are great areas for beginner's to stay

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Historic Downtown (1-2 mi)

  • Best dining and nightlife is on Main Street
  • Wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets
  • Shuttles available to and from slopes

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Dillon/Silverthorne (15-20 mi)

  • Both towns are around 30 mins drive away
  • Inexpensive lodging
  • Limited nightlife

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Frisco (10-15 mi)

  • 25 minutes drive away
  • Inexpensive lodging; has many hotel and motel chains
  • Easy access to Copper Mountain

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For beginners

Breck has some of the best beginner skiing in Colorado. Check out the beginner terrain on the lower half of Peak 9 and base of Peak 8 or try out the speed-controlled Family Zones.

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For intermediates

There's intermediate terrain across all the Peaks at Breck but Peak 7 is where you'll find plenty of perfect corduroys and gently rolling runs. Take on Claimjumper for big sweeping turns down the mountain, it's our favorite for intermediates here!

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For experts

Don't underestimate Breck, it's got expert terrain well above the tree line (unlike many Colorado resorts!), slopes as steep as 55 degrees and vertical cornices you gotta drop over! Take on the Six Senses area for steep narrow chutes and cornices or drop into some epic bowls such as Serenity Bowl, Horseshoe Bowl or from the highest point in the resort at 12,998 ft, Snow White Bowl!

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Find freshies

Breck's high elevation keeps the snow nice and fresh, but it gets tracked out quickly so go to the hike-to terrain on Peaks 6, 8, 9 and 10 for freshest stuff.

Ditch the crowds

Head to Peak 6's Kensho Super Chair and Peak 10’s Falcon Super Chair to escape the crowds.

Non skiers

Breck has some of the best nightlife that will keep non-skiers partying all night long. There is also snowmobiling and dogsledding available too.

Families

For families with beginners, there are easy trails that access the ski-in/ski-out accommodation between Peak 8 and Peak 9, where you'll find beginner terrain on the lower half.

Breckenridge vs
BreckenridgeArapahoe Basin
beginner11 %10 %
intermediate31 %30 %
advanced24 %37 %
expert34 %23 %
total runs187 109
ski area2,908ac 960ac
summit elevation12,997ft 13,050ft
total lifts35 8
child lift ticket$110 Free
adult lift ticket$169 $100

Breckenridge Reviews

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Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

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Town

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MLMary L.
advanced snowboarder
Average!

3.4 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
Pretty pricey but the slopes were a lot of fun. It's a little early in the season so not many slopes were open. Lifts ran well and were quick. All of the staff was nice and helpful.... More
MNMary N.
intermediate snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
The whole experience our first time, which was this past March, is what brought us back to the same spot in Breckenridge. The slopes are maintained incredibly well, the staff is exceptionally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. As someone fairly new to snowboarding, I really... More
SNShannon N.
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
What can you say about one of the best places to ski/board that you don’t already know? We just did our 2nd trip this year, took snowbording lessons, the instructors were amazing! Wish there was a little more snow so more slopes were open but that’s Mother Nature right? Love... More
AJMAldwin John M.
beginner skier
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
It was my first time skiing. Took lessons and it was awesome! It is still early in the season so not a lot of people yet. Definitely worth checking out!... More
PHPeter H.
advanced skier
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
Although this resort is highly accredited, it turns out to be crowded, heavily speed patrolled and, well, a bit flat. Having spent a few days a Breckonridge, I think it's ideal for begginners and intermediates, but more advanced skiiers that would normally avoid the... More
JSJohn S.
intermediate snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
Breckinridge is huge! So many good trails from nice and relaxing to challenging and exhilarating. Also amazing terrain parks and free buses to get you back close to where your cabin is from the bottom of the trails! Aside from skiing the food in town was very good and night life... More
COCharlie O.
intermediate skier
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
Breckinridge is a beautiful area to ski and very family friendly. My wife and I love the size of the resort so you never feel like it's crowded or inaccessible. We love the mountain vibe the town gives off and the snow is great!... More
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Good!

3.8 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
Lots of terrain for every skill level and great family resort. Can be very pricey though so plan to go mid week if you want to save money. Can also be very crowded on the weekends.... More
BBBennett B.
advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
Definitely my favorite of the i-70 corridor mountains. Always full but rarely overcrowded, excellent snow when other closeby mountains fall through, and terrian diverse enough to serve the needs of any skill level. ... More
GGordon
advanced snowboarder
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 28, 2017
Breck is an awesome ski resort! Tons of trails with a great variety of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The upper bowls are epic when there is a ton of snow, and the groomers are fun for deep carving early in the day with the wide trails and fresh corduroy. The... More
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