Where to Stay
There are no shortage of rooms when it comes to lodging in Breckenridge: there are over 500 hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts – and more than 2,500 condo units! Like all resorts, the price of accommodation falls the further out you go. Prices will vary with demand, peaking across the holiday season though historically, first two weeks after New Years tend to be slower so keep your eyes peeled for deals for that period.
If you don’t mind hitting the road to get to the slopes, you can find lodging in the nearby towns of Frisco (10 miles) and Silverthorne/Dillon (15 miles), where the options are more budget-friendly. Staying here makes sense if you have a set of wheels and have plans to hit up some of the other Summit County resorts.
Getting Around the Resort
There are two free bus services which ferry skiers and riders to and from the mountain. Breck Free Ride serves stops all over the town and its nearby surroundings, including all the resort’s base areas. The Summit Stage bus system serves destinations throughout Summit County, including Frisco, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone. The busses are clean, with individual seats, and service most stops every 30 minutes or so. Some of the rides on certain routes can get full at the usual peak times (when lifts are getting ready to open and at the end of the ski day) so plan ahead! Additionally, many lodging properties offer their own shuttles around town so always check.
If you don’t want to be confined by bus schedules, Sky Taxi advertises fares within Breckenridge starting at 5 USD and runs nightly during the season. Uber also serves Breckenridge, with an advertised minimum fare of 12.30 USD.
Getting up the Mountain
From town, there are three ways to get up to the mountain from town.
The most popular access point is Breckenridge Station located at the center of town. It is the first pick up point for the BreckConnect Gondola before a ‘load only’ stop at Shock Hill to scoop up the skiers and riders from the nearby condos. The second stop is at the Peak 7 base area where you can access the Independence Chair to make your way up Peak 7. If you stay on, it’ll take you to the last and final stop at the Peak 8 base area. This area is great for families with the abundance of amenities and access to beginner runs. From here, you can navigate up the mountain by taking the Rocky Mountain Super Chair or the Colorado Super Chair. If you are into big air, go up Chair 5 which services the Breck’s famous award winning terrain parks!
If you need shuffle between Peak 7 and Peak 8 base areas to connect with friends and family, the Gondola is the way to go. If you’re too tired to ski back into town, you can skip the Lower Four O’Clock run and just take the Gondola back to Breckridge Station and the parking lots. The best thing about this service? It’s FREE!
The second main access point is up the QuickSilver Lift from the Village Base Area. This is really convenient if you’ve parked in the F-Lot or if you caught a bus to the Ice Rink parking. This is a great alternative up the mountain, especially if you want to get an early jump on the crowd to Peaks 9 and 10. That said, stay away between 9:30am and 10:30am because the chairlift is prone to the ski school rush which can last the day!
The last access point is the Beaver Run Lift which is convenient if you’re parking or staying at the Beaver Run Resort. Since it is a bit more out of the way, there are relatively less queues and it’s a direct ride up the mountain. If you sense that the gondola and QuickSilver lifts are going to be packed, take the Breck Free Ride to this lift to beat the crowds.
Parking is a universal headache for drivers. Thankfully, there is ample parking in Breck. The parking fee is based on how far you need to lug your skis from the car to the lifts and ranges from free (you’ll need to take a shuttle from the lot to get to the lifts) to 20 USD (just a short walk to the front of the queue). We’ve done a quick rundown of your options below:
The two biggest parking lots are next to Breckenridge Station, to the north and south of the Gondola terminal. The Gold Rush lot is a block to the west. Parking rates in these three lots depend on the day: Monday through Thursday, it will set you back 5 USD while Friday through Sunday plus holidays it’s 12 USD.
Wellington Lot, run by the city, is across the street from the South Gondola lot near the center of town and costs 15 USD daily, while F Lot a half mile south near the Peak 9 base is 12 USD per day.
Beaver Run Lot is slopeside at the base of Peak 9 and costs 15 USD Monday through Thursday; Friday through Sunday and holidays it’s 20 USD. There is a car pool incentive for all the lots, saving you 5 USD off the normal price if you have four or more people in your car. There are also pre-paid multi-day Parking Packs available (five parking passes for 50 USD and 10 for 85 USD). These lots can fill quickly on weekends and holidays, but there is also a free satellite lot 1.5 miles north on Airport Road with a complimentary 10-15 minute shuttle ride to the Gondola.
Many lodging properties also have parking available, though often for an added fee. If you’re staying on the edge of town, or in a slopeside condo and don’t want to walk into town, parking can get tricky near the dining and shopping spots, especially on weekends (though the paid lots are free after 3pm). It’s usually a better idea to take the free shuttle.