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 away from the slopes and the town; most notably Main Street where most restaurants and bars are. 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. With so much to choose from, we've picked out a few to suit your budget:
Breckenridge Park Meadows: Who says you can't have convenience without a price tag? Breckenridge Park Meadows offers affordable condos with ski-in access from the Four O'Clock Ski Run. To get on the slopes, walk a block to the free shuttle bus where it's just a short ride to the base of Peaks 7 and 8. Main Street is also just 3 blocks away, so you won't be too far from the best dining and bar venues. Most condos at Breckenridge Park Meadows have one bedroom with a kitchenette and offer free use of a game room as well as indoor and outdoor hot tubs. The condos are a little small so if you're looking for a good location and are fine with the basics, Breckenridge Park Meadows is the way to go. Prices for a standard studio (sleeps 4) start from $250 per night.
Breck Inn: A bit further away, a 5-minute drive from the resort, Breck Inn is another budget-friendly option. If you're worried about getting on the slopes, the Inn is a stop on the free Summit County shuttle bus route which drops you off at the slopes and the inn itself also offer a courtesy shuttle bus that takes you into town. Rooms are basic and all offer two queen beds which can sleep up to 4 people. Prices start from $223 per night and for an added bonus, there's complimentary cheese and wine on Fridays.
If you don’t mind hitting the road to get to the slopes, you can find lodging in the nearby towns of Frisco (10 mi) and Silverthorne/Dillon (15 mi), 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.
Valdoro Mountain Lodge: Owned by Hilton Grand Vacation Suites, Valdoro Mountain Lodge offers a range of very comfortable studio, one- and two-bedroom suites all with a full kitchen and a gas fireplace. The lodge is conveniently located at the base of Peak 9 and offers a shuttle to the lifts and town (though Main Street is just two blocks away if you just want to walk). There's also an on-site ski-shop making it extra easy to get your gear! Prices start from $403 per night.
Residence Inn by Marriott Breckenridge: Offering up studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, Residence Inn is located near the south end of Main Street, making it a convenient option if you happen to have a non-skier looking to be close to shops and restaurants. The Inn also runs a shuttle service to take you to the slopes and the free breakfast is just the cherry on top! Prices start from $358 per night.
One Ski Hill Place: Part of the RockResorts family and one of the most popular in Breckenridge, One Ski Hill Place takes ski-in/ski-out to the next level with their ski valets service. Nestled at the base of Peak 8, getting on the slopes has never been easier and if you need to get into town, their shuttle will take you there. They offer spacious studio, one- to four-bedroom condos with all the amenities and facilities that you'd expect from a luxury ski resort lodge and more. From two movie lounges to a two-lane bowling alley and even two indoor pools (as well as spa and outdoor hot tub), One Ski Hill Place is perfect for those looking to indulge. Prices here start from $841 per night.
Another noteworthy mention is Crystal Peak Lodge.
Families looking to stay close to the slopes should stay near the base of Peak 8 or 9 as there is plenty of beginner terrain in both areas. One Ski Hill Place and Valdoro Mountain Lodge are two great family-friendly options that we've already mentioned, otherwise, there are a range of lodgings for families across Breckenridge or check out VRBO.com or Airbnb.com for more.
Grand Colorado on Peak 8: For ski-in/ski-out convenience, the Colorado SuperChair and Rocky Mountain Quad lift are just steps or a very short ski away from the front door of Grand Colorado on Peak 8. The location is perfect for families looking to stay near easy rolling greens or who just to be first on the mountain. After a day on the slopes, kids can run a muck in the Family Fun Center where there is a range of games such as Guitar Hero and Fooseball or just enjoy a movie in one of the three private movie theaters. Parents, on the other hand, can relax in the infinity spa and grotto. The modern one- to four-bedroom residences have everything you need and feature spacious living and dining areas as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-unit washer/dryer. Prices for a suite residence (King Bed and Queen Sleeper sofa) start from $360.
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 and runs nightly during the season. Uber also serves Breckenridge, with an advertised minimum fare of $12.
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 (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 while Friday through Sunday plus holidays it’s $12.
Wellington Lot, run by the city, is across the street from the South Gondola lot near the center of town and costs $15 daily, while F Lot a half mile south near the Peak 9 base is $12 per day.
Beaver Run Lot is slopeside at the base of Peak 9 and costs $15 Monday through Thursday; Friday through Sunday and holidays it’s $20. There is a car pool incentive for all the lots, saving you $5 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 and 10 for $85). These lots can fill quickly on weekends and holidays, but there is also a free satellite lot 2 mi 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.