Breckenridge

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Breckenridge
John “Fritzski” Fritz
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John “Fritzski” Fritz

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
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall232″ 179″

Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 189 reviews

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Have your say on Breckenridge
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
PTPankaj T.
intermediate skier
Probably the best kids or family friendly resorts in Colorado. We live in Colorado and like Breck a lot. Just not for ski but throughout the year for what this awesome little town offers. ... More
Good!

3.6 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
CGChad G.
advanced skier
Awesome mountain. We spend as much time as possible skiing Breck. Great resort for family and fun town. Love everything Breck has to offer, shoping, dinning and bars. Skiing is the best in Colorado and maybe is the U.S. ... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
KMKevin M.
expert snowboarder
The time I spent at Breckinridge was like no other. The quality of snow and short lines made for a great vacation. I typically go late season and would recommend Breckinridge to anyone who loves to ski or ride. ... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
EAEleazar A.
intermediate snowboarder
My husband and I are beginner/intermediate skiers, and we skied Breckenridge for the first time in March. We thought the skiing was excellent. The green runs on Peak 9 are really wide and easy. We ventured over to Peak 8, but found it to be very crowded. We did a blue run, Bonanza, on Peak 9, and it was very doable. The resort staff does a great... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
SFSamuel F.
advanced snowboarder
I love the Breckinridge and Vail Resorts. There are so many slopes you can ridei. Just like Heaven! I like the restaurants and warming stations at the mountains summit. I always forget all my worries whenever I am there. The backwoods are better after fresh snow. ... More
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
WBWilliam B.
intermediate skier
I have stayed in Breckenridge on multiple occasions and have also come up for a day trip. I can speak for my entire family that consists of all levels and we absolutely love Breck!... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
AFAndreas F.
advanced snowboarder
I have been snowboarding for two years now and been to 7 different resorts in Colorado. To this day my favorite is still breckenridge. The overall experience is alway top notch. Having the epic pass allows for unlimited riding at this beautiful resort and is highly recommended! ... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
AAndreas
intermediate snowboarder
Breck has the best overall experience. The town itself is a great environment, the lifts operate at a efficient level and the snow is always dynamite. Plenty of fun trails to board and restaurant and food options are at the end of most main lifts! I recommend going to breckenridge for your first trip!... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
RPRegina P.
beginner snowboarder
Out of all the major resorts, this is my all time favorite. I enjoy all the convenience of the high end lifts that take me up the mountain, the fresh white powder snow, the restaurant and lodging accessibility and of course the overall beauty that it offers. Can't wait to make it back out there this season to progress my beginner talents.... More
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
AFAndreas F.
advanced snowboarder
Breckenridge is my all time favorite resort. I'm a Florida resident who flies out to Colorado two times a month to get my snowboard fix in! I've loved this resort since my first time there 2 years ago. Keep up the great work guys. ... More
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