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  • Breckenridge has the highest lift in North America at 12,840 ft
  • 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 that suits all budgets
  • Award-winning terrain parks (Breckenridge has some of the best in the world!)
  • Epic wind chill so wrap up warm
  • High elevation combined with strong winds means top lifts can close for days
  • Breckenridge slopes can get crowded, ugh!
  • Snow can be blow-packed into a crusty shell
  • High altitude can cause altitude sickness

Breckenridge Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Rocky Mountain Resort Management Breckenridge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
45% off $692
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $1,709
Crystal Peak Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
25% off $3,289

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Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in North America. Over a million and a half people visit every season, and it’s not hard to see why. 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. Nowhere else in North America gets you higher on a lift, with Breckenridge ski resort’s crowning glory the Imperial Express Super Chair whisking skiers and boarders up to 12,840 ft.

Best month to go


Thanks to its spot high up in the mountains, the ski season in Breckenridge 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.


Denver International Airport


Breckenridge (approx. 2.5 hours)

Base of Breckenridge (Walk)

  • Popular lodging 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 the Breckenridge slopes

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Dillon/Silverthorne (15-20 mi)

  • Both towns are around 30 mins drive away from Breckenridge ski resort
  • Plenty of affordable lodging options
  • Limited nightlife

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Frisco (10-15 mi)

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

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For beginners

Breckenridge 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 Breckenridge 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 Breckenridge, 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

Breckenridge'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

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


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.


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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall230″ 180″

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Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 222 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 09, 2017
JBJoseph B.
advanced skier
I fell in love with Breckinridge my first time skiiing there last year. the fresh powder made my experience 100% times better, way better than skiing on ice. The runs I accomplished that day were thrilling and had a great mix of trees and open space. Would love to go back soon this season. ... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 09, 2017
YSCYun Sang C.
advanced skier
Breckinridge is a great little town, skiing was decent. Crowds are large and so it does take a long time for one run. Lots of things to do while you're not skiing so that was nice because I have 2 kids with us ... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 09, 2017
advanced snowboarder
The resort was overall clean, it has been awhile since I been back there. I am going again this coming January after a few years snowboarding around other places. Looking forward to seeing the nice friendly staff at the resort again. Walking distance to lifts and the town has amazing places to dine at, for a price though.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 09, 2017
SMSteve M.
expert skier
Great ski experience. But the food on the mountain is exorbitant and daily lift tickets are ridiculous. Talked with employees. They need to be paid better. Better paid employees will provide for better customer service and higher quality guest experience!... More
Average!3.3 / 5Nov 08, 2017
MCMichael C.
advanced skier
Cannot wait for ski season... even through I moved to Colorado a few months ago, I hope to get back to Colorado often to ski this year!! Would love to win a free pass!!... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 08, 2017
JGJohn G.
advanced skier
Breckinridge is some of the top skiing in the world. Wouldn't choose any other mountain to ski. Great for family and friends. Snow was incredible and unlike anything I have skied in the past. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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

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