Breckenridge

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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 that suits 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.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

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 191 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Nov 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 / 5Nov 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
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 07, 2017
KGKrysia G.
beginner skier
Breckenridge is amazing for all abilities! I skied mainly on Greens and Blues and they are all super long, wide and fun! The altitude can be challenging as the resort sits above 9000Ft. The town is super fun and it's easy enough to get to the resort from Denver airport!... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 07, 2017
JPJeffrey P.
expert snowboarder
One of my favorite places to ride. Great terrain, and always can find some awesome tree runs. Been coming here to ride for over 20 years, and don't plan on stopping any time soon! Ride on!... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 07, 2017
MPMatthew P.
expert snowboarder
Breckenridge is a staple to the ski industry in Colorado. Most people love to head to this resort, not for the highest lift in North America, or the stunts thrown down at the Dew Tour, but for the people and the town. This resort is nestled away from the major I-70 corridor and is home to a great ski town and mountain. Famous in Dumb and Dumber,... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 07, 2017
NJNicholas J.
expert skier
Breckenridge is my favorite ski resort right now. With 5 peaks to choose from, I'm still discovering new terrain! With such a wide variety of mountain options here, including hike in ski terrain, I almost never ski the same run more than once.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 07, 2017
SSSherwin S.
beginner skier
Although I'm a beginner I really had a good time here! would definitely recommend checking it out. The mountains, the snow, the people, and the facilities were great. It should be at the top of your list of places to go skiing... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 07, 2017
LHLubos H.
expert skier
Quality of skiing depends on amount of snow, really crowded on big powder Day's. Some lifts need upgrade. Also upper mountain opens late when it's snow's. Some very good terrain to ski if it's open on not crowded days. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 07, 2017
GCGlenn C.
advanced skier
I was there last February for the first time in the past 10 years and I was not disappointed. The drive from the airport was easy, our lodge was within walking distance to the gondola and upon returning there was a back country trail right to the lodge. Renting skis in town was easy and the equipment was amazing. We skied most of the mountain over... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 07, 2017
ZJZach J.
advanced snowboarder
Breck has some of the best open trails to ride for boarders. I'm not crazy about terrain parks as a boarder, but I love the wide blue blacks that offer plenty of room to maneuver around. ... More

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