Breckenridge

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John "Fritzski" Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John "Fritzski" Fritz
Pros
  • 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!)
Cons
  • 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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Overall

4.4

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

January

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.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

SHUTTLE TO

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.

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 snowfall230″ 180″

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Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 222 reviews

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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
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 06, 2017
FAFrancis A.
expert skier
I used to live in vail area 23 years ago and wanted to go back with my family , we all fell in love with the mountains and town of Breckenridge. It makes a great family atmosphere and wanting to relocate. The town. The snow and the people and also accessbility to get around made it all worth the money and planning. Thanks. See you this year... More
Average!3.2 / 5Nov 06, 2017
JBJeff B.
expert skier
Great ski area and town, getting little over priced, pateol little slow to open, also need trash at top of each lift,,people disrespectful, family orientated and has challenging terrain, love Breckenridge ... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 06, 2017
RWRichard W.
advanced skier
What a great mountain and town! You can find whatever you are seeking here, whatever level you might be. The diversity across the mountains is phenomenal. The resort is easy to get to from Denver and the Apres Ski is great. Only down sides are the crowds and sometimes the wind. Some people also struggle with the altitude. Great Skiing!... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 06, 2017
TDTawnya D.
intermediate skier
Absolutely beautiful, love the village. Snow is light and fluffy. The staff is helpful, and friendly. So many places to dine, and enjoy walking through the village. Lots of entertainment , love the ice sculptures, and fire show.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 06, 2017
EErin
advanced skier
My husband and I love Breckenridge. There are so many ski-in/ski-out options at Breckenridge. You don't even need a rental car because the town has everything you need - lodging, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, free buses to neighboring town. There is even a shuttle you can get from the Denver airport (as well as the Vail Eagle Airport). If... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 06, 2017
LBLaura B.
intermediate skier
My family and I were very impressed how friendly the staff was at both the mountain and resort. Of course, the snow condition and sun helps makes this a great vacation.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 06, 2017
BOBrendan O.
expert skier
Living in Colorado for the past 6 years now, Breckenridge has become my local mountain. Growing up the son of a Senior Patroller for NSP, i was put on skis at the age of 2, and by 16 i was PSIA certified. Mind you, this was on the East coast growing up. Breckenridge was something i had always dreamed about skiing. Even if it was only once. Here i... More

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