Breckenridge

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John "Fritzski" Fritz
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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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Poor!2 / 5Oct 07, 2017
JJason
Usually crowded, and it's generally not worth the trouble. Most of the mountain is flat and boring, the parts that are not are at the top, and windblown and I see most of the time. It's a fun town, but the mountain is not all it's cracked up to be.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2017
DBDave B.
Great variety of terrain. Ski school is awesome and takes great care to educate the youth and non-experienced adults taking lessons. Great Apres Ski options with the town of Breck being right there. The one downside I see is parking. Unless you are at one of the condo units, parking can be a pain in the butt because of pricing. Overall, it's one of... More
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2017
KPKurt P.
The choices of which mountain to ride are plentiful. Personally, I prefer the blue runs and Peak 6 never disappoints. The Blacks are best if a foot or more of power is waiting. Get out there this winter!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 07, 2017
TWTed W.
Breckenridge has been our family favorite over the years with great terrain, fast lifts, and perfect snow every time. The town is always entertaining and has everything for the family. Can't wait to get back there this year.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2017
CCCory C.
Love this place, but it would be nice to have more bathrooms in the far off corners of the resort. I always found myself having to make a trip Into the Woods unless I'm on the main runs that are usually very crowded.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 07, 2017
MBMatt B.
Breck has been the go to for this Colorado resident for nearly 40 years, and it keeps getting better with expanded terrain and faster lifts. I go there whenever I have my choice of resorts to spend with family and friends.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
ABAmanda B.
We absolutely adore Breck. Our family has skied here many years and it has become a home away from home for us. We love the locals and the atmosphere! I would live here if I could! Heck, maybe one day I will!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
JRJohn R.
Breckenridge has awesome hike to terrain. It's a very nice mountain to ski provided there around 1000s of tourists. I avoid it around holidays, but otherwise always a fantastic time at Breck.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
NDNick D.
This is my home mountain. I learned to ski on peak 9 and learned how to charge hard in the chutes on the backside of 9. Great mountain, great town, great people. Lifties and patrollers are very friendly and fun to talk to. Couldn't think of a better place to spend a ski season.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
BBBennett B.
Great snow, great infrastructure, great people, Colorado - would definitely live in a hut on the side of the hill here if it was possible. Favorite mountain in the state!

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