Breckenridge

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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

Breckenridge Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
18% off $1,601
Crystal Peak Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
18% off $2,163
Mountain Thunder Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
18% off $2,253
Pine Ridge Condominiums
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
17% off $1,412
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
13% off $1,478
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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.

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 snowfall230″ 180″
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Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 222 reviews

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Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 03, 2018
Joseph R. Joseph R.
advanced skier
Terrific ski resort with very friendly, helpful staff and a large assortment of trails. The upper bowls are incredible and the advanced terrain is challenging. The multiple peaks give you lots of daily choices.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 02, 2018
Turtle M. Turtle M.
advanced snowboarder
You can’t go wrong anywhere in Summit County but Breckenridge is my all time favorite! There’s something for everyone at Breck but if you’re a pipe/park rider like myself look no further!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 19, 2018
Fernando L. Fernando L.
advanced snowboarder
Breck is great! Easy to figure out mountain. Great size / crowd balance. Great runs lots of “ dark blue “ runs. Awesome run maintenance and the town... just beautiful specially at night with good choices for not so expensive lodging.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 16, 2018
Ryan M. Ryan M.
intermediate skier
Breckenridge is a great ski resort. When the entire mountain is open there are lots of trail options for beginners through experts. Lifts are generally fast, but can get crowded at times, especially at Peak 8. Would like to see some sort of expansion at the Peak 8 dining area and TBar restaurant. They are really crowded during the day. After a... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 15, 2018
Todd D. Todd D.
advanced snowboarder
An awesome resort with tons of skiable terrain for any skier level. Plenty of access, so don't have to worry about long lift lines. Beautiful resort town with all the amenities.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 13, 2018
Ed H. Ed H.
expert skier
I love how the Breckenridge Outdoor Recreation Center helps people. I get goosebumps watching them ski. What are my favorite runs is for clock at the end of the day.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 11, 2018
Jason N. Jason N.
advanced skier
Breckenridge has everything you are looking for in a ski vacation and mountain town experience. The perfect mountain, with terrain for every level and focus on family. My favorite mountain!... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 07, 2018
Carrie P. Carrie P.
beginner skier
I love Breckenridge! It was great for snowboarding and skiing of any level. I took a snowboard lesson and it was awesome and I learned a lot. The atmosphere was fun and the tram up the mountain was free!... More
Average!2.8 / 5Sep 13, 2018
JBJames B.
expert snowboarder
Mostly all blue runs, must hike to get to advanced riding. Parking is expensive or very far away. I would say the day pass is about $80 too high. The park has gone downhill in the last few years as vail resorts drifts away from park features and focuses on what makes money.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5May 31, 2018
Greg W. Greg W.
intermediate snowboarder
This is an awesome resort with something to offer everyone. It is quite big and rarely are the slopes very crowded. There are tons of good runs and there is a super long green run which is awesome for everyone!... More

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