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 223 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Oct 13, 2017
KSKevin S.
Breck is my favorite place in all of Colorado. I was finally able to take my family last winter so that they could fall in love with it as well... P.S. They did and now we are looking at Real Estate there....
Superb!5 / 5Oct 11, 2017
TWTom W.
We do an annual trip to breck every year for the last 8 years and love skiing and boarding here! There is something for everyone, steeps, open bowls, chutes, trees and beginner terrain to! This last year we did a day trip to vail (only 50 minute drive) and it was totally worth it. Can't wait to be back again this season!
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 11, 2017
ZZach
Great runs, perfect size. The people are nice and the vibes are great. I would go again and again. Problem is high price but thats for all vail resorts all over
Superb!5 / 5Oct 10, 2017
JHJohn H.
Love it, can't wait to get back to explore more and enjoy the best Colorado powder! The Epic pass would be ridiculous, I haven't gotten one of those in years.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 10, 2017
GAGraham A.
My brother had been in a coma for 12 years. Last season, I whispered into his ear that breckenridge got dumped on mid week and wouldn't have a big crowd. He shot right up and strapped in. The miracle is real.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 10, 2017
JKJoe K.
The resort always has reliable snow. The staff and crew are lively and awesome. Some of the best terrain in the country. Main Street in breckenridge is always a great time to end your day and grab some food and beers!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 08, 2017
JRJames R.
Tree runs here are by far my favorite, the whales tale bowl is also super tight!! The people who come here are usually awesome folks too. Would highly recommend giving this place a go!!
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!

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