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
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 194 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Oct 17, 2011
BBarry
great acomadation slope-side , good family and kids program and the mountain has enough mixture of easy / hard and in-between.
Very Good!4 / 5Aug 06, 2011
BBrian
Cool stuff up top you can hike to and take tows to. Nice terrain park.
Very Good!4 / 5May 05, 2011
JJohn
It's a great place, but a little more difficult to get a around versus Whistler. With Whistler, everything is in the central village.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 19, 2011
SSusan
Great place for a family with lots to see and do. Also, lots of ski slopes for everyone's skill levels.
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 03, 2011
JJeremy
I like to ski bowls and other difficult terrian; while, the other people who come with me learn on all the easy open terrian! Breck offers something for everyone and has always had good snow when I'm there!
Superb!5 / 5Nov 21, 2010
KKaren
There is a variety of different places to go and ski. You can just ski forever across the whole mountain. The town of Breckrenridge offers so many different places to stay and eat.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 11, 2010
BBrian
Breckenridge is a challenging set of terrain. I would suggest that while they do have some green slopes, that this mountain is not an ideal place for beginners to learn. It is a very fun yet challenging evironment.
Superb!5 / 5Aug 30, 2010
FFrank
I also like the friendliness, and general feel I get at Breckenridge. The skiing is challenging, and the town is a lot of fun.
Superb!5 / 5Aug 26, 2010
JJoan
Had a wonderful experience skiing there; the area is beautiful and I appreciate ski-in/ski-out facilities.
Superb!5 / 5Aug 24, 2010
CCynthia
There is something on every mountain that is either fun or just plain challenging. There is enough variety that you don't get bored. If one mountains conditions are not what you are looking for, you can move to the next peak.

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