John "Fritzski" Fritz
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John "Fritzski" Fritz
  • 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!)
  • 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

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.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go


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.


Denver International Airport


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.


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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall232″ 179″

Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 191 reviews

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Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 13, 2017
beginner snowboarder
Breckenridge was the nicest resort I've ever been to, and the fact that it's a couple blocks from downtown Breck is wonderfully convenient. I will be back, hopefully this year a few times at least.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 13, 2017
GKGustav K.
advanced skier
We had a group trip to Breckenridge two years ago. It is one of my favorite resorts. Picture perfect mountains with a beautiful and fun town! I am not 100% how it is for beginners as I have been skiing since I was 3 years old. Cannot wait to come back.... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 13, 2017
TFTerren F.
advanced snowboarder
Awesome resort but it gets really cold and it's really expensive. I would love to ride more but I'm a college student and it's hard to afford a pass. If the pass was a little cheaper I would have rated the price 5 stars.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 13, 2017
TTTravis T.
intermediate skier
Great place to ski but can get crowded at times. Great lift staff and fast chairs. Quantity of lifts is excellent. Excellent terrain with beautiful scenery. Love skiing Breck and I love the town ... More
Good!3.6 / 5Nov 12, 2017
ZFZachary F.
advanced skier
There are a lot of people there and arrogant snow enthusiasts. But all around a good resort, a lot of fun terrain and secret slopes to ski down and amazing scenery.... More
Average!3.2 / 5Nov 12, 2017
advanced skier
I've dreamed of skiing at Breckenridge and now it's going to happen. The terrain is diverse and thermistor something for everyone. Can't wait to shred the goods! See you on the slopes!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 12, 2017
KJKatherine J.
advanced snowboarder
Breck is great for a Texan. I travel here like once a season. Used to be every Mardi Gras, but now whenever I can get out there. 16 hour drive from Houston. ... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 11, 2017
MAMike A.
advanced skier
Terrain. Of every type. Tons of it. Steep groomers. Above the treeline bowl that is manageable for intermediate skiers. The highest lift-supported skiing in America. Went last winter and there was plenty of base, but just no new snow during our stay. We need to return and hope for at least a couple of inches of fresh POW. I can only imagine... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 10, 2017
JSJeff S.
intermediate skier
My experience at Breck was amazing. The snow was perfect and had a large selection of trails to ride. The town had some great restaurants and tons of shopping. Plus the best creepes in the Rockies ... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 10, 2017
JTJonathon T.
expert skier
Breckenridge is the best destination for the full winter mountain experience. The mountain caters to all abilities and ages and the town has a great vibe and good nightlife! Make sure you hit up the town after dark... More

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