Breckenridge

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John “Fritzski” Fritz
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John “Fritzski” Fritz

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.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

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 snowfall232″ 179″

Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 190 reviews

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Superb!

5 / 5

Feb 10, 2009
TTom
Breck still retains it's Colorado charm, while giving myself and my family diversity with many types and degrees of difficulty on the hill.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 06, 2009
AAnthony
Lots of various runs. There were so many trails, it never seemed crowded and I went during the Holiday season.
Average!

3 / 5

Dec 03, 2008
SShelley
Enjoyed their ski school but was a little crowded
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 03, 2008
EEsther
It was close to a ski mountain. Unfortunately there was no snow that year!
Superb!

5 / 5

Aug 03, 2008
DDebbie
This was my first ski experience and I enjoyed the ski opportunities, the nite life and the condo experience, not to mention the shopping. I was a repeat to the area for about 7 years. The greatest rushes in life for me have been the joy of skiing the 1st thing in the morning and at the end of the day when the crowds aren't so heavy. The peace and... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Jun 24, 2008
NNick
Great slopes for everyone. Take care of your ski poles when the skilift dips down to pick up skiiers at mid-moutain, easy to ruin them!!
Superb!

5 / 5

Jun 10, 2008
SSusin
Due to a previous injury to my knee from skiing, the private lesson instructor was very patient in convincing me back onto the ski lift. He made me feel comfortable without rushing me.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jan 14, 2008
JJohn
It has an excellent Kids ski school, and we like the mountain because there are so many choices of trail skill levels that you can pick.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 20, 2007
HHoward
It has the best combination of terrain, snow conditions, lodging and access to town of any resorts I have visited.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 27, 2007
JJoe
Big Mountain with great intermediate terrain and awesome grooming. The village is one of the best- close to the mountain and lots of shops, restaurants, bars. Tons of slopeside lodging make ski-in-out a great experience.
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