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
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
19% off $1,694
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,475
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
11% off $1,506

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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 4.4 / 5
based on 247 reviews

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Very Good!4.1 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsBlade L.
expert snowboarder
One of my all time favorite places. Great mountain for snowboarding. The drive from Denver can be brutal during horrible weather. I have only ski'd here midweek, but have heard that weekends can be a nightmare. The town of Breck is fantastic as well.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
The first thing I noticed about Breckenridge is the views! The terrain here is very expansive too. It has alot to offer for everyone. However, the wind and crowds here can be pretty bad.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsAustin H.
intermediate skier
Great family atmosphere, lots of variety when it comes to slopes. I learned to ski there a long time ago and they made sure we were 100% knowledgeable on how to do everything before we hit the slopes. Highly recommend Breck... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsJanelle D.
intermediate skier
The ski school was one of a kind and my 5 and 7 year old did incredibly well. The mountains were well groomed, the lift staff were efficient and nice. Breckenridge offered many trails for our beginner kids as well as for us as intermediate/ advanced skiers.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5May 03, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsKeith S.
expert skier
So much terrain... Seriously though, if you can't find a run you like at Breck then you are just a party pooper. You cannot ski the whole thing in one day, I just do not think it is possible. Also it gets cold, really cold, that is how it got the nickname breckenfridge. The skiing is awesome though, I got an 18 inch pow day last season and when... More
Superb!4.9 / 5May 03, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsJared Y.
advanced snowboarder
One of the greatest ski destinations in north america. Whether you are riding greens, or want to hike to extreme terrain; Breck has it all. Phenomenal terrain parks and also very extensive ski school and ride program. Eating on the mountain is quite the experience as well. From the peak of the mountain all the way to midmountain stops like Ten Mile... More
Average!3.3 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsPatrick M.
intermediate skier
Breckenridge is one of those resorts that is great for your first time or numerous trips back. I had my first sking experience here. I find the trails have some challenges on the greens that can over whelm. The blues have heart because they are the first blues my daughter attempted.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsThomas M.
intermediate skier
Everything was very convenient and localized at peak 9 base, from restaurants to ski gear. If you forgot something you could get it there. Also the restaurants on the mountain were great and the people are warm and friendly. Just an awesome place to take your family!... More
Superb!5 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsJaime M.
advanced skier
Pretty damn good ski resort. The mountains are unbelievable and they have some of the best trails in Colorado. The city of Breck is a must visit and the food in town is SSSOOOOO GGGOOOODDDD!! Moe's BBQ hs some of the best BBQ in Colorado.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsBrendan S.
advanced skier
Great family town and world class skiing and snowboarding resort for all. I have been skiing most of my life and in my humble opinion you just can't beat Breckenridge.... More

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