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

Breckenridge Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Pine Ridge Condominiums
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,342
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
18% off $1,122
Crystal Peak Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
18% off $2,695
Mountain Thunder Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
18% off $1,289
BlueSky Breckenridge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
17% off $2,274
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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 222 reviews

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Good!3.8 / 5Nov 30, 2017
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Lots of terrain for every skill level and great family resort. Can be very pricey though so plan to go mid week if you want to save money. Can also be very crowded on the weekends.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 29, 2017
BBBennett B.
advanced snowboarder
Definitely my favorite of the i-70 corridor mountains. Always full but rarely overcrowded, excellent snow when other closeby mountains fall through, and terrian diverse enough to serve the needs of any skill level. ... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 28, 2017
GGordon
advanced snowboarder
Breck is an awesome ski resort! Tons of trails with a great variety of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The upper bowls are epic when there is a ton of snow, and the groomers are fun for deep carving early in the day with the wide trails and fresh corduroy. The town is amazing, having tons of restaurants, bars and shops for... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 28, 2017
DHDarwin H.
intermediate snowboarder
I was at Breck on Feb 2017 - PROS: The Gondola makes access to the mountain extremly easy, the lifts were not crowed nor the runs (all were open), staff treatment was very friendly, beautiful views of the mountains and changing from peak to peak makes it so fun. Con: $the lift tickets seems a bit pricey for a 8:30 to 4:00pm schedule.... More
Average!2.9 / 5Nov 26, 2017
MMatthew
expert snowboarder
Lived in Breckenridge for over ten years ! This place will always be home no matter where I live love the town and the hill is a blast tons of secret spots ! Please help me ride this season... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
WRWilliam R.
intermediate skier
I loved my stay at Breckinridge Resort. The staff was friendly and inviting. The slopes were groomed to perfection and I could not have asked for a better skiing experience. ... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
The only way Breckenridge can disappoint is the crowds. Other than that, they have world class operations and know how to manage every aspect of the mountain. Expansive area with lots of variety for terrain. Some great hiking for technical terrain and powder, good trees to avoid some of the population, and the parks are very well built and... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 23, 2017
CCColin C.
advanced skier
Breckinridge has a vast array of trails to accommodate any level of skier. The bowls are easily accessible after a short hike, and the lifts provide quick access to both sides of the mountain. SKI BRECKINRIDGE!... More
Average!2.9 / 5Nov 23, 2017
JLJason L.
intermediate snowboarder
Despite there not being a lot of snowfall the resort did a good job managing crowds & progressively opening more terrain as Thanksgiving approached. All the runs were well maintained & mountain staff were very attentive/helpful. Food at ski hill grill was ok but kinda pricey.... More
Average!3.4 / 5Nov 23, 2017
JAJoe A.
beginner skier
Fantastic resort with many options for anyone from advanced to beginners like myself and my wife. We both learned last year at another resort and came to Brek to see what all the hub bub was about.... well now we know. It's a fantastic area for everyone, with friendly folks, great snow, and lots of choices! Bravo!... More

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