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
Rocky Mountain Resort Management Breckenridge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
45% off $692
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $1,709
Crystal Peak Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
25% off $3,289

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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!

More experts tips

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 4.5 / 5
based on 223 reviews

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Superb!4.7 / 5Jun 01, 2018
Breckenridge ReviewsGreg W.
intermediate snowboarder
This is an awesome resort with something to offer everyone. It is quite big and rarely are the slopes very crowded. There are tons of good runs and there is a super long green run which is awesome for everyone!... More
Superb!5 / 5May 11, 2018
Breckenridge ReviewsGregory D.
advanced skier
Such a beautiful mountain! The views from the top are amazing. Although we couldn't get to the very top due to wind, it was still an incredible day. The staff at the mountain were some of the most friendly i have ever encountered. I love the vibe at this mountain. And the skiing is intense!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5May 11, 2018
Breckenridge ReviewsJames R.
expert skier
Breckenridge Is a excellent option for a family ski vacation. The terrain offers something for everyone and there is plenty of ski in, ski out accommodation on offer at either one of the three base areas. Snow quality is excellent right through to mid April due to the high elevation.. The town of Breckenridge has lots of charm with numerous dining... More
Superb!4.6 / 5May 01, 2018
Breckenridge ReviewsAlex S.
expert skier
Breckenridge is a great resort. Sometimes the lines can get a back long but the terrain is great. Options for beginners can be a bit limited but for intermediate-advanced the terrain is perfect.... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Dec 06, 2017
PHPeter H.
advanced skier
Although this resort is highly accredited, it turns out to be crowded, heavily speed patrolled and, well, a bit flat. Having spent a few days a Breckonridge, I think it's ideal for begginners and intermediates, but more advanced skiiers that would normally avoid the backcountry might find it lacking in comparison to the nearby resorts.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Dec 06, 2017
AJMAldwin John M.
beginner skier
It was my first time skiing. Took lessons and it was awesome! It is still early in the season so not a lot of people yet. Definitely worth checking out!... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Dec 06, 2017
MNMary N.
intermediate snowboarder
The whole experience our first time, which was this past March, is what brought us back to the same spot in Breckenridge. The slopes are maintained incredibly well, the staff is exceptionally friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. As someone fairly new to snowboarding, I really appreciate how well the mountain was staffed. My husband had an injury... More
Average!3.4 / 5Dec 06, 2017
MLMary L.
advanced snowboarder
Pretty pricey but the slopes were a lot of fun. It's a little early in the season so not many slopes were open. Lifts ran well and were quick. All of the staff was nice and helpful.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Dec 06, 2017
SNShannon N.
intermediate snowboarder
What can you say about one of the best places to ski/board that you don't already know? We just did our 2nd trip this year, took snowbording lessons, the instructors were amazing! Wish there was a little more snow so more slopes were open but that's Mother Nature right? Love Breck, so many options, such a great crew of people.... More
Superb!5 / 5Dec 03, 2017
COCharlie O.
intermediate skier
Breckinridge is a beautiful area to ski and very family friendly. My wife and I love the size of the resort so you never feel like it's crowded or inaccessible. We love the mountain vibe the town gives off and the snow is great!... More

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