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
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 194 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Nov 18, 2017
JTJoel T.
advanced snowboarder
Has always been my go to favorite resort since I started when I was 5 years old, I am now 24 and still love it just as much as ever. Took my first lesson here! ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 18, 2017
TKTim K.
expert skier
Great resort, great town! There are plenty of options for all levels. From the south side of peak 10 to the T-Bar plenty of fun to be had. Can't wait to get back there... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 18, 2017
BBill
expert skier
Love Breckinridge. The town is amazing. The resort is extreme well managed and run. The shopping and restaurants give this area the best experience you can ask for. Cannot wait to get to the mountains and start the season. Should be ht... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 18, 2017
JVJuan V.
advanced snowboarder
Breckenridge is an amazing ski mountain. Very freindly people. Mountain has all kinds of terrain from beginners to advanced. Has enough powder to cover every part of the mountain for 3 months and starts opening and closing lifts as soon as safety allows.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 17, 2017
KCKyle C.
advanced snowboarder
Always been my go to resort. Always my number 1 favorite every season.love the variety so many runs and lifts. Love the options . terrain park is a beast too. Love the super pipe and all the little jumps you find everywhere... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 17, 2017
ASAndrew S.
expert snowboarder
The best above tree line ski/riding in Colorado and you can ride from the top of a cornice right the the center of town it's a place everyone should go ... More
Average!3.3 / 5Nov 17, 2017
CNCasey N.
advanced snowboarder
I love breckinridge but the parking situation could use some work. The drive from Denver isn't bad but Breckinridge is much too crowded to make it worth it. The lodging is VERY expensive and so are the restaurants on the mountain. ... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 17, 2017
CLChristian L.
intermediate skier
Love Breckenridge! My sweetie and I were married at Saphire Point so it is our special place. The resort is very nice and the people are wonderful. It is our favorite spot to ski and enjoy the mountains. We keep coming back year after year. ... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 17, 2017
KDKyle D.
intermediate snowboarder
Went during dew tour. Was a great time with plenty to do! Lots of great terrain variations to check out. Would recommend stopping here atleast once. Town is quite entertaining after the slopes as well... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 17, 2017
GGustavo
intermediate skier
I Love Breckenridge! Easy to get to from Denver, live the town and the skiing! I would love to win the pass so I can go up more often! It's just gotten too expensive for me. ... More

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