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 191 reviews

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Good!3.8 / 5Nov 10, 2017
BTBlake T.
advanced snowboarder
It's a good resort when its not Spring Break, extra windy or a holiday. The prices need to go down as the tickets are just absurd these days. The food prices on the mountain are also like you're in a stadium. They are out pricing family fun!... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 10, 2017
JSJeremy S.
advanced snowboarder
I love going to Breck because I have always had a great experience going there. The first time I went, it really opened my eyes that I was actually carving down a mountain! I would love to continue going all winter.... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 10, 2017
WGWilliam G.
intermediate skier
Best back country in the Outback. And I really love the night skiing that is available after 4pm. Also a great family atmosphere. Not to mention it is right off of the I70 corridor.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 10, 2017
MCMatthew C.
intermediate skier
Breckenridge is an awesome ski resort, you can spend all day skiing and still not hit the same run twice if you do it right. You can ski across the entire mountain and find new runs. The town itself is also awesome and great for families. With the longest ski run at three and a half miles it's a great place to be.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 10, 2017
DBDon B.
intermediate snowboarder
Love the variety of runs. Great family resort. The town is awesome. Hope to go back soon! Like the variety of hotels. Good shuttle system. My favorite is Peak 8.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 09, 2017
JTJeffrey T.
intermediate skier
Love Breck!!!! Best place for everyone -beginners to advanced. Love all the amenities as well. Simply the best family resort. And it has one of the best mountains to go explore. ... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 09, 2017
JBJoseph B.
advanced skier
I fell in love with Breckinridge my first time skiiing there last year. the fresh powder made my experience 100% times better, way better than skiing on ice. The runs I accomplished that day were thrilling and had a great mix of trees and open space. Would love to go back soon this season. ... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 09, 2017
YSCYun Sang C.
advanced skier
Breckinridge is a great little town, skiing was decent. Crowds are large and so it does take a long time for one run. Lots of things to do while you're not skiing so that was nice because I have 2 kids with us ... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 09, 2017
TTony
advanced snowboarder
The resort was overall clean, it has been awhile since I been back there. I am going again this coming January after a few years snowboarding around other places. Looking forward to seeing the nice friendly staff at the resort again. Walking distance to lifts and the town has amazing places to dine at, for a price though.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 09, 2017
SMSteve M.
expert skier
Great ski experience. But the food on the mountain is exorbitant and daily lift tickets are ridiculous. Talked with employees. They need to be paid better. Better paid employees will provide for better customer service and higher quality guest experience!... More

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