Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge is a very polished ski resort. From superior customer service to manicured slopes, a stunning backdrop, and well developed infrastructure, everything is top notch! Breckenridge also finds the perfect balance between being a world class ski resort and maintaining a very casual laidback culture.
Part of the background of this ethos may be related to the snowboarding history of Breckenridge. Breck was the first ski resort in Colorado to permit snowboarders and they hosted the World Snowboard Championships way back in 1986. Breckenridge continues to demonstrate their commitment to snowboarding and freestyle riding, and as such Breckenridge is now a mecca for terrain park junkies.
The town of Breckenridge is also a huge drawcard. Breckenridge is arguably the best Colorado ski town! Rather than being a purpose built ski village, Breckenridge is a genuine old western town that was founded in the 1850s to serve the gold miners. These wild west roots ensure that the town has plenty of character and colour (literally considering the many colourful Victorian buildings), and the local folks are renowned for being super friendly.
Breckenridge Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The terrain at Breckenridge is spread across four mountain peaks providing 2,358 acres (954 hectares) of skiing and snowboarding, making it the 7th largest ski resort in Colorado. The terrain is serviced by an extensive lift system (31 in total) including various fast lifts.
Breckenridge has varied terrain for all ability levels. Lots of the trails are rated as green (14%) and blue (31%), so beginners and intermediates are kept incredibly happy. Some of the black runs are groomed, so they’re also fine for confident intermediates. Other terrain includes moguls, fun tree skiing, and alpine bowls for advanced and expert riders.
Breckenridge is world renowned for its sick terrain parks! There are separate terrain parks and pipes for different ability levels, enabling easier progression from novice to pro level. Be warned though, if you hit the expert terrain park, you may feel completely demoralised once you watch the pro jibbers at work!
Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in North America. During the 2010-11 season Breckenridge had a whopping 1.6 million skier days. This degree of popularity screams volumes for the quality of the ski resort, and it’s also the result of its proximity to Denver and the cheap season passes. However popularity is akin to busy, and there are some downsides to the big crowds that visit. You’ll need lots of patience (or a few shots of schnapps) to deal with the humungous lift lines that can develop, particularly on weekends and holidays.
The Breckenridge ski resort receives an average of 300 inches (7.6 metres) of fantastic Colorado snow per season. To help Mother Nature along, there are 380 snowmaking guns that cover an amazing 24% of the mountain!
The snow quality is enhanced by the elevation of the ski resort. The base of the ski resort is pretty high at 2,927 metres, but the top of the ski area will get you really high! The Imperial Express Super Chair, Breck’s pride and joy, drops skiers and boarders off at above 3,900 metres (about 12,800 feet). If you’re keen you can hike up to 3,963 metres (12,998 feet)!
The views afforded from the top are breathtaking – literally! The obvious con of the elevation is the potential for altitude sickness
, but the upside is that you won’t need to spend much money on booze to feel tiddly!
Where is Breckenridge Colorado?
Breckenridge is located 80 miles (129km) west of Denver in Summit County. This area has a high concentration of ski resorts including Arapahoe Basin
, Copper Mountain
and Beaver Creek.
The Denver International Airport is the main gateway airport which is 104 miles (166km) away, a road trip that takes about 2 hours depending on how many skiers are driving along the I-70 route. You don’t need a car at Breckenridge, so the best way to get there from the airport is to use one of the many transport shuttle services.
Much of Breckenridge is within easy walking distance, and free buses provide transport around town and to nearby ski resorts. The BreckConnect gondola also helps with connecting part of the town to the base areas of Peak 7 and 8.
Breckenridge has a really broad range of accommodations for different budgets, and unlike some of the nearby ski resorts, there are lots of Breckenridge lodging options that fall into the economical or moderate category. Accommodation types include luxury vacation homes, condos, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and dorm rooms. See the Breckenridge lodging
page for more information.
Accommodation in the town of Breckenridge tends to sit very close to one of the free bus stops. There’s also lodging a little further up the mountain that has the convenience of being ski-in ski-out. There’s no on-mountain village per se, just these large accommodation complexes, and the hub of activity is down in the town.
||Beaver Run Resort
|3.5-star, ski-in/out, very family friendly. Hotel/studio rooms, 1 & 2 br condos (1-8 guests). Indoor & outdoor pool, hot tubs, games room, wifi, day spa, child care, restaurant & bar....
Breckenridge Accommodations Listings
Other Breckenridge Activities
Breckenridge is well recognised for the impressive dining, happy hour après ski bars, and nightlife options. You can definitely party your arse off in Breck! The delightful town of Breckenridge also has lots of shops, and for a day off the slopes, other activities include snowmobiling, dog sledding, sleigh rides, and gold mine tours.
More Reasons for a Ski or Snowboard Vacation at Breck
Single day lift passes at Breckenridge Colorado are not particularly cheap, but you get plenty of value for money in the form of infrastructure, services and amenities. Skiing and snowboarding becomes epic (and very affordable) if you purchase an Epic Pass that can be used at Breckenridge, Vail
, Beaver Creek, Keystone
, or Arapahoe Basin
. The pass comes in various configurations including a cheap season pass and a 7 day pass. It’s easy to get between these Colorado ski resorts so you can sample all 5 resorts. This equates to a playground that’s a colossal 5,466 hectares in size!
Breckenridge has scored various best skiing in USA
awards from Powderhounds.com for the beginner terrain, terrain parks and the nightlife.