Character is big in Breckenridge whether it’s the old mining town exterior or the big mountain mentality it has plenty to offer. It is something many North American resorts lack and Breckenridge has in abundance, even the lighting keeps the festive spirit all winter long.
At 2,926 metres the resort is high and with the highest lift in North America, a breath-taking 3,960 metre summit, it brings some incredibly snow sure slopes. The resort still resembles the attractive mining town it once was and authentic buildings dating back 100 years now house Main Street’s shops, restaurants and lively bars.
Ski wise it’s mainly cut through the forests making some fantastic tree runs with the tougher slopes and bowls above the tree line, it’s a resort for everyone to enjoy. And only a short hop from Denver airport means you won’t be stuck on a bus for hours after a long flight.
Skiing in the resort
Breckenridge is made up of 5 areas, all are linked with pistes and lifts and named Peaks 6 – 10. Gondolas and fast chairlifts cover the entire resort making queues minimal if at all and lets you spend more of your time on the snow.
There is a good mix for all abilities with the lower slopes largely green runs perfect for learning and progressing with blue a dominant band across most areas through the trees – a lot of fun and the black runs and double diamond bowls on the higher reaches, above the tree line. The higher, harder terrain can get closed off in high winds but there’s plenty of challenging pistes to explore over on peak 10 even in the windiest conditions.
And if you have a love affair or simply an occasional fling with the terrain parks Peak 8 is the place to be. With 3 parks covering all levels you can progress to the superpipe, wallow on the rollers or sit back in a deck chair at the bottom of the slopes and watch the action with hot chocolate in hand.
Other resorts such as Vail, Beavercreek and Keystone are all covered on the area lift pass with buses linking them so it’s easy to get from one to another whether you have a car or not.
The dynamic après scene offers great value options as well as exclusive restaurants. There is a distinct western charm, especially around Main Street, and the local vibe generates a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Venues such as Coppertop, offer live entertainment straight off the slopes whilst downtown there is a thriving après scene until late.
The resort also has over 100 restaurant possibilities including Breckenridge Brewery, which offers excellent pub fare or the fine dining Hearthstone Restaurant. Take a look at the Gold Pan saloon for a place that has stopped in time (we hear rumour it’s the oldest bar west of the Mississippi).
Why not extend your stay and spend a few extra nights enjoying a city break somewhere? Our Ski Specialists will be happy to give you their recommendations.