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
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

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 favourite 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 USD (£85 GBP) Free
adult lift ticket$169 USD (£131 GBP) $100 USD (£78 GBP)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall230″ 180″
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Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 222 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Brent E. Brent E.
advanced snowboarder
Breckenridge is by far my favorite resort. The snow is always the best quality and I enjoy their trails the most. I also enjoy the variety of terrain and the variety of places to get food and drinks and hang out.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 27, 2018
We Bslappin .. We Bslappin ..
expert snowboarder
This place is only great for seasoned riders and skiers. Everyone else just get in the way making the bottom lifts crowded. 6 chair is my personal favorite but the rolling hills on peak 7 are great for catching air. Not to mention when ski patrol opens the rope on 6, providing great maneuvering between peaks. If you're going to break do it on peak... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Dec 27, 2018
David L. David L.
expert skier
Great resort and town. Fun bowl. The T bar can get tiring to ride but the terrain is worth it. The slow double chair on the far side has great lines on a powder day. Then drop over the far left to enter the bowl.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 27, 2018
Lars J. Lars J.
advanced snowboarder
Professional, fun and helpful staff at all touchpoints. The ski- and snowboard instructors in their schools are great. The lift times in the epicmix app are mostly correct and there is plenty of mountains/terrain to go for. The areas for beginners (green slopes) are rather limited early in the season but open up later throughout the season. The... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Joseph R. Joseph R.
advanced skier
Terrific ski resort with very friendly, helpful staff and a large assortment of trails. The upper bowls are incredible and the advanced terrain is challenging. The multiple peaks give you lots of daily choices.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Turtle M. Turtle M.
advanced snowboarder
You can’t go wrong anywhere in Summit County but Breckenridge is my all time favorite! There’s something for everyone at Breck but if you’re a pipe/park rider like myself look no further!... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Todd D. Todd D.
advanced snowboarder
An awesome resort with tons of skiable terrain for any skier level. Plenty of access, so don't have to worry about long lift lines. Beautiful resort town with all the amenities.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Fernando L. Fernando L.
advanced snowboarder
Breck is great! Easy to figure out mountain. Great size / crowd balance. Great runs lots of “ dark blue “ runs. Awesome run maintenance and the town... just beautiful specially at night with good choices for not so expensive lodging.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Ryan M. Ryan M.
intermediate skier
Breckenridge is a great ski resort. When the entire mountain is open there are lots of trail options for beginners through experts. Lifts are generally fast, but can get crowded at times, especially at Peak 8. Would like to see some sort of expansion at the Peak 8 dining area and TBar restaurant. They are really crowded during the day. After a... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 14, 2018
Ed H. Ed H.
expert skier
I love how the Breckenridge Outdoor Recreation Center helps people. I get goosebumps watching them ski. What are my favorite runs is for clock at the end of the day.... More

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