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 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 (£84 GBP) Free
adult lift ticket$169 USD (£129 GBP) $100 USD (£76 GBP)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall232″ 179″

Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 191 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

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Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

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Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

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Average!

2.9 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
JLJason L.
intermediate snowboarder
Despite there not being a lot of snowfall the resort did a good job managing crowds & progressively opening more terrain as Thanksgiving approached. All the runs were well maintained & mountain staff were very attentive/helpful. Food at ski hill grill was ok but kinda pricey.... More
Average!

3.4 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
JAJoe A.
beginner skier
Fantastic resort with many options for anyone from advanced to beginners like myself and my wife. We both learned last year at another resort and came to Brek to see what all the hub bub was about.... well now we know. It's a fantastic area for everyone, with friendly folks, great snow, and lots of choices! Bravo!... More
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
TNTaylor N.
intermediate snowboarder
I absolutely love this resort my family goes every year around Christmas time for a ski trip and won't be able to afford to go this year with them. I'm hoping i will get a chance to win this ticket. ... More
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
CVCaleb V.
advanced skier
The ability to access the mountain basically from town is very convenient, I would even go as far as saying it is the most hastle free mountain I've been to when attempting to be first on the lift... More
Good!

3.8 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
BKBrian K.
intermediate snowboarder
Best resort in Colorado, best long wide runs. It sucks that it cost money to park ar the base though. Keystone is way better in that aspect. Yes I’m a cheapscape... More
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
CJCollin J.
advanced snowboarder
The terrain at Breckinridge is fun and the snow is usually decent. However, the parking situation deters me from riding there. I don't like having to take a shuttle and gondola just to get to the base of the mountain.... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
NFNicholas F.
advanced snowboarder
My wife is from GOLDEN CO and we live in San Diego. We actually met on a flight from San Diego to Breckenridge and dream of one day moving there.... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
JWJake W.
expert snowboarder
Favorite place on earth! Really enjoy the locals, and awesome town. There is so much to do all around town. Best resort town I’ve been to yet. Anywhere from attractions, shopping, live music. Best place for everyone in the family!... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
GLGabe L.
advanced snowboarder
Great resort. Highly recommended if you don't want to shell out to vail. Not too crowded and some great terrain here. Options for all levels and not too far from Denver. ... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
EWEvan W.
advanced snowboarder
Awesome resort and great vibes! Love coming to summit county. The ski terrain is great for all levels. Friendly staff that always has the best interest for me. Can’t wsit for this year! ... More
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