John "Fritzski" Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John "Fritzski" Fritz
  • 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!)
  • 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

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


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.


Denver International Airport


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.


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 (£77 GBP)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall232″ 179″

Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 191 reviews

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Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 20, 2017
HMHomer M.
intermediate skier
BRECKINRIDGE!!!! It's one of the top places where my wife and I fell in love. Her family invited me to go on a thanksgiving ski trip with them to Colorado! I was a beginner and the slopes were wonderful. By Day 3 I was hauling down blues. Lucky I did not kill myself!! The town is very romantic and the locals are very nice. The memory of this town... More
Good!3.5 / 5Nov 20, 2017
HNHunter N.
intermediate skier
I Love Breckinridge, but am only able to afford it through the ski pass and using a friends cabin. I can never bring friends to a resort because of the outrageous ticket prices. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 20, 2017
NBNate B.
advanced snowboarder
Breckenridge.... it's awesome. They've got everything you would want to ride from deep pow tree runs, to silky cords freshly groomed. Everyone on the mountain is friendly. It's a large mountain but easy to navigate. Lots to hike to for the more experienced riders. Terrain park is top notch. The city is amazing as well. I can't wait to get up this... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 20, 2017
SBScott B.
advanced skier
Breckenridge is where I learned to ski many years ago. We really love this place because if it's accessibility, abundant snow, and close proximity to other awesome resorts. The availability of other activities is top notch and an awesome option other than skiing. We come back as often as we can.... More
Average!3.4 / 5Nov 19, 2017
intermediate snowboarder
Breck is great for skiing and a family environment. There are options for more advanced terrain however I would say overall the steepness of the resort is more geared towards beginners. Can get pretty crowded but beautiful facilities and awesome mountain town feel. ... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 19, 2017
beginner snowboarder
I absolutely love Breckenridge so much that I decided to move here. I spent a month last year in Summit county and wouldn't want to raise my family anywhere else! It's no wonder why people come for the winter and stay through summer. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 18, 2017
PHPatrick H.
advanced snowboarder
Really love Breckenridge Ski Resort, awesome ski/ boarder terrain. versatile for beginners to Advanced with awesome trails. I usually spend 7 day trips and with a multi-pass I'm able to do Breckenridge three or four times while doing Vail or one of the other nearby resorts slopes. The town is awesome accommodations are very good all over with... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 18, 2017
JTJoel T.
advanced snowboarder
Has always been my go to favorite resort since I started when I was 5 years old, I am now 24 and still love it just as much as ever. Took my first lesson here! ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 18, 2017
TKTim K.
expert skier
Great resort, great town! There are plenty of options for all levels. From the south side of peak 10 to the T-Bar plenty of fun to be had. Can't wait to get back there... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 18, 2017
expert skier
Love Breckinridge. The town is amazing. The resort is extreme well managed and run. The shopping and restaurants give this area the best experience you can ask for. Cannot wait to get to the mountains and start the season. Should be ht... More

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