Breckenridge

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John "Fritzski" Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John "Fritzski" Fritz
Pros
  • Breckenridge has the highest lift in North America at 12,840 ft
  • 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 (Breckenridge has 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
  • Breckenridge 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
Mountain Thunder Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
24% off $1,631
Gravity Haus
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
24% off $1,349
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,170

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Overall

4.4

Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in North America. Over a million and a half people visit every season, and it’s not hard to see why. 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. Nowhere else in North America gets you higher on a lift, with Breckenridge ski resort’s crowning glory the Imperial Express Super Chair whisking skiers and boarders up to 3,914 m.

Best month to go

January

Thanks to its spot high up in the mountains, the ski season in Breckenridge 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 lodging 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 (2-3 km)

  • Best dining and nightlife is on Main Street
  • Wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets
  • Shuttles available to and from the Breckenridge slopes

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Dillon/Silverthorne (24-32 km)

  • Both towns are around 30 mins drive away from Breckenridge ski resort
  • Plenty of affordable lodging options
  • Limited nightlife

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Frisco (16-24 km)

  • 25 minutes drive away from Breckenridge
  • Inexpensive lodging; has many hotel and motel chains
  • Easy access to Copper Mountain

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For beginners

Breckenridge 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 Breckenridge 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 Breckenridge, 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 3,962 m, Snow White Bowl!

More experts tips

Find freshies

Breckenridge'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

Breckenridge 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 area1,177ha 388ha
summit elevation3,961m 3,978m
total lifts35 8
child lift ticket$110 USD ($167 AUD) Free
adult lift ticket$169 USD ($256 AUD) $100 USD ($152 AUD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall589cm 460cm

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Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 250 reviews

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Fabulous!4.3 / 5Mar 22, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsNick L.
expert snowboarder
If you are from California or Texas, I'm sure you are here with you poles tucked under your arms and you tips almost pointed straight down in the most congested partof the mountain. This mountain has tons of terrain. It has a great town. Is full of tourist looking to spend all their money on luxury and ego.... More
Average!3.3 / 5Mar 22, 2020
CVCesar V.
advanced skier
Everything was quite nice. Would add a few more green tracks. Snow and mountain were excellent. Would return with out a doubt. Don't know if its worth extending closing hrs... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Mar 22, 2020
BCBlane C.
intermediate snowboarder
Wow, the snow was great. The lifts were busy on Saturday but were better on Sunday and Monday. Peak 6 was closed due to weather for most of the time we were there, so the rest of the park was a little busier. Downtown on Saturday night was crowded. It was tough to find a restaurant to eat at with less than a 1 hour wait.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Feb 25, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsD.
advanced snowboarder
Excellent terrain, but usually a bit crowded. Still one of the best ski towns that I've ever been to. Take a Lyft from the Town center to one of the best Apres bars in the state. Has the most good looking women, sometimes even single, of any ski town near Denver. Best nightlife by far. The season lasts into late April here. Spring break central.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Feb 20, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsEddie L.
advanced skier
Breckenridge is the definition of a ski RESORT. Expensive and very family friendly with lots of attractions and beginner terrain. I would imagine it is an excellent choice for families with beginner-level skiers or boarders. But it is probably wise for the hardcore skier or boarder to look elsewhere in the area for a serious day of shredding,... More
Average!3.2 / 5Feb 20, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsAndrew S.
advanced skier
Very nice resort set high above the town. Fairly good transportation system needs a bigger team though. Parking is a pain but take shuttle from near airport for free. Big mountain with lots of lifts and runs take the tow rope to the top pretty wild... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Feb 20, 2020
NKNancy K.
beginner skier
After considering and putting off a ski trip for years because I had no clue where to even begin to plan it, I am SO glad that I finally decided to go for it. We decided on Breckenridge because it was one of the closest ski resorts to Denver, where we were flying in, and didn't want to drive. SnowPak made it so easy to put together a vacation... More
Average!3.3 / 5Jan 22, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsChris L.
advanced snowboarder
Really great resort with a lot of varying terrain that serves beginners as well as expert skiers and snowboarders. Night life and dining are exceptional. My two complaints are that it is usually extremely crowded, and really expensive.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Jan 22, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsMichael E.
advanced snowboarder
Steeps, deeps and peaks!! Can’t say enough good things about this mountain. Every season I ride in Colorado and Breckenridge is my favorite. What ever your skill level, you’ll love this mountain. If you like to ride trees and backcountry this is your mountain, go a little of the beaten path and you’ll find an awesome winter wonderland. Go to... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jan 15, 2020
Breckenridge ReviewsTory S.
expert snowboarder
Had an Incredible time at Breck! SO much terrain and tons of fun for every level. We mostly were looking for the expert terrain, which was great, but compared to some like Jackson Hole, or Tahoe, I felt there are better resorts out there. Overall incredible experience and will be going back again several times this year.... More

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