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Breckenridge Ski Resort

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Trail Map
Trail Map

 

 

 

 

3D Breckenridge - a trail map based upon Google Earth (note that this third-party website has not been updated for the Peak 6 expansion)

 

 

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Conditions
Average Annual Snowfall: 288"
Best Time to Ski: January/February "Higher snowfall than neighboring areas but predominant eastern exposure can result in spring conditions earlier than Copper Mountain and Keystone."

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Denver International and Eagle County are the closest airports.

Directions from Denver International Airport

Directions from Eagle County Airport

Airlines Flying Into Denver

Airlines Flying Into Eagle County

Colorado Mountain Express provides shuttle service between Breckenridge and Eagle County and Denver International Airport.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
The Summit Stage Bus provides free local transportation throughout Summit County.
The Breckenridge Free Ride provides free transportation within the town's limits.
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
Breckenridge has a seemingly endless number of lodging venues. On mountain lodging is most convenient to the slopes, but the small historic inns have more charm and character, and more more convenient to the Breckenridge nightlife and cultural activities.
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge

 

A short walk from the town and the beginner lifts, the Marriott offers the best of both worlds. Rooms have full kitchens. Rates for additional guests may apply. $85 - $230

Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center

 

Fall out of bed at this full service spa and resort, and you are right at the Peak 9 Lifts. This dog-friendly hotels has hotel rooms and specialty suites. Rates for additional guests may apply. $188 to $665
       
Grand Timber Lodge This high-end hotel is tucked between Peak 8 and Peak 9. Rates for additional guests may apply. $84 to $299
Fireside Inn On a budget? You can't beat the Fireside Inn. This historic bed and breakfast is located on French Street. Dirt cheap ski lodging is available in their ski hostel. Two to four, depending on the room. $39 to $168

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Dining
Breckenridge has no shortage of on-mountain dining, but at the end of the day, you'll want to get out and explore the specialty restaurants in town.On-mountain dining includes;
When night falls, indulge in a bit of romance and a bit of history at the Hearthstone Restaurant. The elegant, elaborate building was once the home of Christ Kaiser, the local butcher, and one of the town's wealthiest residents. Entrees such Blackberry Elk and Ginger Sea Scallops are amongst the many delicacies served at this restaurant.
Blue River Bistro boasts a delectable and extensive selective of martinis, which include chocolate mint and creamsicle.The menu includes a creative selection of salads, meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian choices. These restaurants can be pricey, but many offer two-for-one specials during the Bite of Breckenridge festival in April.
True vegetarians will find joy at Amazing Grace, and organic foods restaurant open for breakfast and lunch.
While tourists crowd into the local Starbucks, locals know that the tastiest and most affordable breakfasts are served at Daylight Donuts. Catch up with local gossip while enjoying coffee and home-baked pastries at Clint's.

REAL ESTATE
 
DEALS
 
Unlimited Group Lessons for Season Pass Holders.  Blackout dates apply.  Must buy by July 31.
Breck for a Buck: Buy two, three, four or five nights lodging and get an extra night for $1.00.
Epic Passes: Include unlimited access with no blackout dates for Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, Beaver Creek and heavenly.
Free Nights during the Holidays: Stay over during the holidays and get an extra night free.
WHAT'S NEW

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ACTIVITIES

 

Good Times Adventures, located in North Breckenridge, offers snowmobiling and dog-sledding. Distinctive events include:

Ullr Fest

Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

Mardi Gras

 

SERVICES

Need gas? Go to the Loaf and Jug at 440 North Park Street.

City Market, at 400 North Parkway, is the local supermarket.

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST

The Good: Extensive terrain selections for all levels of proficiency

The Better: Located in a charming, Victorian town, which defies the typical, cookie-cutter ski resort design.

The Best: An endless selection of off-slope activities to appease your non-skiing friends. family and significant others.

 
 

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort
Description:

One of Colorado's most popular resorts, Breckenridge has expert skiing up to 12,998 feet if you are prepared to hike for it. With the addition of the 543 acres of expert and intermediate terrain on Peak 6, Breckenridge now has five mountains, named Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Peak 8, with the largest portion of the resort's 3000+ skiable acres, is a mixture of beginner and intermediate terrain on the lower mountain and expert terrain accessed by the upper lifts (Chair 6, the T-Bar, and Imperial Express). The expert terrain on Peak 8 includes Horseshoe Bowl, Imperial Bowl, and the hike-to areas of the Lake Chutes and Snow White. Peak 10 is also mainly for experts, with 63% of its terrain classified most difficult. Most of the gentler slopes are on user-friendly Peak 9 which has almost half of the resort's lifts and snowmaking covering a quarter of its terrain. The Peak 6 expansion, opened in the 2013/2014 season, includes some of the longest and steepest lines at resort as well as a significant amount of intermediate terrain. Breckenridge is not purpose-built, rather it is an original mining town with 171 listed buildings. The town was founded in 1859 and is the oldest continually inhabited community in the Colorado mountains. As you'd expect, there's a huge choice of things to do off the slope and a vast range of lodging options, with an accommodation capacity of 23,000. The variety of meals served up by the 50 or so restaurants in town is possibly unequaled at a North American ski resort. Dining options include Cajun, French, German, Hunan Chinese, Java, Mandarin, Mexican, Native American, Northern Italian, Organic, Rastafarian, Southern Italian, Sushi and Vegetarian.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet9
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow4
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double6
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad7
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola1
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other2 high speed 6
Lifts-Total number of lifts30
Lifts-Total lift capacity37,880/hr.
Trails-1-Beginner
Trails-2-Intermediate
Trails-3-Advanced
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total155
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run3.5 miles
General-Base elevation9600'
General-Vertical drop3398'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds2358 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Great town, plenty of ski in/out accomodation options, lots of runs for all levels and lots to do close by

Cons: If the wind is blowing, it really is "BreckenFridge" and on mountain food is overpriced

We really loved our recent trip to Breck.  After doing plenty of research and speaking to friends we got a Ski in/out 3 bedroom apartment right next to the Snowflake lift, we couldn't find anything that came close in terms of facilities, location and price range at Beaver Creek, Vail, etc.  Although windy for 3 out of 8 days skiing, it only made it unpleasant for the last stretch at the top of the various chair lifts and very exposed slopes. The sun shone the whole time we were there after dumping it down in the days before we arrived, so the snow and conditions were fantastic, even if it made the drive on I70 rather slow and treacherous past the tunnel.  Although there over a holiday weekend, we never found it crowded on the slopes and only queued a couple of times for about 5 to 10 minutes at the peak 7 and 8 lifts. Either side of the weekend it felt like we had the place to ourselves, although it did mean they closed some lifts, but none we regarded as essential.  Our family group ranged from 10 years to 43 years old and varying skill levels, but we found plenty of blue/green runs to do together, as well as lots of runs to challenge us and have fun on individually.  I really enjoyed the Peak 10 black runs, fast peak 7 blues like Lincoln Meadows and the new Peak 6 terrain and runs, (when the wind died). Only disappointments were the ridiculous pricing at the official restaurants ($5 for a machine made hot choclate) and the sad news that the one independent on mountain option at Peak 9, which was by far the best value and quality, is closing down at the end of this season.  We also found the Goldrunner coaster that the kids wanted to do at Peak 8 to be a bit of a let down (we had just come from Disneyland) with a very slow and painful booking/purchase process, less than enthusiastic staff and poor service, which was in stark contrast to the rest of the resort.

 

The town was great with plenty of different dining options (recommend Lost Cajun and Lucha - Mexican), fun shops and a large supermarket.  We had a chuckle about the spice shop sticking up lots of signs to make it clear it didn't sell weed.  We were there for the start of the snow sculptor competition and found the Christmas lights and ice castle really added to the towns visual appeal and atmosphere.  There was also lots to do close to town and we had loads of fun dog sledding and snowmobiling up to the Continental divide with the Goodtimes Adventure company.  It was also easy to get to other resorts like Keystone for night skiing, which was included in the Epic Local pass we bought.  The local distillery was also worth a visit and a tasting/purchase of the amazing Breck Bourbon was a must for me. The official Breck Sports store was the only disappointment, where we were over charged on a very expensive shirt and then their process to rectify the issue was so long and involved we simply had to leave without getting it resolved.

Posted

Pros: Great variety of terrain, good bowls, high lift access, fun town

Cons: Spread out mountains can take a while to traverse, can get pretty crowded

Breck is a large resort that seems to have something for everybody.  It has some of the best learning terrain I've seen, some great intermediate blues, and some challenging bowls up top.  The Imperial lift gives access to some of the highest runs in the US, including a short hike to the very top and easy access to the Lake Chutes and other good lines.  Unfortunately the express lift also allows for things to get tracked up much faster than usual, but it's still possibly to make some fresh tracks.  One of Breck's biggest draws (it's size) is also one of it's biggest drawbacks.  Some planning is definitely required to make your way from one peak to another, and especially if they add another peak it will take a very long time to get from one side of the mountain to the other.  Despite how spread out the resort is, it's also still possible to see some pretty large crowds, especially anywhere near the bottom on the weekends.  But Breck does offer some great skiing, a fun town, a consistently pro-level terrain park, and some of the highest lift-accessible terrain you can find, so it's popularity is probably well deserved.

Posted

Pros: Amount and variety of terrain; cute town offering everything you may need

Cons: The wind (it's as bad as they say); Pricier than expected

I have skied several of the CO resorts, but this year was my first time in Breckenridge. I think it's my new favorite Colorado resort. It's a perfect balance of comfortable resort amenities and practical, fun skier's mountain setting. Not as glitzy and uptight as Vail, not as bare bones as Copper, somewhere squarely in the happy middle.

The terrain is huge, and not too hard to get to. It includes the highest terrain you can access (and the highest lift in North America!), and with good snow the bowls are amazing! Again, they may not be as large as the Vail back side, but honestly I don't think that Breck has anything to be ashamed of. Our passes included Vail, Beaver Creek etc., but we didn't think that the hour trip was worth giving up on exploring all the terrain at Breck. There are some really challenging routes, including the hike-to terrain and the chutes off peaks 6 and 8, or the steep moguls-and-trees runs on the North side of peak 9. If you prefer a more comfortable cruising approach, there are plenty of smooth blacks and blues and excellent steep but pleasant bowls to choose from. Just make sure your gear is wind-proof if you head to the top :)

The town is really pretty and easy to navigate, and the overall vibe is friendly and pleasant. The whole resort is pricey, but what do you expect? We are definitely planning to return for future trips.

Posted

Pros: Something for everyone

Cons: Breckenfridge

I've been to Breck the past 5 years and headed there again.  Fly in to Denver and, weather permitting, you'll be in Breckenridge in 100 minutes or so.  Or take your time and stop in Idaho Springs for some bison burgers and a Tommyknocker.  If I-70 is closed due to snowstorm, just take the Hoosier Pass. 

 

We do the early purchase of the Epic Pass which is good value if you ski 5 days, we ski 7 and another weekend when we can.  And the pass is good for Breck, Keystone, A-basin, Vail, and Beaver - not to mention Tahoe, The Canyons in Utah, and some place in Michigan (??) and, maybe, even a discount in Switzerland.  We usually take a day and go rough it (not exactly) at Beaver Creek and, if we get a good dump of snow, run to Vail for the bowls (but we have Peak 6 now for that event).  Hard to beat.

 

Tons of reasonable lodging in Frisco and Breckenridge, we use VRBO and have been happy.  We've also gotten reasonable deals for the hotel at Peak 9 but as a family we just rent a condo a few miles out of town.  The town of Breckenridge is great if you want nightlife, good food, and charm.  Grocery shopping is easy and there are plenty of places to have your skis worked on if you need it.

 

We drive in from the condo and park in the Gondola lot or the lot at Peak 9 (or take the fee shuttles or The Summit Stage) early to open the lifts - and this is generally the longest line we'll stand in.  With a carload of people the cost is like $10 and you "ski-in/ski-out" for your car.  There is terrain for everyone.  I haven't seen Peak 6 yet but Peak 7 has lovely wide quite easy blue groomers with some more challenging stuff under the lift.  Make a couple runs on 7 to get your skis warmed up and then proceed through Peaks 8, 9 and 10.  8 and 9 are mixed terrain, 10 is challenging.  There are chutes, bowls and glades up top of every peak.   We don't have to worry that there's nothing for the timid (as with Vail) and the most daring among us can head up the t-bar or the Imperial. 

 

The crowds start building late morning and, of course, and the restaurants get crowded at noon but we never do anything at standard times so that is rarely a problem for us. 

 

The only "negative" about Breck is that it can be VERY cold - Breckenfridge.  Riding the lift at -14 can be a chore.  And, well, sometimes it snows A LOT.  That's why I held back half a star.  So much cold and wind and snow that you might have to quit an hour early 'cause you're frozen, blind, and exhausted.   What a bummer on a ski vacation, heh?

Posted

Pros: Great Town, Variety of Slopes

Cons: Too Much Flat Terrain

Visited on 02/15 - powder day!  6 inches overnight and the snow continued throughout the morning.  Made for nice skiing, though the weather was pretty brutal at times.  To be honest, I now understand why opinions on this mountain are so divided.  Novice and casual skiers/riders will love Breck - the intermediate terrain on Peaks 7 and 9 is pretty wide and flat for Western blue slopes.  Advanced-intermediates should look forward to stepping up to some of the black runs - Crystal, Centennial, American, Peerless, Volunteer, Shock, Callie's Alley, and Spruce are all within the reach of anyone who can carve a parallel turn, comfortably carry some speed, and maybe negotiate light bumps as needed.  Peak 7 is almost all wide, lazy, rolling blue cruisers and was clearly designed as an area for families. True experts will likely find Breck a bore unless you're OK with skiing the summit of Peak 8 all day (and the Imperial Express lift isn't always open).  When Peak 6 opens, it may give experts more hike-to options. 

The town is great.  Less snooty and fake than Vail or Whistler (not to mention considerably less expensive), easier to walk than South Lake Tahoe, and better for singles and couples than Keystone.  I recommend staying somewhere within walking distance of downtown and basing yourself here, even if you prefer to do your skiing elsewhere in Summit & Eagle Co.

Posted

Pros: Large, lots of intermediate terrain

Cons: Nothing real steep

A nice resort with a good variety and quantity of terrain.  The recent Peak-8 Summit chair, advertised as the highest chair in North America, opens up some nice bowls above treeline.  Although this terrain is rated double-black it is really single black.  There is limited challenging terrain to keeps experts interested for more than a day or two, but there is certainly lots of groomed intermediate runs.  The town is nice and back-country access is a short drive up the canyon.

Posted

Pros: Large, highest chair in N America to bowls

Cons: Closest real ski area to Denver, wkends can get busy

What a great mountain.

 

Really 5 mountains in one: peak 7 (all blue), 8 (green ,blue, black), 9 ( also mixed), 10 (all black), and the Summit/bowls (single and double black). North America's highest chair goes to 12,840 ft and is a high speed quad, which is way above their T-bar that used to be their highest lift.

Three main base areas, plus a few auxiliary.and lifts and trails down to paring lots.

 

Can get windy and cold, closest mega ski area  to Denver so wkend crowds are possible.

just a little further to Copper A-basin and Vail.

High base elevation 9,600 ft makes for great snow.

3,398 ft vertical rise with ~300 annual inches snow on 2,358 acres and 155 trails.

Posted

Pros: segregated by difficulty/mountain, trees, keystone included

Cons: overwhelming - it's huge!

this is an excellent resort - great local town, too! With 4 peaks to choose from, kinda sorted by terrain you can pick and choose from exactly what you want. Plus you get the choice to go to Keystone/ABasin as well. Lots of value here, but tix are spendy.