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.