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Breckenridge Ski Resort Reviews

fstopnz

Great town and skiing

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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...
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mordy07

Lots of options

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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...
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rocdoc

Excellent skiing, great town

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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...
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Knucklehead

Enormous ski area and enormous fun

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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...
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F2BNG

Great for Families

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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...
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ExWanabe

Good variety and quantity of terrain

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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.
Sleeper

Breckenridge is massive and great

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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...
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boulderjoy

great variety - huge resort

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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.