Breckenridge is the epitome of a great US ski resort with its reliable snow, varied terrain and a lively town which entices many skiers and boarders to return year after year.
With five peaks to choose from and terrain ranging from gladed trees to high alpine bowls and hike-to expert chutes, Breck – as it is fondly called – has something for everyone. Beginners on skis or board will enjoy a ski holiday to Breckenridge, as its lower slopes have some great learning areas, including some of the widest, most gentle slopes anywhere and the ski school is highly thought of.
There are green, novice trails on Peaks 8 and 9, where you can also find progressive blue runs. Peak 7 is a haven for improvers and intermediates who love the blues too. If cruising is your thing, there is plenty of entertainment.
More advanced skiers and boarders will find plenty of challenges on Peak 10, including the glades of The Burn. For even more adventure, take the Imperial Express SuperChair (the highest ski lift in North America, 12,840ft. at the top), to access dozens of routes down bowls of powder or the steeps of the Lake Chutes – classed as Extreme Terrain for experts only.
The newest terrain, added in 2013, of Peak 6 has probably the most variety; there’s airy and tight glades, intermediate groomed terrain, beautiful bowls, and a ridgeline that begs to be hiked for its big mountain steeps, chutes and technical lines. The extra 543 acres and 2 new lifts made Breckenridge the 4th largest ski resort in Colorado and really opened the resort up and reduced any queuing.
Terrain park lovers will be happy in Breck, with four parks across the resort including, on Peak 8, the massive hits and pipe of Freeway.
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
Breckenridge is a true ski-in/ski-out mountain town; with an abundance of slopeside lodging, ski-to-town trails and the BreckConnect Gondola, the connection between mountain and town is seamless. Where else in the world can you ski from the top of North America’s highest chairlift and directly into town for après!?
The town itself has an underlying old west vibe which dates back to the gold mining boom of the 1860s, with much of the architecture carefully preserved from that time. Clapperboard fronted shops line the Main Street, which is a National Historic District and The Gold Pan Saloon is the longest serving bar west of the Mississippi.
Over two hundred shops and boutiques await in and around Main Street area including a large selection of sports, clothing and jewellery retailers. The number and variety of restaurants and bars doesn’t disappoint; enjoy cocktails and happy hour bites at favourites such as Twist and Blue River Bistro or enjoy pub grub at Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub. Breckenridge Distillery has a downtown tasting room or for a taste of the gold rush times, why not make a visit to Country Boy mine for a tour and gold panning.
Snowshoeing, dinner sleigh rides and dog-sledding trips are all on offer. The town also offer indoor attractions such as spas, a recreation centre and a cinema.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Ski Facts
|Transfer / Driving Times
Denver (2 1/2 hrs)
25 Acres across 4 parks inc 22′ half pipe
|Average annual snowfall
46,800 skiers per hour
|Number of runs
Nov 10 to May 27
|Number of lifts
34 inc 1 gondola, 7 Quads & 4 six passenger chairs
2,908 acres – 58% advanced, 31% intermediate & 11% beginners
Frontier’s Personal Experience
“I really liked the old American frontier town feel to Breckenridge, not to mention the fantastic skiing! If you like typical American food then head for Downstairs at Eric’s, amazing fries! Another must do in Breckenridge is the Gold Coaster a self-drive roller coaster, which is great fun for all ages. With the mixed ability terrain and great facilities for kids, Breckenridge is ideal for families. Those travelling without children will enjoy the fantastic nightlife Breckenridge has to offer with plenty of restaurants and bars to keep even the most hardcore going all night.”Michael Williamson,