Breckenridge is one of the most visited ski resorts in Colorado and among the closest to Denver, at just over an hour and a half drive. It’s a large resort with 2,908 skiable acres and 155 trails spread across five stunning peaks.
What sets Breck Ski Resort apart from the rest is the historic mining town of Breckenridge. It’s easily one of the nicest ski towns in Colorado. The ski slopes wind into the heart of downtown, which is packed with colorful shops and restaurants.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is laid out over Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Peak 7 is full of intermediate blue slopes and a good bet if you’re looking for slightly steeper groomers. For open bowl skiing, take Lower Forget Me Not and make your way to the T-Bar. This will take you up above the tree line.
Beginner skiers and riders will have a fun time on Peaks 8 and 9, which are both full of green and blue runs. Both peaks will take you down into a mountain village at the base. Experts head to Peak 10 for steep, fast groomers, tree runs, and bumps. For the real challenge at Breckenridge, you’ll need to make it up the Imperial Express Super Chair to the summit of Peak 8.
You can hike higher, traverse over to Peak 7 summit, or just drop in for some bowl skiing. For freestyle skiers and riders, Breckenridge has several terrain parks of varying sizes and difficulties. There are five terrain parks and two half-pipes, making Breck’s parks some of the best in the country.
For those looking to get up and down the mountain comfortably, the BreckConnect Gondola takes you up to Peak 7 for free, providing you access to Grand Lodge, Pioneer Crossing lodge, and the Independence Chair.
If you are still looking for more mountains, Keystone Resort is close by and part of the same lift ticket. Take the free direct shuttle service if you need a lift, otherwise, parking at keystone is free.
Breckenridge is one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. It was founded as a mining camp and years later transformed into an all-seasons resort town. The main streets of Breckenridge are lined with nice shops, restaurants, and bars. The after-ski scene at Breckenridge is the best in Summit County. And the area is host to numerous other winter activities, from dog sledding to ice skating.
Lodging is available throughout the town and the neighboring towns of Summit County. You can find all levels of lodging, from five-star hotels and B&Bs, to right-priced motels.
Paid parking is mainly what’s available at Breckenridge. Parking may be more costly on weekends/holidays, however, free parking is available if you know where to look. One of the closest fee parking areas is at the base of Peak 9.
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Although Breck lacks its own tubing hill, Summit County is loaded with them:
- The closest snow tubing to Breckenridge is Frisco’s Adventure Park
- There’s another tubing hill at Copper Mountain
- And even more tubing at Keystone Adventure Point
You can also ditch the skis or snowboard and try snow biking at Breck, available through Roger’s Snowbike Rentals on South Main Street inside Ridden Ski Shop.
Address: 1599 County Rd 3, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Season: Early-November to mid-April
Lift Hours: 8:30am – 4pm
- Elevation: 9,600 ft (2,926 m) – 12,998 ft (3,963 m)
- Vertical – 3,398 ft (1,036 m)
- Ski Area: 2,908 acres
Trail Map: Breckenridge (jpg)
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