For locals and vacationers alike, Breckenridge is one of the greatest places to settle into. Once a mining town, it manages to combine authentic Victorian charm and friendly local vibes, modern day amenities such as fine dining, shopping, nightlife and luxury lodging, and a world-class ski area. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Breckenridge Ski Area definitely has something for everyone: Its four peaks (Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 10) deliver 2,358 skiable acres — and Vail Resorts hopes to someday expand onto Peak 6.
Its five terrain parks and two half-pipes dare up-and-coming freestylers to go big or go home.
The longest trail, Four O’Clock, is a playground for beginners, but it also delivers guests to their ski-in, ski-out condos.
Peaks 8 and 9 accommodate green terrain, which comprises 15% of the mountain, as well as intermediate runs. And, Breckenridge grooms in the middle of the day, so afternoon skiers and riders can enjoy fresh corduroy.
Peak 10 is known for its advanced bumps and tree skiing; even the intermediate runs are designed for advanced intermediates.
The lower half of Peak 7 is all about blue skiing, which makes up 33% of the entire mountain. But hike up to the actual peak, and you’ll find often-pristine bowl skiing reserved for advanced skiers.
The majority of the terrain at Breck is advanced (52%). Horseshoe Bowl, most easily accessible by the double T-bar (hint: try to pair up with someone who matches your height, otherwise, you may be in for an uncomfortable ride), is full of double-diamond steeps.
Imperial Express, a recent chairlift addition, is the highest lift in North America, rising to 12,840 feet. Located on Peak 8, you’ll find ungroomed, fairly steep terrain. The snow is usually good up there, but beware of spring-melted crud that looks like fun — until you have to turn through it.
The BreckConnect gondola links the parking lot with the base of the ski area. It’s an improvement over the bus shuttles, which, quite honestly, had their share of rank smells at times. The gondola soars over luxury homes and condos, some of which you can rent for ski-in, ski-out access.
There are plenty of places to grab a bite on the mountain, including mid-mountain stations on Peaks 8 and 9.
Throughout the season, Breckenridge Ski Area swells with activities. Ullr Fest revs up the party in January, followed by the International Snow Sculpture Championships, U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and the Spring Massive Festival, which closes out the season in April.
From its total vertical drop of 3,398 feet, to about 150 trails and 29 lifts, Breckenridge is the biggest of the Summit County resorts, by the numbers (though Keystone has the most skiable acres), and definitely has the biggest personality.
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PO Box 1058, Breckenridge, 80424 Phone: 800-789-7669 Snow Report: 970-496-4111
Breckenridge is located two hours from the Denver International Airport with easy access from I-70. With hundreds of daily direct flights into Denver International Airport and being in close proximity to two regional airports, enjoying a weekend visit to the slopes in Breckenridge or a weeklong visit is easy.
From Denver International Airport (DEN): Breckenridge is 104 miles (166km) from Denver International Airport. Take Interstate 70 west to exit 203. Continue south on HWY 9 to Breckenridge.
From Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE): Breckenridge is approximately 63 miles (102km) from Eagle Airport. Take Interstate 70 east to Frisco (exit 203). Turn right onto HWY 9 and go south 9 miles to Breckenridge.
From Colorado Springs Airport (COS): Breckenridge is 110 miles (178km) from Colorado Springs Airport. Take HWY 24 west. At Hartsel, take HWY 9 north approximately 33 miles to Breckenridge.
Shuttles (Public & Private)
Breckenridge offers door to door airport ground transportation service from Denver International Airport to most locations in town. Call an agent at 888-284-9477 for schedules, rates and general assistance.
While a number of properties are within walking distance of historic Main Street or the slopes, Breckenridge is served by the Free Ride Transportation System. Free day skier parking is available at the Miners Lot, Tailings Lot, and Gold Rush Lot. These lots are located on Park Avenue and provide a free shuttle to each base area. Pay parking lots can be found at the Base of Peak 8 and Beaver Run. Parking fee is approximately $10 a day. View the Parking Map.
Within Breckridge: The Free Ride shuttle offers routes through Breckenridge connecting the resort’s base areas and free parking lots. The shuttle also runs the perimeter of town, stops at the Ice Rink, City Market, Recreation Center, Village and Four O’ Clock Roads, Columbine and Broken Lance Drive and Peak 9. Call 970-547-3140 for more information and check out the Free Ride map.
Within Summit County: The Summit Stage connects Breckenridge with the neighboring resorts of Keystone and Copper Mountain as well as the towns of Silverthorne, Frisco and Dillon. This free service runs continually from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM year-round. For schedules and more information, visit summitstage.com or call 970-668-0999.
From Breckenridge to Vail: The Vail Express bus service is an easy, economical and relaxing way to visit Vail Mountain while staying at Breckenridge. The Express runs from December 23rd through April 2nd every Tuesday and Thursday. Reservations are recommended; please call The Mountain Concierge at (970) 496-4FUN (4386). Round trip cost is $25.00. If you are a walk-on, please have exact fare. Schedule is as follows...
Leaves Breckenridge Station (Park Ave & Watson) at 8:00 a.m. Arrive at Vail Transportation Center by 9:00 a.m. (weather dependant) Leaves Vail Transportation Center 3:30 p.m.
Summit Taxi provides 24-hour service in Breckenridge and throughout Summit County. Call 970-468-2266.