About Breckenridge Colorado
Just a 2-hour drive into the Rockies from Denver is one of the most popular winter destinations in the United States – Breckenridge. Popularly known as Breck to locals, Breckenridge is famous for its ski season, 5 spectacular peaks, historic town, and stunning Rocky Mountain views. When the snow falls, Breck gets an average of 300 inches of snow each year making it one of the best destinations in the U.S. for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and other winter sports. Framing this small former mining town is the panoramic vistas of the Rocky Mountains.
Breckenridge Ski Resorts – Where to Ski in Breckenridge
Breckenridge Ski Resort – with its 3000 acres of skiable terrain, five peaks, and 187 ski trails – is home to world-class skiing and snowboarding. There’s a ski trail for everyone, and Breck’s many runs cater to all levels of skiers. The trail break down is 13% beginner, 23% intermediate, 36% advanced, and 28% expert. Breck also has 2 cross-country ski centers for those looking for a Nordic adventure. Breck resort features an elevation summit of 12,998 feet – the highest in Colorado, and the starting point for Breck’s famous 3398 feet vertical drop. Thirty-four lifts service the resort, including the highest chairlift in North America – the Imperial Express.
The fun doesn’t stop at the runs. Fuel up after your day on the mountain at one of 11 on-the-mountain apres ski restaurants and bars. Beyond the skiing scene, you can find a quaint historic district, complete with many shops and more than 90 restaurants catering to every taste!
Breckenridge is one of Colorado’s most visited ski towns, located approximately 100 miles west of the Denver International Airport and 80 miles west of downtown Denver.
Skiers and riders of all skill levels have five peaks and 2,908 acres of skiable terrain to explore. A towering summit elevation of 12,998 feet is the jumping off point for Breck’s impressive 3,398 feet of vertical drop. Breckenridge is home to four award-winning terrain parks and a 22-foot superpipe.
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BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT STATS
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||2,908|
|High Alpine Terrain:||40%|
|Lift Capacity:||46,800 people per hour|
|Acres of Snowmaking:||600|
|Acres of Groomed Terrain:||600|
|Longest Trail:||4 O’Clock – 3.5 Miles|
The town of Breckenridge is also close to several other top ski resorts. Both Copper Mountain and Keystone are a 30 minute drive, Arapahoe Basin is just 5 miles past Keystone, and Vail is about 45 minutes drive (depending on weather).
Where to Rent Skis in Breckenridge
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What can you do in Breckenridge besides skiing?
Apart from skiing, the historic mine of Breckenridge offers other winter activities such as fat biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating and hockey. Off the snow, you can explore the historic town, browse eclectic shops on Main Street, indulge in spa activities, dine at top notch restaurants and join the lively apres ski scene of the town.
Where to Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe in Breckenridge
Many of Breckenridge’s magnificent hiking trails turn into snowshoe and cross-country trails in the winter. These activities are a great way to get out an enjoy the winter wonderland of Breck, whether you are taking a break from the ski resort, or looking for an alternative winter activity.
Snowshoeing is easy – if you can walk, you can snowshoe – so it’s a great activity for beginners and people of all ages. Depending on your pace, it can also burn a ton of calories, so it can be a great workout. Here are some of our top recommended snowshoe and cross-country ski trails in Breckenridge.
Summit County Rec Path
This recreation path extends 8 miles from Breckenridge Rec Center to Frisco Adventure Park. It is groomed for snowshoeing, fat biking and cross-country skiing, and is free to use. It also connects to Frisco Nordic Center and Gold Run Nordic Center (pass required). Take in the scenic Rocky Mountain views and aspen groves as you enjoy the winter serenity of snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.
Breckenridge Nordic Centers
Breckenridge also boasts two Nordic Centers, Gold Run Nordic and Breckenridge Nordic Center, with a combined 30 miles of snowshoe and Nordic ski trails. They also offer snowshoe treks for those looking for a guided adventure.
Burro Trail is a great winter adventure for all, with scenic views through forest and along a creek. The trailhead is south of town near Peak 8, and the trail extends 3.25 miles out and back within the White River National Forest. The elevation tops out at 10,600 feet with a gain of 937 feet on the trail.
Boreas Pass Trail
For more of an adventure, head to Boreas Pass Road for spectacular views of Breckenridge Resort and the Tenmile Range. To get there, turn left on Boreas Pass Rd south of Breckenridge on highway 9. The road follows an old railroad bed and climbs a gradual 3% grade. The road continues to the summit of Boreas Pass and the Continental Divide. at 11,499 feet.