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. Skiing at Breckenridge is a delight, with it’s five incredible peaks and thousands of acres of varied terrain. Framing this small former mining town is the panoramic vistas of the Rocky Mountains.
Breckenridge Colorado Ski Resorts
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. Skiing in Breckenridge CO let’s you get up to 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 Ski Resort sits right in the town of Breckenridge and is walking distance from the town. Here are some important things to know about the resort:
- Check out the Breckenridge ski map and get yourself oriented with the resort before you start the day
- Breckenridge, CO is on the Epic Pass, which is your best option if you’re skiing for over 5 days
- Breckenridge ski resort offers ski and snowboard lessons and offer a great value if you’re taking a lesson because the lift pass is often included (depending on the package)
BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT
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. To top it off, you can ski or snowboard Breckenridge’s four award-winning terrain parks and 22-foot superpipe.
Click here for the interactive Breckenridge trail map.
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|
Breckenridge Skiing & Snowboarding – Where to Ski in Breckenridge
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).
What is the Best Time to Visit Breckenridge in Winter?
Breckenridge is becoming one of the most popular ski resorts in Colorado, for good reason! We recommend visiting between January and March for the best snow conditions. The best time to visit Breckenridge with the least crowds is during the weekdays and on non-holiday weeks, and later in the season (March/April).
Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard Rentals
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Getting to Breckenridge
The best option for Breckenridge is to fly into Denver International Airport, which is located about 80 miles east of Breckenridge. From there, you can rent a car or get a shuttle.
When skiing in Breckenridge, we highly recommend renting an AWD or 4WD vehicle as you’ll be driving over mountain passes and your goal is to chase the pow right?
If you’re staying right in Breckenridge and not traveling around the area, we highly recommend a shuttle. Below are some of the shuttle companies that we found and their rates:
- Mountain Shuttle Starting from $35 and going up to $54 depending on whether you’re being dropped off at a transfer station or door to door service. They have some shuttle discounts for Breckenridge, Frisco and Dillon area as well.
- Epic Mountain Express from $60/person
- Summit Express from $59/per person
Breckenridge Ski Season
Skiing in Breckenridge CO is world renowned for another big reason – Breckenridge has one of the longest ski seasons in the US. The resort typically opens in early November and usually stays open through May!
Other Breckenridge CO Winter Activities – Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
There is more to do in Breckenridge in winter than just downhill skiing and snowboarding. 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 – 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.