Breckenridge Almanac

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Getting There Breckenridge is 98 miles west of DIA via I-70 to Exit 203, then Hwy. 9. Colorado Springs airport is 110 miles southeast. Eagle/Vail airport is 63 miles west.

When to Go Snow and weather are best in February and March. Early season and April offer the best deals.

Sleeping In Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge pampers guests, from $325 per night; slopeside Beaver Run Resort starts at $96 per night; Bed & Breakfast on Main Street, from $79 per night. Central Res: 800-221-1091; www.gobreck.com.

Dining Out With more than 80 bars and restaurants, Breckenridge never rests. Try lunch at Blue River Bistro. Pierre's and Cafè Alpine are tops for dinner. Breckenridge Brewery and Eric's Down Under offer family prices.

Après Ski Enjoy live music at Sherpa and Yeti's or the pool tables at Ullr's. The crowd stays late and lively at the Gold Pan.

Kicking Butt Those bold enough to hike find pitches approaching 50 degrees and lots of powder on Lake Chutes. Devil's Crotch, Mach I and Hades feature the ultimate in bumps.

Kicking Back The deck at the Ten Mile on-mountain restaurant between Peaks 9 and 10 affords views of both people and peaks.Activities Go back in time on a Country Boy Mine Tour; 970-453-4405.

Don't Miss The Ullr Fest and International Snow Sculpture Championships, Jan. 29-Feb. 12.

Vital Stats Terrain: 2,043 acres, 139 runs, 25 lifts (including 1 six-pack and 5 high-speed quads); base elevation: 9,600 feet; summit elevation: 12,998 feet; vertical rise: 3,398 feet; annual snowfall: 300 inches; lift tickets: (last season's prices) adult: $57; 3 of 5 days $156; information: 800-789-7669; www.breckenridge.com.

Buying In A two-bedroom condo at the new Mountain Thunder Lodge is priced at $550,000; 888-547-9092; www.mountainthunderlodge.com.