Resort Guide 2018: West #15
Breckenridge is like that big, dopey cousin that the whole family lovingly rags on. Good thing he’s so good-natured and sure of himself, he really doesn’t care what you think, and neither does Breck, which knows exactly what it offers: A heck of a lot of skiing combined with a killer town vibe.
“It’s big,” surmises one astute reader. And “there can be face-melting lines at times.” But that seems to deter few. Skiers come for the variety of terrain, the awesome cruisers (Grooming, No. 12), the kid-friendly vibe (No. 14), and of course, the town (Lodging, No, 13; Dining, No. 7; “Downtown has tons of charm and great nightlife”). Visitors gripe about parking—pricey, and not enough of it—as well as the cost of food on the mountain (“$20 for a slice of pizza and a bottle of water after paying $175 for a lift ticket is unarmed robbery”). And the elevation could be an issue for some; the town alone sits at 9,600 feet (“Remember to bring the oxygen for the hike above the Independence Lift”). But the above-treeline bowls and stunningly expansive terrain keep ’em coming back. “The high-alpine bowls are absolutely spectacular, especially on a sunny day.”
Geek out over custom skis while enjoying a microbrew at RMU Tavern, a ski shop and tap house combined. Sample the 16 rotating craft beers inside or in the new outdoor beer garden.
Make it to town for Ullr Fest, Jan. 10-13, for the annual homage to the Norse god of snow and join in the festivities, including a townwide snow dance, parade, ice plunge, and more.
“Check out the free in-town bus system.” From Breckenridge Station at the base of the Breck Connect gondola, you can get anywhere in town.