Breckenridge, Colorado

An endless variety of skiing, from well-groomed greens to epic “above-treeline slopes,” and Breck’s high elevation delivers a reliable snowpack and great conditions well into April.
By SkiMag.com Editors ,

Resort Guide 2018: West #15

Average Snowfall

350"

Acres

3,444

Lifts

34

Trails

187

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.”     

Apres Spot

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.

Signature Event

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.     

Reader Tip

“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.

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