Breckenridge, Colorado: Rank 22 West, 1997


One person's bane is another's nirvana. So be it with Breckenridge's four peaks. While getting from Peak Seven to Peak Ten drives some of our readers crazy, others laud Breckenridge for its exceptional variety of terrain. Thrill seekers have plenty of acres to roam, especially now that the resort has opened the North Chutes, the Doors, the Way-Out Chutes and the bowls between Peaks 8 and 9. "You can ski for a week and not hit it all," one reader applauds. This Victorian-styled town may exude charm, but don't let the facade fool you: Not far below the surface lies a soul ready to party. This town's annual Ullr Fest may have no equal in ski country for sanctioned wackiness. Breckenridge pulls together the best of traditional and progressive attitudes to offer eclectic menus (from Gandhi's to Pierre's), exceptional shopping (women¿head to Tom Girl), and a hopping, if somewhat frat-like, nightlife (check out Dirck's). "I would live here if I could get a real job," one reader says.

What's New The $18 million for capital improvements VailResorts is spending on Breck is more than the resort has spent in the past 10 years. It buys two high-speed quads (Breckenridge's fifth and sixth) and a restaurant between Peaks 9 and 10.
A Good Deal Ski three days, stay three nights and the fourth day and night are on Breckenridge, Oct. 31-Dec 24 (except Thanksgiving) and Jan. 3-Feb. 13; (800) 221-1091.
Medals Gold Snow Quality; Silver Service, Terrain, Grooming; Challenge, Weather, Lodging, Après-Ski, Off-HillActivities, Family Programs.
High/Low Rank Après-Ski (9); Terrain (47).
Don't Miss Blues, jazz and reggae at the Alligator.
Reader Remarks "Bought a condo here. Have been to a number of other resorts in Colorado and California and never felt I had made a poor choice." "Difficult to get from one peak to another¿you end up doing a lot of traversing."