Boasting the highest chairlift in North America, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 2908 acres (1177 hectares) of skiable terrain span across five peaks (numbered from Peak 6 to Peak 10) and 187 trails, sits perfectly laid out and inviting, right above a historic mountain town making Breckenridge.
So Breckenridge is not just a picture postcard ski resort destination, but it is a sensational one-stop all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of skiing and riding delights from wide-open groomers to above the tree line high alpine.
Just about all the resorts claim something for everyone and Breckenridge Ski Resort is no exception. The ski area delivers on the promise with its vertical drop of 3,398 feet (1,036 meters), 600 acres of daily grooming, 1,061 acres of bowls, and 25 acres of terrain parks, there literally is something for the whole family and everything seems to have its place across all five peaks.
Once the skiing is done for the day, the focus and fun head down to the town of Breckenridge, where Breck’s seven-block historic Main Street has you coved with over 200 stores, shops, and eateries in one of the largest historic districts in the state.
You simply can’t take a bad selfie, with a coffee or hot chocolate in hand as you shop, grab a quick bite, settle in for some finer dining or simply grab a local micro beer or three. The options and combinations are almost as endless as your imagination.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Mountain And Terrain
A ski holiday adventure for yourself or the whole family to Breckenridge Ski Resort feels like you are on top of the world. Partly because you are, with a base elevation of 9,600 feet (2,926 m) that rises via the 34 lifts to top out at a heart-pumping, breathtaking summit elevation of 12,998 feet (3,963 m), from which you feel like you can see for miles – because you can.
Adjusting to the dizzying heights can take a day or three to adjust, but the smile rewards at the end of the day definitely make a trip worth the effort. Mother Nature has definitely built a special ski area for you to explore.
Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Breckenridge
For friendly green slopes, your best bet is to head to Peak 9 for the best beginner terrain and never ever are extremely well catered for at the Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School. Good news if you are new to the sport, and thinking or planning on heading to Breckenridge, the terrain across Peak 9 especially the bottom third of the Peak is quite frankly, some of the best beginner terrain on the planet, and for experienced skiers and boarders it’s – flat!
Intermediates Skiing and Snowboarding at Breckenridge
It’s hard not to fall in love with the wide-open groomers on Peak 7. If you are looking for that feeling of endless effortless skiing on moderate terrain, then Peak 7 has you covered with runs like Pioneer that follows the lift line. Once warmed up you can head across skiers left to Wirepatch all the way across to Monte Cristo.
Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Breckenridge
Experienced skiers can jump on the Falcon Super Chair to access peak 10’s thrilling expert terrain including groomed steeps, bumps, glades, and tree skiing.
Experts skiers and riders heading to Breckenridge will surely find themselves tackling Imperial Bowl atop the Imperial Express Super Chair atop of Peak 8 and you can try the hike on Peak 6 for some double black and super steep terrain in Serenity and Beyond Bowls.
Breckenridge World Class Terrain Parks
Terrain Park Junkies can choose from any of the four award-winning terrain parks and a 22′ superpipe. Breckenridge is known globally as one of the best spots in the world for skiers and snowboarders who prefer the park and the pipe over everything else. The Freeway Terrain Park and Park Lane and Frontier are popular choices with locals.
Lodging And Accommodation Options at Breckenridge
An ideal location is to base yourself in and around Peak 9 where you’ll have everything right there in terms of ski in ski out lodging options plus walking distance to the town of Breckenridge. Properties like Village at Breckenridge and Beaver Run Resort are ideally located.
Over on Peak 8, luxurious One Ski Hill Place is a top choice.
SkiBooking can arrange all of your lodgings and create a full Breckenridge ski vacation package for you.
Breckenridge Ski School
Breck has all of the ski lessons programs you would expect from a world-class ski and snowboard school for adults, teens, and children including group and private lessons so they are definitely going to have a program to meet your needs. For those of you looking for something a little out of the box, Beck has a new offering called Breck Guides.
Under the Breck Guides umbrella, there are a handful of signature programs including Elevate, Explore and Go Beyond.
Elevate offers one and three-day programs for skiers and boarders designed to elevate your skills while being guided around the mountain.
You can learn Breck like a local on the Explore program designed to show you the ins and outs of the mountain.
Breck Guides will also take you beyond your limits in their Go Beyond program is a private one-of-a-kind experience for you and up to five friends, where you’ll see behind the scenes, meet with ski patrollers and uncover powder stashes to get your heart pumping.
SkiBookings can arrange all of your Breckenridge ski school lessons for you as part of a holiday vacation package.
Breckenridge Lift Tickets
As you would imagine, there are lift tickets for adults (13-64 years), children (5-12 years), and seniors (65+ years). What you may not yet be aware of is that these lift tickets will be limited during popular holiday periods around Dec 25 – Jan2, Jan 14-17, and Feb 18-27.
The reason for this is because of the popularity of the various EPIC passes that can be purchased pre-season that allow skiing and riding across Breckenridge and all of Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts as well as partner resorts around the world.
Breckenridge EPIC Pass Options
There are several EPIC pass options that allow you to ski and snowboard across Breckenridge. Some of the EPIC passes allow for unlimited access and other passes offer limited access with blackout days coming into effect during the peak holiday periods.
EPIC Passes need to be pre-purchased each season and go off sale late November early December. They go back on sale in late February early March for the following season. So you have around nine months each year to pre-purchase your EPIC passes.
There are other EPIC passes that are vail for a set number of days like the EPIC Day Pass when you nominate how many days you want to ski in the trip or season and purchase that number of days. You don’t need to use EPIC Day Passes consecutively, meaning you can use your EPIC Day Pass on single or multiple days through the season depending on the particular pass type as you can choose whether you want to include holidays or not.
We have prepared an EPIC Pass guide for you that answers EPIC Pass Frequently Asked Questions.
There are free scenic rides without equipment from 10 am to 3 pm, with no ticket required. After 3 pm if you need to get back up to your lodging, there are busses that run.
Breckenridge Lift Lines
To help you navigate potential Breckenridge lift lines during the season, Breckenridge introduced a lift line forecasting service on their EPICMix app in season 2021/22. The EPIcMix Time will display full-day forecasts of lift line times allowing you to maximize your time and plan ahead.
Breckenridge Activities, Facilities & Tours
The historic mining town of Breckenridge offers endless Winter activity fun for the whole family including Snowshoeing, snow tubing, Dog Sledding, Snowmobiling up to the Continental Divide, Sleigh Rides, Ice Skating, Breckenridge Brewery, and the Silverthorn Outlet Mall about 15 minutes from town.
For the adventurous, you can ride 2,500 feet (762 meters) down the mountain on the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster at Breckenridge. Runs from the first of March weather permitting.
Fun Things To Do After Skiing In Breckenridge
Après in Breck’s head straight to The T-Bar, located at the base of Peak 8, you won’t be disappointed. Or you can soak in the atmosphere and charm with a leisurely walk down Main Street with more than 200 shops, restaurants, and eateries.
Restaurants and Nightlife in Breckenridge
Start the day off on the right foot at 63 years young Daylight Doughnuts with a heart-warming breakfast burrito or grab a coffee from Cuppa Joe or possibly an eco-friendly juice or wrap from Main Street’s Lolo’s Juice might be more your speed as you head to the slopes.
With 11 on-mountain Breck dining options, you can leave your brown bag at home. Vista Haus located at the top of the Colorado Chair Lift on Peak 8 offers fresh food served fast as you enjoy the incredible views from the large windows.
For a premier full-service dining experience, Sevens is located at the base of Peak 7 at 10,010 feet (3,051 meters) is the place to be. If you prefer more of a bar and grill, then the Tbar at the base of Peak 8 inside One Ski Hill Place for a great burger and a microbrew or soda.
For dinner book yourself, in for a treat of the American-inspired utilizing fresh local produce 9600 Kitchen at the DoubleTree at the base of Peak 9. If house-smoked meats are your thing, then Ski Hill Grill at the base of Peak 8 is popular for locals and visitors alike.
If you still have room for a microbeer or two, head to one of the oldest microbreweries in the state at Breckenridge Brewery and try one of the local favorites and Avalanche Ale or a Breck IPA.
The nightlife at Breckenridge is great fun with plenty of bars and microbreweries to choose from in and around Main Street.
Shopping in Breckenridge
With 150+f shops to choose from you can shop till you drop. For the sports-mad, you’ll find Breck Sports, Patagonia, Marmot, The North Face, Columbia, and the Main Street Outlet all along Main Street.
How To Get To Breckenridge
Breckenridge Co, ski resort, and town are 104 miles (166km) west of Denver International Airport (DIA) and the transfer from the airport to the ski resort is around a two-hour drive. From DIA take I-70 to exit 203 in Frisco, CO for CO-9. CO-9 South takes you directly into Breckenridge.
It’s always best to check the weather and traffic in advance, especially if you’re driving on I-70 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Breckenridge Airport Shuttle Transfer
There are door-to-door shuttle transfer services available also from DIA, which SkiBookings can arrange for you.
While in town there is a free shuttle service to get you in and around town.
Breckenridge Ski Vacation Packages
SkiBookings.com can arrange your Breckenridge ski vacation packages including Breckenridge Lodging, Breckenridge lift tickets, Breckenridge transfers, Breckenridge lessons, and Breckenridge rentals.
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Other Things About Breckenridge Ski Resort
Be sure to ride the Snowflake Lift as it is one of the most unique lifts in North America, with a mid-station and a 70-degree turn through two bull wheels which is more like a ride at a theme park than a ski resort.