Breckenridge is a fantastically high ski resort in Colorado that is an advanced skiers dream with plenty of black slopes to explore and superb skiing. In many ways, Breckenridge ski resort remains a frontier ski town of the Rockies and is particularly popular with day and weekend visitors from Denver and the surrounding area. In the past, the accommodation would be booked up by these weekend visitors but the ski resort has increased in size over the years and has a number of excellent hotels as well as chalets and condominiums dotted around.
The skiing area is served by 30 lifts and is a leisurely stroll or short shuttle bus ride from the town. Most of the hotel accommodation is located in ski-out ski-in slope-side positions. The vertical drop is just over 1,000m and the ski resort itself is located at almost 3,000m, with the highest lift-accessed terrain at nearly 4,000m. This means that visitors are sleeping at an altitude that is more than 1,000m higher than almost anywhere they would normally stay in the Alps.
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Resort Altitude: 2,925m
Resort Skiing: 3,915m
Total Ski Area: 139km
Green Runs: 18km
Blue Runs: 32km
Red Runs: 50km
Black Runs: 39km
Cross Country: 54km
The large ski area of Breckenridge is home to 139 pistes, served by 23 ski lifts, including the highest chair lift in Northern America, the Imperial Express, rising to an impressive 12,840ft (3,913m). With over 40% of Breckenridge's ski terrain sitting above the treeline, the panoramic views are second to none. Despite its incredible altitude, Breckenridge ski resort will surprise you with its fantastic accessibility.
Breckenridge ski resort offers plenty of ideal cruising terrain below the tree-line for beginners and all levels of intermediates, as well as a growing number of challenging ski runs for experts. Remarkably 55% of the pistes are marked as black, and quite a few of those are double black diamonds (expert), making Breckenridge a must visit for advanced skiers.
The Back Bowls off Peak 8 and Peak 9's north faces are perfect for powder-hounds. There are also a variety of natural and man-made freestyle features, and plenty of tree-lined runs on many of the intermediate slopes. Breckenridge is also home to terrain parks boasting half pipes, boxes, rails and a combination of small and large jumps. There is also plenty for beginner snowboarders to enjoy.
Breckenridge ski schools focus on giving visitors, whether total beginners or absolute pros, skills for a lifetime. The instructors are there to help skiers and snowboarders get to the next level. Lessons can be given in either a group or private setting for both skiing and boarding, and every age group is catered for.
With over 140 bars and restaurants in the vicinity, Breckenridge ski resort offers plenty of choices to suit all tastes and moods, with everything from the most basic American burger bars to chi-chi restaurants offering the full “Fine Dining” experience. Whether looking for classic American burgers, or fine French wines, every guest will find something simply delicious in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge ski resort has some great spots for après. The TBar is a slopeside bar just a few steps from the BreckConnect Gondola, making it easily accessible from both the piste and the town. Base Nine Bar has an extensive martini menu and is ideal if you're looking for a quieter, more relaxed drink after skiing. Other favourites are Mi Casa, with its all famous happy hour, and The Coppertop Bar, home to a large patio area and live music.
There are plenty of shops in Breckenridge, however, for those looking to explore there is a free shuttle bus to the Silverthorne Retail Mall, about half an hour’s drive away. There are a couple of museums in town to visit and even a gold mine tour. For a relaxing time, try the Spa facility at the Beaver Run Resort. Non-skiers can also go snowmobiling and dog sledding on the Continental Divide a few miles from town.