A lot of the ski communities (Vail, Keystone, etc.) are within a short drive of Breckenridge. So, if you get tired of the scenery go check out one of the other villages. They each have their own flavor so it will definitely give you a good change of pace.
Located in what was once the gold rush country, the Breckenridge ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado are now golden for many ski enthusiasts. Breckenridge is one the popular Colorado resorts that comes alive during the winter ski season when it is bustling with activity and an influx of skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Breckenridge has much to offer even during the summer months when hiking, fishing, golfing, and other outdoor activities abound. The town of Breckenridge offers a variety of activities in addition to its great ski slopes. The Colorado resort has attractions for couples, families, and those looking to have a great time while visiting Breckenridge.
Yet it is skiing that makes Breckenridge the great winter destination that it is. Breckenridge typically ranks as one of the most popular ski areas in the United States. The Breckenridge Ski Resort, the most popular ski resort in the nation, is located near the town of Breckenridge. It has international appeal as well as being a favorite with Americans. The Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a number of courses for skiers of different levels with more than half of the runs geared toward the advanced and expert skiers.
In addition to the ski offerings provided by the Breckenridge resorts, visitors to Breckenridge will enjoy shopping along Main Street. The main thoroughfare running through the heart of town has a number of great restaurants, shops, galleries, and other places of interest. Cultural offerings in Breckenridge include museums, theaters, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. Another key event, the Breckenridge Festival of Film, annually draws filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world. With wonderful offerings like these, there's always something to see and do after enjoying the slopes of the Breckenridge ski resorts.
One of the key wintertime events in Breckenridge is the International Snow Sculpture Championships that hosts worldwide teams of snow sculptors. The free event occurs in late January and early February attracts spectators and national media each year.
Whether it is skiing on well-packed slopes during the winter months or fly-fishing in the babbling Colorado streams, Breckenridge will be a satisfying choice for a Colorado vacation. There's nothing like hiking through the woodland trails of the Rocky Mountains or spending the day boating on nearby Lake Dillon. Breckenridge ski resorts have many great offerings to keep it at the top of the Colorado resorts.
This has been the place for the Midwesterners for years, at least since around 1970 era. It continues to thrive, in spite of some slow times at the start. Ski resorts are scattered throughout Colorado, but this is the granddaddy of them all. Breckenridge originally had financial problems but good pack of snao changes things. A large company bought it out some years back.
The top five things to do in Breckenridge:
1. Tour the countryside by DOG SLED.
2. Learn to snowshoe. It's not as easy as you think.
3. Explore the town by horse-drawn sleigh. Sorry, no reindeer.
4. Ski the average 25 FEET of snow every year.
5. Go sledding at Carter Park.
Breckenridge Snowmobiling Tours take place on the Continental Divide and ride to elevations of over 12,500 feet above sea level. Snowmobiling is a phenomenal way to immerse yourself in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, away from the bustle of the surrounding towns and ski resorts.
I went to Breckenridge and attended a National Repertory Orchestra concert this summer and I was so impressed! I never thought I was in to classical music and the musicians just blew me away. I came to Colorado to go biking and hiking with my boyfriend and it was raining and I thought my trip was ruined. We saw and ad for the NRO and thought we'd give the orchestra a shot... I was speachless. Then of course we went out on town for drinks! It was definitely the most exciting night I had in town and something you should be sure not to miss! Make sure you go experience it for yourself. And I heard in 2008 there will be a new building constructed where they play... I think the NRO ticket number is 970.547.3100... and tickets were so CHEAP!
Snowboarding and skiing in breckenridge is great. great bowl riding, glade skiing, and super access to most peaks.
one thing i hate about breckenridge is its somwhat hard to get around especially on the top of the mountain and somtimes you have to go all the way down where the lines are huge and deal with people dont really know whats going on to get back on the chair lift, only to get off and have to find anouther one to get back to a peak. also the bottom half of the mountain for the most part is pretty flat and boring and is way to crowded for me. sooo....
i spent most of my time on the peaks and glade skiing Peak 10 has amazing glade skiing thoguh the section called "the burn" , peak 9 is mostly blues, peak 8 is my favorite its mostly double black and expert only areas/extremem terrain you have great chairlift access to the peak as long as its not too windy up there (otherwise they stop running them for safty reasons) but you have all the great bowls and chutes to hit. you can get to Peak 7 from the imperial express superchair that goes to peak 8 you just have to follow the cat walk for a while. most of the hiking you will have to do will be from the imperial chairlift to the top of peak 8 if you want to hit the imerial bowl or the lake chutes.... warning on thelake chutes, you have to hike out once you go down and hit the lake, then you hike out of the lake and then you can continue down... but its worth it!!!!
Spent a day over in Breckenridge and would have to say it was one of the best days in my riding career. You get up early and ride till exhaustion. Then around 6 pm which feels like midnight you can head over to one of the local brewery's. In the altitude beer works a lot faster and soon you'll be ready to head to bed and repeat the next day.
We went to an oxygen bar. Most people visit this bar If you experience altitude sickness. We went there for the experience. Instead of serving drinks, they serve oxygen. Go to the bar, choose your oxygen scent, they give you tubing, choose a comfy couch and breathe in the fresh O2.
Of course when you think Colorado, you think SKIING!!! Breckenridge is where I learned to ski, and I would recommend it for beginners. The slopes aren't too steep, and are extra wide. There are lots of beginner level areas in Breckenridge. I didn't even need lessons.
Seeing the snow sculptures was quite interesting. They have various artisits create these HUGE sculptures of every shape and size, even some that kids can play on. I think they have this each winter in Breckenridge.
This view is of the 4 O' Clock Run which ends in the main town of Breckenridge. It's a blue (Intermediate run) at the top of Peak 8. Although there is an easier way onto it using the Springmeier run.
This photo was taken from the apartments I stayed at this year. Great view up the mountain!
It's probably a cheesy thing to do, but if you're from the East, it's a great photo op. A great place to cross the divide is Loveland Pass in Summit County. The day I drove up there was cold and windy but the sky was perfectly clear and the sun was beginning to set. The only sign of life I saw was a fox trotting by with something in his mouth - probably a fresh kill.
It was pretty cold when I got to the top - about 12,000 feet - but the view was great and there was the sign for the Divide!
The other part of being on the cold mountain is the warmth of a fire and social interaction of friends in the condo. After hard day of weather beaten face, a warm fire makes the cheeks rosy.
Peak 7 is now open with the Independence lift servicing the mountain. The skiing is great. Nice long runs.