Many people visiting Breckenridge choose to rent a car when they arrive at Denver International Airport and drive themselves up the mountains. Avoid this temptation and save yourself a lot of frustration.
Unless you absolutely, positively MUST have a car while you're visiting Breckenridge, I'd recommend taking a shuttle from the airport to wherever you're staying in Summit County. The shuttle services hire drivers experienced in mountain driving who can also answer any questions you may have about the area. They can usually answer questions for you about sites along the way also.
Parking in Breckenridge and the surrounding area is very limited. Once you're here, there a couple of taxi services, as well as a free bus transportation system to get you around. If you're staying right in town, most places are within a short walking distance.
The ski resort installed a new gondola (The Breck Connect) in 2006 which now takes skiers & snowboarders directly to the base area from town so there's no need to drive up to the mountain and pay the $15/day parking rate.
Some of the options:
Ride CME - www.ridecme.com -- owned by Vail Resorts (parent company of Breckenridge Ski Resort)
Peak 1 Express - www.mountainshuttle.com
Summit Express - www.summitexpress.com
If you are looking to rent a car then you should make sure you have reserved far in advance especially if traveling during the holidays. You really don't need one when visiting Breckenridge, but if you are one of those travelers that can't do without one then go for it.
If you have a group of usually 3 or more you may want to look into a group ski service like Powderhound Transportation. They provide shuttles for those visiting the region. Usually, they are best utilized when you have a group since they are private and not shared. If you have can't rent a car and have a group of people then this is a great way to go.
You can also look into shared shuttles as well if you don't have a group and don't want to rent a car. Keep in mind you will be stopping at multiple places on the way. It won't be as convenient as a rental car or a private shuttle, however it can be more economical.
There are a few points that visitors should consider when choosing between renting a car or taking a shuttle to Breckenridge.
Driving to Breckenridge involves crossing the Continental Divide at the Eisenhower tunnel. During the winter months, the approach and descent from the tunnel tend to be icy and snowpacked even on warmer, sunnier days. Visitors should consider their comfort level in driving in winter conditions. If you'll be staying outside of the town limits or plan on visiting the other neighboring ski resorts during your stay, a rental vehicle may be the best option for your party. When selecting a rental car, keep in mind that Breckenridge receives 300+ inches of snowfall each year. While a front-wheel-drive car will generally provide adequate transportation, the weather can be unpredictable. If your budget can accommodate it, upgrade to a four-wheel-drive SUV or an all-wheel-drive sedan or wagon.
Guests who are staying within the downtown and central resort corridor will most likely find that they do not have the need for a vehicle after their arrival. The town of Breckenridge is compact, with a pedestrian friendly layout and a free public transportation system known as the Free Ride. Additionally, many local hotels and resorts provide their guests with complimentary, on-demand transportation throughout the town with their own shuttle vans. Attempting to drive your own vehicle to a local shop or restaurant may require that you park just as far away from your destination as if you had just walked from your accommodations in the first place. If your property provides shuttle service, use it and if they don't, the town's Free Ride busses still offer a very convenient option.
Regardless of how you choose to arrive in Breckenridge you are sure to have an enjoyable stay once there. Again, when making this choice, consider your own winter driving skills, budget and the actual need for a vehicle beyond the time of your arrival.
you can take a bus from certain areas in breckenridge marked with a bus sign to the base of peak 9 for free, and then back again to where your staying if farther then walking distance. just remember to get on the right colored bus! so just show up in the morning wearing all your gear and wait for a bus by the sign and hop on
also you can catch a bus to vail, keystone, arapahoe baisn, and beaver creek... we didnt because we had a car but if you dont have one you can jump on a bus and head to a new mountain
Save yourself the $15 parking and park it at the free lots at the bottom of the mountain. I didn’t wait longer than 5 minutes for my shuttle to the mountain, or leaving the mountain. I’m all about convenience, and utilizing the free parking lots are no inconvenience to your day on the slopes.
GET A 4x4 WITH SNOW TYRES!!
We had one with summer tyres and had a few interesting moments on the access road to our accomodation.