Consider Breckenridge Colorado a melting pot of every skier type you can think of – park rat, weekend warrior, well-heeled vacationer, traditional ski bum – they can all be found here. The town and resort do a fabulous job catering to this eclectic mix. With a quaint downtown and all the amenities to satisfy one’s needs, Breck, as it’s known locally, has become one of America’s favorite ski towns. Located about 12 miles off of I-70, the town is a great destination for families and skiers of any breed, and a great weekend destination for those coming from Denver or Denver International Airport. The only thing working against this charming ski town is its popularity bring the crowds.
Why Breckenridge Colorado is Different
Founded as a mining town, Breckenridge has more than 250 building on the National Historic Register. Geographically, the resort and town blend together seamlessly. Most accommodations are a short walk to Main Street and you can even ski from the summit of the resort to a bus stop in town. How’s that for convenience? Breck’s downtown has two scenes: touristy and towny. The number of t-shirt and souvenir shops is endless, as is the list of eateries. Yet, with a one or two block walk off of Main Street, you can find bars, restaurants, and hangouts frequented mostly by locals.
Nearest Ski Mountain
Breckenridge Ski Resort
All levels of skiing, the most above tree line advanced skiing in Colorado and a ski-in, ski-out connection to town.
Durango Mountain Resort (where the chairlift-operated runs are still referred to as Purgatory by locals), with its wealth of intermediate skiing, strong children’s ski school and affordable pricing, has well earned its standing as a warm and friendly bring-the-kids and learn-to-ski mountain. – See more at: http://getoutskiing.com/colorado/ski-resorts/durango/#on-the-mountain
Durango Mountain Resort (where the chairlift-operated runs are still referred to as Purgatory by locals), with its wealth of intermediate skiing, strong children’s ski school and affordable pricing, has well earned its standing as a warm and friendly bring-the-kids and learn-to-ski mountain. – See more at: http://getoutskiing.com/colorado/ski-resorts/durango/#on-the-mountainAll levels of skiing with a ski-in, ski-out connection to town.
The lodging in Breckenridge follows a general principle: the closer you stay to the ski lifts, the more expensive the lodging. But you can still find great deals near the hill; you just have to know where and when to book. Holiday periods are significantly more expensive than early or late ski season. However, Christmas in Breckenridge is magical and well worth the prices if your budget allows. And of course there’s all of the late Spring through Fall non ski season to enjoy Breck’s uncounted non-snow activities with affordable lodging prices. Use the “Explore Breckenridge’s Best Lodging Deals” box above and right to find Breck’s lodging choices that best fit you.
Breck’s Catch-22 is its own popularity – it’s the second most-visited ski resort in North America behind Vail. Thankfully, most people in Breckenridge are in good spirits, and the town has grown to accommodate the large number of visitors it sees. If you want to escape Breck’s crowds, consider staying in nearby Frisco where you’ll find less-expensive lodging and a quieter night scene.
With more than 75 restaurants in town, Breck caters to all palates and budgets. Columbine Café is Breck’s favorite breakfast joint. Hearty omelettes and pancakes fuel you up for a day on the mountain. Downstairs at Eric’s is a visitor favorite. This sports-themed restaurant, best known for its pizza, features a giant arcade to keep kids occupied while you wait for a table. Upscale options include The Blue River Bistro, The Dredge Boathouse and Ember.
Breckenridge’s nightlife is one of the best in Colorado. Cecilia’s Martini Bar and Nightclub is where college kids and twenty to thirty-year-olds head to dance and party hard until last call. Ullr’s is a more low-key option where you can watch sports and converse with friends or locals. Jake’s Dive Bar serves up PBR drafts and cheap well drinks.
Use the “Explore Breckenridge’s Best Lodging Deals” box above and right to find Breck’s lodging choices that best fit you.
A favorite among holiday visitors is The Lighting of Breckenridge, which takes place in early December and transforms Breckenridge into a festive winter wonderland. The Lighting of Breckenridge is accompanied by the Race of the Santas, think of it as a jollier version of Spain’s Running of the Bulls. Hoards of teens and young adults descend on Breck each year for the Winter Dew Tour. Dew Tour is a professional ski and snowboard slopestyle and superpipe competition. After the days’ events, the crowd flocks downtown for live music and wild after-parties.
Off Mountain Activities
If money is burning a hole in your pocket, stroll along Main Street and stop in the various galleries, boutiques, and name-brand shops. Storefronts featuring western-themed decor and antiques are plentiful in the downtown district. For the more active, snowmobiling in a high-alpine environment with an experienced guide provides thrills for nearly any age. Blaze through powder fields above treeline while taking in epic views of the surrounding peaks soaring to 13,000 feet and higher. In the neighboring town of Frisco, Two Below Zero offers memorable horse-drawn sleigh rides followed by a gourmet dinner and live country music at the cozy western-themed restaurant.