This Popular Western US Ski Destination Is A Must-Visit For A Winter Getaway

Breckenridge, often affectionately referred to as "Breck," is a historic mining town that has seamlessly blended its heritage with its modern identity as a top ski destination. If you're planning the perfect winter ski trip, Breckenridge is a must-visit for its charming atmosphere. Breck's resorts and slopes provide incredible skiing, snowboarding terrain, and endless winter activities.

The town of Breckenridge boasts a base elevation of 9,600 feet, providing a unique high-altitude experience. This elevation ensures excellent snow quality and offers breathtaking views and a sense of being on top of the world. The highest lift-accessible point is 12,998 feet, so preparing for the altitude by staying hydrated is crucial for a successful trip. Skiers and snowboarders relish the higher altitude as it provides excellent snow quality, but if you're not accustomed to it, take your time on the slopes to acclimate.

Just 80 miles west of Denver, Breckenridge is easily accessible for those flying into the Denver International Airport. A scenic hour-and-a-half drive from the city takes you into the heart of the Rockies, making it a convenient destination for visitors from near and far. The I-70 Mountain Corridor is notoriously busy during peak ski season and, with the inclement weather, can be frequently closed, so checking the Colorado Department of Transportation website for road conditions is recommended before heading to the mountains. US 285 is an alternate but longer route to Breckenridge in closure situations.

Unrivaled skiing and snowboarding

Breckenridge receives 300 inches of snow on average annually, ensuring a reliable and powdery winter sports season. Snow quality is crucial for a satisfying skiing experience, and Breckenridge consistently delivers. Breckenridge is also home to some of the best ski schools in the area, making it a great place for novices to learn and for experienced skiers to fine-tune their skills.

Colorado's fourth largest ski resort, with 2,908 acres of skiable terrain, the Breckenridge Ski Resort caters to all skill levels. Whether you're a skiing pro or a newbie on the slopes, Breck has something for everyone. The most iconic attraction, however, is its extraordinary skiing terrain. With four interconnected peaks (Peaks 7, 8, 9, and 10), Breckenridge Ski Resort offers multiple routes and learning areas for every type of skier.

The ski resort offers 187 trails and five distinct peaks. The more recently developed Peak 6 provides intermediate, advanced, and expert terrain, while Peak 7 is perfect for intermediate and expert skiers. Snowboarders will love the terrain parks, and the whole family can enjoy groomed trails on Peaks 8 and 9. Beginners can conquer the gentle slopes and learning areas of Peaks 8 and 9, while more advanced skiers can take on challenging double black diamond runs on Peak 8. Peak 10 is the tallest of the Breckenridge peaks, but there is no lift to the summit, so only advanced skiers and snowboarders should plan on hiking up to the top.

Beyond Breckenridge's winter slopes

After a day on the slopes, indulge in some of the best apres-ski activities. Warm up by the fireplace at one of the mountain lodges, or head to town for a selection of cozy restaurants and bars. Don't forget to try local favorites like Breckenridge Brewery's craft beers. The town's Main Street and Historic District, lined with Victorian-era buildings, exudes a picturesque charm year-round, but there's even more to look forward to as winter sets in.

Main Street's shops, Santa races, and the annual Lighting of Breckenridge event create a magical ambiance. Guided snowshoe tours provide adventures through Breck's trail systems, and if you're lucky, you'll run into the famous Breckenridge Troll, Isak Heartstone. This giant wooden sculpture, created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, is hidden in the woods and offers an interactive experience for all ages. Take a hike on the Trollstigen trailhead to find the troll and snap photos with this whimsical art installation.

For more winter adventure, immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness with a dog sledding adventure. Companies like Good Times Adventures offer thrilling tours through the snow-covered landscapes, guided by a team of eager sled dogs. The Maggie Pond in the heart of town transforms into an enchanting ice skating rink during winter. Whether you're a seasoned skater or a first-timer, this activity is perfect for all ages. Breckenridge is a skiing and snowboarding paradise, but it also offers a range of experiences to make your winter trip unforgettable.