Breckenridge

Overview

Breckenridge is high, and by high we mean excessively so. The village base is just shy of 3000m and the top station is just shy of 4000m. Altitude sickness can be a problem here and it has no bias to it's victims regardless of your fitness levels - suffering is a bit of a lottery.

The former mining town, founded in 1859,  still displays older properties retaining that cowboy feel with clapboard lodges and cabins lining the high street. It seems as if the planning of the town was very random in the 80s but the newer construction over the last 5 years seems to have brough the resort together with a much more compact and constructed feel.There is always a buzz about town and the fact that the illuminations are on all through the winter makes the resort sparkle at night.

From the village the mountains look as uninspiring as their names, Peaks 7-10, however, this is very misleading as they have great skiing to offer both on piste and back country. 2,358 acres are on offer which is a fairly decent size by North American standards.

Beginners have a great nursery area and lots of runs that they can steadily progress to. There are plenty of green runs to allow novices to peak 9 and the lower half of peak 8 from Vista Haus and below. From there natural progression would be to the blues on Peak 7.

Intermediates will find lots of cruisey blue runs to entertain them and progession to the gladed off-piste will be a great introduction to those skiers unused to powder and more familiar with the groomed runs.  Peak 10 has some blacks that are midway between the black and blue grading so again this is s good area for those cutting their teeth on the harder slopes.

Advanced skiers will love Breck. It's true that the runs are shorter than in other resorts but at this altitude that can be a good thing! Over 50% of this ski domain claims to be black, so that's some going. The double black diamond runs off the back of Peak 7 are serious black runs and the forest trails off Peak 6 are great fun, a favourite place for Nick from Snowfinders. Guests staying here for a while would do well to also ski Vail, Keystone, A Basin and Copper - all within 40 mins drive.

Boarders will be in their element in Breckenridge, with the perfect mixture of groomed runs and fresh powder to hand. Throw in a few funparks (4 at last count) and you have the ultimate blend for all riders.

 

Positive

  • Short transfers
  • Efficient lift system
  • Good apres ski
  • Lift pass covers other resorts

Negative

  • Traffic on the main street
  • Many "functional" large hotels
  • Altitude can be a problem for some
  • Quite sprawling but getting better

Offslope/apres ski

A fair amount to do for non skiers by US standards with the Silverthorne shopping outlet only 30 mins away. Gift shops, clothes shops, and ski shops line the high street and surrounding town centre. Non skiers have art galleries, a museum, cultural tours and lots more to occupy them.

The après ski is mainly centred around the Main Street area and is both plentiful and varied. live music, jazz bars, and cocktail lounges can all be found depending on your mood. Cecilia's is a great dance bar/club still rocking in the small hours. Liquid lounge, Burke and Rileys, and the micro brewery shall all get a mention too.

Our View

A good extensive ski base good for mixed ability groups, altitude can be a problem for some.

At a glance

Chalets:
6
Hotel & Apartments:
11
Pistes:
2358 acres
Resort height:
2925m
Top station:
3915m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
4 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
3 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
3 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars