Breckenridge Ski Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Breckenridge Ski Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsRanked as one of the top ski resorts in the country, Breckenridge Ski Resort, or "the Breck" as locals call it, includes four peaks spanning across 2,300 acres. While it is one of the most visited ski parks anywhere in the Rocky Mountains, the sprawling slopes offer plenty of space to escape the crowds. Located only two hours from the Denver International Airport, backcountry thrill-seekers, families and freestyle terrain park enthusiasts alike can find that perfect run on the mountain.
The MountainThe summit elevation at Breckenridge is 12,998 feet. The mountain has a 3,398-foot vertical drop. The park includes 2,352 acres of skiable terrain, with 600 acres of beginner and intermediate slopes groomed nightly and 565 acres of snowmaking capability. The season typically runs from early November to mid-April, with an average annual snowfall of 300 inches. The slopes of the four peaks are home to steep trails, alpine bowls and wide learner-friendly terrain.
Trails and LiftsBreckenridge Ski Resort features a staggering 155 trails; the longest, the Four O'Clock Trail, extends a total of 3.5 miles. The mountain has trails suited for every ability, with 15 percent suitable for beginners, 33 percent for intermediates and 52 percent for experts. The 31 total lifts include two high-speed six-passenger SuperChairs, seven high-speed quads, one triple, six doubles, one eight-person gondola, five surface lifts and nine carpet lifts with a combined lifting capacity of 37,880 people per hour. Thrill-seeking skiers and boarders can take advantage of Breckenridge's five terrain parks for every ability level, and expert skiers can take the Imperial Express, North America's highest chair lift, up to the steep slopes and alpine bowls at the top of the mountain.
In The NewsTodd Richards, X Games and 1998 Olympics medalist, has called Breckenridge home for more than 10 years. He is a member of the Breckenridge Freeride Team and frequents the terrain park on Peak 8. Breckenridge Ski Resort hosted the first ever Snowboarding World Cup in 1985 and hosts the Winter Dew Tour, the first winter action sports tour that includes skiing and snowboarding superpipe and slopestyle events. Christmas Vacation, Die Hard 2 and Dumb and Dumber all had scenes filmed in Breckenridge.
CostFull-day combined lift tickets to Keystone and Breckenridge range from $54 for children between the ages of 5 and 12 to $99 for teenagers and adults. Season passes start at $359 for seniors 65 years and older and go up to $2,129 for an adult full pass. The resort's rental shop offers a basic package that includes skis, poles and boots from brands like Rossignol, K2 and Atomic for $32 per day. Performance packages for intermediate and advanced skiers include skis, boots and poles from brands like Salomon and K2 for $35. Snowboard packages including the board, boots and bindings start at $35 but don't include a helmet. Group or private lessons from the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School range from $120 to $670.
Apres-SkiAfter a long day on the slopes, Main Street in the historic mining town of Breckenridge is home to numerous dining, shopping and nightlife opportunities. Guests who would like a warming drink can visit the Gold Pan Saloon. It boasts the oldest liquor license west of the Mississippi River, while three20south (formerly known as Sherpa and Yeti's) hosts live music acts well into the night. Hungry skiers can enjoy fine dining at Relish or the Blue River Bistro or more casual fare at Angels Hallow or Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
WATCH: Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breck Team Riders show off at Breckenridge's Freeway Terrain Park.