Summit Elevation: 12,840', Vertical Drop: 3,398'
2,908 acres, 187 trails, 34 lifts including a Village Gondola
Longest Trail: 3.5 mile appropriately named "Four O'Clock" to the base Breckenridge Colorado Ski Photos
Breckenridge, Colorado has grown peaks and bounds - now one of the largest ski
resorts in Summit County with more skier visits than sister resort Vail, and a
huge base village connected by Gondola to the ski slopes. On the mountain,
Breckenridge offers Colorado's highest elevation skiing served by lift in
Colorado at 12,840'. Breck opened in 1961, installed the first high speed quad
in 1981, and first allowed snowboarders in 1984 today there are 34 lifts-
including six packs and gondolas, and four huge terrain parks. Breckenridge is
part of the Vail Resort family.
Breckenridge ski terrain now stretches across Peaks 10, 9, 8,7, and 6 with 2,908
acres of terrain including 187 trails and a whopping 600 acres groomed daily.
Breck has so many wide groomed boulevards, its an intermediate’s paradise. But
Breck has added high alpine challenge in 1,061 acres of bowl skiing with the
highest chairlift in the US on Peak 8 - the Imperial Express reaches 12,800’ and
serves beefy natural terrain in Imperial Bowl, steep snowy Whales Tail and the
Dunes. Breck has even more edgy backcountry you can hike to with an easy climb
from the summit lifts. Just be warned Breckenridge is nicknamed Breckenwind- as
its windy on this high Colorado ski summit. It’s a bit like Mammoth California
for its fresh windblown snow depositing in certain bowls as a bonus for
tolerating the wild weather.
Breck's Peak 10 to the West is loaded with long black
diamond runs and some grittier glade tree skiing too. Peak 6 furthest East also
has wide open bowl skiing above tree line, with a gentler pitch. The lower and
mid mountain terrain at Breck is gentle, big blue square boulevards, and green
circle runs - very popular with families. Kids will love Breck's terrain parks
and seeing The Breck Pro Team - pro freeskiers and riders who train at Breck.
The Village at Breckenridge has luxury ski lodging, including the Mountain
Thunder Lodge, Timber, Beaver Run, plus a Marriot, a Double Tree, Hilton, and
Hyatt, ski condos, and ski chalets for rent, To stay on the slopes we recommend
the Rock Resorts One Ski Hill at the base of Peak 8, its pretty posh, or the
Grand Coloradan. Downtown Breck has a stylish Main Street and a Riverwalk along
the River with shops and bars, and a huge more modern pedestrian village
surrounded by chain hotels and of course lots of great Breckenridge bars,
restaurants, and cafes.
Après ski at Breckenridge, head downtown via the free shuttle and explore Main
Street’s bars for happy hour – local faves are Briar Rose, Modis or Motherlodes,
Breck often has festivals and fireworks, including the International Snow
Sculpture event in January. Shoppers will not be disappointed with the Breck’s
Main Street boutiques, spas, even offers Outlet Shopping.
Breckenridge is the most visited ski resort in the US, so don't expect private
powder or a peaceful serene ski setting. Arriving by car, there is a
transportation station with shuttles to the gondola- its that big and busy on
weekends. Breckenridge is part of the Vail Resorts family so multi-day ski
packages here often include ski pass privileges at nearby Vail, Keystone, and
Beaver Creek. You can also ski Breckenridge during your Colorado ski week on the
Epic Pass -a great value season pass for anyone using more than 6 days of skiing
- with benefits at other ski resorts around the globe including
Park City Utah,
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Heavenly,
Northstar in California, even