Breckenridge Ski Resort Profile
Review: Visitors began flocking to Breckenridge as early as 1859, hoping to lay hands on the area's recently
discovered gold. Nearly a century later, folks streamed into the town for another treasure: snow skiing. The
resort has grown steadily over the past fifty years and now ranks as the second most popular ski area in the
United States. Whether you're looking for a lively town with both historic and modern attractions, or fantastic
skiing for everyone in your family, Breckenridge holds it all.
Four peaks comprise the official ski area, though they are numbered seven through ten (ski patrol will not rescue
you, should you choose to seek out the first six). While Peaks Eight and Nine offer the most varied and abundant
terrain, Seven and Ten are often less crowded and more fun. Like many of Breck's runs, the blue cruisers on Peak
Seven are groomed nearly everyday, making the ride less stressful and easier on the knees. From Peak Seven's
Independence Superchair, take an enjoyable long run down Claimjumper to reach the base of Peak Eight.
While Peak Ten boasts mostly expert terrain and a quick quad lift that never sees long lines, families can stick
together more easily on the middle two peaks. If you're up for intermediate runs, try to stay a notch above the
base, as the lift lines at the Beaver Run (Peak Nine) and Colorado (Peak Eight) Superchairs can keep you still for a
frustratingly long time. The Ten Mile Station, located at the top of the Quicksilver Super6, is a perfect spot to
meet for lunch if some of your crew prefer the challenging blacks on Peak Ten and the rest stick to greens and
easy blues. Warm up and save a few dollars there with a bowl of famous buffalo chili, plenty of sustenance for
two hungry skiers.
With a base of nearly 10,000 feet, Breckenridge is one of the country's highest resorts. If you haven't had a day
or two to acclimate, begin your trip by taking it easy on the slopes. Consider taking advantage of the many shops
and attractions in town for your first day at Breck. Purchase groceries at the City Market and go next door to [ski
shop - can't find the name, but the guys here are super helpful] for ski and snowboard rental. Peruse the shops
on Main Street, and don't leave without picking up t-shirts from Shirt Off My Back or Mountain Tees.
After a full day on the slopes and a relaxing shower, treat the troops to a satisfying meal at one of Breckenridge's
many wonderful restaurants. Plan a night at the Quandary Grille, a local favorite with great après ski specials, kids
menu, and spectacular views of the mountain. For ravenous skiers and boarders who crave flavorful carbs and a
casual atmosphere, check out the baked ziti or white lasagna at Michael's Italian Restaurant. If you're looking for
a special meal you won't forget, make reservations at Relish, a relatively new addition to the town's fine dining.
Though the restaurant's creative menu changes with the seasons, it typically features "Colorado inspired cuisine"
such as Colorado lamb meatloaf with goat cheese mac-n-cheese, wilted spinach, and BBQ gravy.
When picking a place to stay, keep in mind that Breck has six times as many condominiums as hotels, making it an
ideal market for families. Mainstay lodging includes the Beaver Run Resort, Grand Timber Lodge, The Village at
Breckenridge, and several others. For hidden deals, check out some of the smaller places along Four O'Clock Road
that may be ski-in/ski-out. Sundowner is one of several cozy accommodations on Four O'Clock that has easy
access to the Snowflake Lift, which drops you midway down Peak Eight. If you're looking for the ultimate
ski-in/ski-out spot, book early at Ski Watch, a surprisingly affordable condo located a hundred yards up the
mountain from the Colorado Lift on Peak Eight. Stop in there for lunch, or enjoy watching skiers fly by while you
relax in the outdoor hot tub. If you stay downtown, the slopes are an easy bus ride from most locations.
With its bustling town and world class mountain terrain, Breckenridge is arguably Colorado's most well-rounded
and family-friendly ski resort. Complaints are few and far between, though visitors tend to cite parking as their
main (or only) grievance. Unless you're willing to pay for a spot, free parking is very limited and often requires a
short bus ride to the base of the gondola. However, chances are slim that the less than desirable parking
situation will spoil all the fun Breckenridge has to offer.
Ski Area / Peak Elevation / Vertical Drop: 2,400 acres / 12,900 feet / 3,400 feet
Non-Skier Activities: Breckenridge is a great destination for a family who includes non-skiers. The authenticity
and walkability of the town offers great shopping, eating, and spa action. Most basic services in addition to
vacation-oriented activities are offered in the immediate area.
Ski School: Lessons are available for ages 3-14 in the full-service ski and snowboard school. Prices range
depending on the season, with discounts starting on the third day of lessons.
Child Care: Child care is offered for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years.
Getting There: Breckenridge is approximately 2 hours from Denver International Airport, which is serviced by
every major airline.