John "Fritzski" Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John "Fritzski" Fritz
  • Breckenridge has the highest lift in North America at 12,840 ft
  • Bustling historic mining town with a laid-back vibe
  • Party town reputation - they got après ski down packed
  • Wide range of lodgings from modest to luxury that suits all budgets
  • Award-winning terrain parks (Breckenridge has some of the best in the world!)
  • Epic wind chill so wrap up warm
  • High elevation combined with strong winds means top lifts can close for days
  • Breckenridge slopes can get crowded, ugh!
  • Snow can be blow-packed into a crusty shell
  • High altitude can cause altitude sickness

Breckenridge Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
19% off $1,694
Village at Breckenridge Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,475
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
11% off $1,506

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Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in North America. Over a million and a half people visit every season, and it’s not hard to see why. A mecca for big mountain shredders and trick stomping freestylers, Breckenridge is all about the new school! When it comes to high alpine terrain, no-fall zone chutes, and wide open bowls, it tops every other ski area in Summit County. Nowhere else in North America gets you higher on a lift, with Breckenridge ski resort’s crowning glory the Imperial Express Super Chair whisking skiers and boarders up to 12,840 ft.

Best month to go


Thanks to its spot high up in the mountains, the ski season in Breckenridge usually lasts for around five months, from mid-November to mid-April. Slopes can be a bit patchy at the start and end of winter, but an extensive snow cannon network keeps the lower trails white for as long as it’s cold! As far as proper snowfall goes, it really starts cranking from January, tailing off by the end of March. Events like Ullr Fest and the International Snow Sculpture Championships are held in January, making that month an awesome time to visit. If there was ever a time not to visit Breckenridge, it’s the Christmas and New Year holidays, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents’ Day. Crowds peak during these times, leading to monstrous lift queues and a spike in accommodation prices.


Denver International Airport


Breckenridge (approx. 2.5 hours)

Base of Breckenridge (Walk)

  • Popular lodging areas include Peak 7,8 and 9
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • Peak 8 and Peak 9 are great areas for beginner's to stay

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Historic Downtown (1-2 mi)

  • Best dining and nightlife is on Main Street
  • Wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets
  • Shuttles available to and from the Breckenridge slopes

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Dillon/Silverthorne (15-20 mi)

  • Both towns are around 30 mins drive away from Breckenridge ski resort
  • Plenty of affordable lodging options
  • Limited nightlife

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Frisco (10-15 mi)

  • 25 minutes drive away from Breckenridge
  • Inexpensive lodging; has many hotel and motel chains
  • Easy access to Copper Mountain

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For beginners

Breckenridge has some of the best beginner skiing in Colorado. Check out the beginner terrain on the lower half of Peak 9 and base of Peak 8 or try out the speed-controlled Family Zones.

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For intermediates

There's intermediate terrain across all the Peaks at Breckenridge but Peak 7 is where you'll find plenty of perfect corduroys and gently rolling runs. Take on Claimjumper for big sweeping turns down the mountain, it's our favorite for intermediates here!

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For experts

Don't underestimate Breckenridge, it's got expert terrain well above the tree line (unlike many Colorado resorts!), slopes as steep as 55 degrees and vertical cornices you gotta drop over! Take on the Six Senses area for steep narrow chutes and cornices or drop into some epic bowls such as Serenity Bowl, Horseshoe Bowl or from the highest point in the resort at 12,998 ft, Snow White Bowl!

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Find freshies

Breckenridge's high elevation keeps the snow nice and fresh, but it gets tracked out quickly so go to the hike-to terrain on Peaks 6, 8, 9 and 10 for freshest stuff.

Ditch the crowds

Head to Peak 6's Kensho Super Chair and Peak 10's Falcon Super Chair to escape the crowds.

Non skiers

Breckenridge has some of the best nightlife that will keep non-skiers partying all night long. There is also snowmobiling and dogsledding available too.


For families with beginners, there are easy trails that access the ski-in/ski-out accommodation between Peak 8 and Peak 9, where you'll find beginner terrain on the lower half.


BreckenridgeArapahoe Basin
beginner11 %10 %
intermediate31 %30 %
advanced24 %37 %
expert34 %23 %
total runs187 109
ski area2,908ac 960ac
summit elevation12,997ft 13,050ft
total lifts35 8
child lift ticket$110 Free
adult lift ticket$169 $100
back country
value for money
average total snowfall230″ 180″

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Breckenridge Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 247 reviews

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Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 19, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsMarcy H.
expert skier
Fantastic mountains one of the best ski resort towns in Colorado, this mountain has a lot to offer and challenge all levels from beginners to experts. The town itself has a lot of activities going on all the time. The mountain is so big that I’ve never encountered wait time for lifts. Employees are always friendly and helpful from the lift operator... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 13, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsJen T.
intermediate skier
Great mountain for families and skiers/riders of all ages with a variety of terrain. Each peak has something different to offer including bowls, trees and drop-in areas. New base area is a nice addition and the lodge off peak 7 is phenomenal. The town itself offers more bars and restaurants than one could ever try in one visit. Eric’s provides an... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 13, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsShelby M.
beginner skier
This resort is amazing. It has so many different runs and you can take them halfway down then back up so you don’t have to deal with the busy base as much. They are always very well groomed and the staff here are amazing. This has always been one of my favorites.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Oct 09, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsTom B.
expert skier
Quite possibly the perfect resort - so much better than anything else in CO except maybe Vail. TONS of terrain, no lines, no crowds - the other local resorts don’t even come close, I’d avoid them all if you go to CO !!... More
Average!2.8 / 5Sep 30, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsConnor W.
advanced skier
Breckinridge is a staple of summit county but in my opinion the most overrated resort in the state. With the 4 peak setup and no backside access, it is a difficult mountain to navigate and thus you spend countless time on catwalks navigating from one peak to the next.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Sep 04, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsPatrick H.
advanced snowboarder
Monster of a resort. The biggest complaint is that the terrain is a little less steep than some of the surrounding resorts, but there is a ton to explore! As crowded as it can get, you can usually find some solitude if you poke around enough.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Sep 04, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsMatt B.
advanced snowboarder
Breckenridge is fantastic. It's very big, and can be confusing the first few times you go, on how to navigate the mountain and get to the lift that you want, and peak that you want. Once you get acclimated and more familiar with the layout, it is a blast. Lift access to bowl skiing/snowboarding is a huge plus. Mind the T-Bar -- If you don't pay... More
Average!3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsMatt D.
expert skier
Truly an overrated resort with epic crowds, extreme prices, and corporate greed. Avoid at all costs on a weekend or holiday. If you can snag a midweek powder day, then it can be a good time. Otherwise be prepared to wait in line all day.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsRyan L.
advanced snowboarder
Amazing mountain!!! They have many great trails for any skill level. I’m an advanced rider and I love the black diamond runs as much as I do any blue runs...they are all so much fun. The lines run smooth and the views are second to none.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Breckenridge ReviewsStephen M.
intermediate skier
The layout is truly enjoyable ! I also appreciate the warm welcome I get from operators there. The trails are really fun and challenging for myself and my entire family !... More

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