Breckenridge Ski Getaways

ski getaways

Anchored by a town that boasts a large historic district, Breckenridge can lay claim to the elusive tag of "ambiance" that so many resorts pursue. Dozens of restored Victorian structures hold a wide variety of pubs, restaurants, boutiques, shops, coffee houses, delis, and more. The architecture downtown may be a bit at odds with the modern buildings at the resort itself, but that hardly matters. It's the real town that counts.

Likewise, there's a real, big-shouldered mountain above it, spanning four interconnected peaks with a lift-served vertical just over 2500 feet. Shoulder your boards and hike up almost another 900 vertical feet to Imperial Bowl or the bowls on Peak 7. More than half of the resort's terrain is rated advanced or expert. This wasn't always the case, but as the mountain expanded up and out, steep high alpine terrain became available. In fact, the resort recently installed a high-speed six-pack on Peak 7, which opened up 165 acres of much-needed intermediate terrain for a total of 2358 acres. There are 29 lifts at Breck, including 2 high-speed-six-packs, and 7 high-speed quads, to keep people moving along. There is also the Breck Connect gondola which serves to bring skiers and riders from Breckenridge Station off of Highway 9 to the base of Peak 8 and back again, helping to alleviate some traffic around the resort.

While the most spectacular terrain is available only by hiking, which may be a chore for low-altitude visitors (and a source of relief to locals), there's still plenty of exciting stuff that's lift-served. Chair 6 and the North Bowl T-bar offer up lots of challenge, and there's more to be had off the Falcon SuperChair. Beginners have "only" 14 percent of Breck's terrain on which to play-but that's over 300 acres. And freeriders, whether on one board or two, have five terrain parks and four pipes to play in with a history dating back to 1984, when Breckenridge became the first major Colorado resort to allow snowboarding