Breckenridge in Colorado truly offers something for every skier and rider, it’s a sprawling mountain with several peaks, numbered Peaks 10, 9, 8, 7,and 6 with Peak 8 offering the highest elevation served by lift in Colorado at 12,840′ via the Imperial Express. Breck opened in 1961 and was the first resort to install a high-speed quad in 1981 and first ski resort to allow snowboarders in 1984. Today the ski resort of Breckenridge is the busiest in the US, it has expanded to 2,908 acres, busier than Vail’s 5,400 acres.
Families will love the ego pleasing terrain at Breck, so many long blue intermediate boulevards, well groomed with gorgeous views of the Rockies. Breck has a big learn to ski and ride school, with designated learning areas, family ski zones and kid adventure parks – the kids will love skiing through the animated western Camp Ripperoo and Haunted Forest. Park skiers love Breck, their terrain parks and 22’ Superpipe score top marks from the best free riders as their training ground. Families love The Breck too for the gentle terrain near the base. But you can find plenty of challenge on the upper mountain Peaks 8, 10 and 6 that offer wide open high alpine bowl skiing. Breck gets windy, and the snow loads up in certain aspects like Imperial Bowl and Whale’s Tail from the 12,840’ summit, and Serenity Bowl on Peak 6.
Modern lifts including the gondola connecting Breck’s ski slopes to the newly developed ski village and the old frontier downtown make it a true family ski destination.
Downtown of Breck, once a cute cowboy stylish Main Street with a few shops and bars, has grown to a big ski village with a pedestrian square, River Walk, with malls, and many hotels, shops and great happy hour and après ski spots, all interconnected to the ski mountain by a transportation gondola. Hotels range from Marriott, Double Tree, Hilton and Hyatt, to Days Inn. We recommend staying slopeside at Beaver Run or Grand Timber on a budget or the five star ski lodging properties at Peak 8 – Rock Resorts One Ski Place or the Grand Coloradan.
Breck now gets more skier visits than sister Vail up the road and the vibrant bustling resort shows its volume handling skills. Its festive and fun, but does get busy on weekends. Breck has ski and stay packages, great skiers services for families, and events galore, even outlet shopping and spas for the non-skiing Breck girl. Breckenridge is among our Top Colorado Ski Resorts for a Family Ski Trip.
Breckenridge is part of the Vail Resorts so skiing here is often included with ski pass privileges at Vail, Keystone, and Beaver Creek. You can 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 – at about $800 for the pass, versus $150 a day for lift tickets, with early season purchase before the price goes up incrementally. The Epic Pass even includes 6 days of skiing in The Alps – Val D’Isere and 3 Vallées in France and Switzerland’s Verbier as a bonus.
187 trails, 34 lifts including a Gondola
3,398′ vertical, 12,840′ summit elevation