Breckenridge Ski Holidays

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Expert Opinion Our Expert
Caroline Denholm

"After working here for 3 winters, I love Breckenridge for its fantastic, family-friendly feel and excellent ski school. You can also ski 4 other resorts on the same lift pass making it an incredible ski area."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 10/10
  • Intermediates: 10/10
  • Advanced: 6/10
  • Families: 7/10
  • Nightlife: 9/10
  • Village Charm: 9/10
  • Affordability: 8/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 7/10
  • Sustainability: 8/10

Season: Nov - Apr

Nearest Airport: Denver

Flight Time: 9 hrs

Transfer Time: 2 hours

Transport: Car Hire or Transfer

Elevation: 12,998 ft

Vertical Drop: 3,398 ft

Avg Snowfall: 31 ft

Ski Area: 2,358 acres

Ski Lifts: 31

Runs: 155

Grade: 52% advanced
33% intermediates
15% beginners

Why Breckenridge?

One of the UK's favourite US ski holiday destinations, Breckenridge is a traditional old mining town located just two hours from Denver airport. It is famous for its great resort atmosphere, high altitude, bluebird days and snowsure terrain. With a huge range of condo accommodation and a lift pass that covers 4 other ski resorts, Breckenridge is a great value option for families, groups and just about everybody else.

The Skiing

The skiing in Breckenridge is divided into the four ‘Peaks’. The wide, groomed runs of Peak 7 and Peak 9 are perfect for beginners and intermediates. Peak 8 and Peak 10 offer more challenging slopes with bowl and glade skiing at altitude. There are some lovely, cruisey blue runs from Peak 8 mid-mountain to the base whilst Peak 10 offers only black runs. The whole area is an intermediate paradise and is well known for its excellent ski school and also adaptive ski programme.

New for 2013/14! - Very excitingly, the Breckenridge ski area is set to grow by around 23% with the opening of the new Peak 6 for the 2013/14 season. With an extra 543 acres, including 143 acres of hike-to terrain, and 2 new lifts, the expansion will revolutionise the resort. Lift queue times will be reduced and skiers and boarders will be able to ‘enjoy an entirely new experience of high alpine bowl skiing and riding’. This will also make Breckenridge the 4th biggest ski resort in Colorado.

For more information on the Breckenridge ski area please see the Breckenridge Trail Map as well as some ideas on the Our Tips page.

Off the Slopes

With its friendly and relaxed locals, attractive Main Street and the rows of clapboard houses, Breckenridge is a quintessential North American ski town. It is also the perfect choice for groups with non-skiers, for families with energetic children or for those who want to get out and experience more of the US after they are done skiing. There are over 180 shops in Breckenridge itself and the outlet shopping at Silverthorne (a half hour shuttle ride away) is a must for the bargain hunters. The town is lively in the evening with over 80 restaurants and bars and there is something to suit every pocket and taste. Other activities include everything from snowmobiling to mine tours. For more ideas please see the Our Tips page.

The Accommodation

The accommodation tends to be concentrated in three areas; around Main Street, at the base of Peak 9 and along the Four O' Clock Run. The main ski-in/out properties are located on or around Peak 9 which is where many of the ski school meeting points are. The best value condos are on the Four O' Clock Run and there are also some well-priced hotels and townhouses on Main Street. From the ski in/out Beaver Run Resort which has everything you could possibly need on site to the beautiful and exclusive One Ski Hill Place, there is a property for every type of traveler. The resort is very accessible and the town gondola links Main Street with Peak 7 and Peak 8 making getting to and from the slopes even easier.  Please click here for details of some of the properties we offer in Breckenridge.

More Skiing?

Breckenridge is included on a number of different Colorado lift passes so you can also ski Beaver Creek, Vail, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin during the course of your holiday. Alternatively why not look at combining Breckenridge with Aspen or Steamboat on one of our Colorado Ski Safaris. Or for something completely unique, how about adding on a stopover in Iceland and maybe see the Northern Lights. For more details please click here.

Ski Safaris Combine Breckenridge with other ski resorts in Colorado.

Northern Lights Experience this natural phenomenon with a stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland

Ski & Sun Love the snow but need a little more time to relax on your holiday?

Ski Camps Three awesome 2 day camps to take you to the next level!