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How to Have the Best Opening Day at Breckenridge Resort 2023

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We have been waiting all summer and fall for the first flakes to dust the ground, and for Breckenridge Resort to open its lifts and usher in some of the best powder in the country. The waiting is over, as the mountains and the Front Range have already received snow, and Breckenridge Resort opens for skiing and riding this Friday, November 10th. 

As the first snowflakes fall, and the mountains come to life with the promise of another epic ski season, skiers and snowboarders from all over the world flock to Breckenridge to experience this early season excitement. Whether you are a seasoned local or planning a visit, opening day at Breckenridge is an event to remember. 

Breckenridge Ski and Sport is here to guide you through making the most of opening day. From planning to embracing the conditions, we will ensure your first ski day of the year is unforgettable.

man skiing at resort

1. Plan Ahead

Opening day at Breckenridge can get busy, so it’s crucial to plan ahead to make the most of your day.  

Lift Ticket and Season Pass:

Purchase your lift ticket or ensure your season pass is ready in advance. Buying online can save you time and money compared to purchasing at the ticket window. It can cost hundreds more to purchase at the window versus ahead of time – if the resort still has tickets!  

If you are a local or a frequent visitor, an Epic Pass will save you money and allow you to visit other Colorado resorts. Sometimes, you only need to ski 4 or 5 days to experience the payoff. Epic also offers day passes, and Summit County passes, which can be used at multiple resorts.  

Arrive at the resort well before the lifts open. This not only gives you a head start on the slopes but also allows you to find parking more easily and avoid long lines. 

Equipment Rentals:

The earlier you book your gear the better! Book online with Breckenridge Ski & Sport for 30% off all winter rentals, including skis, snowboards, and kids rentals. We recommend booking as soon as you know your travel dates to ensure   everyone in your party gets the exact rentals they want. Then, you can also skip the lines the day of. Simply stop in, pick up, and hit the slopes as soon as you get into town.  

Breckenridge Ski and Snowboard Rentals


If you are coming from out of town, secure your Breckenridge lodging well in advance. Breckenridge offers a variety of accommodation options, from slope side condos to charming mountain cabins, and Airbnb options. 


Whether you are flying into Colorado or a local, navigating winter weather and Colorado driving conditions can be tricky. We recommend our favorite local airport shuttle provider, Peak 1 Express, for your trip between Breckenridge and DIA. Peak 1 Express will drop you directly at your lodging, so you can spend more time planning your mountain fun, less time worrying about your transportation.  

2. Dress Appropriately

Opening day at Breckenridge can be cold, so dress in layers and wear the right gear. Make sure to have: 

  • Waterproof and insulated clothing. 
  • Warm gloves or mittens. 
  • A quality ski or snowboard jacket. 
  • Goggles with low-light lenses for potentially overcast days. 
  • A helmet for safety. 
  • Warm base layers to stay comfortable. 
  • A change of shirt or clothes for the rest of your Breckenridge day

person wearing ski jacket, goggles, and helmet

3. Know the Terrain

Breckenridge offers a variety of terrain catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, with 14% beginner terrain, 24% intermediate, 25% advanced and 37% expert. On opening day, it is essential to know which runs are open and their conditions. Check the trail map and lift and terrain status to stay up to date.

Park Lane sign

4. Respect Mountain Etiquette

Opening day often brings together seasoned and novice riders. Respect the mountain etiquette by yielding to the uphill skier, giving space to slower riders, and always skiing or riding in control. Courtesy on the slopes ensures a positive experience for all.

5. Embrace Early Season Conditions

Opening day conditions can vary, and you may encounter some early-season challenges. Be prepared for: 

Variable snow conditions: Early-season skiing can mean variable snowpack. Be ready for everything from packed powder to some icy patches. 

Limited terrain: Not all runs may be open, especially on opening day. Embrace the available terrain and enjoy the first turns of the season. Check Breckenridge’s lift and terrain status before you go. 

Crowds: Opening day can be crowded. Remember to maintain your patience, especially in lift lines.

two people on a ski lift

6. Explore the Village

Breckenridge Village is not just for skiing; it is also a vibrant hub of activity. After a day on the slopes, take time to explore the charming town. Visit local shops, enjoy apres-ski at one of the many restaurants, and take in the festive atmosphere. 

The Hearthstone restaurant breckenridge

7. Safety First

While it is essential to have fun on opening day, safety should always come first. Be mindful of your abilities, stay within your comfort zone, and obey all mountain safety guidelines. Carry a trail map with you and let someone know your plans. 

snowboarder carrying board

Opening day at Breckenridge Resort is a celebration of all things snow and mountain culture. By planning ahead, arriving early, dressing appropriately, respecting mountain etiquette, and embracing early season conditions, you can make the most of this special day. Enjoy the exhilaration of your first turns and the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies. So, gear up, get ready, and experience the magic of opening day at one of Colorado’s premier ski resorts on November 10, 2023. We’ve got your rentals waiting for you as soon as you get into town!