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Native’s Guide to Skiing in Breckenridge

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Everything you need to know about skiing in Breckenridge

Located in the heart of the Rockies in Summit County, Colorado, Breckenridge Ski Resort hosts skiing and riding options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers and riders. The resort’s extensive trail network includes groomed runs, challenging moguls, and thrilling tree runs.

The base of Breckenridge is a vibrant village filled with shops, restaurants, and après-ski options. Visitors can also explore the town’s historic district and museums, stop for a bite to eat, visit an art gallery, and absorb Breckenridge’s unique atmosphere.

As Breckenridge locals, Breckenridge ski resort may be our favorite place to ski and ride (although we could be biased!) Learn more about this incredible mountain.


Breckenridge Fast Facts
  • Lifts open 8:30 AM – 4 PM and 9 AM – 3:30 PM
  • 2, 908 acres of terrain
  • Peak elevation of 12,998 feet
  • 35 lifts
  • 187 trails
  • Average snowfall of 355 in. per year
  • Other activities: gondola rides, alpine coaster, mountaintop museum, spas, and more

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Skiing in Breckenridge Colorado

Overview of Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge Ski Resort is located in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado, just 80 miles west of Denver. Breckenridge ski resort is renowned for its vast and diverse terrain, featuring four interconnected peaks: Peaks 6, 7, 8, and 9. The resort offers over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, catering to all skill levels; however, the ski resort is known for its large amount of expert terrain.

Breckenridge is also a mecca for terrain park enthusiasts. The resort includes several world-class terrain parks, including the renowned Park Lane. From beginners to seasoned park riders, there are features and lines designed to accommodate various skill levels

Breckenridge resort history dates to December 1961 when the area officially opened as a ski resort with just the Peak 8 ski area, one double chairlift and a T-bar. In 1984, Breckenridge resort was the first Colorado resort to welcome snowboarders, with the first snowboard World Cup held at the resort. It also boasts the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express lift. 

In 1996, Breckenridge merged with Vail Resorts, a major player in the ski industry that owns and operates several world-class resorts. Breckenridge has since gained recognition for its commitment to freestyle skiing and snowboarding, developing world-class terrain parks that attracted professional athletes and hosted Dew Tour, among other events. 

The town of Breckenridge is also known as the host of the International Snow Sculpture Championships, an annual event where teams from around the world create intricate sculptures from large blocks of snow.

A guide to Breckenridge Ski Resort

Know Before You Go


Breckenridge is usually open for skiing and snowboarding from November through May. Winter temperatures at Breckenridge can be chilly, with average daytime highs ranging from the teens to the low 30s Fahrenheit. Nighttime temperatures often drop well below freezing, providing optimal conditions for snow accumulation and maintenance of ski slopes. The resort’s elevation, with a base at around 9,600 feet and peaks reaching over 12,800 feet, contributes to the cold temperatures and consistent snowfall. Be sure to check the Breckenridge Resort weather before you go.

The resort usually receives plenty of snow, with an average annual snowfall of approximately 282 inches and 72 days of snowfall. March reaps with highest average snowfall, with December and then January coming in second and third. Breckenridge is known for its skiing, partially due to its high annual snowfall. 

Stay up to date on Breckenridge ski resort conditions.

Lift Times

Most Breckenridge Resort lifts run from 8:30 AM to 4 PM with some running 9 AM to 3:30 PM

Check lift times and status before your Breckenridge trip. Lifts may also be more limited early in the season.

Lift Tickets

Breckenridge Resort offers several options for lift tickets.

Breckenridge also has the option to buy daily lift tickets for up to 7 days. Lift tickets may be sold out or limited in number, so be sure to book your ticket as soon as you know your ski dates.

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

With two locations right in Breckenridge, Breckenridge Ski & Sport is your go to shop for ski and board rentals. Both of our shops are just minutes from the resort, and offer easy pick-up and drop-off.

Explore our selection of ski and snowboard rentals catering to all skill levels, from novice to advanced riders, and including youth rentals. Each rental package includes skis or snowboard, boots, bindings, poles, and a helmet.

Our ski collection features Sport and Performance skis from HEAD, ideal for those just starting or progressing in their skills. For the more advanced skiers, try out our demo fleet featuring select models from Salomon, Rossignol, and HEAD.

Snowboard enthusiasts can choose from Performance HEAD Snowboards for beginners and intermediates, while our demo selection showcases boards from Salomon and Ride for those seeking an advanced snowboarding experience.

Getting to Breckenridge

From Denver, head west on I-70 West, taking in the scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains.

Continue on I-70 West for approximately 80 miles. Look for Exit 203, which will take you toward US-9 South and Breckenridge. Merge onto US-9 South and follow the signs for Breckenridge.

Travel about 10 miles on US-9 South, and you’ll reach the charming town of Breckenridge and the resort.For travelers arriving at Denver International Airport (DIA) heading to Breckenridge ski resort, an airport shuttle proves to be the most convenient choice. We suggest using Peak 1 Express, a reputable local shuttle service offering direct transportation from DIA to Breckenridge. Enjoy a seamless journey to your Breckenridge lodging or take advantage of a discounted shuttle service to Breckenridge Station.

On-Site Transportation & Parking

Breckenridge Resort offers paid parking in several lots with easy access to the slopes. Visitors can also park downtown and ride the BreckConnect Gondola directly to Peaks 7 and 8. The Breck FreeRide bus also offers free transportation throughout Breckenridge, making it easy to get around without a car. 

View parking maps and areas.

Ski & Snowboard Runs

Beginner “Green” Runs

11% of trails at Breckenridge Resort are beginner trails, with designated learning areas at the bases of Peaks 8 and 9. The QuickSilver Super 6 chair offers access to several concentrated green runs on Peak 9. The Snowflake, Rip’s Ride, and Five Superchair on Peak 8 also access an area of beginner trails.

Beginner Runs

  • Lower Four O’Clock — Located on Peak 8, Lower Four O’Clock is one of the longest green runs in North America, stretching for over four miles. The trail winds its way down the mountain through scenic terrain, offering a gentle slope suitable for beginners. The 4 O’Clock blue trail leads into the Lower 4 O’Clock creating fun long run for more advanced beginners looking to step up their game.
  • Silverthorne — On Peak 9, Silverthorne is a gentle green run offering a smooth and consistent pitch, making it an excellent option for beginners to build confidence.
  • The Lower Lehman Trail and Frontier Run — These two shorter runs on Peak 9 create an opportunity for beginners to practice in a calmer environment, while navigating through some tree-lined area.

Intermediate “Blue” Runs

Breckenridge’s Intermediate runs make up 31% off its trail system and are spread out across Peaks 6,7,8, and 9.

Intermediate Runs

  • Kensho SuperChair — The Peak 6 area features several blue runs, such as Bliss, Deja Vu, and Euphoria, offering wider groomed terrain. The Kensho SuperChair provides access to these intermediate runs with beautiful panoramic views along the way.
  • Independence and Freedom Superchairs — Off of Peak 7, the Independence and Freedom Superchairs allow skiers and riders to reach a plethora of blue runs. Longer trails in this area include Lincoln Meadows, Wirepatch, and Claimjumper. These trails wind through picturesque landscapes, featuring a mix of groomed sections and tree-lined paths, allowing intermediates to refine their skills in a varied and engaging environment.
  • Crescendo — Peak 8’s Crescendo trail, accessed from the Colorado Superchair or the Peak 8 Super Connect, is an exciting run for intermediate skiers and riders to send it down some easier bumps, with opportunities to merge back onto groomed terrain on the side.
  • Bonanza, Briar Rose, and Cashier — The Peak 9 area hosts a variety of blue runs, including Bonanza, Briar Rose, and Cashier. These runs provide a great mix of terrain features, allowing intermediates to progress their skills. Cashier is considered an easier blue run, and Bonanza is recognized as a learning area, signifying skiers and riders should slow down. Briar Rose provides a step up with more tree packed areas and rollers throughout.

Expert “Black Diamond” Runs

Breckenridge Ski Resort boasts a variety of challenging and exhilarating advanced runs, providing a thrilling experience for expert skiers and snowboarders. 24% of Breckenridge terrain is considered advanced and 34% considered expert, with the latter comprising the largest area within the ski resort.

Advanced & Expert Runs

  • Windows — On Peak 9, Windows is a challenging run with steep pitches and moguls, providing an exciting experience for advanced skiers. This area features narrow dips between trees and allows (very) advanced skiers to practice tight turns.
  • Ore Bucket — Ore Bucket is a challenging run on Peak 7, featuring steep pitches, moguls, and varied terrain. This area is wooded area, providing plenty of opportunities for tree skiing. It’s also often less crowded, so skiers and riders can peacefully enjoy a bit of backcountry at the resort. 
  • Beyond Bowl & Serenity Bowl — Both located on Peak 6, these areas offer steep pitches, powder-filled bowls, and challenging gladed terrain. Serenity Bowl is marked as Extreme Terrain, while Beyond Bowl is classified as Most Difficult Terrain. Take in the bowls’ unmatched views, while enjoying the resort’s steepest skiing and riding. Across the tops of Peaks 6,7, and 8, skiers and riders will find a large area of advanced and expert terrain, including even more exciting bowls to explore.

 Terrain Park

Breckenridge Ski Resort is renowned for its exceptional terrain parks, attracting freestyle enthusiasts from around the world. The resort features multiple terrain areas with a variety of features and levels of difficulty, catering to everyone from beginners to seasoned park riders. Located on Peak 8, the Freeway Terrain Park is one of Breckenridge’s flagship parks, offering a diverse range of features, including jumps, rails, and boxes. Also situated on Peak 8, Park Lane is known for its creative layout and innovative features.

  Lesson Opportunities

Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a comprehensive range of lesson opportunities catering to all skill levels, so everyone can have an enjoyable and educational experience on the slopes. Whether you’re a beginner seeking your first skiing or snowboarding experience or a more intermediate rider looking to refine your technique, the resort’s professional instructors provide personalized guidance. Group lessons are available for those who enjoy a social setting, while private lessons offer one-on-one attention for a more tailored experience.

Breckenridge Lodging & Vacation Rentals

Breckenridge offers a diverse range of lodging options to suit various preferences and budgets. Here’s an overview of the types of accommodations available in this charming Colorado mountain town.


Slope-side Condos & Townhomes

Breckenridge offers a wide range of condominiums and townhomes located right at the base of the slopes. These units vary in size, from cozy one-bedroom condos to spacious townhomes that can accommodate larger groups. Staying in these properties provides easy access to the mountain and its amenities.


Hotel Accommodations

Breckenridge features a variety of hotels and resorts, ranging from boutique establishments to larger, full-service resorts. These options often provide amenities such as on-site dining, spas, and recreational facilities.


Private Vacation Rentals

Condominiums and vacation rentals are popular choices, especially for those seeking more space, flexibility, and a home-like atmosphere. These accommodations often include fully equipped kitchens and multiple bedrooms, making them ideal for families or groups.


Ski-in/Ski-out Accommodations

Many lodging options in Breckenridge offer convenient ski-in/ski-out access, allowing guests to hit the slopes directly from their accommodation. This is a sought-after feature for avid skiers and snowboarders.


Downtown Lodging

Lodging options in the heart of Breckenridge’s historic downtown provide easy access to shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, creating a vibrant and walkable experience.

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Breckenridge Shopping & Dining

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Retail Shops

Shopping in Breckenridge’s historic downtown is a fun way to take a break from the slopes. The area includes unique boutiques, specialty stores, and art galleries. Main Street is a shopping mecca, featuring a diverse array of shops offering everything from outdoor gear and ski apparel to mountain-inspired art and jewelry. 

Visitors can explore a mix of locally owned stores, find a variety of souvenirs, handmade crafts, and high-quality mountain lifestyle products. With its pedestrian-friendly layout, shopping in Breckenridge becomes a leisurely stroll through one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain towns.

Breckenridge Ski & Sport

Breckenridge Ski & Sport represents the go-to ski and board rental destination in Summit County. Providing ski rentals and snowboard rentals for the whole family, each winter package comes complete with poles and a helmet. Secure your rentals online for a 30% discount. We even offer transportation between our shop and the resort!


Situated on South Main Street, Goods is a lifestyle and outdoor adventure store with a curated selection of apparel, accessories, and gear for both men and women.

Magical Scraps Boutiques

Located on Main Street, Magical Scraps Boutique is a whimsical store known for its collection of handmade and locally crafted goods. Visitors can find unique gifts, jewelry, and home decor, all with a touch of mountain magic.

Ready Paint Fire!

For those looking to bring home a personalized souvenir, Ready Paint Fire! on South Main Street provides a creative space for visitors to paint their own pottery. It’s a unique and hands-on experience for all ages.

Belvidere & Hern

Breckenridge’s Arts District, located on Washington Avenue, serves as the creative hub of the town, housing galleries, studios, and workshops where local and visiting artists showcase their work. Throughout the year, Breckenridge hosts art festivals, live performances, and cultural events, such as the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA). Through BreckCreate, visitors and locals can explore the diverse range of shows, classes, and opportunities in theatre, pottery, music and more. Breckenridge truly is a destination where nature and creativity seamlessly converge.

Dining Options

Breckenridge Restaurants and Apres-Ski Spots.

Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon

This classic steakhouse on Main Street, Briar Rose, is known for its upscale atmosphere and a menu featuring premium cuts of meat. The historic building adds to the restaurant’s charm.

Downstairs at Eric’s

A casual and family-friendly spot, Downstairs at Eric’s is a popular sports bar and restaurant offering a diverse menu with pizzas, burgers, and a variety of comfort foods. It’s a great option for a laid-back meal.


Twist is a contemporary restaurant on Ridge Street, known for its inventive cuisine and modern twists on classic dishes. The intimate setting and innovative flavors make it a standout choice for a memorable dining experience.

The Warming Hut Restaurant

Situated on Peak 8, The Warming Hut provides a cozy mountain dining experience with hearty breakfast and lunch options. It’s a great spot to refuel while enjoying the slopes.

Empire Burger

A beloved local spot, Empire Burger is known for its delicious burgers made with high-quality ingredients. The casual atmosphere and extensive beer selection add to the appeal.

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Nearby Slopes

Planning to ski outside of Breck? Check out our guides to skiing these nearby slopes.