Skiing Uphill – It’s a Thing. And Here’s Why You Should Try It.

Why do I like to ski uphill? The feeling of crisp, fresh air on my face as the sun rises and I begin my trek up the slopes. The overwhelming gratitude I am filled with to have such a beautiful experience in nature.

Winter Fun in Breck: No Bags Necessary

You’ve booked your winter trip to Breckenridge and now it’s time to pack. Skis, boots, layers…oh my! Does your suitcase already feel too heavy? Well, we’ve done our homework and have found four of the most fun and affordable ways to have fun in Breck that won’t weigh you down. Check out the list below to find Breck’s best winter activities which are also space saving for travel because you can rent the gear in town.

10/12/21 Breck’s First Snow

Photo taken in downtown Breckenridge, 10/12/21

Updated: 10/13/21

We woke this morning with snow on the ground, contrasting beautifully with the las colors of fall.

It’s Happening… Winter officially kicks off in Breckenridge

 

Over the past few days there has been humidity in the air, dusting of snow on the peaks and a blowing wind of change. After an absolutely stunning fall full of warm colors, the only color that has been on minds of residents, visitors and those waiting for winter has been white. Although the day started out with clear skies, a front blew in quickly and with it, the first snow to reach town touched down.

If your mind hasn’t been thinking forward towards winter, it’s hard to imagine that it isn’t now. The slopes have been blanketed with snow and snow making machines around the county began to fire up this weekend in preparation of the upcoming winter season. Breckenridge Ski Resort plans to open on November 12, 2021 with other resorts around the county aiming sooner, some even for an October start!

Stay Slopeside This Winter at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 for as Low as $78/night!

 

Need more reasons to get hyped for winter? Breckenridge Ski Resort is adding a new lift on Peak 7, The Freedom SuperChair!

If you weren’t thinking about a winter trip before today, we’re sure you are now. Have you purchased your ski pass for the upcoming season yet? One of our lodging partners, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is offering huge winter discounts when you bundle lift tickets and lodging! Bundle and book by 11/11 (before ski season kicks off) and you can ski and stay slopeside for as low as $143 per person, per night!

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Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in the heart of winter.

Breckenridge is the place to be in winter whether it be with family or friends, and the first snow of the season always gets us excited for a new season, new memories and to experience the best of Breckenridge all over again.

Photo taken in town on 10/12/21

Family Skiing & Family Sized Savings – A Local’s Tips

A Breckenridge local’s tips (and a warning!) for saving and enjoying a family ski vacation.

Backcountry Skiing in Summit County

Skinning in Summit County

There is no doubt that uphill skiing has become all the rage within the past couple of years. Between light-hearted touring, ski mountaineering (Ski-mo) and aggressive back country for pow stashes, the lot of locals and new comers all seem to take a slight interest in this activity. We’d like to start off by saying, ANYTIME you go into the back country please be prepared. Check the CAIC website for avalanche safety and if you heir on the “more extreme” side of things, we highly recommend at LEAST completing an AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course which teaches you how to make calculated decisions in avalanche terrain.

OK! Now let’s get to the fun stuff. Here are some fun ways (and places) to get outside in the fresh air and NOT have to wait in lift lines.

Hut Trips

Grab a group of friends, spend some time outside, sleep in a “cabin in the woods” and possibly experience some all-time skiing around the area. Hut trips can be as demanding or as lax as you make them, but getting out into the wilderness and “unplugged” for a night or two hasn’t seemed to do many people harm these days. Check out these two organizations below that offer huts around Summit County and beyond. Locals note: Book in advance. These huts gets booked 8-10 months prior so if you know which hut you’d like, get on top of it!

Summit Huts

Summit Huts was designed and created to provide meaningful backcountry experience for self-propelled mountain recreational users. Currently there are four huts within the system; Francie’s Cabin, Janet’s Cabin, Section House and Ken’s Cabin. These are located within Breckenridge. Francie’s Cabin is one of the most popular huts in Colorado, featuring a kitchen, sauna and solar powered lights. Although there CAN be some exceptional skiing in the areas surrounding these cabins, they are also very good options to just get out and experience something different for a night or two.

Mike from Summit Huts recently took some TV guys up to Francie’s Cabin. This was great exposure for Summit Huts and includes some awesome interviews with the kids who were staying up at the hut at the time. Check out the video here.

10th Mountain Division

Stuff can get real now. With options around Summit County (and very much beyond), the 10th Mountain Division is a non-profit organization that manages 34 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The 10th Mountain Division honors men of the U.S. Army who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado.

This website gives you tons of resources on how to plan your hut trip, family and kids trips as well as how to make your reservation. Plus tutorials on hut set up and hut clean up. Each hut has tons of information including both winter and summer routes and trailheads, hut location, layout capacity and much more.

For more huts not listed by either of these organizations, click here.

 “Safe” day tour areas

We use quotes around “safe” because you never know what can happen in the backcountry. You need to always be prepared. Below are three recommendations we offer for new, less experienced OR for people who are just looking to get their exercise on and maybe run your pooch. Please advise that in no way are we condoning that you go out blind. Please do your research before entering ANY backcountry terrain.

Bald Mountain – A most popular scene, this low angle, long approach is great for getting out with friends and the dogs. The path is clear and there is not much avy danger to be concerned. About a 4-mile round trip ski will get you high enough to link some decent turns together, and you honestly can’t beat the view.

Ken’s Cabin / Section House – see above for more information under Summit Huts.

Your favorite Epic Pass Resort – Most resorts offer up hill access prior to lifts turning and after hours. Check your local resort for up hill access, routes and information to stay safe. Pow can be nice but there is also something sweet about getting first tracks on freshly groomed corduroy!

More “extreme” day trips

Like above: Please do your research before entering ANY backcountry terrain. 

Loveland pass – Although no formal reading on what is offered off of Loveland Pass, there are plenty of trip reports and wise words of wisdom from skiers past. The nice option about Lovelandd pass… hitchhiking and shuttling is available. While uphill access is still also an option, this is a great way to get out into some fresh snow with without the work of skinning. Check out some literacy below:

Backcountry Recon

Colorado Ski Authority

East Vail – Also known as EV and also known for avalanche danger and the lives of some, when the conditions are right, the skiing is too. We suggest going with a local, someone who knows the area and following their instructions. There is a vast area of chutes so you may not end up as close as you think. (Defer to your local here). Not much information out on the web, so talk to people and google pictures to get a general idea of the expansiveness of the chutes.

Mt. Guyot – Also a long approach. Mt. Guyot has some lines for fantastic skiing. The Northwest Slope is a fun ski when conditions are RIGHT. Not a far drive if you are staying in Breckenridge, this trailhead and route can also just be a fun tour, hike, or snowshoe.

Breckenridge Date Ideas: A Local’s Guide

Choosing what to do or where to go on a date can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But hey, don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered. Want to do something adrenaline-inducing? Got it. A fun night filled with drinks and music? You betcha. Something totally unique? Check. The Best of Breck team wants to share the love with you! Check out our top picks for an unforgettable time, night or day.

BE ADVENTUROUS 🌄

  • Uphill Skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort: No ski pass? No problem. You don’t need a pass to skin; just follow the designated routes up the mountain and enjoy fresh tracks on the way down! (Remember, safety first!)
  • Snowmobile Tours: For the ultimate snowmobile experience, sign up for a half-day or full-day excursion and get ready for an unforgettable date.
Snowmobiling on a date!

Snowmobiling on a date!

  • Dog Sledding: Looking for something that’s not so extreme? Mush a team of adorable huskies in the Rockies with your loved one! Enjoy the views, make new furry friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Snow Coach Tours: A heated snow coach is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies in style!
  • Hut Trip: Feeling bold? Get a unique backcountry experience and skin/split-board to your destination hut!

ADD BOOZE 🍻

  • Take a tour of Breckenridge Distillery. It includes a tasting of their award-winning bourbon, classic vodka, and gin, so this one is kind of a no-brainer!
  • Grab 2 for 1 martinis at Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub! In addition to Breck’s longest happy hour (from 3 – 8 pm!), they also sport a full cigar room, and an impressive selection of over 60 different single malt scotches to beat the cold if martinis aren’t your thing! Garrett is our favorite bartender and makes a mean “Satan’s Soul Patch.” It’s a must-try (if you like bourbon).
Pouring a "Satan's Soul Patch" at Cecilia's

Garrett pouring a “Satan’s Soul Patch” at Cecilia’s

  • Grab a brew. Head over to Broken Compass Brewing and try the legendary Coconut Porter or the refreshing Ginger Pale Ale.
  • Hit the club. Dance the night away to the DJ’s tune at Cecilia’s or Liquid Lounge.
  • Listen to live music (with a drink in hand, of course) at places like The Historic Brown, Motherloaded Tavern, Rocky Mountain Underground and The Riverwalk Center.

GET ACTIVE 🎿

  • Ski (or Snowboard), Duh! The ski resort boasts an endless variety of runs to accommodate every level of skier. From well-groomed greens to epic double-black diamond playgrounds, Breckenridge Ski Resort has a lot to love.
  • Ridden Fat Bike and Brewery Tour: This is the perfect date idea for the adventurous couple! Get on a fat bike (any time of year!) and ride through town. Wake up those muscles, enjoy the cool mountain air, and end the day with a drink at Broken Compass Brewing or the Breckenridge Distillery.
Fat Biking!

Fat Biking!

BE ROMANTIC 💕

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

GET ARTSY 🎨

International Snow Sculpture Championships

International Snow Sculpture Championships

Ready for an awesome date? Grab your loved one, get out there, and have FUN!

If you have little ones with you and are looking for a sitter while you go out on a date, click here for affordable child care options in Breckenridge.

"Satan's Soul Patch"

Cheers!