Hidden Gems in Breckenridge

The magical feeling you get when you see the Tenmile Range as you come out of the Eisenhower Tunnel and into Summit County is an unforgettable experience.

Top 20 Winter Activities in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is known for skiing and snowboarding but there are so many more activities beyond the slopes. If you’re looking for things to do in Breckenridge this winter, look no further! We’ve rounded up the best Breckenridge winter activities so you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying your winter getaway.  

  1. Step outside and try a winter snowshoe hike at one of many trails on national forest land.  
  2. Take a cross country ski lesson at the Breckenridge Nordic Center 
  3. Ice skate at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Ice Rink just steps from the slopes of Peak 8.   
  4. Enjoy a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride and dinner at Gold Run Nordic Center. 
  5. Sip hot cocoa at Ullr Café after a full day of skiing.  
  6. Make reservations for a private yurt dining experience at Aurum. 
  7. Challenge your mind and book an escape room for the family at the Gr8 Escape Room. 
  8. Try your hand at axe throwing at MTN Axe Breckenridge on Main Street. 
  9. Take a 6-mile dog sledding tour in the Swan River Valley.   
  10. Explore the mountains on a guided snowmobiling tour. 
  11. Hit the slopes and try skiing or snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort. 
  12. Pick up a sled or tube and hit one of the free sledding hills in Breckenridge. 
  13. Stroll the Trollstigen Trail and discover a 15-foot-tall wooden troll hidden in the forest. 
  14. Catch a Breckenridge Vipers ice hockey game at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. 
  15. For the early birds: get your blood pumping and uphill ski on Breckenridge Ski Resort before the lifts start turning. 
  16. Treat yourself and enjoy a spa service at Infinity Spa. 
  17. Shop for the perfect gift on Main Street. 
  18. Catch a movie and enjoy a beer at The Eclipse. 
  19. Take a Fat Bike beer and distillery tour around Breckenridge with Ridden.  
  20. Watch blocks of snow transform into intricate art at the International Snow Sculpture Championships. 

If you’re ready to book your trip check out our Breck Deals for slopeside accommodations in Breckenridge!

The Best Pizza in Breck: A Local’s Guide

Edited and republished December 16, 2021 by Laurel Coffman

Pizza. Yum… It just might be the best thing in the world. Baked cheesy goodness, robust sauce and crispy, chewy crust. What more could you really ask for?

Whether you like it thick or thin, cheesy or saucy, plain jane or loaded up, Breckenridge has a pizza you’ll love. We’re here to give you “the inside slice” about the best pizza in Breck. We asked locals about their favorite spot to grab a heavenly slice and this is what they had to say.

Breckenridge Ale House 

By the Slice: Yes – all day 

Thick or Thin: Breckenridge Ale House offers thin crust, Jersey-style tomato pizza pie along with a gluten-free flatbread option. 

The Cheese on Top: This is a great no-nonsense spot with simple, large pizzas to feed the whole family.  Grab a seat at the bar and order one of their 120 oz. beer towers. 

The Inside Slice: If you have a big appetite, this is the place for you! They offer a 24” Super Slice, 2-feet in length with a take home pizza cutter.  

Breckenridge Ale House

Tin Plate 

By the Slice: No 

Thick or Thin: Tin Plate offers up their homemade thin sourdough crust. 

The Cheese on Top: Upscale dining and pizza can go hand in hand. At Tin Plate, you’ll dine in a 138-year-old mining cabin while enjoying unique and flavorful pizzas. Made from locally sourced ingredients, try everything from the Pineapple Pancetta to the Fig & Prosciutto pizza. 

The Inside Slice: Right next door to Tin Plate you’ll find Dynamite Cookies. Enjoy a freshly made signature cookie and pair it with a beer after your pizza (or before, we aren’t judging).  

Tin Plate

Piante Pizzeria 

By the Slice: No 

Thick or Thin: Thin crust, New York City-inspired, Neapolitan pizzas with a gluten free substitute available. 

The Cheese on Top: Two words: vegan pizza. Yep, you read that right. All ingredients at Piante are 100% plant based and sustainably sourced. Pizzas with bold flavors like the Buffalo Soldier, made with buffalo cauliflower, will satisfy even the biggest meat lovers’ cravings.  

The Inside Slice: For an extra special experience, book one of Piante’s Alpen Globes and enjoy private dining with panoramic views of the mountains.  

Piante Pizzeria

Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – all day

Thick or Thin: They offer a thin and crispy New York-style pizza as well as a Sicilian deep dish.

The Cheese on Top: Almost everyone we asked said Giam’s was hands down the best pizza in Breckenridge. They make everything in-house, including their pizza sauce, and the quality of ingredients really shines through. They’ve also expanded the dining room area to include more tables, a bar and a private dining room.

The Inside Slice: Pizza by the slice is perfect for a quick lunch. It’s always delicious, never too greasy and the crust is perfectly crisp!

Giampietro Pizza & Pasteria

Giampietro Pizza & Pasteria

Fatty’s Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – during lunch from 11 am to 4 pm

Thick or Thin: You get the best of both worlds here. Fatty’s offers traditional and thin crust pizza. You can even choose between white or whole wheat dough.

The Cheese on Top: Fatty’s has big slices and a slice of cheese is only $3. When you add toppings, they don’t mess around. They load it up all the way to the crust.

The Inside Slice: There’s a reason it’s been around for so long; they’re fast, friendly, affordable and consistent.

Northside Pizza

By the Slice: Yes – all day

Thick or Thin: Northside offers thin, traditional hand-tossed, deep dish, and “Out of Bounds” crusts

The Cheese on Top: These guys are seriously creative. Even though they still offer all the traditional pizza topping options, you can get a little crazy with their signature pizzas. They are chock full of bold flavors that span green chiles to smoked bacon. If you’re looking for a fresh and delicious twist on pizza, you need to check out Northside.

The Inside Slice: The Out of Bounds crust option is where they load up on the toppings. They don’t hold back, they stack ‘em on all the way to the crust and then cut it up into squares. This option is perfect for families with children or big parties.

Downstair's at Eric's Bar

Downstair’s at Eric’s Bar

Downstairs at Eric’s

By the Slice: Yes – after 9 pm

Thick or Thin: They offer a traditional hand-tossed crust, but you still have a few options. You can choose between white, garlic white, wheat, garlic wheat, or gluten free

The Cheese on Top: Eric’s is the perfect spot to hit with the family after thrashing powder all day long. It’s a restaurant and bar with 29 flat screen HDTVs, 25 arcade games, 30 beers on tap and 50 beers by the bottle. The kids are sure to love all the games and you can kick back, unwind and watch the game with a beer.

The Inside Slice: The Garbage Pizza is definitely a local’s favorite. It’s the traditional “let’s-throw-everything-on-here” pizza and it is delicious. If you want to try something a little different, but equally enticing, check out the Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza.

Downstairs at Eric's Arcade

Downstairs at Eric’s Arcade

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge pizza joints, visit Grand Timber Lodge.

Breckenridge Holiday Shopping Guide

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over but that doesn’t mean you still can’t find great gifts for everyone on your list. Instead of shopping online, find local, handcrafted gifts on Breckenridge’s Main Street.