Make It Easy: FAQ’s on Bundling Lodging and Lift Tickets

So, you’re planning a ski trip to Breckenridge for the upcoming winter and wondering where to start? We can help with that!

Consider a few basic items you will need to make your trip a success:

  • Transportation to and from Breckenridge
  • A place to stay in town
  • Mountain access or lift tickets
  • Ski/snowboard rentals

Let us help you walk through each of these items and answer some frequently asked questions:

Transportation 

If you are driving to Breckenridge, feel free to skip to the next section. If you are flying into Denver International Airport, here is what you need to know about some of the  frequently asked questions?

  • Q: How far is Breckenridge from the airport?
    A: About 2 hours, depending on traffic and weather conditions
  • Q: What are the ways to get there?
    A: You can rent a car from the airport, take a shuttle service (highly recommended) or try a Rideshare app.
  • Q: Any shuttle services you recommend?
    A: YES!
    Summit Express – Shared shuttles or private transportation between DIA and Summit County, along with a 10% discount when you reserve your ride through our partner, Breckenridge Grand Vacations. Click here to book online!
    Peak One Express – 14-person chartered shared or private shuttles with service between DIA and Summit County. Click here to book now!
    Epic Mountain Express
    – Shared or private shuttle transportation with services between DIA and the Breckenridge. Click here to book now!

Taking a shuttle frees you from having to worry about driving in any snowy conditions this winter. Once you arrive in Breckenridge, depending on where you stay (we highly recommend Grand Timber Lodge for it’s walkability between town and the ski resort) you can take advantage of the free town bus or your hotel’s shuttle.

A Place to stay & lift tickets 

Aren’t these two separate FAQ topics? Well, yes. You could find a place to stay and purchase lift tickets at the ticket window day of, but you won’t know the price of your lift tickets until that day. Or, you could lock in your tickets and book your lodging to stay, only to find out that that place is a far walk from the gondola or bus stop! Thankfully, we have a solution for both of these mishaps:

  • Q: Is it possible to bundle lift tickets and lodging?
    A: YES! Currently, two of our favorite places to stay in Breckenridge are offering lift ticket and lodging bundles if your book between now and 11/11/21!

The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Stay at the base of Peak 7 and bundle in your lift tickets for just $143 per person, per night. The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 is located at the base of Breckenridge Ski resort and is also the second stop from downtown Breckenridge on the BreckConnect Gondola for easy transitioning between relaxing at the resort, hitting the slopes or exploring town.

Grand Timber Lodge. Perfect for experiencing both the mountain and the Town of Breckenridge, Grand Timber Lodge is located walking distance from both the Quicksilver Chair on Peak 9 and Main Street in downtown Breckenridge. Each person can stay at Grand Timber Lodge and get lift tickets for just $145 per person, per night!

Both of these offers are only available through 11/11/21! Now for some more lodging and lift ticket FAQs

  • Q: How much do lift tickets cost?
    A: Ticket prices vary from day to day during the season, and the only way to ensure you get the lowest price is by purchasing in advance on Breckenridge.com or by taking advantage of the bundle deals mentioned above..
  • Q: Where can I purchase lift tickets?
    A: Either online or at the ticket windows located at the BreckConnect Gondola, Peak 8, Peak 7 or Peak 9.
  • Q: Is it better to stay closer to town or the mountain?
    A: Honestly, it is your preference. Between the BreckConnect Gondola, town buses or resort shuttles, you can easily get to and from your lodging to most places in Breck.

Ski, snowboard and other rentals 

  • Q: Are there places in Breckenridge I can rent this equipment?
    A: YES! We recommend Breck Sports.
  • Q: Do any services deliver rentals?
    A: YES! Ski Butlers will deliver your rentals to your accommodation’s door and pick them u after your last day.
  • Q: What other types of equipment can I rent?
    A: Fat bikes from Ridden, or cross country ski or snowshoes from the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

So there you have it: Some of our most-common questions we receive about planning a trip to Breckenridge! What questions do you have about planning your upcoming trip? Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll be sure to answer!

 

Grab a Bite in Breck: Locals’ Favorites

Up in Breck and not sure where to grab a bite to eat? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. From tacos & margs to steak & a bold Cab, we’ve surveyed locals around town for this insider info. Check out the “hot spots” in Breck that locals rave about!

The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

After a long day of skiing or hiking, there’s nothing better than sitting back, kicking off your boots and enjoying a cold one (or two). Here are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour deals.

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We asked locals about their favorite happy hours in Breckenridge. Here’s what they had to say.

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

(970) 771-3943

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: One of the best happy hour spots in Breck. 4-6 pm daily
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, half-priced draft beer and $7 classic cocktails
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the servers are super friendly and accommodating
Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend whetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge, in our humble opinion).

Modis | 113 S Main St

(970) 453-4330

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Appetizers under $10, reduced prices on cocktails and wine pours
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

(970) 453-6974

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 2-5 pm daily
The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to Mondays and Tuesdays, 5-10 pm
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

(970) 547-9595

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-6 pm daily
The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour and $5 appetizers
The Cherry on Top: This place has a great artistic atmosphere, everyone is friendly and the bar is curved which makes it easy to chat with your neighbor
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic. Try the “Sexy Woman” martini with jalapeño-infused vodka, passion fruit and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

(970) 453-2572

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: $1 beer, wine and shots; $2 off house infusion cocktails and $5 food specials
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Check the events calendar for karaoke, trivia nights and late-night music. There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laid-back vibe with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch. Try the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your table.

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

(970) 453-2071

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, 3 tacos for $5 and $5 wings
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ top choice for après ski since 1981. They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 offerings.
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa during happy hour. Check out the specialty margaritas made with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila.

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

(970) 453-1148

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily in the lounge or on the patio in the summer
The Deals: Discounted appetizers and cocktails, $6 wines by the glass, $3 microbrews and domestic beers
The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night
Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Gingered Gimlet.”

Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub | 520 S Main St

(970) 453-2243

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, gluten-free options available
Happy Hour: 3-8 pm daily
The Deals: 2-for-1 martinis, $3.50 empanadas and more
The Cherry on Top: Cecilia’s transforms into an incredible nightclub once the sun goes down. The dance floor is a riot and the cocktails are even better
Local’s Guide: Ask for the “Satan’s Soul Patch” cocktail. You won’t be disappointed! It’ll set your taste buds ablaze…literally.

Cheers!

 

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge happy hour hot spots, visit Grand Timber Lodge.

Five Reasons to Come to Breckenridge on Weekdays

LBreckenridge by nightess Traffic. Peaceful town. Bigger smiles. Let’s face it, weekends can get pretty crowded in the high country. Visit Breckenridge during the week and have more fun! Still need more convincing? Book your Breckenridge getaway on weekdays and save. If you can swing it, it’s even worth taking a day or two off to manage it. If you are wondering why you should take days off to ski Breckenridge on weekdays here are five reasons:

  • Save time – Last Saturday I was riding the lift and talking to a couple that had just arrived from the Front Range. It was noon and they were telling me about how this lift ride was their first run. They had waited until 8 a.m. to leave and it took them 4 hours to get to this lift. The next week I was talking to a friend from Lakewood and he said he leaves by 6 a.m. on Saturday. If he waits any later he will be in bumper to bumper traffic the whole way up. Weekend traffic has been getting worse for years and even with improvements like the new toll lane, things will still be pretty rough for the foreseeable future. Try driving up on a weekday- there is never any significant traffic. It is about an hour and a half flat to Breck from Denver on a weekday.
  • Stay better – Coming on weekday’s means you have options especially if you are trying to set up a close in trip. Breckenridge lodging is built on condo style accommodations and has only a few hotels. If you like to stay in nice large places close to the lifts be prepared to shell out a pretty penny on weekends. But on weekday’s room rates tend to come back down out of the stratosphere and you can book a much nicer room, closer to when you are coming then you ever could on a weekend.
  • Live large – Make sure one of the first things you do when you come up to Breckenridge on a weekday is to grab a Summit Daily. You won’t miss the distinctive blue boxes that are ubiquitous around Summit County. Inside lies the free daily newspaper and all of the happy hours, food deals and sales going on in Breckenridge and Summit County. Since the weekdays are less crowded, there is less demand for food, drinks and cheap stuff. We all know the Law of Supply and Demand that says the smaller the demand, the smaller the price. So live large and go out when you come. Your wallet will thank you for it.
  • Own the mountain – When surveyed, 9.99 out of 10 respondents said they prefer short lift lines and uncrowded slopes. That 1/100th of a person is not thinking clearly. Having the mountain all to yourself sounds way cooler than sharing it with thousands of your closest friends (remember? You met them on I-70 on the way up). Also, it has been proven in countless experiments that you have a greater chance of actually skiing powder on a powder day if that day is a weekday.
  • Save your sanity – Breckenridge is awesome on the weekend. Town is vibrant and full and life. There is no shortage of fun activities to try and plenty of people to enjoy it with. But if you are looking for something a little quieter, a little less expensive or a little less crowded on slopes, come up on weekdays. If you are looking to avoid the frustrations of traffic and crowds that sometime occur than heed this advice and come up to Breckenridge on a weekday.

 

To Ski in or Ski out

Why Ski-in/Ski-Out in Breckenridge?

Breckenridge Resort spans over five skiable peaks and over 2907 acres. With all of that terrain, it can take days to explore! Ski-in/ski-out lodging might typically seem like an unnecessary upgrade, but there are tons of reasons why slope side lodging in Breckenridge is the best option for a hassle free vacation! Check out our top three reasons why ski-in/ski-out is the ideal way to vacation in Breckenridge!

1.) Location

When you stay at a ski-in/ski-out property, you’re guaranteed the best views of the mountains. Whether it’s a famous Colorado sunset or sunrise, lodging at the base of the mountain will guarantee scenery that won’t disappoint! Walk out on your deck or out to the lobby and take in the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. When you’re sleeping just steps from the lifts, you don’t need to stress about getting up extra early. Grab your skis or board and simply stroll on over to the slopes. You’ll be on the mountain in a matter of minutes! The greatest part about ski-in/ski-out lodging is the convenience of not having to lug around equipment. Rent a ski locker or store your gear right in your room. There’s no need to worry about loading or unloading your equipment. You don’t need to stress about getting down from the mountain to move your car. And even more importantly, you’re free to après all you want!

2.) Transportation

Like most resort towns, transportation can definitely be a hassle in Breckenridge. Parking is often limited and in such a small town, traffic can get congested. However, Breckenridge offers free bus transportation that will take you all over town.. Should you have booked your stay with a slope side property, you don’t even need to worry about transportation, though. Most lodges of that caliber have free shuttles if need be, but you would only need that for certain locations, since you’ll be in the heart of all the action. Park your car at the slope side resort you’re staying at and don’t waste money on gas or paid parking; spend it on a day shopping or a night on the town!

3.) Save money!

Speaking of saving money, don’t waste your funds on a rental car; use the free buses or shuttles to get around town. Take what you would’ve spent on that and do yourself a favor: upgrade to a slope side room! Staying ski-in/ski-out provides you with the luxury of eating lunch right in your room instead of doling out ridiculous sums for snacks at an expensive resort restaurant. There are plenty of grocery stores in town like City Market, Local Market and The Food Kingdom, where you can grab supplies or have Breckenridge Grocery deliver right to your room!

Despite the big mountains, Breckenridge is actually a small town that can get overcrowded, especially downtown. Staying right on the hill, a couple minutes from the masses that can flood Main Street is the best way to save time and money and maximize your time for fun while on your vacation! Click below to book your Breckenridge getaway today!

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