First Time Ski Trip Guide to Breckenridge

With 2,908 skiable acres, 187 trails, and 235 lifts Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a variety of terrain for all levels from beginner to expert. If you’re not sure where to start, read on for a breakdown of beginner to expert hike-to terrain so you can get the most out of your days on the mountain. 

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!

 

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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What Skis to Use? Different Skis for Different Conditions.

If you have been to Breckenridge this season, chances are you have had the opportunity to ski some powder or enjoy some mixed and ungroomed terrain. With all the snow we have been getting it has been almost impossible to not be here on a powder day. Ripping through soft powder and deep conditions is many skiers’ dream day on the hill. Or, maybe you are looking to up your game in the terrain park or put down the deepest carve you can on a groomed run. There are many different types of skiing you can try when you visit Breckenridge and having the right gear can give you the best experience as you try different types of skiing. Even bottomless powder can be a challenge if you are not prepared for it. Getting stuck out in the snow with the wrong gear can make an epic day go south fast. With that in mind, here is a breakdown of some of the most common types of skis and types of skiing for different conditions you are likely to encounter at Breckenridge.

All-Mountain Skis

As the name suggests, all-mountain skis are built as a one-size-fits-all type of ski and can handle just about anything that the mountain will throw at you. These are usually built wider, lighter and shorter than other types of skis and are generally twin-tipped. They perform very well on the mountain in almost any conditions. All-mountain skis are perfect for anyone who wants to try different types of skiing but doesn’t want to get pigeonholed into just one type of ski. The drawback is that if you do want to up your game at any one type of skiing, all-mountain skis might not perform as well as a more specific type of ski. Examples of all-mountain skis are K2 Pinnacles, Blizzard Brahmas and Armada Invictus.

Carving Skis

Carving skis are the most common type of skis that recreational skiers will be used to. These skis have an hourglass shape that is thinner under the boot and wider at the tip and tail of the skis. The curving of the skis allows the edges to dig into the snow and makes it easier to turn. Carving skis are most effective on groomed runs and allow skiers to easily make graceful carving turns. They are less effective in powder and off off-piste terrain. Examples of carvings skis include Kastle FX95’s, Head Kore 93’s and Elan Ripsticks.

Powder Skis

Powder skis are built for exactly what their name implies: powder. They are typically the widest skis you will find and are built to keep you afloat even in the deepest of power. They are usually a bit softer than an all-mountain ski and are unique in that the ski itself offers a reverse camber with the tip and tail of the ski thinner than the middle. Powder skis are specific to deeper snow and are a little wonky on groomed runs and mixed conditions like moguls and spring conditions. Some great powder skis are Saloman Rocker 2’s, Armada Bubbas and Faction Royales.

Freestyle Skis

These used to be known as “twin tips” and are primarily built lighter, shorter and narrower than typical all-mountain skis. Freestyle skis are specifically designed for the park and the pipe. These skis always have twin tips and usually a more symmetrical setup than other skis. They are designed to make riding switch (backwards) easier. Although freestyle skis are specifically designed for the park, they are usually pretty good all-mountain skis, too. Some of our favorite freestyle skis are Faction Candides, Line Magnum Opus skis and Armada ARV 96’s.

If you are interested in trying something different than your usual gear or need some top-of-the-line gear while you are visiting, check out Breck Sports. This winter you can enjoy up to 20% off your rental equipment. Breck Sports will provide FREE delivery of the latest ski and snowboard gear right to your door. Prefer an in-store experience? Head over to one of Breck Sports’ eight physical locations. With the ability return or exchange gear at any location (including Vail, Beaver Creek, and Keystone) renting your gear with Breck Sports couldn’t be any easier. Click here to visit RentSkis.com!

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