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!

 

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.

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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’s First Dusting of Snow for Winter 21/22

The leaves have begun to change here in Breckenridge – yellows, oranges, and reds all beginning to burn bright in the aspen groves flanking Breckenridge and the Tenmile range. On the morning of September 20th,  another color made an early appearance – white!

First snow views from Grand Timber Lodge

Views from the Grand Timber Lodge

Snow didn’t only blanket the tops of peaks, but trace amounts made it down to the streets and rooftops of the Victorian houses lining Ridge and High streets.

You can stay, play and save at Grand Timber Lodge during winter 21/22 – Book here for 50% off!

By the afternoon, most of the snow had melted off except for just the tip of the mountains, but the chill in the air remained. This snow really welcomed in fall in Breckenridge, but also reminded us that winter is quickly approaching.

Enjoy these photos from our 1st glimpse into winter. If this winter preview has got you excited to start planning your trip to Breckenridge, our partner, The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is offering rooms for winter 21/22 for as low as $79 a night when you book by 11/11!