50 Things To Do in Breckenridge this Winter

Dreaming of a winter vacation? Breckenridge is your answer. Apart from the world-class skiing of Breckenridge Ski Resort, you’ll find there is endless adventure off the mountain. From attempting axe throwing to exploring the great outdoors via a monster truck sleigh ride, there is something to do everywhere you turn. This small mountain town is chock full of the activities winter vacations are made of. Make sure you don’t miss out on the 50 best things to do in Breckenridge this winter!

  1. Ride the highest chairlift in North America, then ski three and a half miles all the way to town. 

    Snowshoeing in Breckenridge

  2. Step outside and try a winter snowshoe hike at one of many trails on national forest land. 
  3. Grab a doughnut and sausage roll at Daylight Donuts before hitting the slopes. 
  4. Walk Main Street at night and enjoy the holiday lights all winter long.  
  5. Take a cross country ski lesson at the Breckenridge Nordic Center 
  6. If skiing isn’t your thing, give snowbiking a try for a unique experience on the mountain! 

    Ice skating at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Ice Rink

  7. Ice skate at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Ice Rink just steps from the slopes of Peak 8.   
  8. Enjoy a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride and dinner at Gold Run Nordic Center. 
  9. Sip hot cocoa at Ullr Café after a full day of skiing.  
  10. Make reservations for a private yurt dining experience at Aurum. 
  11. Attend a play at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre 
  12. Grill your own s’mores tableside at the Motherloaded Tavern 
  13. Challenge your mind and book an escape room for the family at the Gr8 Escape Room. 
  14. Try your hand at axe throwing at MTN Axe Breckenridge on Main Street. 
  15. Shop for skis, listen to live music and enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail at RMU Outdoors. 
  16. Experience the great outdoors during a full moon with a guided snowshoe tour. 
  17. Take a 6-mile dog sledding tour in the Swan River Valley.   
  18. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Mimi & Pin with a freshly made churro or waffle. 
  19. Stretch and restore at a yoga class with Bhava Yoga or Meta Yoga 

    Guided Snowmobiling Tour

  20. Explore the mountains on a guided snowmobiling tour. 
  21. Stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center Museum to learn about the town’s history. 
  22. Drink one of the best après ski cocktails in Breckenridge.  
  23. Hit the slopes and try skiing or snowboarding at Breckenridge Ski Resort. 
  24. Test your trivia knowledge on Wednesdays at Broken Compass Brewing‘s Main Street Taproom. 
  25. Pick up a sled or tube and hit one of the free sledding hills in Breckenridge. 
  26. Explore the darker side of Breckenridge on a ghost tour 
  27. Indulge in a fondue dinner at the Swiss Haven Restaurant 
  28. Take a half-day ice fishing trip on Lake Dillon. 
  29. Listen to live music at the Riverwalk Center. 

    Isak Heartstone

  30. Stroll the Trollstigen Trail and discover a 15-foot-tall wooden troll hidden in snowy forest. 
  31. Attend Ullr Fest in December and pray for snow with the locals. 
  32. Catch a Breckenridge Vipers ice hockey game at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. 

    Drinks at Robbie’s Tavern

  33. Drink a bloody mary slopeside at Robbie’s Tavern 
  34. For the early birds: get your blood pumping and uphill ski on Breckenridge Ski Resort before the lifts start turning. 
  35. Ride the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster on the base of the mountain.  
  36. Get crafty with Frosted Flamingo, a mobile art studio that brings DIY to you. 
  37. Soak in the scenery on a monster truck sleigh tour with Country Boy Mine. 
  38. Grab a midday bite from Trolley Crepes, a classic trolley converted into a mobile Crepe Cart. 
  39. Treat yourself and enjoy a spa service at Infinity Spa.  
  40. Shop for the perfect gift on Main Street. 
  41. Take a step back in time at the oldest bar in Summit County, the Gold Pan Saloon. 
  42. Catch a movie and enjoy a beer at The Eclipse. 

    Race of the Santas

  43. Spread holiday cheer and run in the Race of the Santas.
  44. Enjoy wine tastings at Continental Divide Winery and Carboy Winery. 
  45. Take a Fat Bike beer and distillery tour around Breckenridge with Ridden.  
  46. Watch blocks of snow transform into intricate art the International Snow Sculpture Championships. 
  47. Enjoy a happy hour warm up by indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit at Blue Stag Saloon. 
  48. Don’t let the altitude get to you. Catch your breath at the O2 Lounge 
  49. Purchase a day pass to the Breckenridge Recreation Center and sign up for a fitness class. 
  50. Take a scenic drive to Hoosier Pass and stand on the Continental Divide. 

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.

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!


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

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Winter Wine Blending Experience

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