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Electric Biking in Breckenridge

If you’d like to get around Breckenridge and Summit County on two wheels but need a little assistance, give electric biking a try. This mode of transportation has quickly gained popularity and is an eco-friendly way to sightsee in the high country. Come take a ride with us and see what it’s all about!

What is an Electric Bike?

An electric bicycle, commonly known as an e-bike, is a bike that is equipped with an electric motor that gives you a boost while you’re pedaling. You still have traditional bike gears, but you can opt to add a little juice whenever you need some assistance. While climbing hills at 9,600’ we can tell you we appreciated the extra help!  

How Does it Work? 

Before you get going, you’ll turn on a power switch and a display panel. The display panel is conveniently located on the handlebars and shows you your speed, charge level and pedal assist level. On the left handlebar you can control your pedal assist level, while on the right handlebar you have your traditional gears. 

The pedal assist levels of zero to five correlate with how much power you are relying on from the motor compared to your pedaling. At zero, you receive no power; while at level five you receive maximum power and need to do little to no pedaling. The higher level of power you use, the more of the battery charge you will use.  

Fun fact: With pedal assist, bikes can go up to 20 miles per hour and a charged bike can last up to 45 miles per trip on average! 

Where We Rented From

We rented our e-bike cruisers from Craniologie right on Main Street in Breckenridge. Craniologie rents Class 1 e-bikes with pedal assist, which are the only type of e-bike permitted on the Rec Path. We opted for a half-day rental so we would have just enough time for leisurely riding and stopping for lunch at Lake Dillon. The rental included bike locks and helmets and the staff were helpful with explaining features and safety before we were on our way. 

Rental Options & Pricing 

Bix Sol Eclipse: Classic Cruiser Style

  • Half Day: $59 
  • Full Day: $79 
  • 24 Hours: $99 

Blix Packa Genie: Cargo Bike with Bike Rack

  • Half Day: $69 
  • Full Day: $89 
  • 24 Hours: $109 

Optional Child Trailer Add-On: $30 

Tips Before You Go 

E-Bike Etiquette 

The most popular option for e-biking around Breckenridge is taking the Blue River Recreation Path, better known as the Rec Path. This paved path can take you from Breckenridge to Frisco, Dillon, Copper and Keystone! 

The Rec Path is a popular place for walkers, joggers and bikers alike, which means you’ll be passing a lot of people along the way. Always let people know when you are approaching or passing with something as simple as, “On your left,” and make sure to slow it down. If you are e-biking with a group, be sure to ride single file when passing others and be aware of your surroundings so you do not take up too much space.  

What to Bring 

Our e-bike rentals only had a small pouch on the front, so bringing a small backpack was the best option to hold our belongings. In your bag, don’t forget to pack water and sunscreen. The sun is strong in Summit County and even if you aren’t pedaling as hard, you’ll still need to hydrate! 

Our Half-Day Itinerary

11 a.m.: First, we picked up our rentals at Craniologie and hopped onto the Rec Path, conveniently located right behind the shop. We took our time getting used to the bikes and taking in the mountain views while enjoying our ride along the Blue River. Once we passed Summit High School, we stayed to the right and took the underpass so we could enjoy scenic views of Lake Dillon (highly recommended!). From there, it was only a short jaunt to the Frisco Bay Marina.  

12 p.m.: Since we had an hour of hard work (only kidding), we decided to stop for lunch and beverages at Island Grill at Frisco Bay Marina. It was a perfect sunny day and our combination of grilled fish tacos and frozen cocktails really made us feel like we were on island time.  

1:15 p.m.: After our pit stop, we reapplied sunscreen, powered up our bikes and hopped back on the path to Breckenridge. Since we were familiarized with the bikes, we sped up our pedal assist to level five and cruised. The way back to Breckenridge is slightly uphill the whole way so it was a treat to have the help pedaling! 

2 p.m.: As we approached the town limits of Breckenridge, we still had an hour of rental time left so we decided to make a pit stop at Broken Compass Brewing on Airport Road. Broken Compass is a local staple, with a welcoming tap room and a wide selection of beers. We enjoyed our brews outside under sun shade sails before hopping back on the bikes.  

3 p.m.: It was only a 10-minute pedal from Broken Compass back to Craniologie were we returned our bikes and headed on our merry way.  

In total, the ride was about 20 miles (10 miles each way), and we had a great time! Admittedly, it’s been hard going back to regular old biking, and we think we’ll be adding e-bikes to our wish lists.  

Spring Skiing Vacation Packing Guide

Spring in the mountains is such a majestic time! There are endless bluebird days, longer days in the sunshine and warmer spring skiing weather! Don’t get caught being unprepared! When planning for a spectacular ski vacation to Breckenridge, excitement is going to snowstorm your mind when it comes to thinking of everything you need to pack. Don’t fret; we have put together the perfect ski vacation packing guide for you!

   

Gear

  • Base Layers – If you hate being cold and having shivers, make sure you don’t cheap out on thermals. If you are in the market for new thermals or didn’t pack the best ones, make sure you stop by Mountain Outfitters, North Face, or REI. Base layers could possibly make or break your ski vacation, so make sure you get good ones!
  • Socks – Cold feet — one of the worst things to endeavor while spending the day on the mountain. Avoid cold feet and make sure to pack extra warm socks. If you forgot to pack those fuzzy warm socks, stop in Joy of Sox on Main Street! They will hook you up with warm and fashionable socks of all different sizes.
  • Outerwear – You are going to want to pack your warmest winter jacket and ski pants. The weather in the mountains is very unpredictable, you may have a bluebird day, or you may be in a winter snowglobe! Make sure you are prepared for all weather by packing your best winter jacket and ski pants.
  • Goggles – By far, the most critical factor on the mountain is your ability to see. Goggles will protect your eyes from the sun’s glare on the snow but also protect your eye while zooming down the mountain in a winter wonderland.
  • Ski Pass/Tickets – Want first chair and fresh tracks? That powder isn’t going to last forever. To avoid the ticket office lines and the stress, ensure that you have your lift tickets or season pass.

On the Mountain

  • Skis, ski poles, snowboard – These may be the most important things to remember. As your mind is in a whirlwind, it might slip your mind. Avoid the hassles and headaches of dealing with the airlines and simplify the way you travel! Ship Skis can arrange door-to-door transportation of your ski gear and luggage from anywhere in the world in just minutes.
  • Boots – Don’t ruin that perfect day on the mountain by forgetting your boots. Pro Tip: keep your boots next to the heater or fireplace so they’re nice and toasty when you put them on.
  • Helmet – Protect your noggin! If you find yourself forgetting your helmet, stop by Craniologie in Breckenridge to pick up a helmet. They also offer goggles if you are looking for the entire setup!

Wanting to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time and don’t have your own equipment, or don’t want the hassle of packing your own equipment. Don’t worry — here are a few places that rent everything you need to make the most memorable ski vacation!

Things you may Overlook

  • Bathing Suit – After you just got done spending the best day shredding on the mountain, soaking in the hot tub to let your muscles relax sounds GREAT! There is no better feeling than sitting in the hot tub with the cold crisp air hitting your shoulders while the rest of your body soaks! While running through all the things you have to pack, make sure your bathing suit is not one of the things that slip your mind.

Uh-oh! It slipped your mind and you left your swimsuit sitting on top of your dresser. A stop by Patagonia or Marmot is now on your itinerary. 

  • Sunscreen – Breckenridge is located at 9,600 feet, making the sun nearly 40 times stronger than sea level. There is no bigger bummer than getting a ski sunburn on a winter vacation. It could really put a damper on your skiing experience. Make sure you pack eye protection with UVB protection and sunscreen.

Forget your sunscreen? Swing by your resort spa or market to pick some up! If you find yourself in need of some new sunnies, Sun Logic on Main Street is a great place to pick some new ones up!

  • Chapstick – No one enjoys having cracked, dry or bleeding lips. You can never have enough chapstick, so be sure to pack a few!

If you find yourself having cracked, dry or bleeding lips, stop by our local City Market and pick up a few. They have a variety of scents and brands to choose from!

  • Reusable Water Bottle – Breckenridge is located at a high altitude, and it is essential to stay hydrated! Staying hydrated will help keep altitude sickness at bay and ensure the best ski vacation. Bringing your reusable water bottle helps protect our fragile mountain environment to enjoy for years to come.

Snowmobiling in the Rockies

Are you feeling adventurous and looking to try something new? Come to Breckenridge and try one of the many snowmobiling tours that will get your adrenaline pumping! Get out in the mountains, enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling and take in the beautiful mountain views — you won’t want to skip out on this adventure.

Good Times Adventures

Snowmobiling is one of the most popular activities in the winter, Good Times Adventures is located just minutes away from Breckenridge which makes for easy accessibility. Good Times is the perfect adventure for individuals and families. Their guides are very experienced and knowledgeable in the backcountry of Breckenridge.

Equipped with top-of-the-line snowmobiles, Good Times Adventures offers a two-hour trip that starts with a short snowmobiling instruction with your guide, then you will hit the trails. Once on the trails, you will be presented with some of the incredible scenery. You will take a few stops along the way to take it all in. To end this adventure, you will venture up Georgia Pass ending at the top of the Continental Divide at 11,585 feet above sea level!

Nova Guides Snowmobiling

For the ultimate snowmobile experience, Nova Guides offers half-day and full-day trips in the Rockies! Enjoy their Camp Hale location, which provides a variety of snowmobile tours for everyone! The most popular tour, Top of the Rockies, includes endless miles of open meadows and fabulous panoramic views of four surrounding mountain ranges, including the Continental Divide. Nova operates tours in the White River National Forest on the largest commercial snowmobile trail system in the Vail and Beaver Creek areas, reaching elevations of 12,500 feet.

All guided snowmobile tours include door-to-door transportation, a professional guide, a new model Ski-Doo snowmobile, snowsuit, boots and helmet. The morning half-day tour and full-day snowmobile tours include lunch.

White Mountain Snowmobiling

White Mountain Snowmobile Tours offers a prospector tour and a high-performance tour. If you’re looking for something family-friendly or are a snowmobile beginner, the prospector tour is for you! Guides will take you on a scenic ride through groomed trails with amazing mountain vistas.

For a more adventurous experience, try the performance tour. This two-hour trip will take you on a faster, adrenaline-boosting trip, that reaches altitudes between 10,000 and 12,600 feet.

So, whether you’d like a family-friendly scenic ride or a heart-pounding adventure, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours has you covered.

Helmets are provided and mandatory. Complimentary overalls and boots are available but be sure to wear warm layers. Guests must bring goggles or sunglasses as eye protection is not provided.

Why Spring Break in Breck

When you think of spring break, you might picture a tropical beach and not the snowy slopes of the Rockies. It may come as a surprise, but spring in Breckenridge brings an extended ski season, longer days and warmer weather. With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually you won’t want to miss spring break in Breckenridge! Our Breck spring break vacation planning guide has everything you need plus locals’ tips so you can plan the ultimate sun-filled vacation.  

Spring Skiing 

Have no fear, the snow is here! Breckenridge Ski Resort offers an extended ski season through Memorial Day (weather permitting), so there is plenty of opportunity to earn your turns if you are coming in March or beyond. With highs in the upper thirties in March, you can enjoy days of warm skiing and soft snow.  

Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and layers! Warmer days mean you’ll work up a sweat on the slopes, so be sure to wear moisture-wicking base layers under your gear. And while we love working on our goggle tan, fresh snow can reflect up to 90% of UV radiation, which makes sunscreen an essential for your packing list. 

Activities for Families 

Sledding at Carter Park

In addition to skiing, there is an abundance of off-mountain activities for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re seeking adventure, try a snowshoe hike or a cross-country ski jaunt. Between the Gold Run Nodic Center and Breckenridge Nordic Center, there are over 30 miles of trails to explore. Grab a sled and hit one of the free sledding hills in Breckenridge or enjoy ice skating right at the base area of Peak 8. 

If you’d like to spend some time inside, opt for an escape room or even axe throwing right on Main Street. For even more ideas to fill your day, head to our picks for the top winter activities in Breckenridge. 

Après Ski Patios 

Robbie’s Tavern

After a day well spent, there is nothing better than an après ski cocktail on a sun-soaked patio. Ski right down to Robbie’s Tavern at the base of Peak 8 and sip slopeside at an outdoor fire pit. If you’re on Main Street, check out the dog-friendly outdoor patios at the Canteen Taphouse and Kenosha.  

Après options abound in Breckenridge but lucky for you, we’ve tried them all! Pick one of the best après ski cocktails in town and beat the crowds by grabbing a drink before all the skiers come down from the mountain. 

Local Tips from the Best of Breck Team 

BreckConnect Gondola

Laurel: Get the most relaxation out of your trip by avoiding unnecessary traffic. 

Spring break can be a busy time in Breck! Avoid the traffic and take advantage of the free transportation options around town. The Breck Free Ride bus system runs throughout town day, the Breck Connect Gondola is also a free and quick way to get to the base of the mountain or many of the resorts around town typically have a free shuttle! 

Tianna: Savor the views and get the most out of a night on the town. 

Find outdoor seating with great views such as the base of Peak 8, since the weather is warm enough to sit outside now. If you’re planning a night on the town, bar hop to these spots: Gold Pan SaloonBroken Compass BrewingNapper Tandy’s Irish PubBrooklyn’s Tavern and Billiards, and Breckenridge Ale House.

Sammy: Explore downtown Breckenridge during the day. 

Make sure you take time to explore all the gems that downtown Breckenridge has to offer. There are over 200 stores on Main Street so you can find everything from clothing boutiques to children’s toy stores. Don’t forget to caffeinate for your shopping spree by stopping by one of the best coffee shops in Breck! 

Cody: Catch some extra Z’s and take advantage of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s high elevation.  

The ski resort, which can’t be missed upon your drive into town or any glance west from nearly anywhere in Breck, is situated around 10,000′ feet above sea level. You can visit in March for a chance at spring powder or later in April and May for less crowds and warm, slushy laps. My tip for spring break? Sleep in! Head to the mountain a little later than usual and allow the snow to soften up, and as an added bonus, you won’t have to wear as many layers as temperatures reach comfortable levels. If you’re one for late nights at the Gold Pan Saloon or Motherloaded Tavern, spring break might be for you because even at the crack of noon, the snow will still be there and it’ll still be great! 

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. 

Relax After the Holidays in Breckenridge

We love the holiday season, but let’s face it, it normally comes with burn out. Now that the holidays are over and your New Year’s resolutions have been set, it’s time to treat yourself to the care you deserve. We’ve covered how to unwind in Breckenridge so rest and relaxation isn’t left off your travel itinerary.  

Restore 

Elite IV Lounge

  • Oxygen Therapy 

Main Street Breckenridge sits at 9,600 feet and that can be a big adjustment if you’re coming from sea level! Take your time to acclimate and head to the O2 Lounge when you arrive. Choose from 15, 30 and 45 minute sessions or rent an oxygen machine to enjoy from the comfort of your hotel.  

  • Hyperbaric Chamber 

For an out of this world experience, try hyperbaric oxygen therapy. At Mountain Air Hyperbarics you’ll be zipped into a chamber that will slowly start to pressurize. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry which in turn can help promote healing, decrease inflammation, improve blood flow and circulation and more. 

  • IV Services  

At Elite IV Lounge, you can choose from a slew of services to restore your body. Try a Myers  Cocktail to alleviate muscle fatigue after a day on the mountain or the Altitude IV to help with any altitude sickness symptoms. If you have a little too much fun out on the town you can even select the Hangover IV.  

Relax 

Relaxation Room at Infinity Spa

  • Spa Treatment 

A Breckenridge spa day is a must on the self-care list. Find ultimate relaxation at Infinity Spa at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. Choose from a variety of body and skin therapies, massage and nail treatments and more. Pre-treatment, take advantage of the Relaxation Room in a digitally  controlled lounge chair. Post-treatment, spend all the time you need in the exclusive adults-only grotto equipped with a hot tub, cold plunge, sauna and steam room.  

  • Enjoy a Drink 

Stay awhile and let yourself unwind. Sit down and enjoy the best happy hours in Breckenridge or  enjoy a hot cup of coffee fireside at one of the best coffee shops in town. For a more immersive experience head to Breckenridge Distillery for a private after-hours tour and tasting.  

Move Your Body 

Snowshoeing in Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve

  • Yoga 

Breathe in and breathe out. Meta Yoga Studios offers classes like Yin & Vinyasa, Evening Yoga and even an Après Ski Yoga class to decompress after a day on the snow. Over at Bhava Yoga, opt for a restorative class or the Deep Hips & Hamstrings class and leave feeling rooted and renewed. 

  • Get Outside 

There is nothing better than the great outdoors and we have plenty of it here in Breck. Choose your adventure and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Take a winter hikeexplore Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve on cross-country skis or snowshoes, or get a thrill snowmobiling in the backcountry.   

Treat Yourself 

Shops on Main Street

  • Shop 

Main Street has over 200 shops so you can fill your day with the shopping spree of your  dreams. Check out some of our favorites and take home a little slice of Breckenridge. 

  • Learn a New Skill 

Give yourself the gift of learning! Breckenridge Creative Arts (BreckCreate for short) was  developed by the Town of Breckenridge to support and promote arts, culture and creative  experiences. At BreckCreate you can choose from a variety of workshops like beginner welding,  beginner metalsmithing and even beginner glass blowing. 

Now it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy all the self-care and fun that Breckenridge has to offer! If you’re looking for a relaxing place to stay with luxury amenities, head to our Breck Deals page for more information.