Like most kids who grew up in the Front Range near Denver, my family often spent time in Breckenridge. The Colorado mountain town is just a two-hour drive from Denver, and has an authentic laid-back vibe that most Coloradans appreciate.
Like many towns in the American West, Breckenridge – or Breck, as most people call it – has a rich mining history. Miners flooded to the region in the 1800s, hoping to find gold – and they did. Today, however, Breckenridge has uncovered riches of a different sort — tourism. Locals and tourists alike flock to this town of 4,500 year round.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the region is a virtual playground. Summertime is filled with fly-fishing, golf, rafting, biking, hiking and a busy schedule of festivals and events. During the winter, many come for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and more.
Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado
Skiing is one of the top reasons to visit Breckenridge. Breckenridge Ski Resort spans five peaks and has more than 2,908 acres of terrain. While there are runs for every level of skier, Breck has a wealth of runs for intermediate skiers, especially on Peak 6, 7 and 8.
The resort continues to add improvements, including more than 500 acres of new terrain on Peak 6. The latest addition is the Pioneer Crossing Restaurant at the top of Independence SuperChair on Peak 7. The restaurant’s décor highlights the region’s mining past, and can seat almost 500 people.
My favorite time to ski in Colorado is during the spring, when the temperatures are warmer and the sun often shines brightly in a clear blue Colorado sky. The snow is usually quite good due to low nightly temperatures and continued snow making. The ski season in Breckenridge usually goes well into April.
Spring break is a popular time for family ski trips, and during a recent visit to Breckenridge, I met families from around the country, as well as Europe. As my own family has long known, Breckenridge is a family-friendly place to ski.
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