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Breckenridge is the quintessential North American ski town. With an impressive ski area spread across five excellent mountains, an efficient lift system and pastel-painted Victorian-era shop fronts that line the historic Main Street, you have one of the best all round ski towns in North America.
Breckenridge sits below five main mountains, imaginatively named Peak 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6. It offers everything from bowl skiing, tree lined cruising to long inviting first time beginner runs.
On the slopes Breckenridge is a well balanced ski resort with Peak 10 offering advanced intermediate skiing. Peak 9 offers beginner and intermediate skiing. Peak 8 offers steeper skiing and open bowls and Peak 7 has some fantastic cruising. For the more serious skier, the top of Peak 6 offers open bowl skiing and the top of Peak 8 is served by the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express.
The resort has a fantastic snow record due to its altitude and is one of the first resorts in the USA to open every season, staying open well into May – perfect if you’re looking for snow-sure slopes for your Easter ski trip.
Beginners are well catered for at Breckenridge. Novices will start their day on the lower slopes of Peak 9. The lower slopes here are served by the Quicksilver Super 6 Chair, which lets novices explore a pleasant area full of gentle green runs. This is Breckenridge’s main learning zone; offering safe, flat, inviting trails that lead back to the village base. Once you’ve mastered the basics, it won’t be long before you’re jumping on the Beaver Run Superchair that takes confident learners to the top of Peak 9, where you can try runs like Bonanza, which is a dedicated slow ski zone – perfect for when you want to progress on to your first blue run.
Breckenridge is an intermediates paradise. This a big resort with miles of well groomed terrain to explore. Some of our favourite blue runs in the resort can be found on Peak 7 which is served by the Independence quad chair. In our opinion, this area has some of the best intermediate terrain in Colorado! For intermediates looking to have their first taste of steeper runs, Peak 8 offers relatively easy black runs like Spruce or Dukes, both of which offer fantastic views into Breckenridge.
Advanced skiers will love the steep groomed runs on Peak 10 which have great views of the valley and beyond to the neighbouring resort of Keystone. There’s also some great tree skiing to be found here in an area called ‘The Burn’.
For the best early morning powder snow, head to the lower slopes in Peak 8 underneath Chair 6. Here you’ll find a collection of 10 lines above and below the tree line that’s a fantastic area of wide, quiet trails – which reminds us of Blue Ski Basin over at Vail.
Serious skiers will head above the tree line to the open bowls that sit above Peak 8, 7 and 6. These bowls offer what seem like unlimited lines on double black terrain back down to the upper slopes on each Peak. Experts will love the mountain layout here as they essentially have the whole upper mountain bowl areas to themselves. One of the resort’s signature runs is to head up to the top of Imperial Bowl – which is served by the highest chairlift in North America – the Imperial Bowl Express.
There are three main base areas in Breckenridge; Beaver Run on the lower slopes of Peak 9, the Village, located a few hundred yards below the Quicksilver Super 6 Chairlift at the base of Peak 9 and Breckenridge station located in downtown Breckenridge with access to Peak 8 using the Breckenridge Connect Gondola.
With over 80 bars and restaurants and a lively apres scene, Breckenridge has some great dining options catering to almost every taste and budget.
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