If you are planning a ski vacation this winter with your entire family then you should check out Breckenridge, Colorado. One of the most popular ski resorts in the United States. This picturesque, world class resort is situated amidst the Colorado Rockies, famous for light powder snow and lots of it, but there is snowmaking for when Mother Nature doesn't co-operate.
The winter season that draws skiers from around the globe to Breckenridge starts in late November and lasts until early April. The ski lift starts at 8:30 AM and continues until 4:00 PM for last run.
The maximum elevation at Breckenridge is 12,998 feet while its minimum base elevation is 9,600 feet. At this elevation there is a greater chance that the warm winter storms will still bring snow and not rain like other resorts lower in elevation receive. The vertical rise here is around 3,398 feet and there are a total of 28 lifts to carry you to the top of the mountain to start your day of skiing.
The total ski terrain at Breckenridge is 2208 acres including 147 trails with snowmaking capacity that covers 25% of the total terrain, or 516 acres. The longest run at Breckenridge is the Four O’ Clock run which is 3.5 miles long. It is a long traverse for beginners to easily get down the mountain. Breckenridge provides a mixture of runs for beginners, intermediates, advanced and experts; 15%, 33%, 32% and 20% respectively.
In addition to skiing other activities at Breckenridge include snowmobile tours, dog sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and ice-skating.
The brand new attraction this season is the Imperial Access Super Chair that claims to be the highest in North America reaching 12,840 feet. Thus the highest and most extreme terrain can be accessed easily attracting all kinds of experts.
To get to Breckenridge it is best to fly to Denver and rent a car and drive to the resort. There are also resort shuttles that you can hire to transport you and your gear. Driving to the resort can be tricky with winter road conditions. If you are not familiar with snow driving it is best to opt for the shuttle service.
After arriving at Breckenridge you have plenty of options as far as accommodations and lodgings are concerned. There are numerous chalets, Mountain View homes, condos, and custom-made vacation homes for the ski tourists, most are rented out by their owners. You can also check out numerous hotels and motels or ski in/ski out lodging. The accommodations are well furnished with all the essential amenities including kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, fireplace and private hot tubs, T.V. sets, etc.
There are numerous ski and snowboard clothing and gear shops from where you can purchase skiing and snowboarding equipment and accessories. There are ski and ride schools with expert instructors who offer skiing tips to adults, kids and also provide one on one instruction.
There are some great terrain parks in Breckenridge; in fact over 25 acres are dedicated to cool man made terrain. The Freeway Terrain Park on Peak 8 is highly acclaimed in North America as well as The Gold King Terrain Park and Trygves Terrain Park.
After an exhilarating day of skiing you can have a great time dining at the various fine restaurants Breckenridge has to offer. Afterwards enjoy some dancing and partying at the many fabulous night clubs and discos in and round the resort. There are several souvenir shops, specialty shops, groceries, liquor shops and jewelry/art shops for shopping when you are not skiing.
Breckenridge resort provides abundance of incomparable skiing, shopping, dining, and nightlife. Over 400 boutiques, galleries, bistros, salons, restaurants, and more offer a variety that is sure to please every taste and budget.