The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 5 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 5 out of 5
  • X-country 4 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 5 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 5 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Gallery

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Key facts

Resort2925 m
Slopes2925-3915 m
Lifts34
Pistes3308 acres
Price index195

Breckenridge

USA

BRK1087 15

The upside

  • Slopes have something for all abilities – good for mixed groups
  • Cute Victorian Main Street, with mainly sympathetic new buildings
  • Plenty of lively bars and restaurants
  • Shared lift pass covering four other worthwhile resorts nearby
  • Efficient lifts mean few queues
  • Some slope-side accommodation

The downside

  • Tougher slopes at the top very prone to closure by high winds
  • Groomed trails not very extensive, with few long runs
  • Lack of good central hotels
  • Main Street is a thoroughfare, and always busy with traffic
  • Risk of altitude sickness if going directly to 2925m from low altitude
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    My 3rd visit to Breckenridge although this time hit…

    Chris Parkinson 18 Mar 2007 

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    News – 2016/17

    A new restaurant is being built on Peak 7, at the top of the Independence chair lift. The building will be a modern, log-beamed structure serving fast-casual hot and cold foods, including a Mediterranean station and salad bar. So if you are enjoying Peak 7 and Peak 6 you’ll now be able to get a bearable lunch without schlepping back to Peak 8. Expected opening is early this coming season.

    Summary

    Breckenridge has a lot going for it, but some of the flaws we list above are non-trivial. The Imperial Express may be North America’s highest lift, but it was only in 2015 that editor Gill finally got to ski it for the first time, all his previous visits having been spoiled by high winds. And on his first visit [cough] years ago, he was knocked out for 24 hours by altitude sickness. If you can, go first to a lower resort for a couple of nights – Steamboat, Aspen or Vail – to cut the risk of sickness. Or spend a couple of nights in Denver.
    With the small but worthwhile addition of Peak 6 for 2014, there are now five linked sectors to ski. Even so, if you are keen on piste mileage and variety you’ll find Breck a bit limited for a week’s stay – plan to visit other resorts (covered by the lift pass) by car or bus, too.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
    • Snow 5 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 5 out of 5
    • Boarder 5 out of 5
    • X-country 4 out of 5
    • Restaurants 2 out of 5
    • Schools 5 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 5 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 3 out of 5

    Gallery

    • BRK1087 15

    Key facts

    Resort2925 m
    Slopes2925-3915 m
    Lifts34
    Pistes3308 acres
    Price index195