Why Breckenridge is Fantastic

Posted What to Do by Trevor Cohen on January 9, 2014


Known as Breck by locals, this Colorado destination is all-around one of the most fun ski destinations in the US. Explore extensive terrain, gourmet dining, international festivals and a vibrant nightlife in this historic mountain town.

Pay homage to the Norse God of Snow

Winter is the perfect time for Viking revelry! From January 5 to 11, Breckenridge hosts the festival of Ullr, pronounced “Eww – lurr” in honor of the Norse god of snow. You’ll see many skiers dressed in Viking regalia, as they fly down the slopes. For a full week, funny contests, a family snow shoe day, film festival and grand parade, all pay homage to Breck’s renowned powder.

Put on your horned helmet and join the parade on January 9. Thousands come every year to enjoy floats, food and live music along Breck’s iconic Main Street.

See the world’s best snow sculptures

Snow can be shaped by more than just skis. This year, the world’s finest snow sculptors descend on Breckenridge for the international snow sculpting championships. Admire surprising creations from the traditional to the modernist, inspired by the many cultures of the snow. The competition lasts from January 21 to 25, as artists put their chisels and chainsaws to once featureless blocks of white.

Ski some of the Rockies’ most extensive terrain

Breckenridge offers five peaks and 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, catering to many skill sets and styles. Over the last season, this number has increased by 532 acres with the addition of Peak 6. Some years, Breck receives as much as 400 inches of snow and 300 inches of champagne powder. Situated at such a high elevation, the snow stays solid throughout the season. Breckenridge Ski Resort also claims the highest lift in North America, which zips skiers to an altitude of 12,840 ft.

Explore Historic Breckenridge

The town of Breckenridge was born out of the Colorado Gold Rush. In the 1850s, shops, saloons and lodging popped up to cater to the influx of eager prospectors. Today, 350 historic buildings remain, giving Breckenridge the largest historic section in Colorado. Founded in 1859, the Gold Pan Saloon is the oldest continuously operated bar, west of the Mississippi.

Taste Colorado’s distinct cuisine

Breck’s quaint main street boasts more than 75 restaurants and bars to choose from. Many feature authentic Colorado cuisine, blending fresh produce with local game. Sample elk, trout, scallops and local cheese. Hearthstone’s and Relish provide a delicious Colorado focused dining experience crafted by renowned chefs.

For pizza and a family friendly atmosphere, checkout Giampietro and Downstairs at Eric’s. For seafood and sushi, Mt. Flying Fish Sushi and Southridge Seafood serve some of the freshest fish in the Colorado Rockies. For lunch and beer, Breckenridge Brewing Company offers delicious salads, sandwiches and of course handcrafted ales and lagers.

Kaya Café, Cup of Joe Coffee Shop and Cool River Coffee House are all great places for gourmet coffee and pastries. If you’re a donut lover, Kaya is a must.

Hop from bar to bar

Where else can you get a killer margarita with a side of Elk steak? Stop by Angel’s Hollow and you will not be disappointed by this unlikely pairing. Then, experience Breck’s roughhewn cowboy past at the Gold Pan Saloon, which has been operated continuously for over 150 years.

For a classic Après Ski Bar, head to Coppertop, Park Ave Pub or Base Nine Bar. For a club like experience, Cecilia’s Martini Bar, three20south and Liquid Lounge will make for an exciting night.

Free transportation

Breckenridge offers a free bus service throughout the town, connecting visitors with all the major ski areas, restaurants and hotels. Avoid parking fees, get to the mountain quickly and stay safe after a night out. The best part: it won’t cost you a dime!


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