Breckenridge Ski Essentials
Everything you Need to Know
Planning on skiing Breckenridge? This comprehensive travel guide has all the details regarding lift passes, transportation, rentals and more!
Not only is Breckenridge the closest luxury ski resort to Denver, but it is also one of the best skiing and snowboarding mountains for all levels, offering a ton of terrain from beginner to expert. One of the main reasons for this is the size of the mountain. While most ski resorts have 1 or 2 peaks, Breckenridge has 5 different peaks. As a result, you can ski for days without feeling any repetition in your runs. Breckenridge is also home to the tallest chairlift in North America, the Imperial lift, climbing 12,840 feet to some of the most difficult terrain on the mountain. Another perk to skiing Breck is that it is owned by Vail Resorts, a large entity that owns dozens of mountains around the world. As such, ski passes for Breckenridge are also good for several nearby mountains including Vail, Beaver Creek, and Keystone; and transportation between the resorts is free!
Breckenridge is higher than most Colorado resort areas and towns, perched at an elevation of 9,600 feet above sea level. High altitude conditions can take a toll on even the most physically fit of visitors, so it is important to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness. We recommend drinking double your standard water intake, taking it easy the first day to let your body adjust, and avoiding alcohol when possible. If you are prone to altitude sickness, consider discussing a Diamox (Acetazolamide) prescription with your doctor.
Whether it’s your first time on the slopes or you’re a pro, you will likely need to rent equipment at some point. Personally, we prefer bringing our own ski boots but renting skis and poles, mainly for the ease of traveling. Regardless, all equipment can be rented from a vast array of ski shops around the town, and the process is usually pretty seamless (they do all the work for you).When choosing a ski shop, we recommend renting from an independent retailer rather than Breckenridge Ski Resort itself. Typically independent ski shops tend to have a better selection, higher quality equipment, shorter wait times, and better customer service. A few of our favorite rental places include:
1. Make reservations in advance to avoid long waiting times.
2. Learn how to use all of your gear before leaving the shop! There is nothing worse than paying for a $200 one day lift ticket, getting to the slopes, then realizing there is an issue with your equipment.
3. Pick up your equipment the day before you hit the slopes to maximize your time. The slopes usually run from 9am – 4pm.
Lift passes at Breckenridge ski resort run about $200 a day and can be purchased online or at the base of the mountain. Generally speaking, the earlier in the season you buy passes, the less they will cost.
Another great option for all Vail-owned ski resorts is the EPIC pass. This multi-resort pass can be purchased prior to the ski season, and is the most cost-effective means of skiing. When purchasing, there are numerous pass options to choose between, which allows for a tailored mountain experience. Passes include a 4-day pass, a local pass, and the full pass. Most EPIC passes can also be used at other Vail-owned ski resorts such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Stowe, Keystone, Park City and more. Finally, the EPIC pass even includes 20% off food, lodging, ski lessons, and rentals!
Whether it is your first day on skis or a snowboard, or you’re riding through the trees with ease, ski lessons are an incredible way to fine tune your skills and make the most out of your time on the mountain! Lessons can be booked in advance through the Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard school or in person at the base of the ski resort. The ski school offers both private and group options for children and adults. However, be aware that private lessons can cost upwards of $1000 a day!
Breckenridge is one of our all time favorite mountains to ski, and one of our favorite towns to visit. Please leave any questions and/or comments below and be sure to head over to our Breckenridge Travel Guide for a comprehensive run down of all things Breck!