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Breckenridge, CO

By Paul Dubrûle, Ski Sales Director

Colorado ski resorts have a firmly established reputation. They are often described as chic, superiorquality destinations that boast an abundance of snow as well as mountain villages and incredible skiing for every level. Breckenridge, of course, offers all of this—but it has a very cool and historic vibe to it as well.

Why cool? For starters, it was the first ski resort in Colorado to allow snowboarding way back in the 80s. Since then, Breckenridge has become the reference for snowparks and extreme sports. It has also undergone the biggest ski area expansion in North America in the last decade. And, why historic? Simply because this Western-style town features 350 historical and cultural sites, making it a key historic district in the State of Colorado. Pretty impressive, if you ask me!

Breckenridge is also known for its four peaks—8 and 10 for experts, and 7 and 9 for intermediate skiers. You should also know that it’s one of the highest resorts in the country. I can still remember taking the Imperial Express SuperChair on my first visit.

The landscape took my breath away—literally! And, because I always love a good challenge, I decided to hike the rest of the way to reach the summit at 3,963 metres. Good thing I was hydrated! From there, I skied some incredible lines in the Imperial Bowl and down George’s Thumb. There was tons of snow and it was perfectly steep. I really enjoyed Peak 10 for its international-calibre backcountry. But, if all this seems a little too extreme for your taste, don’t worry. Breckenridge is also a very family-friendly resort adapted to the needs of intermediate skiers. You are free to effortlessly glide down the velvety satin pistes and simply admire the beauty of your surroundings.

After a full day of skiing, make sure you still have enough energy to explore the streets of this vibrant and charming tourist town. There are so many amazing restaurants, you wouldn’t have time to try them all in a week if you tried. You’ll want to spend at least one evening of après-ski time in one of Colorado’s oldest bars, the Gold Pan Saloon. This place is a real institution!

Colorado clearly has the perfect recipe for the best ski vacation. And, if that wasn’t enough already, you can even take a shuttle bus from Breckenridge to Keystone or Vail. They’ve really thought of everything here!



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Text from 2015-2016 ski magazine

Colorado’s darling

By Claudine Hébert, Special Contributor and Journalist

Five summits, 187 runs, 34 lifts and a neighbouring resort (Keystone) where you can indulge in some great night skiing. Clearly Breckenridge—or, Breck, for short—has enough to keep you busy for at least a week. Not surprisingly, this western playground, located a two-hour drive from the Denver Airport, has become North America’s darling ski destination—a title it shares with another Colorado resort: Vail. Every year, over 1.6 million visitors flock to Breck to tear up the slopes. It’s hard to believe that, just 50 years ago, Breckenridge was something of a ghost town.

Since 2013, skiers have been blessed with a choice of not four, but five, mountains as well as a vertical drop of over 1,000 metres at this Colorado ski utopia. Peak 6 is the latest addition, joining Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9 and Peak 10 as part of this vast ski area. A third of this destination (29%) is mechanically groomed while the rest is left to Mother Nature, who graciously bestows 7 metres of snow upon this resort annually.

This gift from above is, as you can imagine, happily accepted by the powder hounds who frequent Breckenridge. Close to 40% of the resort here is located above the tree line, resulting in a dozen or so huge bowls. Most of these colossal snow gardens can even be accessed with little effort, particularly in the Peak 7 and 8 zones. These couloirs are serviced by the highest lift in North America—the Imperial Express SuperChair, which will take you up 3,913 metres. From there, you can soak up the awe-inspiring views of a dozen of Colorado’s 53 mountains reaching close to 4,500 metres in altitude.

And since we’re on the topic of altitude, you should also note that the base of Breckenridge is located at 2,900 metres above sea level. As such, be aware that you may experience certain symptoms—lack of appetite, difficulty breathing, headaches and insomnia—while adjusting to the difference.

Make sure you stay well hydrated and go easy on the après-ski celebrations to make sure altitude sickness doesn’t prevent you from enjoying all the action this charming old mining town has to offer after sundown.

NOTE

The Colorado Ticket is an exchangeable pass, valid for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone resorts. This ticket doesn’t give access to Arapahoe Basin. Epic Pass is valid for 9 stations (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Park City & Arapahoe Basin)

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Ski stations Accommodations Snow Conditions
TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
Month Min. Max.
January -8 5
February -6 7
March -2 10
April 1 15
May 5 20
June 10 26
July 14 30
August 13 29
September 8 24
October 1 18
November -3 10
December -7 6

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