A favourite of British skiiers for many years, Breckenridge guarantees great skiing all season long thanks to its high altitude and consistent snowfall. In Breckenridge they take their snow measuring seriously - but so you should with an average snowfall of over 25 feet of snow. Breckenridge is great all round resort; whilst not being as steep as nearby Vail, it still offers something for every level of skier.
There are five interlinked areas of beautifully groomed runs to ski - numbered from 6 to 10 - and they sit right in the heart of town. Whatever your ability, each peak offers plenty of great pistes from the wide, rolling runs of peaks 7 and 9 to the more advanced terrain of peak 8. Beginners are well looked after as the ski school has an excellent reputation and there are plenty of beginner slopes on which to practice your first turns. If you have a head for heights take the Imperial lift - the highest in North America - finishing up at 3961m. If you have the energy, you can even hike to the peak.
As with any resort as popular as Breckenridge, you will find varied and vibrant après ski scene. Founded in 1859 and formerly a Victorian gold-mining town, you will still find plenty of the old world character on Main Street mixed in with the shops and restaurants of today. Wander along Main Street to see the authentic Wild West store fronts and enjoy a spot of retail therapy or head to one of the local spas for a well deserved massage after a hard day on the slopes. With over 100 restaurants in town, visitors and locals alike are spoilt by the excellent choice of cuisine on offer. If you want to keep the party going into the early hours, sample the atmosphere of the Wild West bars - some of which even brew their own beer.
Breckenridge Mountain facts
Easy runs: 21
Intermediate runs: 58
Difficult runs: 108
Total lifts: 34 (4 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs, 6 high-speed quad lifts, 1 fixed quad,1 triple lift, 6 double lifts, 1 8-passenger gondola, 4 surface lifts, 11 carpet lifts).