Travel Guide: Winter in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is the perfect combination of charming town and epic skiing and I really can’t recommend it more!

Welcome to Breckenridge!

My husband, dog and I piled all our gear in the truck and headed to Colorado from San Diego. It was a long drive, but completely worth it. I also loved seeing the landscape change and the snow on the ground increase as we drove each mile.

We were missing our friends from back east so we rented a big house and had guests come in and out, keeping us laughing and exploring nonstop. Our house was close to the gondola that was walkable to bites, bars and boutiques which satisfied everyone who stayed with us.

Can you find me skiing?

The skiing and town of Breckenridge was heaps of fun, but another perk of making your home base there is that it is within quick driving distance of a bunch of other mountains including Vail and Keystone. This makes adventure always on the horizon and no one gets cabin fever.

Below are my highlights, I hope they lead you to fun times at Breck:

NOT TO MISS

The skiing and snowboarding can’t be beat. There are runs for every ski level and classes for newbies and advanced alike. Our group was mixed levels, so we started together in the morning and then split up after our mid-mountain chili break.

Bluebird day for my first Colorado Black Diamond

Après ski is often my favorite part of a ski trip, where the whole crew unwinds and shares stories from their days. Whatever you’re indulging in — beer, hot toddies or hot cocoa — be sure to partake in the fun!

There are also plenty of activities for times when you aren’t on the mountain. Check out my Top 7 Non-Ski Activities here.

SAVOR

Breckenridge does not disappoint in the restaurant and bar department. We ate through the whole town and these were our top picks:

LODGING

We rented a big house in Breckenridge complete with rooms to spare, a fireplace and hot tub — the perfect retreat. It was made all the better by the location, just two blocks from the gondola and one street over from main. Using VRBO we were able to secure a deal and hope to return to this same house next year.

Insider tip: keep location and activities in mind when booking a place in Breckenridge. Our location allowed guests to ski or play in town without having to worry about cars and transportation in the snow.

All lit up! Our pup sure loved the snow

SHOPPING

Like all great ski towns, Breckenridge has no shortage of stores specializing in souvenirs, ski gear and leather goods.  Check out my top 5 stores here.

MORE HOT SPOTS / INSIDER TIPS

  • Book out activities and restaurants around Christmas and New Years well in advance as things book up.
  • Look into an Epic Pass versus individual ski days if you plan to stay 3 days or more.
  • If you have non-skiers in your group, have them take the gondola one day to meet you for lunch in the lodge. It will include them more and
  • Half day classes are perfect for those skiers that need to brush up on skills. Be sure to encourage people in your group so they get the most out of the trip!
  • Every January / February there is a giant snow sculpture competition located at Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
  • Check out dogsledding and snowshoeing for more mountain fun. Our favorite ski shop, Carvers also rents snowshoeing equipment.

Comment below with your Breckenridge favorite memories and not to miss adventures!

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Top 5 Places to Shop in Breckenridge

Find this and more of Gary Soles’ work in his studio on Main Street.

 

Like all great ski towns, Breckenridge has no shortage of stores specializing in souvenirs, ski gear and leather goods.  Here are my top 5 favorite shops on Main Street in Breckenridge. Full disclosure that I frequented them far too often during our two weeks in Breck. 😉

Carvers Ski Board and Sports

203 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Service, service, service. The customer service and prime location close to the gondola make Carvers Ski Board and Sports our prime sports gear pick for Breckenridge. Carvers has been family owned since 1995, so they know this mountain and their gear.  During our stay I tried new skis out (and purchased them!) and treated my husband to some new Burton clothes.

Be sure to check out Carvers’ ski and snowboard rental program which easily spells out everything you need based on your skill level.  You can also rent specific items if you forgot a key piece of gear or one of your bags was delayed — unfortunately this happened to one of our guests!

Ruby Jane

232 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

I brought all the ladies on the trip here for impulse purchases on sweaters and the cutest crystal ornaments that now adorn my tree. They have a sister store, Valley girl, where I picked up two birthday presents!

 Patagonia at Breckenridge

133 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

I loved this boutique which so many fleeces and vests to outfit our group in a rainbow of colors.  I purchased this light purple Patagonia Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T®  Fleece Pullover and the rest of the trip it was hard to get me out of it.

The Breckenridge Photo Shop

300 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Take a peak at Breckenridge through the seasons at Gary Soles’ shop on Main Street. This shop is open late so it makes it fun to stop by after a cocktail and maybe you’ll even be able to take home. There’s also a charming selection of historical ski pictures which make me giggle and also feel so nostalgic. (The top picture on this page is one of Gary Soles’ as well!)

 Olive Fusion

318 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Stop in this olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room on Main Street for samples, and I guarantee you’ll walk away with a bottle or two. Our favorite was the black cherry balsamic and it certainly added a little zing to our aprés ski snack plates.   They also have recipe kits which make cabin cooking a breeze.

 

Hope you love these boutiques as much as I did! Let me know if you have any other favorites for winter time shopping!

 

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