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  • Top ski resorts in the US – Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado

    Ski lift in Breckenridge

    Ski lift in Breckenridge ©Heath Alseike/Flickr

    Colorado is definitely a wonderful place if you are thinking about a ski vacation within the US. The state gives home to many of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the country, including the Breckenridge Ski Resort that we want to present you today. Take a look at this ski resort guide and other others we have and decide where you want to go practice your favorite winter sports in the next cold season!

    As numerous other US ski resorts, Breckenridge is also owned and operated by Vail Resorts, Inc. All winter lovers will find something they like among the ski trails for every level of knowledge, the great lodgings and amazing restaurants. The resort is nested between the famous Fourteen mountains of Colorado, so travelers are surrounded by breathtaking peaks from every direction. Due to these special geographical conditions, the mountains create their own weather conditions.

    Thus snowfall can be measured in feet, not only inches here plus snow and weather reports are available to everyone on the mountain or at home planing their trip. Fortunately the surrounding peaks make the chance for fresh snow bigger than at other resorts. You can even watch the records of new snowfall online via the camera of Breckenridge that has a one day time lapse but it still provides fresh info.

    Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado

    Skiing in Breckenridge ©-EMR-/Flickr

    Things to know about the slopes of Breckenridge

    This amazing ski resort is located near the town of Breckenridge and has a total skiable area of 2,908 acres. The base elevation of the resort is at 9,600 feet while the summit is at a height of 12,998 feet. Note that vertical rise is of 3,398 feet. You can choose from as many as 187 ski runs at Breckenridge Ski Resort. All skiers will find the right trail for them as 14% of the runs are for beginners, 31% for intermediate skiers, 19% of them are for advanced level sportsmen and the majority, a total of 36% of the trails are for experts only.

    The longest run is called Four O’Clock and it is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long. Terrain parks occupy 25 acres (10 ha) or the total area but unfortunately there is no possibility for night skiing at Breckenridge. An incredible amount of 370 inches (940 cm) of snowfall can be expected here every year.

    Breckenridge mountain view

    Breckenridge view ©amberjean/Flickr

    You can ascend on and to the ski runs in one of the 32 lifts of Breckenridge Ski Resort. The lifts include one gondola for eights passengers, four high speed six pack lifts, six high speed quads, one fixed grip quad, one triple char lift, six double char lifts and 13 surface lifts. You can rise together with your family or friends or try alone all the lifts! One more incredible fact: the lifts can transport as many as 46,800 people in every hour!

    Peak 6 to peak 10 are skiable and have ski runs. Note that all peaks, except for peak 8 have parking lots, so you can easily come here with your own car or rent one. At this moment (August 6 2015) parking costs $5 per day at the peaks on weekdays and $12 per day on weekends and holidays including Christmas, New Years Week, Martin Luther King Weekend, Presidents Weekend and Spring Break. You can also buy parking passes starting from $25 a day.

    Breckenridge lodging, dining and activities

    The Guest Service of Breckenridge Ski Resort offers free mountain tours for guests of intermediate or higher level. Tours start daily at 9:30 AM from Beaver Run on Peak 9 or from the base of Peak 8 and they are about 2 to 2.5 hours long. These tours are not only fun, but they can help you get to know the terrain better at the beginning of your stay.

    Ski trail in Breckenridge

    Ski trail in Breckenridge ©justinknabb/Flickr

    The Breckenridge Ski and Ride School awaits first timers, beginner skiers as well as advanced ones who want to get to the next level. Their ski and snowboarding pros will help you enjoy your ski vacation to the fullest. There are lessons for children, adults, separate programs for women and anything you can possibly need.

    There are many things to do up here, but the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster is something you cannot miss. his amazing mountain coaster will surely take your breath away as it races down on the 2,500 feet of alpine track through the snowy forest. If you want some relaxation and pampering after a long day, go to The Spa at Breckenridge at Snowflake Charilift’s base and get a massage or some rejuvenating treatment.

    Visit the Breckenridge distillery and saloons to taste some of the fine drinks and step back in time a little or tour the beautiful Victorian home of Barney Ford, the famous civil rights leader while you’re not on the slopes or Breckenridge Ski Resort.

    Snowboarders in Breckenridge

    Snowboarders in Breckenridge ©Scott Hughes/Flickr

    There are lots of lodging options to choose from in the town or right by the ski trails. There are ski in and ski out resorts, budget hotels and luxurious lodges with all comforts you can imagine. The Village at Breckenridge has got condo suites and it is close to the ski school as well as equipment rental shops. The Village Hotel is close to 30 of the lifts and thus to access to nearly all ski runs while The Mountain Thunder Lodge awaits with cosmopolitan comfort and luxuries across from the gondola, just to mention a few options.

    Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a wide range of restaurants for all tastes on the mountain and in town. You can grab a snack at a bar and then play some pool go to a steak house, eat seafood for lunch or dine gourmet style in an elegant restaurant.

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