Skiing At Its Peak Nick Laver, North American Product Manager

"Breckenridge is what skiing in the USA is all about – awesome powder snow, huge ski terrain and a long season, backed up with lots of slopeside lodging and a rowdy town. It’s epic! "

Breckenridge Ski Holidays

Breckenridge is the quintessential ski town USA, where Victorian-era mining heritage competes with genuine western tradition, all set against a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop. If you want a taste of the true North American ski adventure, Breckenridge is the very essence of skiing the American way.

Breckenridge is a high altitude and high energy ski destination with a reputation second to none in North America. It was the first ski resort in the USA to lead the charge towards a more international ski audience, and has reaped the benefits of that early marketing impetus. The town in itself is high, with an elevation of 9,600ft with the ski area above the town spreading over five huge inter-connected peaks. Breckenridge’s top lift is the highest chairlift in North America – the Imperial Express carries skiers and riders up to nearly 13,000ft, and this means Breckenridge boasts ample quantities of super-light, dry Colorado powder snow.

The skiing at Breckenridge caters for all abilities, but is particularly suited to those who want to improve their skills and those who like to ski in groups of mixed ability. With a relatively flattering pitch across a large slice of the ski terrain, Breckenridge is also perfect for those who wish to extend their abilities.

Skiing in Breckenridge

The ski terrain at Breckenridge is spread over five peaks, all stacked together in an extended ridge line and imaginatively named Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The main ski access points are Peak 9 which allows an easy slide down to the town, and Peak 8 which is accessed from the town by gondola. As a rule of thumb, the terrain that’s closest to the town on the lower slopes has the most forgiving pitch – nice and gentle, with lots of wide open green and blue trails meandering down through the trees to the three ski outs. All five peaks have an upper mountain section which is steeper and offers much more gnarly terrain, with Peak’s 6, 7 and 8 featuring some of Colorado’s best high alpine ski terrain above the tree-line at over 12,000ft. You do feel on top of the world in Breckenridge and the views of the Colorado Rockies are outstanding.

If you’re a beginner or a novice then you’ll simply LOVE Breckenridge – you’ll make your first tentative steps on Peak 9 where you’ll find a myriad of beautifully groomed greens with a nice flattering pitch. As a learn to ski or ride destination, this is the place to be, all backed up with a super snow school programme for adults and kids alike. Once you’re turning with a bit of confidence it’s time to put some mileage under your feet – head over to Peak 8 for some higher elevation turns down the fabulous green ‘slow-zone’ designated trails.

Apart from Peak 10 (which is all painted black), intermediate skiers and riders can pretty much charge about the lower and mid-mountain sections of Peak 6,7,8 and 9 with confidence – some of Colorado’s very best intermediate terrain is located here, with our favourite being the awesome undulating gladed trails off the Independence Super Chair on Peak 7. On a powder day, this is the place to play and stay, all day, and repeat tomorrow!

Expert and advanced skiers and riders have the whole of Peak 10 to themselves, but there’s plenty of other tricky terrain spread over the remaining four peaks to satisfy even the gnarliest of shred-heads. Most of the mid mountain elevation features tight tree-lined drops or technical steeps with huge bumps, although Horseshoe Bowl mid-mountain on Peak 8 sticks it’s head above the parapet as open-face ski-what-you-see terrain that offers a short sharp shock to the unwary. The upper mountain zone takes no prisoners in Breckenridge with its high altitude, above tree-line inbounds off-piste. The scale of the open bowl skiing on Peak 6, 7 and 8 is phenomenal, exemplified by the effort one has to exert to hike to some of the cheekier sections. The Six Senses chutes off the Peak 6 ridge are certainly not for the faint-hearted, whilst the Lake Chutes off Peak 8 will keep you firmly focussed on keeping your feet dry.

We offer a full range of discounted Breckenridge lift tickets, ski & snowboard rentals and snow school lessons and we always recommend you book early for our very best prices.

Getting to Breckenridge

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying direct from London into Denver and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Breckenridge include a shared, scheduled shuttle transfer from Denver, but if you want to take advantage of your EPIC Pass, you may want the flexibility of a self-drive, SUV or minivan. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra drive fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.

Important information
Season Mid November–Late April
Ski Area 2,908 acres
Annual Snowfall 25ft
Number of Lifts 34
Ski Range 9,600–12,998ft
Ski Shuttle Free service between town and ski areas.
Green Runs 11%
Blue Runs 31%
Red Runs 24%
Black Runs 34%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Snow report
Piste conditions
Resort is closed for the season
0/34 Lifts open
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Last snowed:
1st Jan
Report date:
1st May
Distance from airports
Denver 2hrs