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Visitor reviews for Breckenridge Ski Resort
February 09, 2011
Steven from Belize
Breckenridge has great powder skiing. The food that is offered on the slope and in the restaurants, however, is not as great. No place to go if you don't eat meat and cheese.
Overall: 4.4. Based on 10 votes and 9 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Breckenridge.
Public Transport: 4.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Breckenridge, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Breckenridge, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Breckenridge.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Breckenridge, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Breckenridge is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Breckenridge relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Breckenridge, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Breckenridge are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Breckenridge is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Breckenridge, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.5
(1) Breckenridge usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.6
(1) The staff at Breckenridge are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Breckenridge are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Breckenridge has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Breckenridge, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.6
(1) Not even a kicker at Breckenridge, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Breckenridge, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Breckenridge has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.4
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.5
(1) Overall, Breckenridge is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.8
(1) Overall, Breckenridge is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
May 07, 2010
Tony Pembroke from Ireland
Had a work trip to Denver in early April and took the chance to ski two days in Breckenridge. It's about 1,5 hrs from Denver but more on the way back Sunday evening so take care if rushing for a plane. Lift passes are expensive compared to my favorite Pyrenees haunts and ski hire can also be expensive. Breckenridge has four mountain peaks: 7-10. Take the lift from the parking and go to peak 7 for some excellent long blues. Peak 8 is mixed blues, black diamonds and double blacks. Peak 9 has a beginners area and mixed blus/blacks. Peak 10 is advanced and the moguls can be hard on the back as they are deep. Altitude can be a problem as top lift can get to 14500 ft. Some tips: stay in nearby Frisco, it's cheaper and hire skis there and take the bus over. It can save you lots. Ski conditions are generally excellent with much soft dry snow.. but it can get cold. Breckenridge gets crowded at weekends but lots of varied skiing.
January 17, 2010
Megan Saville from Australia
Breckenridge is a great mountain and wonderful if you have kids. The terrain parks are great and the adventure forests are heaps of fun. Unfortunately, snow was ordinary and lots of rocks and trees around. Second year running that we hit poor snow conditions in the USA (went to Heavenly last January). Still the runs are great and lots of variety. Beware of the altitude..it really does hit you for six and it's quite scary not getting enough oxygen. The altitude will probably mean other Colorado resorts in the future. Don't forget to check out the Silverthorne outlets as they are great. Foodwise all was great..went to Lucha, Breck Brewery (go for the 3-6 happy hour) and Quandary Grill (2 for 1 burgers on Tues that are awesome).
February 20, 2008
Peter Simes from United Kingdom
Flew back from Breck om Sunday 17th Feb 2008 and it was snowing!!!!
My family and I spent 11 nights at the ski in-ski out resort at Beaver Run, next to the Peak 9 super chair....first time in the USA and what a great location. Four mountains to choose from, wide and interlinked runs covering green (very easy) blue (real cruisers, although some fast stretches) blue/black (come demanding lumps and bumps), black single diamond (fast but not too hard), black double diamond (didn't get to those) and EX meaning Extreme (forget it!!!). In other words something for everyone especially snow and lots of it!!!
My daughter is a boarder and had lots of room to grow her ability including terrain parks and jumps. My wife and I ski and she was so confident by the end of our trip she followed us down blacks without complaint (she did not feel as though someone would come hurtling past on narrow tracks).
The Yanks were courteous and not at all brash in any way and always asked where we were from and how we were enjoying ourselves. In fact they did come across as truly sincere. They could not be friendlier.
Town and facilities were first class.....so as you probably guessed by now we are converted. Only thing I miss is Gluwien and French food but other than that if you can sit on a plane for 9 hours there and about 8 hours back it is worth the journey believe me....oh, one final thing....it can be bloody freezing on the lifts so take snoods, balaclava, glove liners and extra layers for the cold days!!
I have skied France and Austria and still love them but if you want snow and empty pistes with all manner of terrain go to Colorado.
January 04, 2008
simon lovering from United Kingdom
Just spent Christmas and New Year at Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge.
Wow, the Americans really know how to treat you well. The complex is great with pool, steam room and about 7 hot tubs!
The town is like a step back into the wild west, but with all the different types of food you could ask for.
Ski school for the kids was excellent, they came back on a high each day!
Now as for the runs and the snow, we went to avoid the dissapointment of last season in Europe, and we weren't dissappointed. Skiing in fresh powder for 7 out of 10 days, no waiting at the lifts and so much terrain you would not run out of choice. Your lift ticket covers you for days out at Vail, Keystone and a couple of other resorts nearby, so endless skiing available.
Go there, and soon!
February 16, 2007
tomthorman from United Kingdom
I thought Breckenridge was great. I never go back to Europe after that. If I was going to stay anywhere in Breckenridge I wold go to the Beaver Run Resort. It is close to the lifts. You just walk outside and it's there. When you go into town and go into a restaraunt and you can just call Beaver Run Resort and they will come and pick you up. The snow was great the runs were huge. I want to go back next year.
April 16, 2006
Lisa Neale from United Kingdom
Just come back from Breckenridge for the first time and can say without a doubt one of the best skiing holidays I have ever had and will ever go on. Okay so the Americans are a little over the top and get excited about the smallest of things. However the snow was amazing, the teaching from the ski school fantastic and general ambiance of the resort out of this world.
Runs were lovely and wide, I skiied mostly on peak 7,8 and a little on 9. I started off an advanced beginner and can now manage most blues. The ski school were lovely and friendly, my teacher was 79 years old!!
The snow was good for April, and only had 2 not so nice days out of 9. Can be very hot due to the high elevation, so wear plently on sun block.
Altitude sickness was not too bad, but everybody in out party suffered some form. It was mainly getting out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs or insomnia for the first few days.
Only concern is that ski companies don't tell you that all the resorts start to shut from even the first weekend in April. Cooper mountain started to shut around the beginning of April when I was out there. Although this does not mean complete closure, I do feel that we should be given the choice if we want to go to a resort that will partially close.
Nightlife was good. We all liked the Irish bar, they had an outside fire pit which was an excellent way to make new friends!!
Accommodation wise, do be careful as to where you pick. Stayed at the Pine Ridge Condos which backed onto the 4 o'clock run home- some hotels/apartments are some time away from ski lifts and runs back. However there is a good bus service that runs around the resort.
Food wise, use the gourment cabbie (what a fantastic idea) they will deliver anything food related (I think maybe even oxygen) to your place. Pick up their menu and choose from all the restaurents. The Blue River Bistro is lovely and the rest do the typical American food.
November 05, 2005
Louise Thorpe from United Kingdom
I skied for the first time in the USA at the beginning of April this year staying the Great Divide Lodge (originally booked to stay in the Village but it wasn’t very nice so they upgraded us for free – sister hotel). The season only had 1 week to go before it closed - WOW I wish I had discovered it years ago - save Europe for quick fix weekends and save up for a fab two week stretch – snow conditions were great, wonderfully sunny days with snow at night and the pistes were fantastic, beautifully groomed in the majority of places – it was nice to find stashes of powder, plenty of off-piste if that is your bag and no queues (had I entered skiers heaven?). Even managed to spend a day skiing through trees.
Lift pass takes you to Vail and Beaver Creek and other resorts but hire a car, as they are a disjointed bus ride away. Managed to buy this seasons skis and binding at less than half price of UK price due to their end of season sales – also take an empty suitcase for Silverthorn shopping centres, dirt-cheap bargains to be had on some excellent brands. Eating out was just brilliant – cheap and cheerful to posh nosh – something to suit everyone even the ankle biters – try Bubba Gumps for seafood or Kenoshi for out of this world steaks and Downstairs at Erics for burger or Pizza. Altitude can be a problem for the first couple of days – gives you mild headaches – you can get yourself to the supermarket and buy a can of Oxygen on your first day and keep sniffing it – next time I will get script from docs though. As you can gather, I am a convert and I am off again in early March 2006 – this time with 4-wheel drive to explore other places – don’t think I will come home!
January 27, 2004
Andy Hacker from United Kingdom
Great ski area, well maintained and efficient lift system, good off piste, cheap and tasty food on piste.
Boring as hell night life if you are used to somewhere like Val D'Isere.