Your airfare is booked, your plans are made, and you’re coming out to Breckenridge for a long weekend ski trip. With over 2,900 skiable acres, four terrain parks, and nearly 200 trails, you might be wondering how you are going to totally max out your weekend and take advantage of the best Breck has to offer. Well, lucky you: we’ve got you covered.
Tell your boss you’ll be skipping out of work early on Thursday, pack your bags, and be sure to reserve all the ski gear you need. Let’s go to Breck!
After a day of travel treat yourself by staying at The Village at Breckenridge. Located at the base of the resort, and in the heart of the village, you’ll have access to everything you need. Instead of lounging in your room, we recommend hitting the historical mountain town. To start your evening, head to Little bar and Grill for their pierogies and mountain mules. Once you’ve warmed up, and had a little bite to eat, you are ready to do a mini walking tour of main street. Still have a little energy left? You could stop by one of the many bars, but we think you’d better take advantage of the hotel hot tub- you’ve got an early morning tomorrow, and that first night at elevation takes some getting used to.
How you feeling after that first night of sleep at 9,600ft? Instead of sleeping in as long as possible, we recommend getting up, getting hydrated, and getting ready for a day on the mountain. Put on a jacket and some gloves and walk to Lolo juice for one of the best smoothies in town. Grab a burrito or biscuit sandwich at BreckFast, and get ready to hit the slopes. Are you starting to feel ready for a big day on the mountain? Great!
It’s time to grab your skis and head up to the mountain. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been on skis, we recommend checking out Ski School at Breckenridge for instruction. Whether you choose an adult lesson, a women’s clinic or want to venture out on the mountain with a guide, you’ll finish your instruction feeling more confident in your skills, and better acquainted with terrain that’s suited for your ability level (with some suggestions of terrain to help take you to the next step).
If this isn’t your first time to Breck, you probably already have a list of your favorite runs that you can’t wait to hit. It’s never a bad idea to play around on some intermediate terrain in the morning to reacquaint yourself with new gear and the current snow conditions. Take the Rocky Mountain Chair up the mountain and ski down Pioneer toward the Independence lift. Independence offers access to plenty of playful intermediate terrain on Peak 7. Enjoy!
After spending the morning exploring the natural features, and ducking in and out of trees, head into Pioneer Crossing for lunch. This cozy lodge is a great place to unbuckle the boots and let your legs rest for a moment. Grab a tray and head to the Mediterranean station. Just trust us.
After lunch, venture to Peak 8. While there is still plenty of intermediate terrain on Peak 8, some of our favorite more advanced terrain lives there too. Ski hard for the last few hours of the day. Afterwards, reward yourself with a trip to Tbar. This alpine bar offers some of our favorite eats on the mountain. If you’ve worked up an appetite, get the jalapeño maple mini corndogs. And to drink? You are going to love the Breckenridge spiced whiskey and house honey butter rum.
Sure, you could back up to your room and shower before dinner, but this is Breckenridge: all you really need is a beanie, a fleece, and a good pair of insulated boots for your evening attire. We recommend starting the night with the Bison Poutine and a New Belgium Mt Time Lager at the Myla Rose Saloon. After you’ve warmed up, head to Aurum and share some small plates. Let your legs decide how much you want to explore the rest of the evening. They might be tired after their big day on the mountain!
Today is your last full day of skiing in Breck, and you don’t want to miss a beat. Let’s start with a full breakfast at Bold, located in the village. Fuel up with the huevos rancheros or the chicken and biscuit. If you look directly up, you’ll see Peak 9. That’s where you’ll be skiing today. Head back to your room, boot up, and have fun.
After a fun day of pushing yourself on Peak 9, head into the Overlook for lunch. Whether you choose the Rocky Mountain Ramen, or the Peerless Bao Buns, you won’t be disappointed. The real show stealer? The VIEW! Perched at 11,274 feet, the overlook offers some of the finest dining views in all of Colorado. After a delicious lunch (and possibly a beer to wash everything down), head back out and ski your legs until they are utterly useless.
Let’s just say it, your legs are dead. You’ve already seen Main Street, so tonight is a good night to cozy up around a fireplace with a cocktail and some friends. Blue Stag Saloon offers a cozy and beautiful interior, delicious food, craft cocktails, and the perfect fireplace to warm up next to all evening. Everything here is delicious, but we think you should start with the pork belly and make your way down the menu from there.
Sure, sleep in a little, you deserve it. But we promise that the best way to beat stiff legs is to keep them moving. Walk over to an all time Breckenridge classic, at the bustling food cart, Crepes à la Cart. Each handheld crêpe is divine- the Monte Cristo especially so. After breakfast, find the perfect cowboy hat or fleece to take home.
Before getting back on the road, it would be wise to give your legs one more chance to move. This is a perfect opportunity to do the short hike to the Breckenridge Troll, Isak Hearttone. Pretty cool, right?
You’ve had an EPIC weekend. Before hitting the road, stop by Cool River Coffee and grab a drink and a sandwich for the road. Your body has been WORKED. Breckenridge is one of our favorite mountain towns, and we are looking forward to helping you out this winter. Want to read about how we have served others? Here are some reviews! Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you on the slopes in a few months.