Breckenridge Ski Resort is a world-renowned ski destination located in Summit County, Colorado. With over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, Breckenridge offers something for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. The resort is known for its expansive terrain parks, which feature a variety of jumps, rails, and other features suitable for both beginner and advanced freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
In terms of snowfall, Breckenridge typically receives an average of about 350 inches (9 meters) of snow each season. This abundant snowfall, combined with the resort's state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities, ensures that the mountain is well-groomed and in excellent condition throughout the ski season.
The ski season at Breckenridge typically runs from mid-November through early April, providing ample opportunity for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the mountain's exceptional terrain and stunning views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the ropes or an experienced skier seeking new challenges, Breckenridge has something to offer for everyone.
We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Breckenridge stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Breckenridge is a part of the Epic Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one season pass, and ski at most of the Vail owned and operated slopes with it throughout the year. There are a handful of types of Epic lift ticket passes available, ranging from 3-7 days, to season-long.
There are numerous options to stay at Breckenridge around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Breckenridge Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Breckenridge has a total of 187 ski trails, which are serviced by 35 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,908 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,177 hectares, 4.5 square miles, or 11.8 square kilometers.
Breckenridge's slopes see on average 350 inches (8.9 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 29 feet every year!
Breckenridge Ski Resort Elevation
Breckenridge Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 12,998 feet, or 3,962 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 9,600 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,398 feet (1,036 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 12,998 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Difficulty Level
84.7out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Breckenridge has 2,908 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Seeing as Breckenridge is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 87% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 13% of its skiable acres as beginner terrain.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Breckenridge Ski Resort good for beginners?
This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Breckenridge Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 64% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Location
Breckenridge Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Breckenridge, CO.
Breckenridge, CO 80424 USA
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Getting to Breckenridge Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Breckenridge Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.49000, -106.03000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Breckenridge, CO to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Breckenridge Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||77 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Breckenridge.
|Eagle County Regional Airport||EGE||Eagle, CO||48 mi|
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||48 mi|
|City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport||COS||Colorado Springs, CO||85 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Breckenridge Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Breckenridge Ski Resort.
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,441 ft||72%||8 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||76%||9 mi|
|Loveland Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,010 ft||65%||15 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||56%||17 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||79%||20 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||64%||28 mi|
|Echo Mountain Resort||Idaho Springs, CO||10,650 ft||28%||30 mi|
|Winter Park Resort||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||87%||31 mi|
|Ski Granby Ranch||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||32%||32 mi|
|Eldora||Nederland, CO||10,600 ft||50%||40 mi|
|Aspen Mountain Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,212 ft||62%||47 mi|
|Aspen Highlands Ski Resort||Aspen, CO||11,675 ft||78%||48 mi|
|Aspen Ski Resorts||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||74%||53 mi|
|Aspen Snowmass||Snowmass Village, CO||12,510 ft||68%||53 mi|
|Buttermilk||Larkspur, CO||9,900 ft||34%||62 mi|
|Crested Butte||Crested Butte, CO||12,162 ft||77%||67 mi|
|Monarch||Salida, CO||11,952 ft||53%||68 mi|
|Arapahoe Basin Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,050 ft||81%||68 mi|
|Bluebird Backcountry||Kremmling, CO||9,845 ft||60%||69 mi|
|Sunlight Mountain||Glenwood Springs, CO||9,895 ft||66%||70 mi|
|Cranor Hill Ski Area||Gunnison, CO||7,000 ft||0%||78 mi|
|Howelsen Hill Ski Area||Seamboat Springs, CO||7,136 ft||46%||81 mi|
Breckenridge Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||12,998 ft|
|Base Elevation||9,600 ft|
|Vertical Drop||3,398 ft|
(13% Beginner, 23% Intermediate, 64% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||350 inches|