Breckenridge is well known in the realms of skiing as a world class resort in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Popular with Americans it also became a favorite to British skiers about 10 years ago, when the word escaped about the town full of character and the superb skiing.
Skiing is a very popular sport in the Uk, despite their decided lack of mountains and although there is some skiing to be had in Scotland, many Brits make the short trip to Europe to get their skiing fix. US skiing is however becoming increasingly attractive with the guaranteed snowfall and weak dollar.
Breckenridge in particular has become well known and loved by the Brits with Vail & Aspen following not far behind. Chalets USA which caters mainly to UK skiers has now opened up new chalets in Breckenridge to cope with the ever growing demand. Eagle Lodge just a few hundred yards from Peak 7 offers skiing virtually on the doorstep with no hassle catered accommodation. Breckenridge the town is perfect for meandering along the historic streets and browsing the many boutiques. Non-skiers & skiers alike can drop into the many bars & restaurants to celebrate & mull over the days skiing achievements. With lively nightlife, Breckenridge is one of the few ski resorts in Colorado that really caters to the pubbing & clubbing crowd, leading to superb skiing holidays all day & all night.
Breckenridge has the highest chairlift in North America & a great variety of terrain:
Breckenridge boasts some of the best learning terrain anywhere. Skiers & riders will find most beginner trails located off Chair 7 on Peak 8, including a portion of the 3.5 mile Four O 'Clock run, the longest trail at Breckenridge.
An intermediate's paradise, Peak 7 is home to 7 new gently rolling more difficult runs, accessed by a six-passenger SuperChair. Undoubtedly the local's favorite, Claimjumper is located on Peak 8 in addition to Northstar and Crescendo. Two high-speed SuperChairs on Peak 9 access more than 10 intermediate trails for non-stop skiing & riding.
Duke's Run on Peak 8 offers a winning combination of both bumps & groomed terrain. Take the T-Bar up to Pika, Ptarmigan, White Crown & Forget-Me-Not for wide-open bowls & stunning views. Peak 9's Peerless is a great place to learn how to master the bumps, while bump masters will appreciate 6-Chair, especially on a powder day. A quick ride up the Falcon SuperChair on Peak 10 wisks skiers and riders to three advanced intermediate groomers, steep & deep bump runs, & the legendary glades of The Burn.
Peak 7 offers vast steep terrain without the trees at a 45-degree pitch. On Peak 8, the experienced skier & rider can enjoy amazing alpine vistas from atop Horseshoe Bowl (lift access) or Imperial Bowl at 12,998 ft via the new highest lift in North America! Hike to Lake Chutes for a 55 degree pitch (extreme terrain), between 10 & 80 feet of cornice, rocks to jump & of course, fresh tracks. Peak 9 features tree skiing at it's best. The Windows is an easy hike (anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes depending on a skier or rider's speed) from the Patrol Hut atop Peak 9. The South Side of Peak 10 sports big fat bumps, hidden kickers and glades – all without seeing another soul (or at least many souls).
Source by Helen Gienke