It’s March. So chances are you may have reached your threshold for bitter cold temperatures, gray and cloudy skies and indoor workout classes have lost their appeal. We feel ya! Time to break out the sunglasses and look no further than BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO, the spring break capital of Ski Country! Breckenridge is the ultimate springtime destination for skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts seeking warm sunshine, stellar late-season snow conditions and some high-altitude, high quality dining, scenery and festivals.
Whether you’ve been fearlessly plowing down those black diamonds since the age of three, or have never set foot (or feet) on a snow-sport apparatus, you won’t be disappointed in all that Breckenridge has to offer.
After a quick 1.5-hour drive from Denver International Airport you’ll arrive in the picturesque valley of the village of Breckenridge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, this quaint yet bustling town is rich with dining, breweries, galleries and of course – the best winter sports apparel in the west. And did we mention the sunshine? With over 300 sunny days per year on average, you get that much needed dose of vitamin D.
You’ll want to plan your stay around whether you plan to ski or snowboard (no harm if apres-ski is more your sport-of-choice!). Breckenridge boasts one of the country’s top ski schools and after a quick chat, a School Instructor will be able to assist you in renting all of your equipment and customizing your experience on the mountain based on skill level. Skiing or snowboarding sans instructor? No problem. All trails are clearly marked and Breckenridge caters to all levels, ranging from easy greens to double black diamonds for the ultimate self-guided pro (thrill-seekers cannot miss Peak 6’s two extreme-rated bowls: The Six Senses and Serenity Bowl. Make sure that helmet is fastened tight!).
Looking for some ski/snowboard alternatives in Breckenridge? Good! There’s no shortage. The town puts on a killer Mardi Gras celebration on March 5th complete with a Main Street parade, beads, beer and a music festival in Riverwalk Center at the heart of town. Be a spectator at the Helly Hansen Big Mountain Challenge that will feature some of the best big mountain Freeskiers in the country as they compete for points in the IFSA series. And you remember that Shamrock Shuffle trend sweeping the nation, right? Well, what’s more challenging than a high-altitude run? Burn a few calories before having a green beer (or six) in the St. Patrick’s Brew Run.
We already know that the scenery in Breck is unlike anywhere else, but Colorado also offers some of best craft breweries in the country. But spending the day at a local brewery would be too easy, so in classic gaan style, we’re adding an element of adventure to this next recommendation! If you’re looking for an active afternoon off the mountains, head over to Ridden and take a Fat Bike Beer Tour. Yes, you read that correctly, a Fat Bike Beer Tour. Ridden is an awesome company – they believe in having fun, staying active and enjoying all that is local and artisanal about Breckenridge! They offer guided bike tours, year round, to select breweries and distilleries in the area know for some of the tastiest spirits in ski country. The fat bikes have extra thick tires and a light-as-air carbon fiber frame, making the ride on snowy or bumpy terrain a breeze! Helmets and gear come included in the price of the tour (only $60 bucks for 3 hours). This is a great activity for groups and also an awesome way to meet other adventurists spending some time in Breck! If you prefer to steer clear of the booze, Ridden also offers guided snowshoe adventures and mountain bike tours daily all season long!
Did you know that the average skier burns 400 calories per hour? Holy what?!?!?! Once you work up that ferocious appetite, it’s time to grab some grub. (Now would be a perfect time to whip out those gaan Deo Wipes for yourself and fellow ski mates. They might even pick up the tab after feeling so refreshed!)
If you’re looking for slope-side options, a lunchtime must for anyone on the mountain is newly renovated Overlook restaurant. This places takes ski-cuisine to a whole new level. Our vote goes to the specialty; fresh-made ramen noodle bowls with a choice of veggies and meat. The hot-piping soup is savory, citrusy and the perfect midday meal to help you warm up and recharge. The Overlook sits at Peak 9 at 11,274 feet and also claims Breckenridge’s highest dining elevation. Talk about lunch with a view!
The village of Breckenridge offers a huge selection of Apres’ ski restaurant options to satisfy every palate. If you’re looking for a low-key spot with plenty of local on-tap selections and the best pizza on the mountain, check out Fight Club Breck. Known for their nightly live music and trivia nights, Fight Club is a great spot to take you from a casual happy hour well into the evening.
In the mood for something a little more unique and dare we say adventurous? You won’t want to miss Starlight Dinner on March 18th, 2019. Undoubtedly one of the most memorable dining experiences in Breckenridge, the dinner is only held once a month and the restaurant can only be accessed via snowcat at night (so bundle up!). En route to your dining spot you’ll take in a spectacular view of the moon-lit glittering sky against the slopes. You’ll land at TenMile Station (@ the base of Peak 10) where you’ll experience a prix fixe menu and live entertainment. Perfect for a celebration with friends, or perhaps to celebrate your first time on skis! Make your reservations early because the March event is coveted and tickets won’t last long!
You really can’t go wrong in Breckenridge, so grab your suitcase. Let's Adventure Together!
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Written by Rachel Levy