- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 5
Pros: Huge variety of terrain
Cons: Getting between the different peaks
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2011
Breckenridge looks like a skier's Disneyland from the Gondola parking lot and lives up to an upgraded version of Fantasyland. Some free parking, or still-reasonable $5 and $10 parking right at the Gondola = short walk in ski boots. The gondola is a great idea for Breckenridge to solve the parking problem and wisk skiers to the mountain in comfort. First stop, Peak 7 for Intermediates to dust off the constantly-groomed blue runs with top-notch Seven's Restaurant at the base of Peak 7 which is first-class food and atmosphere at the same prices as the regular cafeteria (a great value). Vista Haus at mid-mountain and Peak 9 restaurant are also a great place for lunch too. Peak 7 in an intermediate skier's groomed blue run paradise.
Despite being laid out logically, Peak 8 gets crowded and tracked out quickly and ends up being the default place for skiers to find themselves at the base of Peak 8. Imperial Bowl is "the" place on powder days, especially if both Chair 6 and the Imperial Express are both running. While Horseshoe Bowl is legendary, the neighboring T-bar sucks and should be on Breck's short list for upgrades. However their Breck-connect totally rocks - previously it was a major hassle requiring multiple lifts to go from Peaks 7 to 10 or 9 to 7. Sometimes (if you keep your speed up), you can get between mountains between the right combination of lifts, traversing and some poling on Columbine and Lower Forget Me Not enroute to Peak 7. Breckenridge should consider carving out a trail from Dukes Run to the base of Peak 7 to prevent poling at the top off Columbine. Another idea would be another Breck-connect going the opposite direction, from the bottom of Peak 8 directly to the top of Peak 9, currently which requires two or more chair lifts.
Still a challenge at times to get between peaks. There is a deep valley between Peaks 8 and 9, 9 and 10 is fairly easy to transition, but even without valley separating peaks 7 and 8, there are few runs that allow for a smooth transition, especially from peak 8 to peak 7. More great skiing down to the valley between Peaks 8 and 9, nice advanced runs. However next to the awesome bowls is Peak 10, an advanced skiers paradise. Even advanced-intermediate will enjoy a few occasional flat-single black diamond runs that are free of moguls. Peak 9 is respectable at the top, but turns really flat at the bottom and is a haven for beginners, even more so than the bottom of Peak 8. Peak 9 can get a bit confusing and awkward.
Peak 10 is an advanced skier's paradise, with nice long runs with no moguls to small, medium and large moguls and various degrees of steepness. However keep your speed up on Flapjack, or you will be poling.
Brecks backcountry is some of the best, with far-out places to avoid the crowds, drown in deep powder, see spectacular scenery and really get great value in a mountain. Breck's wilderness is what sets Breck apart from many other ski resorts, especially in Summit County. Breck's far out and away places at the top of the mountain that offer endless glades and tree skiing, bowls and chutes, spanning from peak 7 to 9.
Breckenridge is one of the kings of high-speed quads and several six-chair lifts, which does a great job handling the load. Breckenridge also has a real town for shopping, dining, relaxing with lots of choices and endless fun.
Something for everyone. Lots of terrain, massive upgrades in the last decade, a great value.