- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 5
Date Visited: Dec 6, 2007
Perspective is everything. Those of us that live in Colorado are certainly spoiled by our wonderful choices in ski options. Breckenridge is probably the most family-friendly of all of the Colorado ski resorts and offers the best all around package of skiing, value and town life. Their ski and ride school programs are as good as any and cater to all levels but are especially kid-friendly.
While every place has it's pros and cons, Breck has world class skiing and a great, laid back town in which to relax, shop and eat. Casual attire is expected wherever you go, so you can feel comfortable in jeans and a sweater... even at the nicest of restaurants like Relish or the Cellar. I personally prefer skiing at Keystone (just 20 minutes away) but the lack of a town, restaurants and shopping always leave me wanting to get back to Breckenridge. Vail has the best skiing, perhaps in the world, but is a different experience, especially with kids. It's expensive and the expectation is that you always look your best. I love Vail, it's just different than Breckenridge.
The base of Peak 8 is at 10,000 feet so the snow at Breckenridge typically comes earlier and stays later than most other resorts around the country. Complaints about a lack snow in November are just silly. Historically none of the resorts were open by Thanksgiving because of the variability in conditions... Snowmaking allows those people who want to get an early start on the season a chance to do so.