Want to feel like a Breck local? Read this quick overview about Breckenridge’s geography and weather patterns and you’ll be on your way.
The resort is located in the Ten Mile mountain range of central Colorado with Quandary Peak standing as the tallest mountain at 14,265 feet. The mountains start at I-70’s Frisco exit and extend south to Breckenridge and five miles beyond to Quandary. While you’re skiing, look for two other fourteen thousand foot peaks to the east: Grays Peak (14,270 feet) and the nearby pointier Torreys Peak (14,267 feet).
Understanding the location of mountain ranges is important because big mountains create their own weather. Air is forced to rise over these masses of rock, and as the air rises it cools and moisture condenses into snow. This is called orographic lift and it’s the most important factor when forecasting powder.
If you’re looking at a weather map searching for the next storm heading toward Breckenridge, keep your eyes out for storms that bring winds from the west, northwest or the north. Any of these wind directions can bring good snow to the resort since it sticks up higher into the sky than many surrounding mountains in the west, northwest and north directions.