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Breckenridge Ski Resort

Like the baggy-pants jibb ers who frequent Breckenridge’s no. 3–ranked terrain parks, this resort gets a bad rap. Yes, it’s hard to get around. No, don’t go at Christmas. Yes, you’ll be sharing the slopes with first-timers. But if you’re looking for a great town and a big mountain where all types of skiers can find somewhere to play, meet Breck. From the T-bar’s steeps to Peak 7’s cruisers, the resort wins praise from parents and park rats alike. The circa-1850 mining town is reason enough to visit, no doubt helping to earn the resort a no. 6 ranking in Après, no. 9 in Dining and no. 7 in Off- Hill Activities—check Riverwalk Center for concerts and shows. But that’s all just gravy. The skiing is what matters, and Breck’s 2,358 acres really do have it all. “The best overall resort, even if it’s not the best in any one category.” Bad rap: set straight. —Heather Hansman

Off-Mountain Restaurant » Hit Relish, in a fresh second-story space on Main Street, for the best dinner or happy hour in town.

Bragging Rights » Sure, the Lake Chutes are steep, but The Burn and Mustang, on oft-ignored Peak 10, are steep and narrow.

Top Event » Ullr Fest, the town’s annual weeklong celebration and plea to the god of snow, is Jan. 8 to 14, 2012. Judging by last year’s 500-plus inches, it gets results.

[ Wed, 2009-12-16 15:37 ]
Vail Village Affleck
Law enforcement in Vail is handing out more misdemeanors to ski-pass swappers -- nearly five times as many as its sister resorts in Summit County

If you're a ski-pass swapper, you'd better choose your next target carefully. Turns out Vail is more likely to turn pass fraudsters over to police than a number of its Colorado sister resorts. According to the Vail Daily, Vail law enforcement has handed out nearly five times the number of misdemeanors as Summit County police for ticket fraud. That doesn't mean fraud happening more often at the bigger resort.

[ Wed, 2009-10-14 13:42 ]
Improve your skiing and your insider knowledge with a guided mountain tour
Think you're too cool for school? Vail Resorts protects your rep with a new instruction program that feels less like class, more like recess.

Let us be abundantly clear: No one is too good or too old for ski school. A lesson with a professional ski instructor will make you a better skier. But we get it: When you only get a few precious weeks or days on snow, you're loath to spend them in a restrictive class setting, following a guy in a uniform down trails of his choosing, not yours.

[ Wed, 2009-10-07 18:07 ]
Bride on Skis
Tie the knot at Keystone and get a free season pass. Beats another gravy boat.

In an attempt to boost the state of marriage in America—or just get some media attention—Vail Resorts is offering soon-to-be-wedded couples the opportunity to celebrate with a ceremony on Keystone Mountain in exchange for a 2010-2011 season pass. The wedding can go off anytime between Nov. 30 2009 and Nov. 30 2010, and the his-and-her season passes are good at Keystone, as well as at Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin. You gotta admit: A season pass puts your china settings to shame. 

[ Mon, 2009-10-05 13:33 ]
Vail Resorts to Offer Pass Insurance
Accidents, unemployment among the reasons for refunds

Let's say you bought a season pass, but you lost your job before the season even started. Are you screwed? Not if you opted for Vail Resorts' Pass Insurance program. For an extra $20 for adult, teen or senior passes (or $10 for children's passes), you'd be able to recover at least some, if not all, of your investment. Break a leg before the season even starts? Full refund. Get pregnant after opening day? Partial refund. Called up for duty two weeks after opening day? Partial refund.

[ Fri, 2009-09-18 10:25 ]
Oktoberfest Celebration in Breckenridge
Loosen your belt this fall for beers, brats and a bit of oom-pah-pah

The Germans are a giving people: Even though the original (and absolute best) Oktoberfest still resides in Munich, the party has spread throughout the world—and certainly throughout ski country. This fall, you can hoist your steins and prime yourself for winter at any number of resorts from East to West (lederhosen and dirndls optional). Here are a few of our faves.

Breckenridge, Colo.: September 18–20

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