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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.

Breckenridge SuperSlide

Breckenridge SuperSlide
Breckenridge Slide
Choose between two courses to slide down Breckenridge Mountain.

Ride a 2,600 foot slalom sled course right on the mountain, or if you’re feeling daring, try the more-challenging giant slalom track with multiple dips. Each sled seats an adult and small child, making it the perfect family adrenaline rush. A single ride is $15 and children ages 2-6 ride free.

One Ski Hill Place

One Ski Hill Place
One Ski Hill Place
The lodge opened in June 2010 at the base of Peak 8, making it the closest lodging to chair 4 at the resort.

The lodge opened in June 2010 at the base of Peak 8, making it the closest lodging to chair 4 at the resort. Find year-round activities right outside your door, as well as mountain views from each room. Amenities include a heated deck and fireplace, movie lounge, game room, 2-lane bowling alley, indoor pool, heated underground parking, business center with computers, café on site, and more. The lodge is committed to sustaining the environment, and every unit follows Green Globes guidelines.

The Lighting of Breckenridge

Breckenridge goes a little Clark Griswold over the holidays.

Just about every ski town worth its good name throws up some Christmas lights and flips the “on” switch, but Breckenridge goes a little Clark Griswold over the holidays. On Dec. 2, the town’s annual lighting launches from Daniel’s Cabin, on Main Street, where they wait for Santa to pull up on his sleigh. Then it’s on to Blue River Plaza, where Kris Kringle hits the lights on the town tree. Then there’s a holiday concert at Main Street Station, visits with Santa and rides on the Breckenridge Train Co.’s kiddie caboose.
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Park Skiing at Breckenridge

Park Skiing at Breckenridge
Park Skiing at Breckenridge
Mind blowing features for the tall-t set.

On the online forum—the most popular chat and trash-talk site for tall-T’d park rats—here’s what one user had to say about Breckenridge’s park: “Breckenridge will blow your mind away. Think of an orgasm. Multiply it by another orgasm to the fourth power, and then you might be close to knowing how good it is.” It wasn’t just the puberty talking. The four parks and two pipes spread out over 25 acres pretty much make it the Megan Fox of manufactured terrain.

[ Thu, 2010-02-04 19:12 ]
Is the Real Estate market in Breckenrige back?
The area's most expensive home—and the most expensive vacant lot—were sold this week in Breckenridge

Does this mean the economic downturn is over in ski country? Last week a Breckenridge residence was sold for $8.29 million, making it the most expensive home ever sold in Breck. This week a neighboring vacant lot was sold for $3.3 million, making it the highest priced residential lot ever sold in Breckenridge.

[ 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.

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