Breckenridge is an outdoor paradise in the winter. The ample amounts of snowour town receives provides the perfect playground for tons of great activities. With five peaks spanning 2,908 acres, skiing and snowboarding is an awe-inspiring experience no matter what the ability. Every beginner and intermediate trail is groomed nightly so you can enjoy endless turns throughout your day. Ride North America’s highest chairlift, the Imperial Express, up to the high alpine bowls for unforgettable views and steeps. If you looking for terrain parks, Breck has four – one for every skill level.
From our historic Main Street to our legendary skiing, what unites us in Breckenridge is our shared passion for embracing life’s best moments. Here, we pack all four seasons with the best of the outdoors, the indoors, and everything in between. From our vibrant après scene, culinary adventures, a buzzing nightlife, to experiences that tap into our more cultural side – from musical to the artistic. We come together to embrace our world-class outdoor playground.
Base Elevation: 9,600 feet / 2,926 meters
Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet / 3,963 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet / 1,036 meters
Lifts: 34 Total
- 5 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
- 5 high-speed quad lifts
- 1 Fixed Quad
- 1 triple lift
- 6 double lifts
- 1 8-passenger gondola
- 4 surface lifts
- 11 carpet lifts
Lift Capacity: 46,800 people per hour (with surface and carpets)
Operating Since: December 16, 1961
Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2908 acres / 1177 hectares
Groomed Daily: 600 acres / 241 hectares (29% of total terrain)
Bowls: 1061 acres / 429 hectares
Terrain Parks: 25 acres / 10 hectares
Snowmaking: 600 acres / 243 hectares
Number of Trails: 187
Longest Trail: Four O'Clock - 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers.
The town of Breckenridge was formally created in November 1859 by George E. Spencer. Spencer chose the name "Breckinridge" after John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky, 14th vice president of the United States, in the hopes of flattering the government and gaining a post office. Spencer succeeded in his plan and a post office was built in Breckinridge.
However, when the Civil War broke out in 1861, the former vice president sided with the Confederates and the pro-Union citizens of Breckenridge decided to change the town's name. The first i was changed to an e, and the town's name has been spelled Breckenridge ever since.
In December 1961, skiing was introduced to Breckenridge when several trails were cut on the lower part of Peak 8, connected to town by Ski Hill Road. In the 50-plus years since, the Breckenridge Ski Resort gradually expanded onto Peak 9 and Peak 10 on the south end of town, and Peak 7 and Peak 6 to the northwest of town.