Breckenridge is located about 100 miles west of Denver’s International Airport via Interstate 70 and Colorado Highway 9. Breckenridge's climate is considered to be high alpine with the tree line ending at about 11,500 feet (3,500 m).
Breckenridge is the perfect destination for summer. Summer in Breckenridge is nothing short of perfection. With an average summer temperature of 70 degrees during the day and 50 degrees at night, ample sunshine and long summer days, there is plenty of time to pack in some serious family fun. From hiking to golf – summer activities abound. Be sure to check out the Breckenridge Creative Arts District.
The Breckenridge culinary scene explodes with flavor and patio seating during the summer months. Take advantage of freshly inspired cuisine while dining alfresco and cooling off after a day of fun with a craft beer or cocktail. Summer is also the perfect time of year to discover Breckenridge’s lively bar scene which kicks-off every afternoon with tasty apps and libations and flows into evenings filled with local music and ski town flavor.
And don’t forget the winter.
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.