Welcome to Breckenridge, Colorado... A Real Town, Unreal Skiing and home of Kingdom of Breckenridge Sports and the Breckenridge Ski Shop, your "on campus" go-to shop for all your ski and snowboard rental needs. Get all your rental gear, clothing and accessories at our convient highway 9 location. Plus you can park here and take the Summit Stage to the Breck Connect Gondola.
Please let us share a bit of historical information about our beautiful home town and favorite ski resort. Breckenridge was originally a mining town, where gold was discovered in the summer of 1859 along the Blue River. Our town contains more than 350 historic structures, making it the largest historic district in the state of Colorado. One of the most popular historic sites is The Gold Pan Saloon, established in 1859. Located at 103 North Main Street in Breckenridge, it is the oldest continuously operated bar West of the Mississippi and a favorite local's haunt.
Short of The Gold Pan Saloon a lot of things have changed since Breckenridge was founded. In December 1961 the Breckenridge Ski Area officially opened for business. Over the years many improvements and expansions have occurred, making Breckenridge Ski Area consistently one of the most popular, family oriented and highly rated resorts in North America. Today the resort is extremely conscious of the environment and strives to be as efficient as possible, while still serving its customers to experience a trip of a life time. To learn more about the resort's conservation efforts, please visit their website: www.breckenridge.com and check out the Environment tab.
A few mountains stats for you: The base elevation is 9,600 ft/2,926 meters; the mountain has 30 lifts and 155 trails with the ability to accommodate 37,800 people per hour. The total skiing and riding terrain consists of 2,358 acres with bowls covering 772 acres and the terrain park with 25 acres. Breckenridge proudly offers the highest lift in North America, the Imperial Express Superchair, which reaches a peak elevation of 12,840 feet/3,910 meters. It can be accessed from Lift 6 and the T-Bar.
Breckenridge offers a variety of runs for every skier and rider type. If you want a ski or riding lesson to sharpen your skills please know you will be well taken care of by the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School: www.breckenridgeskischool.com. They offer private as well as group lessons and the instructors are wonderful! For the more adventurous crowd, we have five terrain parks and two half-pipes which are known to be the best in the world and are continually ranked in the top three by industry leaders. For more information about the latest updates on the Park, Team Riders, photos, videos and daily park news, go towww.Breck1080.com.
If you can't find enough excitement at Breckenridge Ski Resort, please feel free to take your rental gear and explore the other wonderful Summit County, Colorado ski resorts. Some of the most popular and close by are Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapaho Basin. In Eagle County, Colorado, west of Breckenridge, you will find Vail Resort and Beaver Creek.
Once you have had your fill of the hill and are ready to relax for apres ski there are plenty of places to visit in Breckenridge. If you have a hard time choosing, ask any local and they will guide you to the perfect place. Some places they may suggest are The T-Bar at the Base of Peak 8, The Dredge, Fatty's and the ever popular Gold Pan Saloon.
If you're here in January you must join the locals at the Ullr Fest - an annual wacky winter festival like no other. In Norse mythology Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) was the winter god. He was the son of Sif and the stepson of Thor, the "God of Thunder." Ullr loved the cold, and delighted in traveling over the country on his skis or skates. Events include the ever popular and fun Ullr parade on Main Street and other fun events. If you are visiting in the spring, you have to join in the Spring Massive festivities - another annual event. This end of season event features competitions, entertainment, family fun, comedy nights, nightlife, exhibitions, a beer festival, food, special snow skiing and snowboarding events, film shoots, and great concert line ups. Check out what's going on at: www.springmassive.com. Every year we also host the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. You can see some great photos of the event at www.townofbreckenridge.com.
For a nice dinner, please be sure to stop by Modis, The Hearthstone or The Briar Rose. If a casual dinner with the kids is in order, check out Downstairs at Eric's - the kids will love the arcade gallery and everyone will enjoy the many big screen TVs and the great menu.
If your plan is to paint the town, there are many places that will accommodate you. Dance the night away at The Salt Creek or Cecilia's or mingle at the martini bar at The Blue River Bistro, all conveniently located on Main Street. If live music is what you're after, check out 320South on Main Street. For a safe ride home, please check out the Summit Stage www.summitstage.com and the Breckenridge FREE RIDE www.townofbreckenridge.com.
For those of you who are interested in shopping and site seeing, we have you covered. On Ridge Street you will find the Breckenridge Arts District, loaded with artists in residence, classes and galleries. There are shops on every corner with unique and different items for everyone. Also available are dog sled and snowmobile tours as well as snowshoe hikes. Before you leave for home, be sure to pick up a Breckenridge Ski Shop hat, T-shirt or sweatshirt for your friends at home.
Thanks for visiting and we hope you have a great time! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable.
One last but very important item... remember that you are visiting us at 9,600 feet above sea level which may affect some of you with underlying health conditions. If the need for medical care arises, please visit our well qualified physicians at High Country Health Care www.highcountryhelath.com in the City Market Shopping Center on Park Avenue, the Breckenridge Medical Center at the Base of Peak 9 or the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center www.summitmedicalcenter.org on Hwy 9 between Breckenridge and Frisco, CO.
Don't forget us in the summer - Breckenridge is a great place with many activities to keep you busy - hiking, biking, fly fishing, arts festivals, music, boating and camping just to name a few!