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About the Town of Breckenridge

If you are looking for Breckenridge lodging or a ski vacation getaway the Town of Breckenridge is what is on the menu. Breckenridge is located about 1hr 45min from Denver International Airport. The town itself is only 5.3 square miles with a permanent population of 3100. Despite it's relatively small size Breckenridge ski area accommodated 1,468,518 skier visits in 2002 second only to Vail. At 9,600 feet in elevation Breckenridge enjoys a high-alpine climate. The average annual snowfall is in excess of 250" and the average winter daytime temperature is 28 degrees F. The average summer daytime high is 70 degrees.


 

 

Breckenridge is located in Summit County. The County boasts 4 ski areas; Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin, all with incredible snow. Each ski area has a wide variety of terrain for skiers at all levels of ability. Breckenridge, Copper, and Keystone have ski schools for beginners, advanced skiers or those just wanting to improve their techniques. Breckenridge Ski Resort has 2208 acres. 13% is beginner, 32% intermediate, and 55% expert, on a total of 146 runs. This brings the total number of lifts at Breckenridge to 27 with a capacity to move 36,680 skiers per hour, making it very easy to get around the mountain. Breckenridge has one of the best ski schools in the nation, so if you are a beginner, this is the place to learn.

The Dining, Nightlife, and Shopping options are enormous. You can pick from over more than 400 boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The selection of food option ranges from the simple fast food to the elegant dining with a view. Most Breckenridge restaurants are conveniently located along Main Street. Once you taste the cuisine you will find that Breckenridge has attracted some of the most world renown Chefs. Specialty retail shopping, spans the storefronts of Main Street as well. Whether you're looking for that perfect Christmas tree ornament or new ski jacket, the retail shops cater to all budgets and peculiar tastes. The nightlife in Breckenridge is always hopping. The selection of Microbrews will often fulfill even the most discriminating of pallets. The locals are know to engage in dialogue and help to create a pretty friendly atmosphere if you are just visiting.

The history of Breckenridge is quite fascinating. Breckenridge was settled in 1859 as a gold and silver mining town. In hopes to gain a post office in 1860, this town was named after Vice President John Cabell Breckinridge. Following the boom and bust cycle of the gold rush Breckenridge actually became a ghost town. The ski business brought Breckenridge back to life and provided the motivation to renovate the town's vintage Victorian buildings. There are many newly built Victorian-style structures, as well, housing shops, restaurants, stores, bed-and-breakfasts, and cafes. An attractive river walk follows the Blue River through town. Almost all new construction or renovation in the town must conform to the Victorian style of architecture. This Victorian ambience is most noticeable along Main Street.

Many improvements to the Breckenridge ski area combined to make Breckenridge one of the best ski vacation destinations this winter. Vail Resorts International has invested over 40 million dollars into the Breckenridge Ski Resort this year with the addition of more terrain and more lifts. The addition of 165 acres of intermediate terrain on Peak 7 includes seven new trails. Angels Rest, Wild Dog, Fort Mary B, Swan City, Lincoln Meadows, Pioneer and Wirepatch will be served by the new high-speed detachable, six passenger Independence Super Chair. The new Peak 8 Super Connect, also a high-speed detachable quad-lift, replaces the old 4 chair and simplifies transferring from Peak 9 to Peak 8. It starts a few hundred yards above the Beaver Superchair and terminates near the Vista Haus at the top of Peak 8. Breckenridge was the first major resort to offer snowboarding (in 1985): Today, boarders will find two terrain parks. Freeway Terrain Park, the more advanced of the two, is home to a superpipe. Winter in Breckenridge offers excitement and romance with skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and helicopter skiing. Other fun activities include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, site seeing, and hot air ballooning.

 

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