Winter Activities in Breckenridge, CO

How to Celebrate the End of the 2024 Ski Season in Summit County

As the spring months bring warmer temperatures to the high country, Summit County's resorts are gearing up for their end-of-season celebrations, marking the finale of another fantastic ski season filled with powder days and unforgettable mountain adventures. From live music and festive parties to pond skimming and costume contests, each resort has its own unique way of bidding farewell to winter and welcoming the summer months ahead.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Closing Day: May 12, 2024

The end of ski season at Breckenridge is a bittersweet time, with skiers and snowboarders flock to the slopes to enjoy the last runs of the season, soaking up the sunshine and savoring the final…

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The Best Winter Trails Near Breckenridge for Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Looking for an adventure off the slopes this winter? Check out our list of the Top 5 Winter Trails Near Breckenridge!

1. Pennsylvania Creek Trail

Best Winter Trails Near Breckenridge: Pennsylvania Creek Trail

Photo by Lauren Dunne on AllTrails

This 4.5 mile, moderately rated trail leads hikers along a shaded forest road, opening to gorgeous views as the trail reaches Pennsylvania Creek. In the earlier hours of the day, it is possible to enjoy this trail with only micro spikes, if the trail is already packed down, however on days with fresh snowfall or in the later hours, snowshoes or cross-country skis are needed to avoid post holing. Dogs are welcome on this trail and must remain on leash.

Length: 4.5 Miles

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Alpine Touring in Summit County

Skier alpine touring in Summit County, ColoradoIf you’ve ever looked out over snow covered terrain just outside of the groomed and monitored trails of the ski resort and wondered what it would be like to ski but haven’t taken the leap into the backcountry out of concern of terrain and avalanche danger, alpine touring may be for you! Alpine touring is the perfect choice for someone who doesn’t consider themselves to be a hardcore adventure extremist, but still wants to experience the backcountry on skis or a snowboard.

Luckily, Summit County offers plenty of options for those who want a “green run” type of backcountry experience! Something mellow for days when you want skis underfoot, but more peace and solitude than will be found where there are lift lines.

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During the winter we celebrate each new dusting or dumping of snow. Most snowfalls are typically followed by bluebird skies.  But for those looking to escape a blustery snow day and still have some fun, Breckenridge offers many wonderful indoor activities. Large groups, families, couples and people of all ages can find the perfect way to spend the day indoors. 

Love to solve riddles, uncover clues or crack codes? Breckenridge is home to two fantastic escape rooms. The Escape Room located on Ridge Street has four rooms each with a different theme and difficulty rating. Private rooms can accommodate 3-11 participants. Mountain Time Escape Room has three locations, two at Main Street Station and one on Main Street. Each location is a private room with a…

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Opening Dates for the 2022-23 Season in Summit County

Summit County’s mountain terrain speaks directly to the heart of every adventure seeker who sets their eyes on the towering peaks of Ten Mile Range. It’s no surprise that skiers and snowboarders flock to Breckenridge and the surrounding areas from all over the world to ski and ride our impressive, powdered slopes. From self-proclaimed ski bums to newbies strapping in for the very first time, Summit’s 6 World Renowned Resorts have plenty to offer every level of skier and snowboarder!

PLAN YOUR TRIP:

Breckenridge

Opening Day: November 11th  (OPENING EARLY ON WEDNESDAY NOV. 9th)

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am – 4 pm for ski lift/mountain

Lift Tickets: Click here for more information on…

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When is the last time you sat on a sled or saucer and pointed yourself down a snowy decline? If it’s been more than a year, than that is way too long! Sledding is the ultimate, timeless winter activity. Age doesn’t matter because laughter and the great outdoors are good for everyone. So grab a sled, tube, saucer or anything that will slide on snow and head to one of the free hills in Breckenridge. 

The Carter Park sledding hill is at the south end of High Street in downtown Breckenridge and was the first official town sledding hill. The Carter Park Hill was originally a one-run ski hill with a tow rope installed in 1976 to get skiers up the hill and was a great place for locals to learn to ski. In 1986, the tow rope was stolen and the hill did not open…

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One reason that Breckenridge is such a great destination for the entire family is the multitude of activities designed to let everyone from tots and teens to grandparents enjoy the snow—doing something other than skiing and snowboarding.

Sometimes it’s fun to escape the lift lines and crowds for the day, or to plan an outing that can include everyone, even vacationers not part of the downhill action. If that’s the case with your gang, consider exploring one of the area’s Nordic centers. Summit County boasts not simply one but three, with each center offering unique winter activities for all ages and appetites for adventure. If you haven’t yet looked into snow fun other than the ski area, you’re sure to find at least one activity that will surprise you…

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Think about your ski gear as the body and tires of your car, and the season pass or ticket as your driver’s license- that leaves your body as the engine and your motivation as the gasoline. Do you need a tune up?

Ski conditioning workouts help keep us out on the snow longer and stronger. From building strength, endurance, stamina, and creating stability in the body, a well-rounded conditioning program can help create longer days, seasons and lifetimes on snow. Local experts recommend a head-to-toe approach, including total body strength building, core work, stretching and aerobic workouts... And squats. Always the squats.

All our Summit County area recreation centers, gyms, and studios have resources to help you prepare for your season.

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Summer and fall seem to dominate the free activity landscape with all the hiking, farmers' markets, National Repertory Orchestra porch series concerts at our Breckenridge Associates office and such, but fear not fine friends — winter holds plenty of free and low cost options.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Winter in the high country equals snow. In other parts of the county snowfall may bring groans about shoveling, while snow here generally means opportunities for sliding. But not all snow-sliding activities equal skiing and pricey lift tickets. (Revisit our past article on how to navigate lift ticket and season pass pricing to make the lift-served sliding more affordable.)

The best free snow-sliding adventure west of, well, anywhere? Carter Park Sledding Hill. Park in the…

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Want to experience the winter in Summit and Park Counties like a local? Here are some tips to get your on your way. Nature is the star, the reason so many of us moved here in the first place. And then when you add a layer of snowy frosting to the mountains the recreation opportunities just multiply. Health and vitality are the name of the game for so many high country residents and enthusiasts. For many, perhaps most, the root motivator is not the health or strength itself as a simple vanity play, but a way to maximize the enjoyment of all the opportunities to be out playing in nature. Is there a better way to stay motivated?

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The sister sport to all that summer mountain and road biking? Cross country skiing, also known as Nordic skiing. It’s a…

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