Breckenridge is an amazing place to visit year-round! <– Good thing you’re planning a trip! Make sure you have the best trip ever with our travel guides and FAQS.
When To Come
There’s no such thing as a bad time to come to Breckenridge! Know what to expect during each season.
Ski Season (November – April)
The skiing and winter activities are abundant in Breckenridge from early November through mid-April. Ski season is an ideal time to visit this world-class ski resort, authentic mining town and breathtaking landscape for your holiday.
Early season is a great time to experience Breckenridge at a more affordable rate! Plan your trip for between Opening Day and mid-December to find the most economical winter package.
Many love to celebrate the holidays in Breckenridge, and if you fit into this group, we recommend that you book your travel by Labor Day to ensure that you will find the properties that are best fit for you and your family.
Summer (June – August)
Summer is an amazing time to experience Breckenridge. In fact, many say that the winter brings them to Breckenridge but that summer is what entices them to say. The temperatures are near perfect in the 70s, and there are an endless amount of activities and events to enjoy. The most popular include golf, hiking, biking, rafting horseback riding, mine tours but there are plenty more. While you are here, check-out Breckenridge’s summer events, concerts and competitions.
Fall (September, October)
Fall offers near perfect conditions for outdoor recreation, and Breckenridge loves its Indian Summers, where the weather remains at about 70 degrees. You can also enjoy unbelievable lodging and dining deals in September and early October. In mid-September, Breckenridge closes Main Street for a weekend to host its renowned Oktoberfest, an event you won’t want to miss. If you’ve always wanted to see the aspens turn, you’re in luck. While there is no guarantee on dates, mid-to-late September is the perfect time to take in the fall foliage of yellow aspen leaves.
It’s easy to get to Breckenridge but you might never want to leave.
The Flight West
Breckenridge is located just 1.5 hours from the Denver International Airport.
Most travelers book a shuttle or rent a car as transportation from the airport to Breckenridge. Shuttles to Breckenridge can take you directly to your lodging. Can’t decide between a shuttle or renting a car? Read local tips and need-to-know insights on car vs. shuttle.
Traveling within Colorado
Learn how to go car-free in Breckenridge with shuttle transportation and in-town options including the Breckenridge Free Ride. If you do plan on driving, follow CDOT’s guidelines to avoid I70 traffic.
Getting Around Town
Breckenridge Free Ride is an in-town trolley and bus service that will help you navigate to the ski area and the rest of Breckenridge. Once in town, try going car-free in Breckenridge is to walk, bike or ride the Breckenridge’s Free Ride transit system.
Preparing For Your Trip
High Altitude Environment
Breckenridge is higher than most Colorado resort areas and towns. At an elevation of 9,600 feet (2,900 meters) above sea level, Breckenridge enjoys 300 inches of snow in the winter and mild 70-degree temperatures in the summer. On another note, the elevation can affect people in different ways and visitors should take high altitude precautions. Be sure to drink plenty of water (around 100 ounces -3 liters) per day and give your body time to adjust to this change. Also, try to cut back on excessive alcohol consumption upon your first couple of days at high altitude. Another way to transition to this environment is to spend a night in Denver, 5,200 feet (1,585 meters) on your way to Breckenridge. For most visitors, the effects of high altitude are minimal. For others, perhaps slight headaches and restless sleep occur during the first days after arrival. If you develop symptoms and continue to feel unwell after your first day or two, please visit one of our local medical facilities for evaluation. Getting prompt treatment could help you enjoy the remainder of your vacation more fully.
Effective SPF Protection
At this higher elevation, the sun is much stronger than at lower elevations. Please be sure to wear an SPF of at least 25 or 30 for protection, and reapply throughout the day so that you are prepared for fully enjoy your Breckenridge ski vacation.
Attire and Clothing
Breckenridge prides itself in its laid-back, casual mountain atmosphere. You can dress casually (jeans or cotton pants, sweater or fleece jacket are the norm) for any occasion, and layers always stay stylish in the mountains.
Many lodging properties are within walking distance to Historic Main Street or the mountain. Free Ride bus transportation serves most of Breckenridge and requires no fare. Free Ride picks up riders at each stop every 20 minutes. While staying in Breckenridge, many guests venture to other parts of Summit County. The Summit Stage transit system services at no charge for those who wish to explore Summit County.
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