Planning Tips

After You Book Your Experience

Get ready for the Breckenridge vacation of a lifetime. Now that you’ve booked your perfect getaway, you’re invited to consider these special tips as you plan your entire ski vacation. From dining to activities to skiing and biking, Breck has everything you need to enjoy the Rocky Mountains, and our vacation planners are here to help you.

Breckenridge Welcome Center

Once you arrive, visit our resourceful information center for various maps and fantastic information: Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main St.

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, Breck 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, be leery of 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.

Road Conditions

Get updates for Colorado's road and weather conditions prior to driving, by calling 303.639.1111 or visiting the Colorado Department of Transportation:

Smoke Free

Summit County is smoke-free; therefore smoking is not permitted in restaurants, bars and other indoor public places. Select establishments allow smoking on outdoor deck areas or patios.

Banking and Money

Traveler’s Checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are widely accepted throughout town and on the mountain. ATM machines located throughout Breckenridge accept most cards for a small fee.

Insider Tips

Best times to grocery shop - before 11 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
Best times to dine out - right at 5 p.m. or after 8 p.m.
Best restaurant decks - Bubba Gumps, Mi Casa, Hearthstone, Fatty's Pizzeria, and Salt Creek Steakhouse & Club.

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