Breckenridge in November: Winter Vacation Guide - Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge in November: Winter Vacation Guide

If you happen to visit Breckenridge in November, you’ll notice there’s a distinctive hum in the air. It’s the tingle of excitement for the start of the ski and snowboard season and all things winter- hot chocolate, snowball fights, cozy sweaters- you name it! Take a closer look at all the best reasons to visit Breckenridge in November.

November Weather in Breckenridge

November is the start of winter in Breckenridge, which means it starts to get chilly! Average high temperatures are around 38 °F, while average lows reach the low teens. But don’t let that deter you- there is still plenty of sunshine in November, and the ski resorts are on their way to opening up more and more terrain as the snow falls. Après on the patio anyone?


Breckenridge Events that Welcome Winter

Opening Day at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Opening Day marks the start of Breckenridge’s line-up of winter events.

Dia De Los Muertos – Nov. 1-2, 2019 

Dia De Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a multi-day, traditional Mexican holiday celebrating ancestors and loved ones who’ve passed. This is not a day of sadness, but a day where the dead come alive to celebrate with family and friends, and come together support one another’s spiritual journeys.

Join us in this November 1-2, along with BreckCreate, for a celebration filled with arts and crafts, live performances, featured installations, face painting and more. Learn about new cultures and traditions, right here in Breckenridge!

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day – Nov. 8th, 2019

Breckenridge Ski Resort typically opens early to mid-November but it is entirely dependent on weather. Get in line early for the pre-opening party filled with breakfast treats, music, giveaways and some serious bragging rights.


Winter Premiers

November is filled with ski and snowboard movie premiers, winter kick-off parties and concerts.  Pick up the Summit Daily NewspaperBreckenridge’s Community Calendar or the insider’s guide to Breckenridge’s nightlife.


Thanksgiving – Nov. 28th, 2019

It’s easy to be thankful when you’re spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Breckenridge.  Create your own holiday trot by going snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling or taking a historic tour.  Nearly every store, guided tour, activity and restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day. Make reservations for dinners and guided tours well in advance and get ready to experience the most stress-free Thanksgiving you’ve ever had. Our 2018 Holiday Restaurant Guide can help you find the best spot for your family.


Things To Do in Breckenridge in November

Three Women skinning on Boreas Pass Road in the winter.
Three Women skinning on Boreas Pass Road in the winter.

Most of Breckenridge’s classic winter activities will start running in November.

Opening Dates for Winter Activities

  • Nov. 6 – Breckenridge Nordic Center opens
  • Nov. 8 – Good Times Snowmobiling opens
  • Nov. 16 – Breckenridge Ski Resort Alpine Coaster opens
  •  Nov. 17 – White Mountain Snowmobiling opens
  • Nov. 21 – Frisco Tubing opens
  • Nov.22 – Keystone tubing open
  • Dec. 1 – Gold Run Nordic Center expected opening
  • Dec. 8 – Good Times Snowmobiling and Dogsledding expected opening

Hiking and Snowshoeing

Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails are always open.  This time of year, you’ll want to check the muddy meter to see which trails are ready to explore and which ones you’ll want to avoid.  It depends on snowfall, the higher trails will have more snow accumulation while those closer to town will not.  Get trail recommendations by using the Muddy Meter or stopping by the Breckenridge Welcome Center for their latest trail recommendations.

Check the Muddy Meter before heading out on your hike.

Guided Tours

Fat biking is one of the best ways to get around in the winter.

November is the perfect time to take advantage of guided tours that don’t rely on snowfall.

Fat Bike Beer & Distillery Tours
Take a casual winter ride through any conditions on a fat tire bike.  These bike’s wide tires give them plenty of grip in the snow.  Daily ours will take you through town and on to the Breckenridge Blue River Rec Path on your way to Broken Compass Brewery and the Breckenridge Distillery.

Guided Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is a year-round activity and our guides can provide all equipment, teach you the basics and guide you to their favorite spots.

Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing

Historical Walking Tours

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers daily historical tours that include mine tours, ghost tours, saloon tours and hikes with a historian.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Depending on conditions, the resort could have limited terrain open or they could have most of the 5 peaks open. If you’re staying on Peaks 7, 9 or 10, check in advance. The resort typically opens with Peak 8 as their first base area and starts expanding from there.

Horseback Riding
While sleigh rides will depend on snowfall, American Safari Ranch in Fairplay offers year-round horseback riding.

ATV Tours

Stay toasty while hitting the trails in an all-weather all-terrain vehicle.  These adventure mobile are perfect for November as they tour on dirt or snow and take you to 13,000′ without breaking a sweat.  The Sunset Wine Tour is almost guaranteed to give you breathtaking views worth toasting.


If you’re ready for some serious thrills Colorado Adventure Center Ziplines are open thru Thanksgiving. Bundle up and get ready for fun.

Indoor Activites


hands creating pottery in Breckenridge Arts District
BreckCreate offers workshops, classes, events, and open studio sessions throughout the year.

BreckCreate offers daily art classes and workshops that include pottery, jewelry making and glass blowing.  All levels welcome.

Speakeasy Movie Theatre

Keep an eye our for classics and current popular films at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre.  Grab hot popcorn or a cold beer then sit back in their comfy seats.

Escape Rooms

You’d never want to escape from Breckenridge but you do want to try on of our four escape rooms! Four unique themes from Escape Room Breckenridge and Mountain Time Escape Rooms.


Table with a mountain view at Breckenridge's Hearthstone Restaurant
Hearthstone Restaurant provides one of the best dining views in Breckenridge.

Snag a Dining Passport and fill up on dinners that are a great deal. The discount booklet offers specials at dozens of Breckenridge restaurants. It’s a great way to try one of Breckenridge’s new restaurants for 2018. or visit one of your favorites.


By Breck Editorial

The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.

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