Breckenridge in November: Winter Vacation Guide - Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge in November: Winter Vacation Guide

If you 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 and what to do while you’re here.

Weather in Breckenridge in November

Breckenridge winter views of downtown and mountains
Bundle up and soak up some sunshine this November!

November is the beginning 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

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

Person skiing down steep slope at Breckenridge
Breckenridge in November is the official start of ski season. Enjoy 5 peaks and 187 trails.

Breckenridge’s locals and visitors alike come together for one of the most exciting days of the year- opening day! 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. The resort typically opens with Peak 8 as their first base area and starts expanding from there.

 

Winter Premiers

Breckenridge in November is filled with ski and snowboard movie premiers to get the stoke high, winter kick-off parties, live music and concerts. Pick up the Summit Daily Newspaper, check out Breckenridge’s Community Calendar, or visit Breck Insider for nightlife, music and happy hour deals.

 

Thanksgiving – Nov. 28th, 2019

It’s easy to be thankful when you’re spending Thanksgiving in Breckenridge. Grab the whole family and create your own holiday trot outdoors by going snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling or taking a historic walking tour. Love to shop? Stroll historic Main Street- nearly every store, guided tour, activity and restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to make reservations for dinners and guided tours well in advance and get ready to experience the most stress-free Thanksgiving you’ve ever had.

 

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.

Expected Opening Dates for 2019-20 Winter Activities

  • Nov. 8 – Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day
  • Nov. 8 – Breckenridge Nordic Center – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowcat adventures
  • Nov. 28 – Frisco Adventure Park snow tubing
  • Nov. 30 – Gold Run Nordic Center – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-biking and sleigh rides
  • Dec. 14 – Good Times Adventures – snowmobiling and dog sledding

 

Hiking and Snowshoeing in November

Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails are always open and are perfect for winter hiking. 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. Trails with higher elevations will typically have more snow accumulation, while those closer to town my get muddy due to sunshine and melting snow. Get trail recommendations by stopping by the Breckenridge Welcome Center for updated trail conditions. If you’re looking to snowshoe, rentals are available around town and at both Nordic Centers.

 

Guided Tours

Group on a Fat Bike Beer and Distillery tour at Breckenridge
Reward your fat-bike workout with craft spirits and brews.

Because snowfall in November is unpredictable, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of guided tours that don’t rely heavily on snowfall. Get ready to soak up some sun and get all of the winter feels going!

Fat Bike Beer & Distillery Tours

Biking doesn’t have to stop just because the snow is here! Take a casual winter ride on snow-covered trails by fat tire bike. The bike’s wide tires give them plenty of grip in the snow, meaning you can bike in almost any weather condition. Rent your own to explore town and historic Main Street, or try a guided fat-bike beer and distillery tour along the Blue River Rec Path to Broken Compass Brewery and the world’s highest distillery, Breckenridge Distillery.

Guided Fly Fishing

The gorgeous rivers, streams and lakes of Summit County make it an incredible destination for fly-fishing in any season. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities can discover the best spots, learn to cast, get your license and find out where the fish are biting with the help of our local outfitters and guides at Breckenridge Outfitters and Mountain Angler.

Historical Walking Tours

Breckenridge is rooted in its past and boasts one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. Create memories with affordable guided historic tours and hikes, and enjoy free, family-friendly museums operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Tours. Prepare to be haunted by Breckenridge’s mining ghosts of the past, or walk through Breckenridge’s nationally recognized Historic District. History lovers will enjoy visiting the original cabins of gold prospectors and stately homes of the Victorian era to learn about the people who lived here over 100 years ago.

Snowcat and UTV Tours

Experience Breckenridge’s scenic trails from the comfort of a heated snowcat!  The Breckenridge Nordic Center’s scenic cat tour offers guided tours through forested trails of the Peak 8 Nordic Center that are surrounded by wildlife and mountain views. Tours stop at a historic mining cabin to fill guests up on s’mores and hot cocoa and tell tales of Breckenridge’s mining history. This tour is perfect for families with small children or guests who’d like to explore mountain trails and scenery in comfort.

Stay toasty while hitting the trails in an all-weather, all-terrain vehicle (ATV).  These adventure mobiles 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 to. Explore the old mining roads and camps, forested trails, meadows, lakes, and the high alpine of Summit County and the surrounding areas with a guided ATV tour. Tours are available in the winter, summer and are a great activity to do with small children and grandparents.

Ziplining

If you’re ready for some serious thrills and serious views, bundle up and get ready for fun. Colorado Adventure Center Ziplines in Breckenridge are open through Thanksgiving, and nearby Top of the Rockies Zip Line offers year-round experiences. Relax and enjoy the views in cozy comfort as their powerful Snow Coach climbs almost 1,000 vertical feet to the first zip line departure deck.

Country Boy Mine Tours 

Head just 2 miles outside town to the historic restored Country Boy Mine, which offers underground mine tours and even gold panning! In the midst of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today, enjoy the many activities the mine has to offer. Gold pan, slide down the 55 foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment that were used in the mine and visit the general store.

 

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Indoor Activities

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

BreckCreate & Ready, Paint, Fire!

Get artsy and try something new with BreckCreate. Bring the whole family and try throwing your own pottery, making candles, glass blowing and more! Check the schedule for the lineup of activities and classes. Don’t miss their other events like concerts, open studios and shows too!

If you’re looking to paint your own pre-made pottery, check out Ready, Paint, Fire! Everyone will find something they love- just pick out a piece that speaks to you and get painting! Firing usually takes a few days, so we recommend planning this activity early in the week (they ship too). They also offer canvas painting, mosaic art and glass fusing, plus beer and wine for the adults!

Speakeasy Movie Theatre

Grab some popcorn, candy, beer or wine and take a seat in the newly remodeled Speakeasy Movie Theatre in the historic district of Breckenridge. Screening a select hit movie every week, the Speakeasy is an intimate, unique theater unlike any other. Check their website for current showings and times. Located in the community center just off of Main Street, the theatre is just a short walk from almost anywhere in town.

Prefer live performances? Check out the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, a newly renovated 137-seat theater located in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge. Check out what’s playing now!

Escape Rooms

Seek clues, solve unique puzzles, answer questions and work together to try to escape from Escape Room Breckenridge and Mountain Time Escape Rooms. These all-age friendly rooms consist of stories, decorations and technology to immerse you in a fun game for all. You’ll have 60-minutes to complete each of your adventures! This is a great bonding activity for families, friends, date nights, bachelorette, bachelor or birthday parties, co-workers and teammates.

 

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Dining

Couple cheers at Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge
Hit the town and discover Breckenridge’s shopping, dining and nightlife scene.

Before you head out to the local restaurants, stores or coffee shops, check with the Breckenridge Welcome Center to see what’s open, what’s closed and where to get the best deals in Breckenridge in November. The Welcome Center is located at 203 S. Main Street or contact them by calling 877-864-0868. Pick up your Dining Passport for deals and specials around town and take advantage of free apps, 2 for 1 dinners and entrée discounts around town through November 14, 2019.

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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