Most people who visit Breckenridge in the spring are looking to ski. Don’t tell anyone, but the best skiing all season is during these weeks. For starters, the snow is plentiful. March is the snowiest month of the year, which means conditions are great and terrain is plentiful. Better yet, the weather is warmer than you’ll find in December or January! While you’ll still need some layers, the extra 10 degrees – coupled with more sunshine – makes for a far more comfortable day on the chairlift and on the slopes. Don’t like skiing hard snow? Conditions this time of year are soft and forgiving, which makes it more fun for beginner and expert alike. Add in the fact that the days are longer, and you can plan to ski until the lifts close and still have enough daylight to enjoy après on one of the beautiful decks town has to offer (try Kenosha Steakhouse or CB & Potts on Main Street). Behold, the Breckenridge Spring Guide:
Play in the Snow Off the Resort
Does sliding down the hill sounds appealing, but you’re more of a sled person? No problem! You can find sleds for sale around the county, then head to Carter Park (located about four blocks from Main Street) to test your mettle. Walk up, slide down – for free! The sledding hill is adjacent to the town’s dog park, so if you’ve brought Fido from home you can split up and pull double duty. Or you can watch dogs from all over run and play – it might help salve that wound you have from missing your own dog. Tip: if you’ve got a large group coming, you can even reserve the pavilion for the day and keep a central base of operations.
Let Out Your Artistic Side
If charging hard on the mountain isn’t your thing, you can still find plenty to do. Explore your creative side at Ready, Paint, Fire!, where you can paint canvas, pottery, or learn about mosaics and glass fusing. For the artistically challenged, the friendly staff is happy to help provide direction, and you’ll know that you’re creating something that is truly unique. Enjoy time alone or with a group, make it sophisticated with a glass of wine, and take home a souvenir you can’t buy in a store. Tip: if you are buying ceramics, they will have to be fired in a kiln to finish, which can take a couple of days. The store will ship them home, or you can visit early in your trip so you can swing back by to pick up your masterpiece.
Go Mushing With a Pack
Looking to get outside, but the altitude has got you down? Let somebody (or something) else do the work at Good Times Adventures. Book a time and head out for a dogsledding or enjoy a snowmobile tour. The dogsledding tour, which runs approximately an hour and can handle up to 6 people, is run as a “relay” – guests switch off between running the dogs (“mushing”), riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide. The guests riding in the snowmobile sleigh have the opportunity to take great action shots and video of the participants on the dog sled. It’s a family favorite, and a great opportunity to see some VERY happy pups. If you prefer the purr of a snowmobile, the guided tours utilize state-of-the-art machines during a two-hour experience that includes instruction and practice. Either way you go, you’ll leave the Swan Valley with a smile on your face!
Experience the Local Breweries
If you’re in town on April 7, you might want to swing by the Breckenridge Beer Festival. A perennial favorite, this 21-and-over event will expose you to craft brews from around Colorado and beyond, with live music to boot. If you won’t be around that weekend, consider a visit to Broken Compass Brewery, a local favorite where you can swap stories with a ski patroller or an international visitor. Bring in your own food and sample their rotating menu of small-batch beers – you won’t be sorry.
Hike the Gorgeous Trails: Your Breckenridge Spring Guide
Hiking may seem like a summer activity, but spring hiking can be just as rewarding. Tag along on a guided hike with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance – snowshoes provided – to learn about the natural environment and the history of Breckenridge. Or rent the equipment in a local shop or one of the Nordic centers and explore the town’s extensive network of multi-use trails. Either way, dress in layers and stay hydrated so you don’t miss out on the spectacular views and occasional wildlife sightings.
Explore Main Street
If walking Main Street is more your speed, there’s no better time to do it than in the spring. A bluebird day is warm enough to stay comfortable, but still has just enough chill to justify a cup of coffee from Clint’s, The Crown, or Cabin Coffee, all conveniently located on Main. See if there are any buskers at Blue River Plaza, visit the Breckenridge Distillery and Dancing Pines tasting rooms, and take in some of the best people-watching in the state. Don’t forget to stop by the Crepe Cart for a snack or a light lunch, and find plenty of Breckenridge souvenirs to take to family and friends who weren’t lucky enough to join you for the trip. Visit during Spring Fever – typically in April – and enjoy merchant discounts and perks that you won’t find any other time of the year.
Fulfill Your Appetite
No trip to Breckenridge is complete without taking in calories to fuel your outings. Breakfast at Blue Moose or Columbine, lunch at Empire Burger or Fatty’s, happy hour at Angel’s Hollow or Breckenridge Brewery, dinner at Relish or Briar Rose Chophouse… You have a myriad of options from which to choose, and you won’t go wrong no matter where you go. There’s truly something for every appetite – and if you can’t make up your mind, ask a local!
Every season in Breckenridge is worth experiencing – summers are beautiful, fall colors are spectacular, and the town feels like a Christmas village in the depths of winter. But for breadth of experiences available, you can’t beat March and April. See you here!s