Photos: Top Winter Activities in Breckenridge

Seasons: Winter/Spring

Winters in Breckenridge offer a wide variety of activities to choose from. Whether you are looking to try a new sport or focus on your favorite, Breckenridge is the perfect location to enjoy all that winter has to offer. Add these top winter activities in Breckenridge to your “must do” list this season.

Top Winter Activities in Breckenridge:

1. Alpine Skiing

Fresh powder and a beautiful day at the Breckenridge Ski Resort
Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities in Breckenridge. Enjoy 5 peaks and 187 trails.

It’s no debate that skiing is the top winter activity in Breckenridge. The world class terrain in our backyard provides the perfect playground for skiers of all abilities to undergo a blissful experience.

2. Snowboarding

A snowboarding riding powder at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Nothing equates to the feeling of surfing on snow.

There are five peaks to explore in Breckenridge filled with a variety of groomers, glades and bowls. Explore each peak and discover the wide variety of terrain Breckenridge Ski Resort has to offer.

3. Snowmobiling

Two people on a snowmobile in Breckenridge.
Snowmobiling is the fastest way to explore the backcountry.

The backcountry of Breckenridge can be explored in more than one way! Snowmobiling is one of the most popular ways to explore Colorado’s amazing scenery.  Sign-up for a guided snowmobile tour to explore miles of beautiful trails and learn about Breckenridge’s mining history and local wildlife. Tours range from family friendly to full throttle at Good Times Adventures.

4. Dog Sledding

A kid going dog sledding in Breckenridge.
Dog sledding is one of the most unique winter activities in Breckenridge. A team of Siberian Huskies will whisk you through the forest for a once in a lifetime experience.

Looking to try something new?  Mush your own team of Siberian Huskies through the Rocky Mountains! This unforgettable experience will take you on a six mile tour along the gorgeous winding trails of the Swan River Valley. Each dog sled trip begins with a friendly guide explaining how to run the sled and how to work with the beautiful Siberian Huskies on your team. Dog sledding is a thrilling way to explore the Rocky Mountains that is suitable for a variety of ages.

5. Winter Fly Fishing

A man casting while fly fishing on the Blue River
Breckenridge has four seasons of fly fishing. Take a guided tour to discover one of the few winter activities in Breckenridge that is on the water.

While you may have come up for the skiing, you won’t want to miss winter fly fishing in Breckenridge! Breckenridge offers 4 seasons of fly fishing, each offering a unique experience. During the winter months, trips include equipment use (rod, reel, waders & boots, terminal tackle), transportation and guide service. Your local guide will guide you away from the snow drifts and toward some of the best fishing spots in the area.

6 . Cross-Country Skiing

A family country skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado
Want to try nordic skiing? There are two nordic centers to choose from plus hundreds of miles of trails. Cross country skiing is a perfect winter activity for anyone who would like to get in a little exercise while enjoying the outdoors on their vacation.

Breckenridge is home to two nordic centers (Gold Run Nordic Center & Breckenridge Nordic Center) which boast more than 30 miles of perfectly manicured cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Both nordic centers offer daily use of their groomed trails, lessons and rentals. Aside from the nordic centers, Breckenridge’s interconnected trail system offers countless miles of trails to be explored on Nordic skis, touring skis or snowshoes. These same trails can be hiked or biked in the summer, but during the winter months they provide amazing access to the vast winter country. Breckenridge has hikes for every ability level at various distances. Gear can be rented through Breck’s Nordic centers; local shops throughout town can also get you equipped for a day of exploring.

7. Shopping

Snowy day on Main Street in Breckenridge.
Main Street is home to dozens of shops, boutiques, and outlets for those looking to peruse.

Hit the streets of Breckenridge and discover over 200 unique boutiques and shops!  Enjoy the quaint storefronts, featuring bookstores, chic boutiques, jewelry, antiques, housewares & home furnishings to art galleries, sporting goods & clothing.

8. Snow Play

Kids sledding in the snow in Breckenridge
One of the best winter activities in Breckenridge for kids and kids at heart! Climb up the Carter Park Sledding Hill, take in the view and then hold on!

Be a kid again! Grab a handful of snow for an old-fashioned snowball fight, go sledding, build a snowman or even your own snow fort!

9. Fat Bike Tours

A group of friends fat biking in Breckenridge.
Fat biking with friends is one of the best ways to get around Breckenridge in the wintertime.

Breckenridge’s winter biking options continue to expand. Rent a fat bike and explore the trails or sign-up for a fat bike distillery or brewery tour.

10. Skinning

Two backcountry skiers smiling as they skin up a mountain.
Earn your turns by skiing up the mountain before it opens or heading to the backcountry.

Head out on an uphill climb: skinning up one of the peaks of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, or those around town, makes for a great workout.

11. Sledding

A family sleds down the hill in Breckenridge. Sledding is one of the most popular winter activities in Breckenridge.
Sledding at the Carter Park Sledding Hill is the perfect free Breckenridge winter activity.

Head to Carter Park to enjoy one of our favorite winter activities in Breckenridge – sledding! Sledding is the perfect activity for kids (and kids at heart).  You’ll have to earn your runs by walking up the hill but you’ll be treated to a beautiful view and an exhilarating ride! Pick-up a sled at one of the in-town grocery stores.

12. Snowshoeing 

Kids cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Breckenridge, Colorado
Snowshoe and cross-country rentals, lessons and day passes are available at both Breckenridge nordic centers.

Take a guided historic snowshoe trip or head out on your own to one of many scenic trails. If you didn’t bring your snowshoes, many of the outdoor shops have them for rent. Here are some easy snowshoeing trails to get you started.

13. Finish the day with Après 

There’s a lot of winter activities in Breckenridge but apres is our favorite way to celebrate the day.

Looking for more winter activities to do in Breckenridge? Learn more about the winter season in Breckenridge, Breckenridge Ski Resort and what to do if you don’t ski or snowboard.

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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