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Spring Break! Woo hoo! How many of us have uttered this battle cry at least once in our lifetime? The quintessential American upbringing usually includes that one week each March when you got a break before the last, uphill march into summer. And if you were like me, the one thing I wanted to do with my spring break was to go skiing. I spent many college years spring breaking in Colorado, and have enjoyed even more now that I live in Breckenridge. To get the best of spring skiing in Breckenridge, here are my top tips!
First things first: I am giving you my suggestions because you need to plan. Not so everything is programmed down to the last minute, but so you don’t miss out on some of the best things about Breckenridge AND get some of the best deals.
Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most diverse ski resorts in Colorado, with one of the longest ski seasons worldwide.
The resort spans five massive peaks, 2908 acres and 183 trails (but who’s counting??) offering everything from groomers, bumps, and glades to above tree-line bowl skiing. It’s a great place to learn to ski and snowboard, or improve upon your current skills.
Book your lift tickets, rentals and lessons in advance!
Jump to the front of the class on planning your ski trip and jump out of the line! It never ceases to amaze me how many people show up in Breckenridge to ski, but they haven’t booked any lift tickets, lessons, or rentals in advance. They get stuck standing in three or four additional lines before even hitting the slopes. Ugh, what a waste of precious vacation time! BUT, if you book all three of these things in advance, you will get better deals and skip several lines. Breckenridge Ski Resort offers its lowest prices if you book lift and lessons at least seven days in advance, sometimes more if you plan even further out. Start at Breckenridge.com under the ski school tab if you plan to do lessons. There, you can find the right lesson and add in your lift ticket. Need a little bit more help? Call them directly at 888-576-2754. The real humans sitting at the other end of that phone line are some of my favorite Breckenridge employees and will turn you into a vacation planning hero!
If you are only looking for lift tickets, Breckenridge.com is the place to get the lowest price; remember to book at least seven days in advance to get the best deal.
For rentals, there are so many options to book in advance or even have your gear delivered right to you. If your rental shop has a “book in advance” option, that will help you skip paperwork to get your rentals faster. I would plan to get all this done the afternoon/evening before heading out to ski the next day. That way, you can go directly to the lifts!
Early bird gets the untracked powder and corduroy
To get the most out of the mountain during spring break, you’ll want to get up there early (lifts start at 8:30 a.m.) for fresh tracks and first turns. The spring break crowd is traditionally late to the slopes, meaning you could have a few hours before any skier congestion. Then, once lunchtime rolls around, stay higher on the resort for skiing and food. Pioneer Crossing and The Overlook have great sunny spaces to soak up the sun and you don’t have to go back to one of the base areas while other spring breakers are just arriving, plus you will have a head start on the above tree-line terrain.
The 6/10 Split for the Win
It is natural for most skiers to stay close to base areas for food, bathrooms, meeting places, etc. But at Breckenridge, that can limit you to Peaks 7, 8 and 9, the gateway peaks to the resort. And while they do have the most skier amenities and services, Peaks 6 and 10 offer more advanced terrain, more space, and less time in line, especially if you ride there during lunchtime. Peak 10 is the southernmost peak, accessible from most of the Peak 9 lifts and boasting a new six-passenger Falcon Super Chair for speed. It is a playground for advanced skiers with long expert cruisers, big bump runs, and some of the best tree skiing at the resort.
If advanced blues are more your style, Peak 6 is at the northernmost end of the resort, accessible from Peaks 7 & 8. Its signature run, Bliss, is a divine, above tree-line, ungroomed blue with access to several more just like it. It is a great place to play and escape, with some spectacular views to boot.
Gear and Layer Up for Spring Skiing in Breckenridge
My final tip for spring skiing in Breckenridge: dress in layers. If you take my advice and get on the mountain early, you will want your regular ski gear, but be able to take off layers as the sun comes up over the valley. It’s possible you might experience cool temps, warm sun, snow and clouds all on the same day – even within one hour! In addition to your ski/snowboard jacket/pants and base layer, you might consider a mid-layer you can ride in during a warm afternoon, a neck buff (or gaiter) as sun protection for your face, neck and cheeks, waterproof gloves (I save my leather mittens for Jan/Feb days) and of course, sunscreen. If you wear a helmet like I do, you might also consider bringing a hat or beanie in case you are tempted by one of the sun and music filled decks around town and you need to cover helmet hair.
Spring Break isn’t just for families, school groups and college kids – anyone wanting to bring back the magic of sun-and-fun-filled days will enjoy spring skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort.