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March is one of the most active months of the year in Breckenridge as Mardi Gras kicks off, Spring Fever is underway, and spring skiing gets oh so good! As temperatures start to rise, March is accompanied by sunny days and great snow-pack- perfect for days spent outdoor with the crew. Every week is full of events, visitors, and spring breakers, so the town gets pretty darn lively! If that’s your thing, jump in, raise your glass and say cheers to spring!
Breckenridge in March
Once spring has sprung, snow conditions are typically rock hard in the morning and slushy in the afternoons. For the best experience, start your ski/ride day mid-morning and plan to be off the hill in time to grab a spot on a deck or patio. But don’t let all that sunshine fool you! March is also one of the snowiest months in Breckenridge, so be prepared for snow, cold, sun and warmth. Dress in layers, wear the right gear and pack snacks, water and sunscreen. Sunglasses and soaked-through base-layers are no fun in a snow-storm, and a goggle burn is not fun to show up with at work the next day. You’ll thank us later.
Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the carnival season. Join us on Main Street for a New Orleans-Style Breckenridge Mardi Gras party, March 5.
Breck Pride Week has turned into a staple event in Breckenridge as the town hosts a 5-day celebration for the LGBT community. Dates and events TBD.
The biggest spring party in the Rocky Mountains is back! Breckenridge is widely known for having some of the best snow in Colorado in the spring, along with sunny bluebird days, special events and great deals for guests from around the world. There’s no better way to send off the season than with Breckenridge’s Spring Fever. The annual month-long festival takes place March 16-April 21, 2019, both on the mountain and in town.
March is the season of apres ski/ride and patios. Locals start to emerge from their powder skiing hibernation and fat bikes and cruisers take over downtown Breckenridge on sunny, warm days. Beware – if the temps hit anything above 45-degrees, locals will strip down to short sleeves, shorts and even bikinis! Gorillas, tutus and bananas have even been spotted on the slopes, along with college and NFL football jerseys. This is spring-time, after all.
Depending on spring break schedules for colleges and school districts (primarily in Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Illinois and Missouri), it can be mellow one day and packed with students the next. It’s a good idea to ski early and ditch out at lunch when the rest of the world arrives. Or, wait and ski/ride late when the snow softens up and the crowds start to dissipate. Ski and ride school can – and does – sell out during March, so book early if possible.
What to Do
Bring the whole group for a spring break vacation. Aim for early to late March (or even April if you can). Plan to ski and ride for a few days of your trip, but also add in some fun off-mountain winter activities and hit the town for world-class shopping and dining. Find a sunny deck like Rocky Mountain Underground or Fatty’s Pizzeria for Apres and order up a refreshing beverage of your choice. Local’s love to head over to Broken Compass Brewery on a sunny day- don’t forget to bring your pups and shareable snacks! If you’re looking for a wild time in town, hit up the bars and live music scene!
If you’d like a booze-free, kid-friendly time, try dog sledding through Good Times Adventures. No matter your age, try Kenosha Steakhouse’s deck on a sunny afternoon. The 21+ kids will enjoy trying the huge number of Colorado beers on tap, while the little ones can play horseshoes or dig into the sandbox out back.
Check out more stuff to do this March with our Breckenridge Spring Guide!