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Winters in Breckenridge are nothing short of spectacular. People travel from all around the globe to experience world-class skiing and snowboarding that's just minutes from the picturesque downtown. Most visitors don’t realize the full extent of Breckenridge winter activities until they’ve had some time to explore. Breckenridge is synonymous with winter fun, from dog sled rides and miles and miles of snowshoeing trails, to snowmobiling and so much more.

Unlike many resort towns, Breckenridge is a real town. With a population of about 3,000 and a history that begins with gold miners in the 1800s, Breckenridge is an authentic piece of the West. The town itself is as impressive as the mountains surrounding it, and it's full of amenities that make staying here a truly wonderful experience. 

There is no shortage of things to do in Breckenridge, from great winter sports to entertaining winter events. Below and using the links on the right, you can find more information on some of the more popular winter activities and events in Breckenridge. You'll have countless possibilities for your winter vacation - don't hesitate to try them all!

 

Winter Events in Breckenridge

 

Throughout the ski season, you'll find a variety of interesting events in Breckenridge. Our Breckenridge events calendar gives you a breakdown of some of the town's more popular festivals and events in the winter and the summer. Visitors interested in watching some of the top freeskiers and snowboarders compete will love the Dew Tour. The tour comes to town every year in December for several days of competitions, live music, games, giveaways, and more.

In January, Breckenridge hosts Ullr Fest, honoring Ullr, the "patron saint of skiers." It's a week-long festival that features a parade with floats, crazy competitions, and lots of celebrations. The International Snow Sculpture Championships also take place in January. Visitors can watch talented artists transform huge blocks of snow into amazingly intricate sculptures. In February (or maybe March, depending on the year), you can experience a Mardi Gras celebration like no other. Mardi Gras in Breckenridge offers visitors a chance to enjoy a huge street party complete with beads, floats, and plenty of merry-making.

 

Snowboarding in Breckenridge

 

Snowboarding in BreckenridgeDid you know that Breckenridge was the first resort in Colorado to allow snowboarding? That's probably why today the resort is known as one of the premier snowboarding spots in Colorado. Whether you're new to the sport or you've been doing in for years, when you go snowboarding in Breckenridge, you're sure to find the perfect trail. 

About 15% of Breckenridge's trails are designed for novices, which makes the resort a wonderful place to build your snowboarding skills. The resort also has two learning areas at Peaks 8 and 9. Both of these areas are easily accessible. One of the more popular trails for beginners is the Four O'Clock Run. At 3.5 miles, it's the longest trail in the resort. It's an easy run that slopes gently from the top of the Peak 8 and travels all the way down to Park Avenue in downtown.

Advanced and expert snowboarders won't be disappointed, either. The Imperial Express SuperChair, opened in 2012, is the highest chairlift in North America. It takes riders to the top of Imperial Bowl where they can enjoy incredible scenery as well as adrenaline-pumping rides. There are four terrain parks in the resort, too. The Freeway Terrain Park is where the professionals play with four jumps, a 22-foot superpipe, and much more.

 

Snowshoeing

 

If you've never been snowshoeing, it's definitely an experience that's worth a try. It's a hobby that doesn't take long to master, but it does require some practice and patience. The beauty of snowshoeing is that it provides a more intimate experience with nature than skiing or snowboarding. You get a great cardiovascular workout while traveling through the winter forest and seeing scenery that a lot of people don't take the time to see during the winter months. 

There are plenty of Breckenridge snowshoeing trails for beginner and advanced snowshoers alike. Self-guided and guided tours are available at both the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Gold Run Nordic Center. The guided tours provided at both of these locations give visitors a chance to better understand the area's mining history, ecology, and wildlife. Self-guided tours allow snowshoers to explore trails at their own pace.

 

Snowmobiling Tours & Rentals in Breckenridge

 

Snowmobiling in BreckenridgeDo you want to take a fast-paced tour of the Breckenridge backcountry? There's no better way to do it than aboard a snowmobile. One of the advantages of traveling via snowmobile is that you're able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. You'll get to see plenty of backcountry scenery that many visitors to Breckenridge don't get to experience.

When you take a snowmobile tour in Breckenridge, you'll travel up to the top of the Continental Divide (sometimes as high as 12,500 feet above sea level) where you can breathe in the crisp mountain air and bask in the incredible mountain views. You can also choose to rent snowmobiles while you're in Breckenridge. Half- and full-day rentals are available and the snowmobiles will be transported up to the summit of Vail Pass, where you'll start your explorations.

 

Ice Fishing

 

Just about 9 miles north of Breckenridge, you'll find the majestic Lake Dillon. What separates Lake Dillon from many other lakes in the world is the fact that lake is home Arctic Char, a rare cold-water fish. Arctic Char can also be found in places like Alaska, the Alps, Scandinavia, and some bodies of glacial waters. The presence of this elusive fish means that, during the winter, Lake Dillon becomes a prime spot for ice fishing

If you've never been ice fishing before, take a guided fishing tour on the lake to get the most out of your experience. You can choose to take a tour where everything you need, from equipment to heated huts, will be provided for you. Or, if you're well-versed in ice fishing, you can take a full-day tour where you'll learn the best techniques for catching Arctic Char. This tour comes with snowshoes and cross-country skis as you'll be covering a lot of distance during the day.

 

Sledding

 

Sledding in BreckenridgeNothing brings out the fun of a winter day quite like sledding. If you're in mood for sledding in Breckenridge, you'll want to head straight to Carter Park. The park is located just a short walk east of Main Street. It has a nice, wide hill that's free, easy to walk up, and has just the right amount of steepness. While there aren't sleds available to rent, there are several stores nearby where you can purchase affordable sleds. A trip to Carter Park is perfect for those times when you want to take a break for the slopes. 

 

Tubing 

 

Carter Park is a great spot for tubing in Breckenridge, too. But if you want to experience even more tubing fun, you have a couple different options in the area. The Frisco Adventure Park has a lift-serviced tubing hill and the tubing lanes are 1200 feet long. You can also head to Keystone, about a 30-minute drive away, where you'll find Adventure Point. It has the world's highest tubing hill as well as a state-of-the-art conveyor lift. 

 

Breckenridge Sleigh Rides

 

Sleigh Ride in BreckenridgeAdd a little magic to your Breckenridge vacation with a scenic sleigh ride through the wilderness. Perfect as a family event or for a romantic night out, sleigh rides are a unique addition to any vacation. There are many dinner sleigh ride options available that come complete with live music and entertainment. These are a great option if you want to make a night out of your sleigh ride adventure. Alternatively, if you're interested in taking in the views of the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide, you can take an afternoon trip through the backcountry. Planning on visiting Breckenridge during the holiday season? Adding a sleigh ride to your itinerary is sure to get you and your group in the holiday spirit!

 

Ice Skating

 

Whether you prefer to ice skate indoors or out, you won't have a problem finding a rink during your Breckenridge vacation. The Stephen C. West Ice Arena boasts two NHL-sized skating areas, one indoors and a covered outdoor arena. The Gold Run Nordic Center offers a free outdoor rink. If you happen to have your skates with you, you're good to go. Otherwise, there are skate rentals available. And near the heart of town, at the base of Peak 9, Maggie Pond offers a picture-perfect skating location.

At Breckenridge area ice rinks, you'll find ice skaters of all ages and abilities. So if it's been a few years since you hit the rink, or it's your first time, don't be self conscious because you'll be in good company. Also, there are plenty of places where you can rent figure skates. If you'd like to partake in a little hockey instead, you can find skates, helmets, and hockey sticks for rent, too.

 

Cross-Country Skiing

 

Cross-Country Skiing in BreckenridgeWhile the trails at Breckenridge Ski Resort get much of the attention during the winter months, there are plenty more trails for cross-country skiing to be had throughout the town. Cross-country skiing is a great alternative or addition to downhill skiing. It provides an amazing workout and it gives you an upclose and personal look at nature. 

In Breckenridge, you'll find over 30 miles of cross-country skiing trails between the Breckenridge and Gold Run Nordic Centers. The trails at the Breckenridge Nordic Center take you through National Forest lands. If you're interested in taking a longer trek, you'll find trails with warming huts where you can enjoy lunch or a mid-day snack.

Both centers offer ski rentals and lessons. In addition, both have lodges where you can kick back, relax, and grab a bite to eat after your journey. 

 

Dog Sled Rides

 

Want to do something really special during your Breckenridge vacation? Go dog sledding! Local tour companies give you the chance to ride a dog sled and learn how to drive the sled. Dog sled tours cover six miles and typically last a little over an hour. You can choose to travel through the Swan River Valley or there are tours available near Leadville, for which complimentary transportation is provided.

When you take a dog sled tour while in Breckenridge, you'll be treated to a magnificent adventure. Not only will you get a unique perspective of the mountains, but you'll develop a newfound respect for these fascinating and hardworking dogs.  

 

Backcountry Skiing

 

It can be a thrilling experience to carve fresh tracks in the powder - it's almost as if you're discovering this fresh piece of wildnerness for the first time. Backcountry skiing is simultaneously exhilarating and challenging. When you ski the backcountry in Breckenridge, you'll face both difficult terrain and high elevations. You'll find designated gates at Breckenridge Ski Resort that provide access to the backcountry. 

If you want to go backcountry skiing, you should be an advanced skier who was experience with a variety of terrains. Backcountry skiing can be dangerous with natural hazards, like avalanches. Make sure you read up on avalanche safety if backcountry skiing will be on your Breckenridge itinerary.

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