Founded in 1859, Breckenridge was one of the most prosperous mining towns in Summit County – the largest gold nugget ever dug up in Colorado was found here in 1887. Today it is one of the most popular resorts in the state, with well over a million tourists visiting during the season, and boasting something for everyone. Breck is open from early November until late April each year and you are pretty much guaranteed good snow whenever you go.
- Highest Point: 3,963m
- Descent: 1,036m
- No. lifts: 34
There have been a lot of improvements to the resort in recent years, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. The resort recently added over 540 acres of skiable terrain, an increase of a whopping 23%. About 140 of those are intermediate off-piste bowls reached with an easy hike, while the rest is well-served by lifts.
The Parks – 5/5
Breckenridge has one of the top five parks in America and probably the world! There are usually six different park areas spanning 25 acres that are spread across Peaks 8 and 9 – all the way from mini shred to ginormous pro lines. It’s the perfect place for anyone of any level to practise freestyle, and you are pretty much guaranteed to progress if you spend some time here. They have the perfect set up, with mini rails, boxes and jumps in the two mini parks, plus a small park, a medium park (Park Lane) and pipe, and finally the expert park (Freeway).
This has the biggest and best-built jumps and pipe you will find… well, pretty much anywhere! Just ask Billy Morgan, who landed his first ever backside triple cork here in spring 2013. Billy and his fellow Team GB riders regularly continue their training just down the road at neighbouring Copper, where the Woodward indoor facility offers trampolines, ramps and foam pits (N.B You’ll need to pay separately for entry since the resorts are not afiliated).
“The biggest and best-built jumps and pipe you will find… well, pretty much anywhere!“
Breck invest a lot into their shaping team, and it shows. They have some of the earliest pre-season jumps, and the best on-going grooming and maintenance throughout the season. Everything is set up with painstaking precision, creating a safe environment in which to train – they even radar test the jumps to get the speed just right! The only slight downside is access to the parks. There are no dedicated lifts and it can take a while to complete a lap.