Breckenridge – The Perfect Mountain, The Perfect Town
With a title like “the perfect mountain, the perfect town”, how could a person not want to go to Breckenridge? Living on Colorado, it is very important for me to explore and see all the sites and activities the state has to offer. Given that Colorado is a paradise for most people looking to live the outdoor lifestyle, I have my hands full. I am very fortunate for living in such a great place and have the opportunity to see so many cool places.
You might ask, what does Breckenridge have to do with my love for Colorado? Well, I am one to agree with Breckenridge’s slogan of the perfect mountain, the perfect town. Whether you are looking to push your body’s limits or you just want to take a vacation to get away and relax, Breckenridge has it all. I personally love Breckenridge for its amazing terrain that entertains me year round whether it be skiing, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, or using my digital SLR camera to take amazing scenery pictures.
What Breckenridge is most notably known for is its amazing skiing and snowboarding. As of today, 12/30/2010, Breckenridge is reporting a mid mountain base of 199 inches of snow. Now not all seasons does the mountain get this much snow, but with nearly 200 inches of snow on the mountain, it sure keeps a huge smile on my face. I have been lucky enough to take advantage of a number of powder days at Breckenridge for when you are skiing, it feels like a little piece heaven. For the years when snow is not as plentiful, Breckenridge is well known to groom their runs more than other resorts according to the locals. The terrain at Breckenridge is made up of the following; 55% Advanced/Expert, 31% Intermediate, and 14% Beginner.
The Town of Breckenridge has one of the best mountain town feels out of the many mountain towns in Colorado. The town originally started as a mining town back in the 1800’s and many of the old school mining structures and symbols can still be seen today. Main street in the city of Breckenridge is one of my favorite places to take out of town guest. It has all the shops you expect out of a ski town such as The North Face, Patagonia, and dozens of other outdoor branded shops. The town is also home to a number of mountain art shops. This includes anything from small art pieces such as fridge magnets to art pieces well over $100,000.
For dining options, Breckenridge has 80 different restaurants and bars that range from a local pizza joint to 5 star dining. The night scene in Breckenridge is pretty casual. There is no need to get super dressed up to impress, you can save that for the NYC. In Breckenridge, just come as you are. Whether it be jeans, khakis, or snow pants, you seem to always fit in.
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Breckenridge Mountain Statistics:
Total Skier/Snowboarder Visits
- 2006-2007: 1,650,321
- 2005-2006: 1,619,043
- 2004-2005: 1,470,961
- 2003-2004: 1,402,055
- 2002-2003: 1,424,770
- 2001-2002: 1,468,518
- 2000-2001: 1,422,783
- 1999-2000: 1,444,365
- Base Elevation: 9,600 ft.
- Summit Elevation: 12,998 ft.
- Vertical Rise: 3,398 ft.
- Snowmaking: 565 acres
- Avg. Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
- Total Skiable Area: 2,358 acres
- Miles east-west: 2.9 miles
- Miles north-south: 2.3 miles
Trail Classification (Total Mountain Acreage)
- 36% Expert
- 33% Intermediate
- 15% Beginner
- Conventional Trails: 155
- Longest Run: Four O’Clock at 3.5 miles/5.6 km
- Terrain Parks: 5
- Halfpipes: 2
- Bowls: 772 acres
- Total Number of Lifts: 29
- Gondola: 1
- Six-passenger high-speed lift: 2
- High-speed quad: 7
- Fixed-grip quad: 0
- Triple chair: 1
- Double chair: 6
- T-Bars: 1
- Ropes: 1
- Platters: 2
- Magic Carpets: 8
- Total Uphill Capacity/Hour: 40,680
Climate (Temperatures in Fahrenheit)
- Winter Temperatures: 28 degrees daytime, 15 degrees nighttime
- Summer Temperatures: 70-80 degrees daytime, 50 degrees nighttime