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Travel Tips - What to Expect When You Visit Breckenridge

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The snowy mountain peaks of Breckenridge make the city a prime international skiing destination during the winter. The mining town history, mild weather, and outdoor activities keep travelers coming all summer long. It is also a relatively remote location, which only adds to its charm.

Best time to travel

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort lifts run from late November to mid April. You’ll find peak crowds and more expensive hotel rates around Christmastime and during spring break in March and April. June through August occasionally has inclement weather - it has been known to snow here in July - but still buzzes with summer activities. September means fewer crowds, lower hotel rates, and temperatures that are pleasantly crisp.

Not to miss

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort is the main attraction in winter, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the snow by dog sledding, snowmobiling, or attending special events like January’s International Snow Sculpture Competition. Downtown Breckenridge taps into the city’s Old West history through the preservation of historic homes and buildings. Several have been converted into arts and crafts centers, providing visitors with a nice break from the slopes. In summer, the area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with activities like hiking, horseback riding, and fishing.

 

Getting around

 

Most nonstop domestic and international flights land in Denver International Airport (DEN), 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Eagle County Airport (EGE) is about 30 minutes closer, but most flights require a layover. You may not need to rent a car because Breckenridge is very compact, and you can get around by taking the Breckenridge Free Ride shuttle bus. However, airport shuttle services to Breckenridge from either airport can be pricey.

 

Cuisine

 

The downtown Breckenridge food scene is centered around Main Street, where a mix of upscale fare and casual, family-friendly food like burgers and pizza can be found. The mountainside restaurants offer similar options, but most are only open for breakfast or lunch. A lot of the venues on the mountain and in town serve locally brewed craft beers. It’s customary to tip 15-20 percent unless you’re just picking up something at a fast-food restaurant.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Breckenridge’s ski resort scene is typical of American ski culture, where people wait in line for ski lifts, the slopes are hit hard, and the après-ski scene doesn’t begin until late afternoon. You can expect friendliness toward different cultures and religions, making it a comfortable place to visit. Casual attire is fine, but you may want to dress more formally if you visit a fine dining establishment.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 4500
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  • Spoken languages: English, with some Spanish
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  • Electrical: 110 volts, 60 Hz, plug type A, B
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  • Phone calling code: +1 970
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  • Emergency number: 911