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Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado

by Mommy Frog on September 12, 2021 12 Breckenridge

A note from Mommy Frog: We have hoppin’ news! Breckenridge Colorado opens for the ski season on Nov. 12, 2021. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some services and amenities may be modified. Get the scoop on Epic Pass, and hop over to our post on what to expect at Vail Resorts this season for the latest news and information. 

Breckenridge Colorado is a great ski mountain for skiers of all abilities. It has family-friendly terrain for beginners, amazing intermediate, groomed runs for skiers and boarders ready to take it to the next level and plenty of advanced terrain for expert skiers.

You cannot go wrong in taking your crew to Breckenridge for a family ski vacation. But it can feel overwhelming knowing where to stay, which lodge to book lessons at and what to do après ski and this large ski destination. That’s where all the tips in our Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge, Colorado come in handy!

Join us in exploring this amazing ski town so that you can plan an epic family ski vacation skiing in Breckenridge. (Oh, and we frogs can save you a bundle on lift tickets!)

This is Breckenridge's 60th anniversary season! What better way to celebrate that with a new Peak 7 chair lift that improves access for skiers and riders at Peaks 6, 7 and 8. Woo hoo!

Our Breckenridge Colorado Ski Guide for 2021-2022

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado-Guests head to Pioneer Crossing restaurantBefore we go over what you need to know about skiing Breck in general, let's just briefly cover some of the things you need to know specifically for the 2021-2022 season. Ski resorts as a whole move closer to normal operations without reservations and with normal lift capacity. But there are still some differences you'll want to prepare for:

  • Face Coverings — Face coverings are now only required indoors. That includes, shops, drop-off and pick-up from ski school, in restrooms and restaurants (when not actively eating) and in public transportation vehicles. They are not required in outdoor spaces such as lift lines, chairlifts and gondolas.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination — You do NOT need proof of vaccination to ski (or use the restroom). But anyone 12 and up does need proof of vaccination to enter or dine in indoor, on-mountain quick-service restaurants this season. That means kids 12 and up in an all-day lesson with a lunch must be vaccinated. There are no pick-up or outdoor options, so if your teen or tween has not been vaccinated, book half-day lessons. You can show the actual card a photo of the card or an official vaccination mobile app every time you enter a quick-service mountain restaurant. A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted.
  • Dining reservations — Breckenridge is expanding its Time to Dine on-mountain reservation services, available once open for the season via the Dining Reservation Page, the Epic Mix app and through onsite QR signage. Reservations are available at 7:00 a.m. local time the day before and are required for our largest quick-service restaurants. You'll want to bring snacks and water with you as it is harder to purchase food.
  • More ski school options return — More programs return this year, including those for younger children.
  • Cashless transactions — Your money, cash that is, is no good here. Book and pay on line or bring credit and debit cards

Keep in mind that safety guidelines and protocols are subject to change as the season progresses. Check the rules before your visit and hop over to our post on what to expect at Vail Resorts this season.

Now let's get into the details you'll need to know to plan your epic ski trip to Breckenridge Colorado. Here are some hopful links to take you the details you most want to know.

Getting There & Around | Where to Stay | Lift Tickets | Ski Lessons & Child Care | Ski Territory | Where to Eat | Not to Miss

Getting to Breckenridge Colorado and Parking Tips

Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - Sign and Lit Trees

If you are arriving by plane, there are two airports that offer easy access. Breckenridge Colorado is located 109 miles (about a two-hour drive) from the Denver airport and 80 miles from the actual city of Denver. The Eagle airport is about 70 miles away from Breckenridge. Chances are you will find a greater availability and flexibility in flight schedules by flying in and out of Denver.

Many families rent a car and drive to Breckenridge. However, if you are nervous about driving in snow or want to go carless, both airports have door-to-door airport shuttles. Providers for both airports include Epic Mountain Express (formerly Colorado Mountain Express) and from Denver through Summit Express. The town of Breckenridge Colorado is best experienced on foot, with all its quaint shops and restaurants in a historic shopping district, so you don’t really need a car.

There is free transportation around Breckenridge through buses and trolleys. Note: There is a Town Free Ride shuttle stop to provide better access between the town and Peak 8. The Breck Free ride buses and shuttles connect to the free Summit Stage bus system, giving you free access to anywhere else in Summit County. Keystone is also located in Summit County. Some families may want a car to access other popular ski resorts in the area (such as Vail and Beaver Creek), the grocery store or the Frisco Adventure Park. Expect significant traffic getting in and out of Breckenridge at peak times.

Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, the buses and shuttles may operate with limited capacity and service. Be sure to wear a face covering. Having a car might make more sense for the 2021-2022 season.

Breckenridge Colorado Parking and Transportation

Whether you choose to pick up a car rental at the airport and drive yourself or relax during the ride, you’ll take Highway 70 W to CO-9 S past Frisco and straight into Breckenridge. As soon as you exit 70 W onto CO-9, you will see grocery stores and a Wal-Mart on the right if you want to stock up on food or supplies.

If you are staying at a Breckenridge ski-in/ski-out location, you don’t need to worry about parking. But if you are staying off-site or at one of the other nearby popular Colorado ski resorts such as Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail or Beaver Creek, you’ll need to know where to park.

There are multiple parking lots that vary from slope side, to in-town via gondola, to free parking outside of town via a shuttle. The Breckenridge Ski Resort lots are now managed by Breck Park. You can pay by smartphone app (or by kiosk on site) and even reserve preferred parking in advance. You can get a $5 discount if you arrive with four or more people in your vehicle. The following are the main lots:

  • Beaver Run Lot (Access to Peak 9): Handicapped parking available at the Beaver Run lot.
  • In-Town Gondola Parking (Gondola Access to Peak 7 and 8) at Gondola South Lot, Gondola North Lot and Gold Rush Lot: Convenient and accessible parking. You can pay through the app or at a kiosk. Handicapped parking is available at the North Gondola lot.
  • Stables Lot (slope-side parking for Peak 7 and 8): Convenient covered parking within walking distance.
  • Outside of Town Satellite Parking (Shuttle Access to Peak 8) at Airport Lot: Free daily parking with shuttle buses to Peaks 7 and 8 or with transfer to Black and Yellow route for Peak 9.

If you are booking lessons (more on that later), be sure to park at a lot that will allow you to access that area. Know where your lessons are before you park so that you choose the correct lot. Peak 8 has a new lesson drop-off area to make check-in more convenient in that area.

Where to Stay in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge Colorado Lodging

You won’t find that quintessential ski village at Breckenridge like you’ll find at Vail and Beaver Creek (although there is an area called the Village at the base of Peak 9 … it does lead out into the historic district). The bases have lodging and restaurants and traditional ski lodge offerings. The pedestrian-friendly town just off Peak 9 is really too cute for words. Main Street is lined with restaurants, ski clothing and gear shops, toy stores, candy stores, gift shops, free museums, a nearby sled hill and playground for kids. We really recommend taking the time to wander through town any time, day or night. Be sure to stop for crepes — more on that in food.

So where to stay? If you can stay in a ski-in/ski-out ski hotel such as the Doubletree by Hilton, you will be near Beaver Run and the base of Peak 9 with lessons and lifts at your doorstep, the town within walking distance and a pool for tadpoles. The Doubletree offers s'mores on the deck and warm chocolate chip cookies après ski, as well as ski valet and ski school pickup.

At Peak 8, One Ski Hill Place (as low as $235 a night) offers luxury apartments or condos on the slopes with ski lockers, hot tubs and even a two-lane bowling alley. If your budget is tighter, you can stay off the mountain or even in Frisco, which is about 15 miles away down CO-9. Yes, you will be driving in and paying to park, but less expensive lodging can allow more room in the budget for tubing, ice skating or other winter fun off of the ski slopes.

Staying in Frisco allows you access to other ski resorts, as well, if you would like to experience Vail, Beaver Creek or Keystone. It’s fun and exciting to resort hop, especially with so many great family resorts in the area.

Staying within walking distance of the ski resort is definitely a good way to save your sanity on a family ski trip, but sometimes you need a budget-saver to make it all possible. One thing is for certain: When booking a ski hotel, the best time to book a ski vacation is well in advance for the best price, location and selection. Here's a hop tip: When you book lodging, add in your rental car at the same time to unlock more savings.

Breckenridge, Colorado Lift Tickets

Breckenridge Colorado Lift Tickets

We frogs are always looking at ways to save money on a family ski trip. One of the best ways to save money on lift tickets when skiing at Breckenridge is to buy multi-day passes and purchase lift tickets in advance. Undercover Tourist is selling regional passes and both the restricted Epic Pass and the unrestricted Epic Pass for Breckenridge and other family ski resorts! Whether you are skiing Breckenridge for one day, seven days or the whole season, you can find lift ticket deals that work for your plans.

Ski Lessons at Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge Colorado Ski Lessons

If you or your tadpoles need to take ski or snowboard lessons, it’s good to know where you are staying so that you can choose a convenient lesson location. In fact, if you will be staying in Breckenridge, you can call your resort to find out which lessons location is closest to your lodging. Or, if you are arriving by car or bus for the day, it’s good to know where you booked your lessons so that you know where to park. Lesson meeting locations or child drop-off are at Peak 8, Beaver Run or the Village, which is at the base of Peak 9. You can book group lessons, private lessons, small group (limited to four people) lessons or family private lessons, which can be a good value if your whole family needs lessons (plus, you can all ski together).

If someone in your party has disabilities or special needs, you might look into adaptive lessons through the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. It is based in the Village at Peak 9, and lessons include one-on-one instruction, equipment and lift tickets. Call 800-383-2632 for more information about the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center or to book adaptive lessons.

Breckenridge also offers some special programs such as Breck Guides, Breck Bombers, the Ski Girls Rock program for girls 7-14 and various women’s programs. Anyone up for a Women and Wine half-day lesson?

Breckenridge Colorado Ski School

Book lessons at least 48 hours in advance to save money. Lunch and snacks are included in the price of child lessons. Lift tickets are included with some lessons (such as First-Time lessons, Novice and some children’s ski and snowboard lessons), but not all lessons, so find out in advance if you need a lift ticket because lift tickets are always required to access a lift. Adding a lift ticket and rental onto lessons can save money if you have not already purchased discounted Breckenridge lift tickets or equipment rentals. Helmets are required for children 12 and under, and you can add on a helmet rental, as well.

If you rent equipment with your ski school package, then you can go straight to the ski school to pick it up. If, on the other hand, you reserved equipment separately from when you booked your lessons, you will need to pick up your gear from the Breck Sports location that you selected when reserving it. Plan ahead and book all at once so you can simplify the process for one-stop shopping and save your sanity (not to mention money). Multi-day lesson packages offer some savings, and that includes a First Time Series for people who have never tried skiing or snowboarding. And don’t forget that instructors always appreciate tips at the end of the lesson!

Breckenridge Childcare (Note That Childcare was Closed for the 2020-2021 Season and there has not been an announcement for 2021-2022)

If your tadpoles are too little to ski, there is childcare available at Breckenridge so that they can play while you ski. Childcare options are located at the newly designed base of Peak 8, Village Child Care (Peak 9) and Beaver Run. The Child Care Centers watch children two months to four years of age. The centers are open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They offer full-day and hourly (walk-up) programs. They recommend making advance reservations, which will save money over walk-up. Children two and up enrolled in the full-day program can get an introductory ski experience through the Lil Rippers Program (for an additional $60). Lil Rippers gets your tadpole working with ski and snowboard instructors to develop those balance skills and beginning techniques! Those future skiers and snowboarders are toadally cute to watch.

Exploring Breckenridge, Colorado Ski Territory

Breckenridge, Colorado is a massive, well-designed ski resort. With 2,908 acres, five peaks, 187 trails, and four terrain parks, there is something for every type of skier and snowboarder. The mountain is fairly easy to navigate with its system of peaks. It’s best to get an understanding of the peaks and the mountain before delving into lodging and lessons. Why? Well, location, location, location. You might want to pick lodging near a certain type of terrain or base. And you are going to want to book lessons or possibly rentals near your lodging. If you are a first-time skier, there is no point in booking ski-in/ski-out accommodations in an area you do not have the skills to ski or ride. You are going to want to be near lessons and green runs.

Breckenridge Colorado Ski Area - Peak 9

When you are looking at the trail map, you will see that there are five peaks. Running from left to right, they are Peak 10, Peak 9, Peak 8, Peak 7 and Peak 6. Each peak has a base of the same name/number (with many runs and lifts in between that top peak and base). All of the bases have restrooms, warming huts and phone charging stations. They all have restaurants, except Peak 6.

The three main lower-elevation bases with parking, restrooms, lodging, lockers and lessons are Beaver Run and Peaks 9 and 8. Beaver Run is just above Peak 9. Peak 7 has some lodging, restaurants and amenities, and is a short gondola ride away from parking and Peak 8, where you’ll find a full-service lodge. Peak 10 is advanced expert terrain only. Peaks 10 and 6 are at higher elevations than the other bases. Peaks 7 and 6 have only intermediate and expert terrain.

This peak system, and knowing the levels of skiing or riding found at the peaks, makes it really easy to find an area of the mountain that is just right for you. And luckily, the resort has very easy and prominent signage, preventing a beginner from mistakenly taking a lift that accesses only advanced terrain.

Beginners will find plenty of gentle green runs at Peaks 8 and 9. Peak 9 is the best area to learn how to ski. But it also has a lot of intermediate and advanced runs as you make your way up the mountain. There are Family Leaning Zones at both Peaks 8 and 9. There, you can practice those turns in a relaxed zone, free from the distraction of faster skiers. In areas where many runs come together, the mountain has speed control zones. They  are policed by employees to ensure that everyone has a safe skiing experience. Faster skiers might get speeding ticket warnings or even have their lift ticket revoked. Therefore, you'll want to ski with the flow of traffic to play it safe.

Peak 8 is the heart of Breck and is where the resort began. It is smack in the middle and has all types of terrain. The T-Bar, higher on the mountain, is where thrill-seekers brave the steeps. If you are a stats fanatic, Peak 8 is home to the highest ski lift in North America! The Imperial Express Super Chair accesses the top of Peak 8; granted, you will have to hike up there a bit to get to the actual peak, which is at 12,998 feet. If you are not afraid of heights, you can dip into bowls way above the tree line. Way down on the mountain, there is a kid’s trail that weaves through the woods for that first gentle tree-skiing experience.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado-Peak 7 ski areaIntermediate skiers who like to cruise the blues will be in seventh heaven at Peak 7. Peaks 8 and 9 also offer plenty of intermediate runs. The easiest way to get to Peak 7 is to ski down to Base 8 and take the short gondola ride over. There are some ways to ski there, but they require catwalks and flat areas to traverse, so skiing down to the gondola is just easier. We like easy. When heading back to Peak 8 from Peak 7, there are several great runs from the top of the lift to the middle of runs to get you back to Peak 8 without needing a gondola.

As we mentioned earlier, Peak 7 gets a brand-new lift in 2021-2022! The Peak 7 Freedom Superchair will increase access to majestic skiing and improve the flow of the mountain. It will relieve pressure on the Peak 7 Independence lift and the pair will make a great team at reducing lift lines in the area. Located on the north side of of Peak 7 (below Monte Cristo and Angels Rest runs), the new lift allows for better interconnectedness between Peaks 6, 7 and 8. Guests coming from Peak 6 can just hop on the new lift for quick access to Peaks 7 and 8. The lift drops guests off just above the Pioneer Crossing restaurant. As already big fans of the Peak 7 area, we can't wait to check it out.

Breckenridge Colorado Ski Terrain Park

If you are looking for Freestyle Terrain parks, Breckenridge has four. Powerline (Peak 8) has extra small features, Highway 9 (Peak 9) has small, Park Lane (Peak 8) ramps up to medium, and Freeway (Peak 8) offers large features. Breckenridge has an 18-foot halfpipe. Whether you are a beginner or advanced terrain park skier or rider, Breckenridge has an area for your level.

Before you hop on that first lift, take some time to look over a trail map. Locate the areas you would like to ski and the lifts you definitely do not want to end up on. Beginners, stay off of the Falcon Super Chair at Peak 10. Set up a plan for where you want to ski or ride each day, but be flexible too. If you find fabulous snow in an area perfect for you without a lift line, take some time to take the lift there for a few runs and enjoy it. We mentioned earlier that there are free charging stations through the resort. Consult your trail map for charging locations to help your phone battery reach its peak. The cold weather is a battery killer, so keep you phone in an internal pocket and with a hand warmer if your phone can’t take the low temperatures.

If you are an intermediate or advanced skier looking to get to know Breckenridge better, consider a complimentary Ski with a Ranger tour. They offer naturalist tours on blue and green runs every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. Meet at the top of the Independence Chair on Peak 7. You’ll learn a little bit about skiing Breckenridge and get familiar with the flora and fauna, geography and history.

Where to Eat in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge offers all kinds of dining, from local favorites, to bars and western saloons, to typical ski lodge fare. We look for family-friendly restaurants recommended by locals, and there are many locally owned tasty eats in town on or near Main Street in Breckenridge.

Locals like breakfast at the Blue Moose, which is just across from Peak 9, but bring cash because they do not take credit cards. You can grab a quick egg bagel sandwich at Cool River, or fresh doughnuts and bagels at Kava Coffee on the north end of town. Quandary in the Village at Base 9 offers good food for reasonable prices, as well as good deals on appetizers at happy hour. Sauce on the Maggie on the upper level of the Village has Italian food, nice wine and a gorgeous view of Maggie Pond.

Breckenridge Colorado - Crepes a la Cart

Our absolute family favorite little spot on Main Street is Crepes a la Cart, and from the line down the sidewalk whether it is 7 a.m., 2 p.m. or 2 a.m., it’s no insider secret. Whether you are into savory or sweet crepes, this little cart is worth the wait. We tried a sweet crepe with strawberries, banana and Nutella, as well as a savory crepe with turkey, spinach, onions and pesto basil sauce. Just YUM! If you are in a time-crunch, try their second location at their kitchen at 309 South Ridge Street Alley. The second location takes phone orders.

Breckenridge Colorado Crepes

If you are looking for hearty food that won’t break the bank, Kenosha offers reasonably priced American food. The kids menu had ribs, BBQ pork sandwiches, burgers, chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese for $6 to $7. Their adult menu had reasonable burgers, soups, salads and other foods (along with vegetarian and gluten-free options). In the basement of that building, Rita's Tacos and Margaritas is said to have the best margaritas in town and good, affordable food.

Breckenridge Colorado Ski Area - Ski Hill Grill

On the mountain, you’ll find lodge dining, as well as full-service restaurants. We had lunch at the Ski Hill Grill at Base 8. It is a cafeteria-style typical ski lodge restaurant. While the food was tasty enough, the prices had us wishing we had stowed a sandwich in a pocket that day. Lunch ran about $30 per person for a bowl of chili, a fruit cup and water. Note to self: Next time drink the free water instead of buying a bottle. If you have access to a kitchen, make your own meals. You can make a pot of chili and feed your family for two days for much less than one person’s lunch at a ski lodge. We did make use of the charging station to charge our devices while we recharged our own energy during lunch.

What Not to Miss in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge Colorado Ski Area - Gold Pan Saloon

Breckenridge is rich in history. It’s an old mining town, and there are free museums, as well as gold and silver mine tours and entertainment related to its history. Enjoy walking around the city, which is one of the largest historic districts in the state. It’s a great pedestrian-friendly town. You can take art classes or dance classes. There are even Breck ghost tours!

The Ullr (pronounced oool-er) Fest is Breckenridge’s trademark event in December (Dec. 8-12, 2021), celebrating the Norse winter god. Put on your horned Viking helmet and let the festivities begin! If you happen to be visiting during the Ullr Fest, you do not want to miss the bonfire or catching candy and beads thrown from costumed dancers atop floats as the parade passes by. While many festivities are for all ages, there is a Mardi Gras feel, so use your best judgment when bringing the little ones.

Breckenridge Colorado Ski Area - Tubing

If you want to give some other winter sports a chance, you can go cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, fat biking, dog sledding or snowmobiling. Good Times Adventures offers a Ride the Divide snowmobile tour with jaw-dropping scenery. There are horse-drawn carriage rides down the historic streets of Breckenridge. You can head to Frisco for tubing (make advance reservations) or horse-drawn sleigh rides. There’s an indoor ice skating rink in Breckenridge, as well as an ice rink at Peak 8. You'll find a free sled hill at Carter Park, an amazing recreation center and an alpine coaster.

The Breckenridge Recreation Center (on the north end of town and accessible via the free transit system) has fitness classes, a gym, pools and a rock climbing wall. There are indoor tennis courts, a racquetball court and basketball courts. You can get day passes. It will cost a family of four $38, and they have towel rentals if you need them. If you need help coming up with activities and winter fun off of the ski hill, the friendly people at the Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street can help you out.

What About Altitude at Breckenridge, Colorado?

Breckenridge’s base elevation is 9,600 feet, which is nearly double the elevation of Denver, the Mile-High City. Breck’s summit elevation reaches 12,998 feet. Some people have a hard time adjusting to the altitude at Breckenridge and can develop altitude sickness. If you live in a low altitude area and are planning to visit Breckenridge, you need to be smart about preventing altitude sickness. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, coughing, diarrhea, loss of appetite or restless sleep. If symptoms persist, you’ll need to seek medical attention. Hop over to our hopful post on how to prevent altitude sickness, and follow these tips to prepare yourself for altitude:

  • Start out your journey well-hydrated (start drinking water before your trip)
  • Continue to stay hydrated with water and electrolytes throughout trip
  • Allow time to gradually acclimate to the altitude
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and salty foods
  • Eat frequent meals. Carbohydrates are helpful in acclimatizing
  • Get plenty of oxygen
  • Lower thermostat to under 68 when you sleep (avoid high heat)
  • Get plenty of rest — don’t overdo it
  • Have ibuprofen or acetaminophen with you in case of headaches
  • Avoid using sleeping pills, which can suppress breathing

When you land in Colorado, give yourself time to acclimate by staying under 7,000 feet for the first day. You can fly into Denver and stay the night at a hotel near the Denver area, which is at 5,280 feet. Then, take the drive out towards Breckenridge the next day. Having a good night’s rest and some time to acclimate to the altitude should ease you into it. Be sure to get plenty of rest during your journey. If you start to notice signs of altitude sickness, drink more water and try to get to a lower elevation if possible. Breckenridge has many sources of oxygen, from oxygen lounges to oxygen rental and delivery services. If someone in your group starts to have signs of altitude sickness, get some oxygen!

With this family-friendly insider’s guide to Breckenridge, Colorado, you can plan your next ski vacation. Breckenridge offers something for skiers of every level on the mountain. Plus, it offers a variety of family entertainment off of the mountain. Now you can feel a little less overwhelmed about staying and skiing in Breckenridge. If you are still looking for Epic Passes, ski hotels or rental cars, we can help. Check out our other ski planning posts to help you in planning your ski trip.

Related: Best Ways to Save on a Colorado Ski Trip

Related: Our Marvelous Month-By-Month Look at the Best Time to Ski in Colorado

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 18, 2021 at 7:53 p.m. Lisa Says...

This was so helpful! Planning a 5-day Breckenridge trip for February 2022 and I can't wait. I was also cackling at all the frog puns ;)

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Nov 18, 2021 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for hopping by, Lisa! We hope you have a frogtastic time :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. Ricardo Burgos Says...

Hi. I have 3 daughters that are snowboarding for the first time. We are staying at the Los Pinos Condos close to Snowflake lift. Which of the options for ski school would you recommend? This is my daughter's first time snowboarding

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Nov 17, 2021 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ricardo!

Beaver Run is recommended for beginners! It would also be the closest ski school to you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2021 at 3:52 p.m. Brandi Rodgers Says...

I’m planning my family’s first ski vacation for December 2021. My kids ages, at that time, will be 22, 19, 16 & 8, & an 18 mth old grand baby. I’m having trouble finding the lodging best for us at Peak 8. The Grand at Peak 8 is perfect but they have very few room options still available. The Grand at Peak 7 has what we’re looking for in rooms but I know we need to be on Peak 8 or 9 for beginners skiing. Are the beginner slopes on 8 & 9 easily accessible from The Grand Peak 7? Or can you suggest lodging at Peak 9 that won’t break the bank? I would also like to be close to Main Street.

Any help would e appreciated…this is very overwhelming for a first timer…

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Jul 8, 2021 at 7:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Peak 7 does have a gondola that will take you from the base of Peak 7 to the base of Peak 8 (Breck Connect) for easy access to lessons and easier terrain. Peak 9 has great beginner terrain and lessons right there. We highly recommend it for beginner skiers. Plus, Peak 9 is also right across from Main Street, which is nice. The River Mountain Lodge has some larger rooms, and The Village at Breckenridge has larger accommodations near ski school at Peak 9. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2021 at 4:09 a.m. Ashley Says...

Thanks for all of the great info! Still having a hard time deciding and wondering if you can help. We are a family of 5 (kids 10, 9, and 5). My husband and kids have never skied. We’d like a ski in/out resort that is close to ski school, but also close to Main Street. I am between One Skill Hill and the Village Resort. Both seem great and obviously the Village is closer to Main Street. Looking at the big picture, all things considered, which would you choose? One Ski Hill looks a little bit newer and has more amenities, but is it too far from Main Street? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you in advance!

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Apr 5, 2021 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

Both are great and will be just as close to ski school, as you can choose the ski school location for the peak nearest your lodging. One Skill Hill is newer and more luxurious. You can take a free shuttle to Main Street. But Village Resort is just across the street from the town action, which is also nice. It’s a great town to hop about! Even if the lodgings are not luxurious, there is a lot of easy beginner skiing near Peak 9 that may make you comfortable and give you plenty of learning space. Peak 8 does have an expanded village and also has a beginner area, but we were wowed by so many gentle options at Peak 9. The Village Resort also has some walking trails near Maggie Pond if you want to explore. For first timers, I’d say Peak 9 is the place to be. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 14, 2021 at 11:32 p.m. Amanda Says...

Good Afternoon, thanks for all the helpful hints and tips, this site is great! I am struggling to find ski passes for the first week in April when we will be at Breck, we didn't buy Epic passes b/c we were unsure if we would be able to go due to COVID. When we were looking they were not even showing availability for April. However I see we can get tickets now, yet they are crazy expensive. I have not found any late season deals so wondering if you have any insight.

Thanks!

Amanda

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Mar 15, 2021 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

You are so welcome - thank you for taking the time to stop and say hello! :) Unfortunately skiing is expensive this year without a pass due to limited capacity on the mountain. Multiday tickets are cheaper per day than single tickets, and you’ll want to buy over a week in advance or the prices go up. You can play around with days to see that some days/periods in April cost less than others and plan that way. That's the best way that we know of to save right now, unfortunately!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 15, 2021 at 11:34 p.m. Amy Says...

Hello! Thank you for your blog! I just booked lessons for my group going. I was wondering if you could help? I booked lessons to meet up at the Village and included equipment rental. We will be driving from Lakewood but which parking lot is best? And is the ski school close to the Village to pick up our rental? Or where do we pick up our stuff? Thank you!

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Feb 17, 2021 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

The best parking lot would be the F-Lot (the North or South Gondola lots are also a short shuttle ride away). You can pick up rentals right there at Breck Sports at The Village, or even have your equipment delivered to you. Call 970-453-3000 if you have any questions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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