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Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado

by Mommy Frog on October 4, 2023 24 Breckenridge

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It's all uphill from here! You cannot go wrong in taking your crew to Breckenridge, Colorado for a family ski vacation! As frogtastic as this Vail-owned resort is with all of its snow activities, it can feel overwhelming knowing exactly where to lodge, which lessons to book and what you can accomplish at such a large ski destination. That’s where all the tips in our Frog Family insider’s guide to Breckenridge Ski Resort come in handy! Additionally, the Epic Pass for the 2023-2024 ski season is on sale for a limited time until about the end of November! Make sure to get yours ASAP through Undercover Tourist! Once they sell out, you'll have to wait until next spring to purchase.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - Frog Family at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Overview of Breckenridge Colorado Ski Resort

Breckenridge, Colorado is a great ski mountain for skiers of all abilities and levels. The Breckenridge Ski Resort opened in 1961 and is owned and operated by Vail Resorts. This particular ski resort boasts a family-friendly terrain for beginners, intermediate, groomed runs for skiers and boarders ready to refine their skills and plenty of advanced terrain for experts.

This year, the resort opens for the season Nov. 10, 2023. Join us in exploring this amazing ski town so that you can plan an epic family ski vacation in Breckenridge. (Oh, and we frogs can save you a bundle on lift tickets when you combine with to your ski hotel!)

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - Guests head to Pioneer Crossing restaurantBefore we break down everything you need to know about skiing at Breckenridge, don't froget that Breckenridge Resort is a completely cashless resort! Your cash will not be accepted anywhere in Breckenridge. Book and pay online or make sure you have credit and debit cards to use there.

Now let's get into the details you'll need to know to plan your epic ski trip to Breckenridge Colorado.

Transportation and Parking Tips

Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - Sign and Lit Trees

If you are arriving by plane, two airports 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 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 the 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. If you have the Epic Pass, you can save 20 percent on Epic Mountain 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. A Town Free Ride shuttle provides better access between the town and Peak 8. The Breck Free Ride buses and shuttles connect to the free Summit Stage bus system. That gives you free access to anywhere else in Summit County. Keystone Ski Resort 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). A car is helpful for trips to the grocery store or the Frisco Adventure Park. Expect significant traffic getting in and out of Breckenridge at peak times.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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. Here's where to get the latest news on parking in Breckenridge.

There are many places to park at this resort, from the 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 via the smartphone app (or the 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 parking lots:

  • Beaver Run Lot (Access to Peak 9): Handicapped parking is 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 the 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 space to make check-in more convenient for that area.

Where to Stay in Breckenridge, Colorado

Family Insider’s Guide to 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 that leads out into the historic district). However, 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 shops, gift shops, free museums, a nearby sled hill and a 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 (as low as $178 a night), 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 nearby. 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 $237 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 tip for hotel hopping: When you book lodging, add in your rental car at the same time to unlock more savings.

Breckenridge, Colorado Tickets

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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! The Epic Passes for the 2023-2024 ski season (and 1-7 days limited, restricted and limited restricted passes) are now available for purchase! Whether you are skiing Breckenridge (or other ski resorts) for one day, seven days or the whole season, you can find lift ticket deals that work for your plans through Undercover Tourist!

Ski Lessons at Breckenridge, Colorado

Family Insider’s Guide to 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, you can call your resort to find out which lesson location is closest. If you are arriving by car or bus for the day, it’s good to know where you booked your lessons. That way, you know where to park. Lesson meeting locations and child drop-off areas 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. Small group lessons can be a great 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 ages 7-14 and various women’s programs. Is anyone up for a Women and Wine half-day lesson?

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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!

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 and Beaver Run (nearest location to Peak 9). The Child Care Centers watch children six months to four years of age. The centers are open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They offer full-day and hourly (walk-up) programs. They recommend making advance reservations, which will save money over walk-ups. Pack a nut-free lunch and two snacks for your tadpole. Programs do not include food. The center provides water, but you must supply a water bottle. For nap time, the center provides blankets, cots, cribs, or mats depending on the classroom.

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 where you do not have the skills to ski or ride. You are going to want to be near lessons and green runs.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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. 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 area

Intermediate 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.

The Peak 7 Freedom Superchair increases access to majestic skiing and improves the flow of the mountain. It relieves pressure on the Peak 7 Independence lift and the pair makes a great team at reducing lift lines in the area. Located on the north side 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.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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 throughout 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 your 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. There are many locally-owned tasty eats in town on or near Main Street in Breckenridge.

Back to the food! Locals like eating breakfast at the Blue Moose, which is just across from Peak 9. Bring cash because they do not take credit cards, at least not when we were there. You can grab a quick egg bagel sandwich at Cool River Coffee House. Sauce on the Maggie on the upper level of the Village has Italian food, nice wine and a gorgeous view of Maggie Pond.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - Crepes a la Cart

Our absolute 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., others agree. 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 309 South Ridge Street Alley. The second location takes phone orders.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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. 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.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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. 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

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - 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, 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.

If you want to give some other winter sports a chance, you can go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, 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 is on the north end of town and accessible via the free transit system. It has fitness classes, a gym, pools and a rock climbing wall. There are indoor tennis courts, a racquetball court and basketball courts. 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.

Family Insider’s Guide to Breckenridge Colorado - Tubing

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 the 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. Denver 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. 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!

Breckenridge offers something for skiers of all kinds! What are some of your favorite activities at Breckenridge Resort? Let us know in the comments below. If you are looking for Epic Passes for the 2023-2024 season, ski hotels or rental cars, we can help. Check out our ski trip deals and discounts.

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 4, 2023 at 12:35 a.m. Christy Says...

Love this blog!

We are traveling to ski for the holidays and have a condo rented in Frisco. Our plan would be to use the Summit Stage Bus to travel into Breckenridge . I see it drops off at Breck Rec Ctr or Breck Station. I wanted to see which was best for drop off? My teenagers will be taking half day lessons our first day so depending on where it is best to drop off from bus or which ski school you feel would be most beneficial to sign them up in?? They are 15 and 17 and one wants to learn to ski while the other is interested in snow boarding.

We will have a car so could drive as well but the Summit Stage Bus seems like a great option.

Thank you!

Dec 5, 2023 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

If you have kids who are learning, we'd recommend taking lessons at Peak 9. You can connect from Breckenridge Transit Center which is closest to the Village and Peak 9. Here is the free ride system map to see the routes. The Transit Center also has a gondola that takes you to Peak 7 and 8 (you can take lessons at Peak 8 as well).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 24, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Sandra Says...

Planning our trip for our family of 6. Oldest child is 8. It will be our first time skiing and my husband is looking forward to it. We have our minivan but it’s not a 4X4. Could we still drive up to peak 8? How do I go about booking ski lessons? Is that what the epic pass is for? Any tips appreciated! We don’t own any ski supplies so we’d have to rent.

Jul 27, 2023 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

It will largely depend on snow conditions — we'd highly recommend a 4x4 vehicle. Peak 8 Lodge is at the bottom of the mountain, so if you can make it to the town of Breckenridge, you can make it to Peak 8. For more info on ski lessons, hop here (schedules & registration for new participants for the upcoming season won't be available until the last week of August). Epic pass holders can get 20 percent off ski lessons.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 13, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Elle Says...

Hi: I am heading to Breck with my family April 9th - 14th. I am having a hard time deciding on the best location for lodging. We won't have a car and will be skiing all beg-intermediate with a few blacks. Because it is so late in the season, do you know if everything will still be open? Which is the best location between peaks 9, 8, or 7 with no car? I'm leaning toward staying at Beaver Run Resort, but I am concerned because you don't mention it at all in your reviews. What are your thoughts on Beaver Run in mid April?

Thank you!

Mar 14, 2023 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elle!

We haven't stayed at Beaver Run Resort specifically, but it is near Peak 9, which we love for a lot of reasons. It's near Main Street and has great skiing for beginners and intermediates. Peak 9 is where we would stay without a car. Breck is estimated to be open until late May, so there should be plenty of snow!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 7, 2023 at 7:58 p.m. Sonja Says...

Can ski boots along with skis be stored at base of peak 8?

Jan 12, 2023 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sonja!

It may just be for skis only (if you cannot store them, you can wear your boots back to your lodging and show up in them the next day). Ski rentals are free to leave, but there's a charge for personal equipment.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 22, 2022 at 5:09 p.m. Katelyn Says...

Hi there! Me and my fiance will be honeymooning in Breck in October. We will be staying at the Breckinridge resort on Peak 8. What are some things for couples and other must see's for adult. Do you have a dining guide? We will be there for 7 days :)

Mar 29, 2022 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katelyn!

Congratulations!!! We do not have a dining guide but we have had good experiences on Main Street :) Have an amazing time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 31, 2022 at 4:53 p.m. tiffany Says...

We are going to Breck next month and have a 4 year old that will be doing a half day lesson, which location is the easiest/best for pickup after her lesson. Meaning parking and getting down to get her.

Feb 2, 2022 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

This is depends on where you're staying and where you like to ski. We've stayed near Peak 9 before, and we could walk there before the lesson and it was easy to get back to after the lesson. Plus there is a lot of nice skiing opportunities for kids in that area after lessons if you want to ski together. You can reserve parking at Peak 9. If you're staying near Peak 8 that may be more convenient for you, but if you want to park there, allow extra time because you'll take a gondola to the resort.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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 ;)

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

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

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

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…

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

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!

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

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.



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

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!

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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