6 REASONS TO SKI BRECKENRIDGE IN THE SPRING
6 reasons to ski Breckenridge in the spring
With so much terrain for skiing and snowboarding - 2,908 acres, to be exact, spanning over five peaks - it’s no wonder that Breckenridge Ski Resort is a top destination in the United States.
Nestled into the mountains of Colorado, with an authentic mining town originating from its gold rush history, the resort is famous for having so much to do on and off the mountain.
It’s also one of the best places to book a spring trip if you’re looking to ski and snowboard in March, April or May. Not only will you have much of the resort to yourself, with fewer crowds and lift lines, you’ll still be able to enjoy everything that makes the mountain so great.
Check out our list of all the reasons to ski Breckenridge in the spring.
1. The snow is incredible
Breckenridge has plenty of snowfall to go around thanks to its base elevation of 9600 feet above sea-level. They even have the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express.
All that altitude makes for one of the longest ski seasons in North America, with the resort opening in early November and chairlifts spinning all the way through to mid or late May.
March is still their snowiest month of the year, but the temperature is about ten degrees higher than December or January, making for plenty of soft, forgiving snow to enjoy the range of groomers, bowls, terrain parks and glades.
The spring snow is often more fun for beginners when they’re just picking up the sport, and is equally fun for more advanced skiers and boarders who want to enjoy their time on the mountain.
2. The days are longer and sunnier
Colorado enjoys over 300 days of sunshine every year, and by the time the calendar rolls around to March, there’s about 12 hours of daylight to squeeze out of each day.
Compared to earlier in the season, you can make the most of those spring time hours, with so much mountain time followed up by daylight for other activities - or aprés drinks on one of the many decks in town.
All that sunshine also makes for an easier transition from the summer days of the Southern Hemisphere to the minus temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere, especially if you’re travelling with little ones.
You and the family likely won’t need to pack as many layers, which is a huge bonus, as we know every bit of suitcase room counts.
3. The deals are better
It’s tricky to ski on a budget. But it’s easier in the spring, especially after spring break. This time of year is often considered “low season” for many resorts and destinations, which means you’re more likely to be access lower ticket prices and better deals on accommodation packages.
Flights are also usually cheaper, and many items will be on sale around town as the shops and providers prepare for summer.
All you have to do is speak with one of our experts to quote up a spring special package for you, making the most of those deals.
4. The fun of the events
Breckenridge really takes on a new life in the spring. All the locals are in a great mood - all that Vitamin D from the sunshine - and they have no shortage of events and festivals ready to make the most of the weather.
From the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival featuring craft beers from all over Colorado, to the music festivals and trivia nights, there’s also the annual bonfire in nearby Silverthorne town to represent saying goodbye to winter - including the melting of a snowman (don’t tell Frosty).
5. So, so much to do
There’s an endless list of activities around town, and plenty of time to enjoy them through the long springtime days. Go sledding at Carter Park or the new sledding hill on Airport Road; take a sleigh ride with the family, led by beautiful Clydesdale horses; go ice skating on the outdoor rink at the Stephen C West Ice Arena; or even head over to the Breckenridge Recreation Center to enjoy their aquatic area.
There’s also dog sledding, snowshoeing, nordic trails and snowmobiling. Or opt for a guided hike with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, where they’ll share tidbits about the history of Breckenridge while pointing out the tracks of native animals to look for in wildlife sightings.
6. Discover the unique side of town
Spring is the perfect time to dive a little deeper into everything that makes Breckenridge the unique destination that it is.
Why not start by heading to the Arts District, known as BreckCreate. They host everything from ceramics, drawing, printmaking, metalsmithing, textiles and painting to live musical performances and art showcases. Just check out their calendar in advance of your visit for a list of upcoming events and shows.
While you’re exploring, go check out the craft brew scene at Broken Compass Brewery, who feature a rotating menu of small-batch beers. And stop by the Breckenridge Distillery while you’re at it, ready to sample a few locally-made craft spirits.
Then soak it up the drinks with dinner at one of the many, many dining options around town, including pizza and burger restaurants, quick bite-to-eat cafes and steakhouses.
Whatever you choose - your springtime adventure in Breckenridge is sure to be unforgettable.