The 149 year old town of Breckenridge sits about 85 miles west of Denver. It is the oldest existing mining town on Colorado's Western Slope. The lure of gold and quick riches brought the first settlers to this high mountain valley. The new 'gold rush' started in the 1960's with the introduction of alpine skiing to Breckenridge.
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Breckenridge Ski Area from town
Breckenridge supplanted sister resort Vail as the most popular ski resort in the U.S., logging 1.6 million skier visits during the 2006-07 ski season. With four interconnected mountains, Breckenridge serves up dozens of trails accessed by state-of-the-art lifts and more than 2,350 acres of terrain. Breckenridge boasts more than 700 acres of above-timberline bowls for European-style skiing and snowboarding. Professional snowboarders consistently rave about Breckenridge's two terrain gardens.
Breckenridge's history as a mining town is still alive in the charming Victorian town. Strict building codes have preserved many of the old Victorian era buildings of the old west. Today Breckenridge is a year-round resort destination with enough summer and winter activities to please everyone. Breckenridge is known for an abundance of shopping, dining and nightlife. The town offers over 400 boutiques, galleries, bistros, salons, restaurants and more.
For more information call Breckenridge Resort Chamber/Central Reservations at 888-533-9878. For the Breckenridge Ski Resort call 970-453-5000 or toll free 800-404-3535.
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 west to Exit #201. Follow Hwy 9 south to Breckenridge. Breckenridge is 104 miles/166 km from Denver International Airport.
Directions from Vail/Eagle County Airport: Breckenridge is 63 miles/102 km east.
Normal Ski Season:
Mid-November through Late April .