Alpine Adventure

Breckenridge, Colorado, beckons visitors with year-round delights.

Standing 9,600 feet above sea level, Breckenridge, Colorado—or Breck, as the locals call it—offers a renowned ski resort, bustling mountain town, year-round events and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. With five awe-inspiring peaks, 2,908 acres, four terrain parks, the highest chairlift in North America and a world-class ski school, it’s easy to understand why many guests are repeat visitors.

A scenic, two-hour drive from the Denver International Airport, Breckenridge is more than just a ski town, featuring colorful buildings; a rich history (embark on a walking tour to learn about the former mining town’s nationally recognized historic district); and plenty of shops, galleries, museums and restaurants.

One of Breckenridge’s best-known attractions is, of course, the Breckenridge Ski Resort. A picturesque ride on the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift, takes you up to the alpine bowls for unforgettable views. And thanks to a variety of slopes and terrain parks, the resort accommodates all skill levels. Get on the slopes an hour early with First Tracks, an exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties on most Fridays throughout the season.

First-timers (and veteran skiers looking to brush up on their skills) have the opportunity to learn the ropes from the best at The Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School, which offers lessons that help even the most uneasy skier feel comfortable on the slopes. Ski & Snowboard School progress is tracked electronically via EpicMix Academy, an app and website that displays accomplishments, photos, elevation achievements and more. If you’re looking for a more personalized approach, sign up for private lessons, which offer individuals or small groups instruction specifically tailored to their skills.

Those in search of rest and relaxation after an active day on the slopes (or while adjusting to the elevation change) need look no further than The Rejuvenation Mini Spa at One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort. Choose from treatments such as a customized massage, a body polish wrap and the signature Alpine Rescue facial. Also not to be missed is the O2 Oxygen Bar located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge, perfect for end-of-the-day pick-me-ups.

Continue to indulge by enjoying authentic, Colorado-influenced cuisine at Relish, a local favorite with a sophisticated yet relaxed environment and a menu that focuses on locally grown and raised produce. Stop by the upscale Blue River Bistro for after-dinner drinks and live music, or learn about the history of high-quality absinthe at the decadent Absinthe Lounge.

Whether you indulge in Breck’s rejuvenating qualities, adventure, or even après-ski, this is one retreat that fulfills goals for everyone. This visitor, in particular, plans to return year after year to soak up its vibrant spirit and laid-back charm.