Last month I went on a snowboarding trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. Not only was this my second time ever on a snowboard (the first time being a month earlier on a trip to Minnesota), but this was also my first time on the west coast – and this perfect little mountain town stole my heart. Needless to say, if Breckenridge isn’t on your winter vacation list, it will be after this. Here are the top six things to do in Breckenridge during winter:
Obviously! You can’t talk about Breckenridge without mentioning the mountain that makes it the magical town it is. This was my first time ever snowboarding on a real mountain (since the ones in Minnesota were more like hills), and I was pretty nervous. But it turns out that Breckenridge is a pretty great place for beginners, and it definitely didn’t hurt that I had some amazingly patient friends teaching me. I mainly stuck to peak 8, specifically Springmeier, especially in the beginning. Over time I did venture out to other peaks, but Springmeier was definitely where I felt most comfortable. As for lift tickets, if you know you’re going to be hitting the slopes more than once, I suggest purchasing a lift pass in advance (and I mean way in advance). The earlier you buy it, the cheaper it will be. Even though we were in Breckenridge for a full week, I opted for the Epic 4-Day pass so that I would also have time to explore the town (and I knew my sore body would need a break!).
This is one of the best local breweries in the country – making it a must on anyone’s Breckenridge to-do list. Right on Main Street, Breckenridge Brewery & Pub offers amazing beer selections and even better food. You HAVE to try the Artichoke & Avalanche Ale Dip. The Elk Meatloaf and Slow-Roast Pork Sandwich were also big hits for people in our group. As for beer, my two favorites were Avalanche Ale and Agave Wheat. Apres Ski, the drinking tradition that follows a day of skiing, is also celebrated here with $6 pitchers between 4 and 6 p.m.
Craving a juicy burger? This restaurant has you covered! Their Guacamole Bacon Burger is to die for, and they have a top-notch drink menu to go with it! I had the Mercadito (pictured above), which is a margarita with fresh lime, jalapeño and cilantro. And don’t forget to try one of their infamous hard shakes for dessert.
If this isn’t a true Colorado experience, I don’t know what is! Dogsledding was the highlight of our Breckenridge trip (for me, at least) and a completely unforgettable experience. We took a 6-mile tour along the winding trails of the Swan River Valley, where we switched off between running the dogs (and yes, I mean physically running at some points), riding in the dogsled and riding on a small passenger sleigh with our guide. I would 100 percent recommend booking a dogsledding tour with Good Times Adventures to anyone visiting Breckenridge – I mean, how could you not want to hangout with these adorable Siberian Huskies?
5. Snow Sculpture Championships
Every year snow artists from around the world compete in Breckenridge at the International Snow Sculpture Championships. The sculptures start as 12-foot-tall, 20+ton blocks of snow, and teams compete using only hand tools over a five-day span. Afterwards, the sculptures stay up for a week (weather permitted) at the Riverwalk Center for visitors to view! My favorite, pictured above, won the People’s Choice 2016 award.
6. Onsie run
What better way to end our Breckenridge snowboarding trip than with a onesie run! Luckily for us, we had pretty good weather and a lodge that we could board directly down to so we didn’t have too worry about freezing our buns off for too long.