Being named one of America’s favorite ski resorts, Breckenridge is certainly known for skiing. But there are so many other things to see and do – besides skiing. Let’s take a look at the other side of Breck.
Sledding and Tubing
Sledding in Breck can be a bit tricky as it is forbidden on resort property in the resort town. There is however a sledding hill in at Carter Park, which is located at the south end of High Street adjacent to the Breckenridge Elementary School. The best part, it’s FREE. Just plan to take your own sled! Other than that, you can choose one of the many sledding and tubing companies in the area to whet your appetite for careening down tightly packed powder.
Shopping in Breckenridge
Walking down Main Street you will be greeted with a variety of shops to satisfy your need for retail therapy! You will be spoilt for choice with a collection of antique stores, bookstores, jewelry’s shops and galleries. For making sure you are dressed for the weather, you will also have your choosing of sporting goods and winter clothing. Souvenirs, gifts, and food also abound in this quaint little shopping mecca.
With snowshoeing offered and any of the two Nordic Centers in Breckenridge, you will not be short of several different trail options. There are trails for individuals with all ability levels, from beginner to advanced. You can rent atlas or crescent moon snowshoes and they even have some available for purchase. If you are uncomfortable setting out on your own, you can take a guided tour the requires a reservation upfront.
Altitude should not be a surprise when you’re visiting Breckenridge, with a base elevation of 9,600 feet and a summit elevation of 12,998 feet. It should then come as no surprise that many visitors tend to suffer from some type of altitude sickness during their visit. Luckily, with the introduction of the Oxygen bar, you can simply pull up a bar stool and suck in some fresh oxygen.
It’s suggested that you visit The O2 Lounge 24 to 48 hours after you arrive in town to help maintain your blood oxygen levels at a higher level and avoid significant effects of the altitude, which may spoil your vacation.
TenMile Flyer Zip Line
This is not just your “run-of-the-mill” zip line. The name alone, TenMile Flyer, should at least give you a clue that the general direction of this activity leans toward the adventurous. This is a two-stage zip line that spans 392 feet on its first run. The second run stretches out 1095 feet. Oh, and did we mention you will be careening in some parts at 45 miles an hour 50 feet above the air? Well, now you know. If that made your pulse quicken, then you need to get to Breckenridge.
Walking History Tour
For the less adventurous, why not try a walking tour of our beautiful town? Stroll through the store district of Breckenridge (which is nationally recognized by the way) and hear all about those who came to see gold, rough-and-tumble individuals, and other inspiring people who lived there more than 100 years earlier.
Breckenridge Gold Runner Alpine Coaster
Looking for a thrill-ride? Then the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster is for you! Ride down the mountain on 2,500 feet of coaster track on a 2-seater coaster car that dips and twists around and above the ski runs and through the forest all year long. Please note that during the winter, the coaster will run daily 11am – 4pm pending weather and snow removal. Due to daily snow maintenance operating times are subject to change. Call 970-453-5000 to check the hours.
So, while you are booking your stay, be sure to pre-book any of these fun activities as well to ensure you have a memorable stay in Breck!