Breckenridge has established itself as one of Colorado's most popular resorts, thanks to a wide variety of terrain and four big mountains to explore. The base of the mountain is a busy place due to the restaurants, bars and music that reflect Colorado's laid back ski vibe. But as great as it is to relax and soak up the sun on a clear, bluebird sky Colorado day, the real fun begins once you begin to spread out on the mountain.
Breckenridge's incredible terrain in the early morning. — Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort / Jack AffleckOver 2,300 acres of in-bounds territory await in the heart of the Tenmile Mountain Range. The southern boundary of "Breck" brings you to Peak 10, where long, sustained tree runs rule. The lower aspects of Peaks 8 and 9 are a fine blend of greens and intermediate runs with a few terrain parks mixed in for good measure. The northernmost terrain on Peak 7 is a cruiser's dream: a network of solid blue runs that blend groomers and fun patches of trees. It's not unusual to spend the entire day playing on Peak 7's Independence Lift.
If you really want to go big (and high), hit up America's highest chairlift, the Imperial Express Superchair on Peak 8 which tops out at a dizzying 12,840 feet. Be prepared to charge down steep bowls and narrow chutes well above treeline (your jaw will drop as quickly as the terrain at the immaculate mountain scenery). If you're looking for a locals' secret, try the terrain serviced by the venerable 6-Chair. Long-standing powder stashes and wide-open tree runs tend to get overlooked by those sticking to the lower, classic Breckenridge trails.
Don't forget the old-school T-Bar that goes midway up Peak 8 and prime bowl skiing (an especially good tip on icy or cold days when the runs from the top of the Imperial Superchair are bulletproof) . End your day with an epic run on Four O'Clock, a green cruiser that covers 3.5 miles and brings you directly into town.