Summer or Winter, there is plenty to do here in Breckenridge! We are working to update you on our favorite winter activities..........
Up-to-the-minute skier information about the mountains, lift tickets, snow conditions, ski school for Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek can be found at www.snow.com.
Free Skier Shuttle
We are located approximately ½ mile from the base of both Peaks 8 and 9.
The free skier shuttle (Blue Route) heading towards Peak 9 (Beaver Run) picks up across Washington Street (turn left outside the Inn) in front of the white church heading south.
The free shuttle (Blue Route) towards Peak 8 (Gondola) picks up on the opposite side of French Street by the yellow house heading north. This shuttle goes to the bus station where connecting shuttles (the Swan Mountain Flyer) can be caught to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.
Please note that for your return trip you need to take the Blue Route shuttle to the stop at French and Washington.
Shuttle times are listed on the notice board in the entrance of the Inn.
Transportation to Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek
Fresh Tracks transportation is a private shuttle, which offers daily service to Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek picking up and dropping off at the Inn. Please note: they require credit card information at the time of booking. You can reach them at: (970) 453-4052.
Trail Maps are available in the concierge rack in the entrance of the Inn. A very basic guide to the ski terrain is: Peaks 8 and 9 have a wide variety of terrain and are the best slopes for beginners and those wishing to transition from beginner to intermediate terrain. Peak 7 has a higher percentage of intermediate terrain, while Peak 10 has great expert terrain.
Ski Lockers at the mountains are very limited in number, so unless you plan on arriving there early it is unlikely you will find any lockers available. There are a very small number by the Maggie Pond by Peak 9 and some at the base of Peak 8.
Ski rentals are available at numerous stores throughout Breckenridge. We have worked with Carvers Ski Shop since we took over the Inn and can highly recommend them. They are extremely helpful and competitively priced. They are located 203 North Main Street toward the base of the gondola at Peak 8. They can be contacted at: (970) 453-0132.
If you would prefer a personal ski delivery service, which will bring skis to the Inn and fit them right here as well as offering on-mountain service and pick-up we would recommend Black Tie Ski Service, who can be contacted at: (970) 547-4416.
Activities for the non-downhill skier
Although Breckenridge is widely known for its downhill slopes there are many other activities to entertain you during your stay. There are two main categories: sporting activities and gentler pursuits.
Cross country or Nordic skiing
There are three excellent Nordic centers in Summit County: Breckenridge: 1200 Ski Hill Road. Tel: (970) 453-6855 www.breckenridgenordic.com , Gold Run: 200 Club House Drive, by the golf course at Tiger Run, just off Highway 9. Tel: (970)547-7889 www.goldrunnordic.com and Frisco: The Peninsula Recreation Area, located off Highway 9 in Frisco. Tel: (970) 668-0866.
If you prefer not to remain on the groomed trails of the Nordic Centers our three favorite trails for both cross country skiing and snow shoeing are: Boreas Pass, Spruce Creek Trail and French Gulch.
Boreas Pass - is a mountain pass road which is closed to traffic during the winter months, leaving the road open for hikers, snow shoers and skiers to enjoy the spectacular views of the Ten Mile Range – don’t forget your cameras! Follow French Street south until it ends and turn left onto Boreas Pass Road. Drive up the mountain for approximately 5 minutes following the signs for the trail head. The main trail begins around the corner to the left, behind the gate and continues for miles. A loop is also possible by taking the small trail on the left (after approximately 30 – 45 minutes of walking along the main trail), which passes through the old fence. Keep to the left when the trail forks to meet up with the Bakers Tank Trail. Follow the blue markers on the trees to descend to the trailhead. The loop takes 1 ½ - 2 hours but is more difficult than the road due to the narrow trail and switchbacks. This trail is very popular with the locals, who enjoy taking their dogs along.
Spruce Creek Trail - is located approximately 5 miles south along Highway 9, turn right into the development marked “The Crown” immediately after Goose Pasture Tarn and follow the road to the trailhead. The road is not maintained and may not be well plowed so please bear this in mind. This trail is more strenuous and much narrower, with several tight corners. A loop is occasionally possible, depending upon the weather and popularity of the trail (if somebody has forged a trail ahead of you). Follow the signs for the Wheeler Trail and then descend down the road. We would not recommend trying to find the trail along the Wheeler if tracks are not clearly visible as you could easily get lost, there are also several “hidden lakes” and cell phone reception is minimal if available at all. The loop takes approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours. An easier trail is to follow the main road straight ahead of the trailhead, which continues for a number of miles and can also be followed up to Francie’s Cabin.
French Gulch - is located up by the old mines of Breckenridge. Follow French Street north until Wellington Street and turn right. Continue up Wellington until you reach the trailhead. This trail may or may not have been groomed.
Snow Shoes may be rented at either the Nordic Centers or Breckenridge Recreation Center or some ski rental stores. The trails listed above for cross country skiing are also perfect for snow shoeing. There are many smaller trails off the main trail at French Gulch for those looking for deeper snow. Breckenridge Nordic Center also offers guided snow shoe tours including night tours on full moons.
Snow Mobiling and Dog Sledding
These activities are two of the most popular non-skiing pursuits for guests of all ages. Good Times Adventures are the local outfitters, located at 6061 Tiger Run Road (follow Highway 9 north toward Frisco). We have heard nothing but rave reviews from all of our guests especially for the dog sledding tours where you take turns riding in the sled and mushing the dogs! Tel: (970) 453-7604 www.snowmobilecolorado.com .
The rink in Breckenridge is located at the south end of French Street on Boreas Pass Road.
Tel: (970) 547-9974. www.townofbreckenridge.com
Breckenridge Recreation Center
The Recreation Center is located at 880 Airport Road and offers fitness classes as well as the indoor facilities listed below. Tel: (970) 453-1734 www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Recreation Center Hours Aquatics Area Hours
Winter Season Hours (Oct 18-April 30)
Monday-Friday: 6am-9pm Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm
Saturday: 7am-8pm Saturday & Sunday: 9am-8pm
Indoor facilities include:
• 2 Tennis Courts
• Racquetball/Wally ball Court
• 2 Rock Climbing/Bouldering Walls
• Free Weights Room
• Child Care Room
• 25-yard, 4-lane Lap Swimming Pool with hydraulic lift
• Leisure Pool with Water Slide, Vortex and Kiddie Fountain
• Steam Room, Hot Tub and Sauna
• Running Track
• 2 Fitness Studios
• Circuit Weight Area and Cardiovascular Equipment
• Pro Shop
• Family Locker Room
The Recreation Center offers day passes, 6-day punch passes and 10 day visitor passes as well as a discounted entrance fee for those just wishing to use the showers. So if you plan on skiing on your last day after checking out of the Inn and wish to shower before travelling home this is the place to go.
Meta Yoga Studios is located around the corner from the Inn at 118 South Ridge Street.
Tel: (970) 547-9642. The schedule can be found at: http://www.metayogastudios.com/.
BreckCreate was developed by the Town of Breckenridge to promote and support arts, culture and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. Their website http://www.breckcreate.org offers all the latest information about cultural events, concerts and workshops.
The newly designed Arts District of Breckenridge is located just around the corner on Washington Street and offers not just exhibitions but also workshops and cultural events.
Guided Walking Tours of the Historic District & Ghost Tours are available daily during the peak months, departing from the Welcome Center. Please check with the Welcome Center for times.
The Barney Ford House, located on the corner of Ridge and Main, is the former residence of the escaped slave who became not only a prosperous businessman but also black civil rights leader.
The Edwin Carter Museum, 111 N. Ridge Street, houses various specimens from the naturist’s collection who sought to catalogue Colorado’s wildlife before the devastating effects of mining wiped them out. His collections form the basis for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The Backstage Theater is our local theater company, located at 309 South Ridge Street. They offer a wide variety of dramas and comedies. The most up-to-date program can be found online at: www.backstagetheater.org or on their notice board. Tel: (970) 453-0199.
The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Library located around the corner at 103 South Harris Street also houses the Speakeasy Movie Theater: http://speakeasymovies.com/
The shops along Main Street are generally open between 9am and 7pm.
Our favorite spa for all services is Harmony Health Massage & Wellness Spa at 326 South Main. Inanna offers the BEST massages ever! Tel: (970) 453-2257 www.harmonyhealthmassage.com
Joy at Blush Skin Care in Frisco is a favorite for facials: http://blushskincare.com
Sleigh and Wagon Dinner Rides
Horse drawn carriage rides are available along Main Street.
The following companies also offer dinner sleigh rides with entertainment.
Two Below Zero in Frisco: www.dinnersleighrides.com : Tel: (970) 453-1520
Breckenridge Stables: www.breckstables.com : Tel: (970) 453-4438
Top 5 Free Things to Do
The Gondola is free to ride for all non-skiers. The Gondola passes over the nature preserve of Cucumber Gulch as well as the new luxury homes on Peak 7. You can take the Gondola up to the new base area of Peak 7 and go for lunch at the restaurant Sevens or sit outside at the new complex One Ski Hill Place and watch the boarders doing crazy jumps in the half pipe.
Walk/Hike/Snow Shoe/Cross Country Ski Boreas Pass Road on a clear day for spectacular views of the Ten Mile Range (see details under Cross Country Skiing).
Sledding in Carter Park. Young and old alike can be found shrieking their way down the sledding hill, located just a 3 minute walk from the Inn: turn right out of the Inn heading south on French Street, turn left on Adams and right on High Street, which dead ends at Carter Park. The sled in the ski storage area at the front of the Inn is available for all guests to use. Please note that we take no responsibility for the condition of the sled and use of it is at your own risk.
Historic Walking Tour. Maps for a self-guided tour of the downtown historic district can be found at the Welcome Center.
Ride the free Summit Stage shuttle and check out beautiful Summit County. The Blue Bus heading to Peak 8, which picks up opposite the Inn by the yellow house will take you to the Breckenridge Transportation Center where you can catch free shuttles to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin or to Frisco where you can connect to Copper Mountain or Dillon and the Outlet Malls in Silverthorne. Bus schedules are available in the concierge rack in the entrance of the Inn.
Suggestions for a bad weather day
Shopping - In addition to the local, one-of-a-kind stores in Breckenridge the Outlets at Silverthorne offer a “shop-‘til-you-drop” experience guaranteed to satisfy even the most ardent shopper!
Breckenridge Recreation Center offers an indoor swimming pool, climbing wall, fitness room as well as various classes including yoga. Day passes are available. (more detailed list of venue above)
Country Boy Mines offer tours year round of this historic gold mine as the weather is always the same underground! www.countryboymine.com
Museums (see above)
The Speakeasy movie theater is located just around the corner from us downstairs in the Summit County Library building. www.speakeasymovies.com. A larger movie theater with several screens is located in Dillon.
Play with Jade! When the weather is too bad to go out for her walk, she is all too happy to show you how quick and agile she is with her tennis ball fetching skills!