Breckenridge in winter is truly a magical wonderland. For a quintessential Colorado mountain experience, it’s tough to beat the bustling town of Breck. With so many different Breckenridge winter activities, you can craft the perfect winter getaway to suit your style.
Of course, people flock to Breck to enjoy world-class skiing but there are plenty of incredible winter activities in Breckenridge that will satisfy those who don’t get their thrills on the slopes.
As a long-time Colorado local of over 12 years, you’ll get the inside scoop on the top Breckenridge winter activities. Travel like a local, not a tourist with this guide to things to do in Breckenridge in winter.
About this Guide to Things to Do in Breckenridge in Winter
Inside this post about Breckenridge winter activities you’ll find:
- Quick tips for visiting Breckenridge
- The top things to do in Breckenridge in the winter including estimated prices, where to go, and more.
- Winter festivals in Breckenridge
- Where to eat in Breck
- Nearby attractions
- Additional Colorado travel resources
Local Tips for Visiting Breckenridge
Breckenridge is a happening place year-round, but winter is known as the second busy season for Breck. Many people visit Breckenridge in winter both locally and from around the world.
As one of the best Colorado mountain towns, expect plenty of crowds. Traffic both in Breckenridge and between Denver and Breckenridge is quite intense on the weekends. Expect delays ranging from 30 minutes to several hours depending on weather conditions, accidents, and more if you’re traveling from Denver.
If you want to avoid the rush, you’ll want to leave Denver by 5 am on weekends. Alternatively, you can opt to go to Breck during the week for less traffic, however, the town is still pretty busy throughout winter.
Most people will want a car to visit Breckenridge, however, it is possible to visit without a vehicle. Catch a ride up to Breck via a transport service like the Colorado Mountain Express from the airport. You can use the shuttle services in Breckenridge to access many hot spots in Breck. Just be sure that your chosen activity has public transport access. Rideshares are available, but not in the way you find them in a big city.
Things to Do in Breckenridge in Winter
With 4 nearby ski resorts, epic hiking trails, and plenty of unique ways to spend your day, you’ll find plenty of amazing things to do in Breckenridge in winter.
Skiing and Snowboarding
It’s no secret that Breckenridge is one of the best ski towns in Colorado. Thanks to being near 4 different ski resorts, there are skiing and riding options for every type of downhill powder hound. Even some of the cheapest (Loveland Ski Area) isn’t too far away, which is awesome for budget-minded skiers.
Here’s a look at where you can ski near Breckenridge:
- Breckenridge Resort: All-around mountain, large. On the Epic Pass
- Keystone Resort: Family-friendly with a great ski school. Uses the Epic Pass
- Arapaho Basin: More difficult terrain for advanced skiers and riders. Epic Pass
- Loveland Ski Resort: Beginner-friendly, budget-friendly, local mountain. Own pass.
Cost: $89-$200 per day plus the cost of rentals if you need them.
Learn how to swiftly travel over trails and tracks at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Cross country skiing is a relaxing, yet fun way to enjoy the snow-filled mountains. At the nordic center, you can rent gear, take lessons, or just enjoy the tracks and trails on your own.
Cost: Varies depending on what kind of adventure you want.
Sledding Near Breckenridge
Grab the whole family (or get in touch with your inner child – I don’t judge) and check out some of the top sledding areas near Breck. You’ll need a sled (available at most grocery stores) but once you have a rig, you can ride the hills over and over again. Be sure to check out:
- Carter Park and Pavilion
- Runway Sledding Hill
- Breckenridge Resort Fun Park
Cost: Free, the Breckenridge Fun Park costs $20 to $75 but includes other activities.
Snowshoeing in Breckenridge
Did you know that some of the most beautiful winter hikes in Colorado are just a few minutes from Breckenridge? Indiana Gluch, Boreas Pass, and Mayflower Gulch are great spots to strap on your snowshoes and hit the trails. You can rent snowshoes at the nordic center or the REI in Dillion. Spend the day emersed in epic mountain beauty. Just be sure to learn the top snowshoeing tips and bring a hot beverage for after your hike.
Cost: Free or around $20 to rent snowshoes for a day.
Gold Runner Snow Coaster
For a fun-filled day with the whole family, head to the Breckenridge Resort Fun Park. Ride the epic Gold Runner Snow Coaster – an alpine roller coaster that puts you in the driver’s seat. You can control the speed while zipping through a beautiful snow-scape. This is a great addition to other activities (like tubing and sledding) at the Fun Park.
Cost: $20 to $75 depending on ticket levels.
Unique Breckenridge Winter Activity: Dogsledding
One of the more unique Breckenridge winter activities is to head out on the trails and learn to mush. Learn how this ancient way of travel works with your own pack of top-notch dogs. Work with an expert guide to learn how to run the sled and work with your new furry friends.
Cost: $150 per person
As one of the top things to do in Colorado if you don’t ski, you’ve got to hit the trails with a fat bike this season. If you love to bike, then you’ve got to try fat biking along one of the many Breckenridge trails. There are many outfits in town that rent these snow-friendly bikes. Enjoy biking around the Dillion Reservoir, at the nordic center, or on one of the many mountain biking trails.
Cost: Full day rental is $44
The Stephen C West Ice Arena is the place to go to ice skate in Breckenridge. As one of the top budget-friendly activities in Breckenridge, you can spend the day on the ice. Be sure to check out their weekly schedule for free skate times, lessons, and themed skate nights!
Cost: Admission is $6 – $8 and rentals are $4
Sleigh Rides in Breckenridge
For a romantic way to experience the natural scenery of Breckenridge, head out on a magical sleigh ride. From simple rides to scenic tours and even a dinner cruise, you can craft your sleigh experience to suit your style. Get out and enjoy the ride with a romantic sleigh ride you won’t forget.
Cost: Varies, but starts at $120 per person.
Spent a few days out and about? Why not relax with a day of RnR. There are several spas throughout Breck that cater to every budget. From nourishing skin treatments to rejuvenating massages you can pamper yourself to your heart’s content.
Shopping as a Breckenridge Winter Activity
One thing that sets Breckenridge apart from other mountain towns is that it’s quite large. There are plenty of opportunities to shop til you drop. As one of the top things to do in Breckenridge in winter, you can shop small in downtown Breck or head out to Dillion for some outlet shopping. Find bargains and enjoy the unique shopping options in nearby Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon too.
Cost: Always free to window shop!
If you’re looking for a high-flying adventure during your time in Breck, then book yourself a snowmobiling tour. You can opt to rent and go on a self-guided adventure or take a tour of some the most famous snowmobiling trails in Colorado. Enjoy stunning scenery that gives you spanning views of 14,000-foot peaks in and around the Tenmile Range.
Cost: Varies, but starts at $160 per person per day.
Winter Festivals and Events in Breckenridge During the Winter
If there’s one thing Breckenridge is known for, it’s the festival scene. The town is a vibrant, happening place and just because the days get shorter doesn’t mean there isn’t something to celebrate. Here are the top winter happenings in Breck.
Race of the Santas
The Lighting of Breckenridge means one thing, running Santas. This unique holiday celebration kicks off the season of lights with a jogging event where everyone dresses up as Santa. Get into the holiday spirit with a pet parade, a Santa run, and even a kid’s Moose March. The event is free to attend, but a small fee to enter.
Dates: December 4th, 2021
A 58-year tradition, the Ullr Fest celebrates the kick-off of the winter season by celebrating the Viking God of winter. The whole town celebrates with live concerts, fun events, a parade, and even a record-setting shot-ski. In the evening, sit by the Ullr Bonfire and relax with your friends and family. Most events are free to attend, but a few events have a small $15 fee to participate.
Dates: December 9 through 11th, 2021
International Snow Sculpture Championships
A world-famous event, snow sculptures come from around the world to compete in the Snow Sculpture Championships. The result is a complete fairy tale land completely built with snow. Think big as you wander through incredible works of art built completely out of snow. The International Snow Sculpture Championships are completely free to attend.
Dates: Carving week (you can watch the artists at work) January 24th – 28th, 2022. Viewing week (walk through and around the art) January 28th – February 2, 2022.
Where to Eat in Breckenridge in Winter
Breck is a culinary powerhouse in the mountains. As a larger town, there are countless options for eating. Here are a few of my personal faves:
- The Canteen Taphous and Tavern: Burgers $$
- Aurum Food & Wine Breckenridge: New American, cocktail bar. $$$
- Cool River Coffee House and Bakery: Cafe and bakery. $$
When it comes to visiting Breckenridge in winter, there are a lot of awesome places to visit nearby. The towns of Dillion and Frisco are charming, beautiful spots just 20 minutes from downtown Breckenridge. Other areas to check out include:
- Driving Hoosier and Boreas Pass
- Visiting Vail in the winter
- Check out Copper Mountain Resort
Additional Local Colorado Travel Resources
Traveling to Colorado? I’ve got you covered with these local resources:
- Everything You Need to Know About Colorado in Winter
- The Top Winter Getaways in Colorado
- Amazing Budget-Friendly Skiing in Colorado (coming soon)