This former mining town is about powder by day and top food by night
Ski and board
From beginner to advanced, there isn’t much that Breckenridge doesn’t offer. The beginner terrain is extensive; there all shades of blue runs and when it’s dumping down; and the blacks are up there with the best on the planet. The resort recently opened up a whole new lift-accessible ski area called Peak 6, which, like peaks 10, 9, 8 and 7, is above-treeline skiing. So it’s packed, groomed runs when it’s sunny and a powdery delight when there’s been a foot overnight. ‘Breck’ is owned by Vail Resorts and is one of the ski areas in the Epic Pass program – for USD$689 you can get unlimited skiing all season not just here, but at Vail, Beaver Creek and ten other resorts in the US, plus free five-day passes in Japan, Switzerland, Austria and France.
Eat and drink
Located in a 125-year-old house in the heart of town, Hearthstone serves up top Rocky Mountain cuisine, including blackberry elk, Colorado buffalo short ribs, and crispy lobster. Save room for the banana split. 130 South Ridge St, Breckenridge, Colorado. +1 970 453 1148.
Highlights of the French-influenced Colorado cuisine at Relish include baked escargot with saffron; braised lamb shank with pancetta and baby kale risotto; and Asian pork belly sliders. Woodford Reserve Juleps hit the spot. 137 South Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado. +1 970 453 0989.
Colorado is America’s king state for micro brews and you’ll want to bring home the entire range after a few pints at the Breckenridge Brewery and Pub. 600 South Main St, Breckenridge. +1 970 453 1550.
A five-minute walk from the gondola and accessible to ski home to, Mountain Thunder Lodge is ideal for a Breckenridge skication. The rooms feature kitchenettes, gas fireplaces and balconies, while downstairs are several hot tubs to relax in after a day on the slopes. 50 Mountain Thunder Dr, Breckenridge. +1 970 547 5650.
Qantas flies daily to Denver, Colorado, and Breckenridge is then a one-hour transfer on Colorado Mountain Express. Best value is Premium Economy, where you get Business Class wines and seats that are at home in domestic business class.