BRECKENRIDGE IS ONE of several ski resorts that line Interstate 70 out of Denver. I confess to having skipped over it on previous occasions when I was headed west for a winter trip. But this old mining outpost, with a massive string of five skiable peaks and a historic downtown, continuously surprised me over a long weekend this past January.

Combining an average of 300 sunny days a year with a constant schedule of festivals and cultural events, Breckenridge offers a great mix of options for a winter weekend in one of the few remaining legit Colorado ski towns.

Brian’s trip was sponsored by GoBreck. All photos by author.


After an easy flight from NYC and a quick shuttle from Denver International Airport to the condo, we made it just in time to catch a beautiful sunset fall on Bald Mountain.


True to what they say, we got four bluebird days at Breck. And, unlike at a few nearby resorts, the mountain wasn't too crowded. This is the view from the Peak 8 SuperConnect, which zips from the base of Peak 9 to the top of Peak 8.


Just a few weeks prior, Breckenridge had opened Peak 6, at the northernmost part of the range. This was the largest increase of any mountain anywhere over the past 10 years, adding 540 acres (a 23% increase) with plenty of intermediate alpine lines. Such a blast!


Peak 6 also adds to the endless Rocky Mountain views I never tired of while at Breckenridge. This view always put a smile on my face.


After two days on the mountain, Sunday was spent with a team of huskies, a sled, and our friendly guide, Charlie, at Good Times Adventures. It was the perfect way to explore the wilderness behind a team of true work dogs.


Our guide didn’t wait long to get us on the sled. For the next hour, we traversed old mining roads, sped across frozen lakes, and had epic wipeouts as the dogs kept challenging us to lean hard around the corners.


I was on the back of a snowmobile when not mushing the hounds. You don’t have to love dogs to appreciate their desire to work in harsh conditions. Our guide happily demonstrated that, with good training and plenty of affection, these guys really enjoy what they do.


The town of Breckenridge has plenty to see and do. We spent every night eating well, hearing great music, and making friends. But on the last day we explored the many stores and shops on and off Main Street, stopping to appreciate the view from time to time.


It seems like each month—even each week—Breckenridge has something to celebrate. We'd just missed Ullr Fest, but caught the International Snow Sculpture Championships, which took place in the middle of town. The 16 teams came from every corner of the world and had a few days to create frozen art out of a massive chunk of ice. The results were stunning!


With the way the town is laid out, it can be difficult to get a good photograph of the mountain itself. We finally found a proper vantage point just east of Main Street, where Lincoln and Ridge Streets intersect—you can grab this view from the top floor of the parking garage. Another crystal clear day and a great end to a winter weekend in Breckenridge.