Welcome to the town of Breckenridge! This town’s rich mining history, outdoor paradise and friendly local vibe make it hard to leave. Just ask any local who’s “come for the Winter but stayed for the Summer”..
Boasting 300 days of Sunshine in Winter and Summer, Breckenridge is the perfect retreat all year round! This unique and charming town offers something most Ski Towns don't - A TOWN! Sure, we have a world-renowned Ski Resort in our backyard... But we're so much more than that! Breckenridge is rich in history. Having started as a mining town in the late 1800s, Breckenridge has seen a lot more than just the transition from single seated chairlifts to Quad SuperChairs and Gondolas… You know that saying “If these walls could talk?” We’re sure that’s how every meticulously maintained building in our Downtown Historic District must feel. We, as locals, work hard to preserve the history and feel of this Victorian Style themed town and many of the buildings lining Main Street are originals from the old mining days. The Breckenridge locals are proud of their town’s past and eager to tell stories of its colorful history. We also encourage visitors to take part in one of the many historic tours that Breckenridge offers, either by foot or horse drawn carriage or sleigh. So come, experience for yourself the magical town of Breckenridge. Indulge in some of the best restaurants you have and ever will experience, take pleasure in strolling up and down Main Street and window shopping all of the rare and unique shops that it offers, join us for one of our crazy annual festivals – such as the zany Ullr Festival, where we give praise to the Nordic God of Snow in hopes that he will bless us with a snowy ski season. Oh, and while you’re here, get out there and explore our 5 peaks of 2,900+ acres of reputable ski and rideable terrain!
A place where the beer flows like wine and the women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talkin' 'bout a little place called...
Answer : Nope. Not Aspen. A little place called BRECKENRIDGE! Did you know the 1994 cult classic Dumb & Dumber was actually filmed in Breckenridge, not Aspen? That's right! And it's not hard to see why production chose our charming little town for the film. Breckenridge's historic district, one of the largest in the state of Colorado, houses over 200 authentic structures and buildings that have stood for over 150 years, since the Gold Rush took over in 1859. Established as a small mining town, Breckenridge was originally known as "Colorado's Kingdom" but was inadvertently left off the U.S. map until the mid-1800s when the mistake was discovered and the town was officially named Breckenridge in 1961. Rich in mining history and a friendly local vibe, a stroll down Main Street takes you back in time to the town's storied past. Explore hundreds of spots that make up the best Breckenridge restaurants, shopping, and nightlife nestled within historic architecture. And no trip to Breckenridge is complete without a stop at the infamous Gold Pan Saloon (built in 1879), bragging one of the oldest liquor licenses west of the Mississippi. So whether you're here for the ski scene (or even the après ski scene) or one of our legendary town events, you'll quickly begin to understand Breckenridge's aphorism : “Perfect Mountain. Perfect Mountain Town.”
In addition to our 300 days of sunshine each year, Breckenridge also averages over 300 inches of snowfall annually staking its rightful claim as one of the snowiest Ski Resorts in Colorado. Not that we want to brag.. (But did we also mention our Imperial Chairlift is one of the highest in North America?) Let's just say, there's a reason our Ski Resort is world-renowned. Situated at 9,600 feet and spanning across five peaks, Breckenridge offers nearly 3,000 acres of ski and rideable terrain, perfect for all ability levels putting it above (both literally & figuratively) any other ski resort in the state. And not only is Breckenridge a great place for you to carve out "fresh tracks" we claim a few of our own, like being the first major Colorado resort to allow snowboarding in 1984.