Driving from Denver (DIA):
We have rented both 4 wheel drive and front wheel drive vehicles. I can tell you first hand that front wheel drive vehicles struggle at best in a snow storm with icy conditions on I-70 going over the mountain pass. I have driven with white knuckles at 3-5mph with the tires spinning heading to the airport and praying to make it alive! My advice is simple, rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle in ski season or take the Colorado Shuttle (or one of the several competitors). I have made the gamble during Spring skiing with a front wheel drive vehicle and have lost the gamble.
Driving your personal car to Breckenridge:
Drive a 4-wheel drive (winter) and or buy chains online for your vehicle and have them with you. Know how to put them on before you make the journey.
Make your reservation with the Colorado Mountain Express prior to arrival at Denver International. Here is their link: http://www.coloradomountainexpress.com
You can easily get by with no car or SUV for your Breckenridge Holiday! City Market (owned by Kroger) is .47 miles (0.76 km) away from our curb. The grocery store is the farthest point of any shopping that you will need for your Holiday! Walk to the store, load up with groceries and take the free shuttle back. The bus stop is steps away from our front door.
- For Bus schedules and times: http://breckfreeride.com
The Yellow Route is the bus route that takes you from the bus stop out our door to the City Market. Check the web site for the Yellow route times.
- Take the Summit Stage Free Ride http://www.co.summit.co.us/index.aspx?NID=586 bus to ski, Copper, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. Once again the ride is FREE!
Below gives you an idea of how centrally located we are in Breckenridge! I used MapMyFitness.com, powered by Google Maps, to get these distances. I used the front curb from our home in the direction of travel to get these distances.
- Bus stop: 30 steps
- End of 4 O’clock ski run: 120 steps
- Gondola (Takes you to Peak 8 and access to all ski areas): 0.17 mile (0.27 km)
- City Market: 0.47 mile (0.76 km)
- Colorado Ski & Snowboard Rentals (across the street with great prices. Dennis is the owner. Tell him I sent you): 0.06 mile (0.09 km)
- Main Street & Ski Hill Road (Center of town): 0.15 mile (0.24 km)
- Blue River Plaza (Lots of activities): 0.26 mile (0.42)
- The Crepe Place: 0.36 mile (.58 km)
- Mountain Flying Fish (Great Sushi): 0.55 mile (0.89 km)
- Recreation Center: 1mile (1.6 km) – Indoor tennis, racquetball, recreation and lap pool, weights, spin, yoga and Pilates to mention a few of there activities. Check out all of their activities at http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=1012
Lift tickets are best bought prior to your arrival. The most expensive way to buy a ticket is at the ticket window the day you are skiing. There are many different options and web sites to shop your ticket. Be creative in your search. Check eBay and Craigslist if you are comfortable making purchases on these sites. Also American Express rewards has 2 for 1 deals using points. Check Costco, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club as they frequently sell 2 for 1 passes or discounted passes.
We have a local hard-wired cordless phone for the traditional folks and our European guests. Our local number is (970) 453-2594. The cell phone connections work very well on the mountain as well as here in town. Skype is our favorite way to talk to our kids.
Things to bring from home:
These are just a few of the things you might want to bring and serve as a reminder. By far, this is not everything you will need for your trip!
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Bathing suit
- Work out gear for Recreation Center
- Warm walking insulated shoes / boots
- A hat that keeps your ears warm
Ski Clothing is available at many of the stores. You will pay more for the clothing here in Breckenridge than at home unless you are skiing late March / early April. The sales kick in on everything and that is a great time to replenish your gear and clothing.
Our kitchen has everything you will need for just about any dinner you might make. From a spaghetti pot to a crock-pot, we have it. There is a gas grill just outside that is available on a first come first served basis for your grilling needs.
These are some of our favorites. All are walking distance! (Don’t drive!). –> Dress warm (winter) going into town and you will have a blast. Dress for South Carolina nights and you will be miserable! Leave your suit and tie at home. Nice jeans and a casual polo are the norm. I have yet to see anyone wearing a suit at any of the restaurants or anywhere here in town.
- Fatty’s on South Ridge St is one of the favorite locals hang out. Pizza and Fat Tire (local Colorado) beer! The Italian fare they offer is good as well. We go for the beer and Pizza! It feels like home!
- The Crepe Place on South Main Street. You will know you have found it when you find the trailer and the workers all look like they have an altitude high! Try the Raspberry and white chocolate crepe. You have to ask to get the white chocolate. This is the desert place! Enjoy it by the fire! Hands down the one place to go for a true Breckenridge experience…Warning… wear full winter gear! Being numb from cold will not make this a fun experience. You can easily wait… outside for 30 minutes (due to popularity) to get your desert.
- We love the Blue River Bistro on N. Main Street! They have great daily specials and good food. Usually has a local musician playing background music appropriate for the atmosphere!
- Giampietro’s is on E. Lincoln just off of Main Street is hands down some of the finest authentic Italian food. Order from the “specials menu”. Warning, it seats very few people… we order carry out and eat by the fireplace at home!
- Hearthstone Restaurant is one of our favorites. Just down from Fatty’s on South Ridge Street. We love the $5 appetizers at Happy Hour! We order several and call it dinner! Their dinner menu is phenomenal as well.
- Mountain Flying Fish is on South Main Street. Sushi chef is authentic and has been here in Breckenridge for some 20 years. It is well know and very popular place.
- La Francaise on South Main St is another favorite. Authentic French Bakery with authentic chocolatines! Great way to start the day with an espresso and chocolatine! Vive la France! They have crepes, pastries, croissants and breads.
Get the daily newspaper to get deals!!! Many are 2 for 1. If you are looking for a party or things to do, find it in the daily newspaper. The paper is free. Get it early as they run out!
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