Destination: Breckenridge

By Sean Newsom

The mountain's impressive breadth grows wider this season with the opening of 543 acres of new terrain on Peak 6. 

Now more than ever, it's Breck's time to shine.

If there’s one thing that defines Breckenridge, it’s the vast scope of experiences to be had here. 

Plenty of those are on the hill, from adrenaline-soaked terrain parks to the 543 acres of new terrain opening this season on Peak 6. 

But the sense of variety extends beyond the slopes. 

Whether it’s dog sledding, sampling local spirits, or just soaking up the Wild West flavor of Main Street, you’re sure to find your stride.


EAT

Carnivorous Conquest

Modis. Here, you’ll find exposed-brick walls, jalapeño-mango margaritas, and a short, enterprising menu that’s not afraid to revisit tried-and-true dishes you might’ve thought were gone forever. 

Corned beef and cabbage, anyone?
  

Comfort Recreated

Twist is the brainchild of Matt Fackler, the celebrated chef/owner of Relish, Breck’s most lauded restaurant, and its aim is to rethink American favorites, such as meatloaf and smoked-bacon mashed potatoes.

If there’s a big hole in your stomach at the end of the day, this may just plug it.

SKI

Above Treeline

Once upon a time, Breckenridge’s high terrain served as a sanctuary for advanced skiers and riders only. 

Not anymore. 

This season sees the opening of 543 new acres on Peak 6—a high-altitude playground geared largely toward more mid-level athletes. 

This rare high-alpine, intermediate ski experience, which increases the mountain's total ski area by 23 percent, includes 10 trails and three bowls that will be served by two new chairlifts. 

Expect lush, easy turns, stunning views, and big-time bragging rights.

Like A Glove

Get your boots properly fitted at Surefoot, where methodical staffers mold orthotic foot beds and liners to properly fit your feet. 

It’ll take a couple of hours to get the job done, but you won’t regret it.

Powder Room

Want to know where the powder is, long after it’s been skied out in the infamous Imperial Bowl? 

Ride the T-bar on Peak 8—and hang a right at the top: There’s a string of black-diamond runs here that are missed by nearly everyone. 

They’re a dream to ski: steep, yes, but not so long as to blow your muscles on your mental stamina. 

Plus, they’re edged by short, stumpy pine—which adds a little definition to the snow on cloudy days.

STAY

Center Stage

With its enormous, high-end condominiums, private cinema, and bowling alley, One Ski Hill Place would be impressive even without its location. 

But it’s the setting—at the hub of Peak 8’s lift system—that seals its fate as the most envied address in town.

Room For A Crowd

If you’re traveling with family and friends, you can all comfortably coexist at Four Peaks, a beautifully restored Victorian house in the heart of downtown Breck.

Modern Mansion

Chateau of Breckenridge—a palatial five-bedroom, five-bath home on the Four O’Clock trail—offers the seclusion of a private home and the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out location. 

Prime yourself for the delights of a rooftop hot tub and bar, a baby grand piano, and 11,000 square feet of space with plenty of room to luxuriate.


DIVERSIONS

Spa Savings

Luxury often costs less in Breckenridge. 

Take Sol Impressions, a highly rated day spa on South Main Street: Here you can get two soothing, 90-minute Swedish massages for half the price that many of Colorado's resort hotels charge for one 60-minute massage.

That’s The Spirit

Breckenridge Distillery, an artisanal operation that produces whiskey, vodka, rum, bitters, and liqueurs, is racking up the awards. 

Find out why a complimentary tour, offered between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

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