At 10,000 feet, the seasons are somewhat different than where a lot of our guests are visiting from. I remember the first time I visited Breckenridge in August the nightly lows were, as was apparently normal, in the 40’s. We made a fire at night. We bundled up in blankets and looked at the stars on the deck. Back home it was over 100 degrees during the day and never less than 80 at night. Breckenridge was the closest thing to heaven in August as I had ever experienced. Locals call it Breckenfridge for a reason.
Just so we are all on the same page, here is a break down of the seasons of Breckenridge, and how they fit into the months of the year. The town is situated in the mountains 9600 feet above sea level. The summit is 12,998 feet. Seasons are different here in a way this Southern girl could not even begin to comprehend until I experienced it for myself.
Winter, aka, ski season. This is mid-November through the end of March at our gloriously impressive elevation. Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski destinations not only in the United States but the world. I frequently ride chair lifts with people who live in Europe an hour’s train ride from the Alps who fly half way around the globe to ski Colorado powder. The town is both charming and hip, without the super fanciness of Aspen and Vail. Check out our Wintertime Things To Do page for a brief guide on what to do on your winter vacation in Breckenridge.
Spring, aka, late ski season and mud season. April-May. The Breckenridge Ski Resort pulls out all the stops in April, with bands playing and ski and snowboard competitions throughout the month. Folks around the country are on Spring break and Easter related vacations and many head to Breckenridge for a few final days on the mountain before it closes for the season. May is perfect for those who want a little peace and quiet and great deals on lodging and perhaps a few more days of skiing at A-Basin. Visit the Spring Things To Do page for more information about how best to enjoy a springtime vacation in Breckenridge.
Summer, aka, hiking season. June through August. Most hiking trails above 10,000 feet open around mid-June. People- there is a summer that exists here on this planet, in our very United States, where air conditioner is not required to sustain human life. I’m not even kidding. That summer exists in Breckenridge. Our home does not have air conditioner and you know what? We stay totally booked up. No one minds because it really isn’t necessary. Where I am from outdoor activity between 7 AM and 7 PM is inconceivable due to the heat and humidity. In Breckenridge people spend the days hiking, cycling, whitewater rafting, strolling the town, horseback riding, and generally enjoying this beautiful planet without any discomfort whatsoever to their person. It is a whole new world and I invite you to experience it. Visit our Summertime Things To Do page to help plan your Breckenridge summer vacation.
Fall, aka, festival season. September-October. At our elevation, peak foliage season is September. Golden hued Aspen trees fill the landscape and provide a dramatic backdrop for the many events throughout town, with a major festival or event happening almost every weekend. October is a great month to visit Breckenridge on a budget. Lodging is half off high ski season rates, and many great restaurants offer 2 for 1 deals to attract customers. Snow will definitely be happening in October but don’t be scared! Just bundle up and enjoy what many consider their own best-kept-secret: Fall in Breckenridge. Check out the Fall Things to Do page for more ideas for your autumn vacation in Breckenridge.
Once you have decided when you are going to vacation in Breckenridge, the next thing to do will be to decide where to hang your hat (or helmet and ski poles). Our Breckenridge vacation rental home is in a prime location- ski-in/ski-out via Lower Four O’Clock on Peak 8. This mountainside retreat is 4800 square feet and comfortably sleeps sixteen. The private outdoor jacuzzi is, in my humble opinion, the best place in town to Apres and almost as enjoyable a part of a ski vacation as time spent on the slopes. Click Here for more information on our vacation home, and to check availability and rates. We look forward to hearing from you!