Hotel at a Glance: Mountain Thunder Lodge
This rustic wood lodge stands amid pine-studded mountains, just a short stroll from former gold-rush haunts in downtown Breckenridge. In cooler months, a gondola can ferry you up to Breckenridge Ski Resort. Year-round, guests can hop on the lodge's free shuttle to quickly reach Breckenridge attractions or visit the nearby One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort to go bowling, unwind in a sauna, or warm up around an outdoor fire pit.
- Distance from downtown Breckenridge: two blocks
- Fireplaces and full kitchens make each condo and town home feel inviting.
- Towering pine trees surround the heated outdoor pool, which is open year-round; outdoor jacuzzis are also available.
- Recent awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, ranked as #1 hotel in Breckenridge by TripAdvisor
Breckenridge, Colorado: Charming Mountain Town with World-Class Skiing
Like many villages in the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge began as a mining boomtown when gold was found there in 1859. Brothels and saloons soon popped up to accommodate miners. A century later, faced with a dwindling population, Breckenridge reinvented itself as a ski destination. Today, Breck is among the top ski towns in Colorado, along with renowned resorts such as Vail and Aspen.
The slopes are officially open for the winter season November 7. Breckenridge Ski Resort has access to 146 trails and 25 acres of terrain parks. Take a ride on the Imperial Express chairlift, the highest of its kind in North America at a staggering 12,840 feet.
If you’re visiting before ski season, there’s still plenty to do. Head to downtown Breckenridge, where the quaint Main Street is lined with carefully preserved Victorian-era buildings that now house art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. You can also check out Breckenridge Kayak Park, where novices and pros alike maneuver boats through a series of raging rapids.