Hotel at a Glance: Village at Breckenridge Resort
On Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 9, a slew of intermediate blue trails zigzag down the mountain. At the mountain's base lies The Village at Breckenridge Resort, which is within walking distance of the chairlifts and a half-block from the shops and restaurants on Main Street. The hotel is equipped with heated underground parking and a sports shop where you can rent equipment for spending a long day on the mountain.
- In-room amenities: Studio and one-bedroom condos have full kitchens, and one-bedroom units feature fireplaces and balconies.
- Enjoy apres-ski drinks and dinner at the Park Avenue Pub, which also serves lunch on weekends
- Take a soak in the outdoor hot tub.
- Breakfast skillets and coffee are available at The Maggie, an eatery that's only open in the winter.
Breckenridge, Colorado: Former Mining Town Turned Ski Destination
Like many Colorado towns, Breckenridge first earned its spot on the map as a prosperous mining town in the mid-19th century. Breckenridge remained prosperous longer than many of its neighbors. It was here, in fact, that miners found the largest gold nugget ever to be unearthed in Colorado. The 13.5-pound behemoth, known as "Tom's Baby," is currently on display at the Colorado History Museum in Denver.
When the mines dried up, in came the ski resorts. Breckenridge Ski Resort, which opened in 1961, today encompasses five peaks and nearly 3,000 skiable acres. Thrill-seekers can ride North America's highest elevation chairlift, the Imperial Express, to access the alpine bowls. Four terrain parks, each suited to a different skill level, offer snowboarders a chance to hone their skills.