Need a break from the ski hill but still want to enjoy the outdoors? Breckenridge has trails for every season! You can expect to find a variety of routes, inclines, traffic and all of the above. So bust out the winter boots and check out our list of go-to trails to hike this winter.
Traffic Rating: Moderate
Carter Park is a hit all year long. The famous tubing hill is located at the park as well as the dog park. However, just beyond the tubing hill is a great hiking trail for you and even your furry ones! Normally known for its downhill biking, this trail transforms into the perfect hiking trail in the winter. Take the ridge back for a more mild incline or brave the steps directly to the top of the hill and continue on the venture to one of these connecting trails!
a.) Moonstone Trail
Traffic Rating: Minimal
This trail has a steady, very mild incline throughout the path and is about 2 miles long. The full hike takes a round trip of about an hour. This trail is very packed out so any warm snow shoe will do!
b.) Hermit Placer Trail
Traffic Rating: Moderate
From the top of Carter Park take Hermit Placer trail for a shorter less intense, second half of a hike. This trail is flat and connects to Jacks Cruel Joke.
c.) Jacks Cruel Joke
Traffic Rating: Moderate
Connect to Jacks Cruel Joke from Hermit Placer for a longer trail. This trail has a harsh grade so make sure you have good traction on your winter boots.
Blue River Bike Way
Traffic Rating: Moderate
This path is most known in the summer for an easy biking trail for the entire family. Nonetheless, in the winter the trail is free of bikers and stands as a great, easy trail to walk in the winter. Go as far as Frisco if you are feeling adventurous or stroll down the path parallel to the Blue River for a tranquil hike. A great place to start this trail is to park on main street and walk along the trail to as far you would like to go.
Illinois Creek Trail
Traffic Rating: minimal
This hidden trail starts at the bottom of the Ice skating Rink parking lot (on the far end). This is a great scenic trail through the trees. There are parts of incline however, this trail is ranked as a moderate incline trail. Make sure to dress warm, this trail is hidden in the shade for the most part. Take the trail all the way to Aspen Alley and overlook the mountain scenery from the top!
Traffic Rating: High
The trail to the top! Boreas Pass is a great hike to explore in the winter. This trails hikes all the way up the peaks on the other side of town. As stated in the name, Boreas Pass is also a road during the summer which makes a great packed out trail to hike in the winter. The endless valleys and mountains surrounding this hike offer an endless array of scenery.
Whether you are taking a day off the ski hill, looking for a new adventure, or are just aching to get outside, these popular Breckenridge hikes are sure to get your legs moving.
Why Visit Breck in March?
March brings enough snippets of warmer weather to make the trek to Breckenridge worth it. Averaging a high of 40 degrees and averaging about 2 feet of fresh snow, you’re bound to catch your spring skiing or your well-deserved powder day; probably both!
Typically deemed the month for Spring Fever, Breck has put a different twist on what that means this year. With no big end of season concert, the town will still be buzzing with activities and things-to-do. Great dining deals, dog sledding tours, wine blending and the “Totally Awesome Ski Town 80’s USA – A Party Musical” playing at the Backstage Theatre. Plus, don’t forget to check out what’s happening at Breck Create.
Great lodging deals
Ah, the part you have been waiting for. Where should you stay in Breck while you are here? We recommend checking out the new Grand Colorado on Peak 8 (Tip: Sign up for a 2hr preview tour and you can get an even BETTER deal).
Also – keep your eye out for great deals happening at Grand Timber Lodge. Offering ski-in/ski-out lodging, great amenities package and typically up to 50% off rooms!
Weekends get busy. A lot of places in town around this time will offer deals for coming during the weekday. Surprise a loved one with a mid-week trip to Breck (couples massage at Inifinty Spa, anyone?) If you can take the time off during the week, we say do it!
Breckenridge is now paid parking! Download the Passport app to make sure you don’t get a ticket. You can add time right from your mobile device.
No car? No problem. Take a bus or shuttle. This option is totally free to you (even better, right?).
We look forward to seeing you in March!
The days start to warm up and bluebird skies abound. Springtime in Summit County is more than just a season – it’s all about the experience. Skiers and snowboarders in funny costumes and even swimsuits shred some powder and lounge on slopeside decks during the snowiest and most relaxed time of the season. It’s like being on the beach, but instead of the heat, there’s crisp mountain air and toasty sun rays. This combination of deep snow, sunshine and fun events is unbeatable. Check out our list of favorite spring experiences in Summit County!
Head to The Beach
The Beach, Arapahoe Basin
The Early Riser parking lot at ABasin (as the locals call it) is home to the quintessential Summit County spring experience: The Beach. Bring your cooler, grill and refreshments and enjoy a slopeside meal while making turns on fresh snow. The place is popular and fills up fast, so reservations are a must. Each spot comes with a picnic table and parking for two vehicles.
Soak up the sun on a deck
Robbie’s Tavern at the Bergenhof, Breckenridge
What better way to go local than to check out the only locally owned and operated restaurant on the mountain? Right at the base of Peak 8, Robbie’s Tavern panoramic deck has become the new local’s spot to fill up on vitamin D and modern comfort food while you watch all the action on the mountain. But don’t let the word “local” intimidate you – there’s room for everyone! Offering the best view in town, the restaurant is open for breakfast on weekends, and for lunch, happy hour and dinner daily, and it has a great selection of craft beer and yummy cocktails. Ski season hours: Monday-Friday, from 11:00 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Try pond skimming
No spring experience on the mountains would be complete without pond skimming. A tradition to welcome the arrival of spring, it consists of attempting to ski across a small pond filled with very cold water. Silly costumes are highly recommended, and you can win prizes and giveaways for your pond-skimming skills, creative outfit, or for simply being there supporting the most adventurous.
April 8 – Slush Cup, Keystone
April 14 – Red Bull SlopeSoakers, Copper Mountain
April 22 – Breck Plunge, Breckenridge
Shake it with some tunes
Another Summit County spring tradition, Copper Mountain hosts big acts during their end of the season bash Sunsation. Concerts are free, and in previous years had names such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Susan Tedeschi, Beastie Boys’ Mix Master Mike and Ozomatli. If you’re bringing your kiddos, head out to Keystone for a week-long musical celebration for the whole family. Kidtopia Music Experience is a free event that features parades, fireworks, dance parties, family movie night and game time, meet and greet with avalanche rescue dogs and… have I mentioned ice cream party?
Keystone’s Kidtopia Music Experience – March 2-10
Copper Mountain’s Sunsation – April 14-15
So come check out all these activities and events and experience spring like a local in Breckenridge! For great lodging deals, visit breckenridgediscountlodging.com.