Colorado's Breckenridge Winter Resort on a Budget


Since the early 1960s, the small, picture-postcard town of Breckenridge - about 90 minutes southwest of Denver, with affordable transport options including the Epic Mountain Express - has been a magnet for its skiing and winter sports. But although "Breck" like other winter resorts of the USA's Rocky Mountains can be notoriously pricey, it doesn't have to be!

When to Go

Breckenridge is far from just a winter destination, but its at its peak in winter when skiers and snowboarders come flocking. The winter sports season starts from mid-November and lasts till mid-April. However, a lot depends on the snowfall, and the best time visit is toward the end of January and beginning of February. Avoid the weekends to avoid crowds and heavy rush as well as expenses. Try not to visit the w town when it is a holiday or during New Year’s, Christmas, spring break or Presidents Day, as both crowds and prices tend to spike dramatically.

Where to Stay

High season inevitably means mostly high prices, of course. But even at the height of ski/snowboarding season, there are budget options such as motels in the neighborhood of $100 a night (just be sure to book as far in advance as possible!). You're likely to find the best balance of comfort, amenities, and price at Breckenridge house rentals, some at the base of the mountain and even with perks including hot tubs and saunas.

Where to Eat

There are a few Breckenridge restaurants that serve great meals and are very affordable. For example, Mi Casa is very popular among skiers and boarders, and one can enjoy a hearty Mexican meal here for about $5-$6. Enjoy great coffee and a delicious pastry in the morning at the Clint’s Bakery and Coffee House. And Empire Burger is a great option for inexpensive burgers, shakes, comfort food and drinks.

Inexpensive Things to Do

Keep an eye on the timing as timing is everything. Here are some ways you can bring down the cost of your trip.

  • Carter Park offers the excitement of the mountains for free. Have some fun at the sledding hill and open can always buy cheap sleds at any grocery store in Breckenridge. It is great fun for the whole family to spend an afternoon in the mountains sledding down the hills.
  • The daily admission in the indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks and daily is very affordable, just about $6.
  • Explore the free museums throughout town to learn about the history in Breckenridge. Visit the Barney Ford House Museum and the Edwin Carter Museum, which are free and must-see.
  • Head towards the Nordic Center for country skiing and snowshoeing at only $20 and you also get equipment rentals and trail use. If you don’t want to rent out, you can simply find some great ski masks here. This is a great and inexpensive way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and is a grand bargain.
  • The theater productions in Breckenridge showcase the local talent that is quite impressive and is at incredibly reasonable prices. The Backstage Theater has plenty of shows going on.
  • If planning to do skiing and snowboarding this winter, look out for special deals and multi-day ski passes to bring down costs. The earlier you start looking, the better the deals. You can get great discounts when you book online and in advance.
  • Hiking and visiting state parks is free, so get out there and enjoy the great weather and outdoors. Breckenridge is an awesome place to as they have free trolleys that will take you all over downtown.
  • The restaurant bill can get pretty expensive and one should always take advantage of happy-hour deals. Also, it's a good idea to carry some food along whoever on an outdoor activity. Pack a sandwich with you whenever hiking or skiing. You not only save money but can have your food whenever you want. This is because food can get very expensive up here in the mountains.

There is no need to break your bank when on holiday. Just keep the above tips and guidelines when on holiday to Breckenridge as there are plenty of activities here that can be enjoyed for free or at minimal costs. You could go for sledding, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, rides, museum & art tours which are very reasonably priced options.