Breckenridge & Summit County Information
Rivers Edge Vacation Home provides useful information for their guests on best places to rent skis, get lift tickets, hike, snow shoe, eat out, shop, play as well as transportation options from the Airport.
We recommend this company for ski and board rentals. Blue River Sports is locally owned and is located across the street from Quicksilver lifts and the first stop on the Brown Line. They offer a 10% discount for booking online prior to arrival. Blue River provides excellent customer service and quality equipment. They don’t charge damage insurance fees and their tax rate is low. They offer 1 free day for every 5 days of rentals. Don’t procrastinate on reserving equipment during peak ski times as they will run out.
For regular multi-day passes for out-of-state visitors to ski at Breckenridge and Keystone, there aren’t any/many ways to purchase discounted tickets. My best recommendation is to purchase your pass online prior to your visit using Peaks discounts. Setup an account for your family and add each person in your group or family. You will accumulate points that can be used for free ski days on your next stay in Summit County.
If you plan to ski at Breck more a full week during the season, look at at Summit Value Pass or other season pass. http://www.breckenridge.com/plan-a-trip/season-passes/season-passes-explorer.aspx. These passes can be ordered starting in the Spring and before the end of November typically. Your pass will be mailed to your home – and you won’t have to go to the ticket office on your first ski day.
If you aren’t sure how many days you want to ski, buy the lesser package (i.e 4 of 6 days). If you decide you want to ski more days, you are able to upgrade to the higher number for the same price you would have paid online. You can only do this once during your stay. Confirm this as the rules change each year.
Copper Mountain’s website is www.coppercolorado.com .
If you need lessons, check out the combined lift/lesson packages and buy one less day of lift tickets on your lift purchase. The lesson is only about $30 more than the price of a full day lift ticket. You can buy these in advance or at the base of the slopes. This only applies to Beginner lessons.
Here are some guidelines for families coming for a ski vacation that will reduce your stress on the first day or two – based on 10 years of bringing our teens and young adults.
- Research various options for lift tickets, ski school and equipment rentals well in advance. There are plenty of ski trails for all levels of skiers in Breckenridge with no need to travel to other Summit resorts during a week.
- Purchase ski passes or Peaks lift tickets in advance. Consider lift ticket/lesson combo for 1 or 2 half days for beginners. Reserve equipment in advance with Blue Rivers Sports. Get helmets for everyone – kids and adults, skiers and boarders.
- Pickup your rental equipment on the day you arrive in Breckenridge – most shops stay open late. Skiers can check their skis at night with Blue River Sports.
- If you have not already done so, make reservations for ski school and purchase lessons (at Ski School office near Maggie Pond at Peak 9). Figure out where to meet instructors for ski school.
- Figure out the free shuttle route from Trafalgar Bus stop near our house to the Peak you want to start from. We typically start out at Peak 9. To get back to the house, you pickup the Brown bus in front of the Coffee Depot on Main Street.
- Consider having one adult drop off the kids and other adults at Peak 9 on the first day. Don’t bother parking in town – you will walk further from parking lot to the lifts than you will walk from the house to the bus stop.
- Load up snacks, water, sun screen and chapstick.
- If you need any cold weather gear or equipment, check out the many thrift stores in Summit County as well as Walmart, outlets in Silverthorne or any of the retail shops on Main Street.
Breckenridge Visitor Information
Information for International guests
From Denver Airport you have several options:
Single rate door to door lowest rates I’ve seen are $60 per person each way.
Single rate DIA to Breck transfer station are as low as $44 per person each way.
- Summit Expres http://www.summitexpress.com
- Fresh Tracks Transportation http://www.freshtrackstransportation.com
- Colorado Mountain Express www.ridecme.com
- Breckenridge Shuttle http://www.breckenridgeshuttle.com (most expensive)
- Powder Hound http://www.ridethepowder.com
- Peak1 express http://www.mountainshuttle.com
For reasonably priced one-way or round-trip door-to-door transportation between all the resorts in Summit and Eagle counties (Breck, Keystone, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creak etc.) callwww.FreshTracksTransportation.com at 970-453-4052. Free bus service between Summit County ski resorts via Summit Stage.
If you plan to rent a car at the Denver airport make your reservations as soon as possible. Especially in winter when you need an SUV or 4WD, the weekly rates can be quite high. Before you arrive, be sure to signup for the rental company’s preferred status so that you don’t have to wait in line to pickup your vehicle (this can add another hour’s delay in getting to the house!). We don’t recommend using Fox even though they are cheaper than the other companies.
Arrive as early in the day as possible during winter/snow months so that you are driving into the mountains during daylight. We live in Florida and driving through the pass at night in a blizzard is a white knuckle event for me! Check-in time at the house is 3pm and plan on 2 hrs of travel time from car rhea office to the house with stop for quick lunch.
The Breckenridge Free Ride provides transportation throughout the town of Breckenridge. The free ride takes you anywhere in the town of Breckenridge and to the ski mountain on half-hour intervals (more often during morning and afternoon during ski season). In the Summer it comes every sixty minutes.
We are the Trafalger stop on the Brown Line. Brown Line Schedule:http://www.breckfreeride.com/index.aspx?page=763
Also you can text BFR 158 to 41411 to get arrival time of the next bus at Trafalgar bus stop.
Or visit www.breckbus.com to see where the Brown Bus is.
Summit Stage is the free bus that travels between various points in Summit County.http://www.summitstage.com/pdf/Current.pdf
Parking in Breckenridge
The Town of Breckenridge instituted paid street parking in December of 2016 which runs from 10:00am to 8:00pm. There are some paid parking lots and some free ones, depending on the time of year.
For more info on parking visit this site http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/work/parking-community-service/parking.
Walking to Town from Rivers Edge
It is about a 15 minute walk to town from the house. You can follow Broken Lance and walk into the back of Maggie Pond area on a gravel path next to the Marriott. Or take Broken Lance to Main Street and turn left. The most pleasant walk is along the Warriors Mark Trail along the river in the Summer. Take a left on Broken Lance at the neighborhood entrance, take a right on Tomahawk which meets up with Broken Lance again. Across the street from the house on corner with the beautiful flowers is an entrance to Preserves neighborhood. The trail starts to the right of the fountain. It is a pleasant easy walk in the woods along the river all the way to town.
Breckenridge Visitors Center: www.gobreck.com
Punch passes available as well as daily and weekly rates for visitors. Pool, classes, tennis courts, basketball and racquetball, gym equipment, indoor walking track.
The Town of Breckenridge offers a variety of recreation activities for all ages and interests. If you’re looking for something fun to do during your trip to Breckenridge, try one of our recommendations below:
- Hanging with the Kids
- Hanging with Fido
- Rock Climbing
- Ice Skating
- Special Events
- Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
A fun evening activity is a cooking class at CMC. The college offers great one night classes at their Breckenridge campus throughout the year. They are hands-on classes for up to 12 people. After the cooking is done, everyone sits down for a delicious meal. Costs are about $44 per person.
Food & Dining
Based on personal experience of our family and guests.
- Blue River Bistro – happy hour 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to Midnight, live Jazz and Blues 5pm to 10pm on Sun – Thu;
- The Warming Hut on Main Street
- Relish – Main street
- South Ridge Seafood Grill – now on Main Street
- Hearthstone (happy hour specials 5pm to 7pm)
- Briar Rose Chophouse and Saloon (fine dining and bar service – great tapas/small plates)
- Modis – main street
- Salt Creek Steakhouse on Lincoln Avenue
- Mi Casa – Mexican
- Fatty’s Pizza – Ridge street; great specials. This is more than a bar and pizza joint.
- Extreme Pizza
- Downstairs at Erics – pizza and arcade on Main Street
- Rita’s Margs & Taco Bar – great happy hour specials on tacos and burritos if you are on a budget
- Park & Main
- Stellas – Food Truck on Main Street
- Bangkok Happy Bowl – new place on Main Street. Sushi and Thai food
- Breckenridge Brewery – beer and good pub food
- Empire Burger – La Cima Mall
- The Flipside- gourmet hamburgers
- Miz Suppa – soup, salads and bread; next to City Market
- Bagalis – Italian
- Silverheels Bar and Grill
- Cafe Pro Fusion – a gourmet hole in the wall serving gluten free curry dishes in Dillon
- City Market Breckenridge – At entrance to town in shopping/strip mall. We keep discount cards on the bulletin board at the house. They don’t sell alcohol – there is a package store near the grocery store which and they are closed on Sunday’s.
- Breckenridge Market and Liquor Store – small organic grocery on Ridge Street near the Post Office.
- Frisco has a Safeway, a Walmart (not a Super Walmart), City Market, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers
- Dillon has a City Market and a Super Target
Professional Private Chefs
If you would like to hire someone to come in and cook meals for your family here are some local resources.
Executive Chef Kevin McCombs – www.housecuredculinary.com
Ian Buchanan – http://open2theworld.com/services/
Breckenridge Private Chefs – www.breckenridgeprivatechefs.com