- On January 31, 2018
We encourage advisors to take a vacation business trip to Breckenridge to visit Advisorbox anytime of the year. We typically get 300 days of sunshine & 300 inches of snow. It’s a lot easier to write off a skiing or fly-fishing trip when there is a legitimate business purpose involved. J
If you are coming to Breckenridge for a ski trip this winter or spring, we have a few tips to share to make your trip more enjoyable. In addition to these tips, we would be happy to give you our “local concierge” suggestions and recommendations for just about anything and everything like lodging, restaurants, bars, massages, rentals, lift tickets, mountains to explore, ski resort insider tips, snowmobiling, , tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, off-road, Dillon lake fun, camping, fishing spots and guides, when and where reservations are needed, etc.
We are so committed to client service and relationships we will leave the office to take a few ski runs with advisors. It is a sacrifice we are willing to make for our advisor clients, especially on a powder day.
Winter Trip Tips
Adjusting to Altitude
Breckenridge’s elevation just in town is 9,600 feet above sea level. Allowing us to have the highest elevation movie theatre, distillery, pizza restaurant (and so on and so on) in North America. The uppermost elevation at the top of the Breckenridge ski resort is 12,998 feet above sea level.
- For some people, going from low altitudes to high altitudes within a short time frame and experiencing less air intake per breath than what the body is accustomed and conditioned, can cause altitude sickness.
- While most “flatlanders” who visit these elevations adjust well there always seems to be one in the group or family that gets hit with it.
- Altitude sickness can be severe for some, while others may feel nothing at all – it is a random affliction and has nothing to do with how in shape you are – some people are affected by it, and some aren’t.
- It typically takes 2-3 days for your body to adjust to altitude fully.
- The most common mistake if prone to altitude sickness is to eat a big dinner and drink lots of alcohol your first night here.
Suggestions for avoiding altitude sickness:
- If you have the time, spend a night in Denver to give your body time to acclimate. Denver is only a mile high while Breck is closer to two miles high.
- Do drink lots of water and don’t drink lots of alcohol your first night or two.
- Get a prescription for Diamox. Diamox is incredibly successful at fighting the effects of Altitude sickness, and your doctor can prescribe it knowing you will be visiting these altitudes.
- Do not eat after 6:00 pm and your last meal of the day on the first day should be pasta. Your body needs time to digest before sleeping, and your REM sleep will not occur with a full stomach. Carbohydrates are the perfect food for your body to recover during rest and provide fuel for your next day.
- Get oxygen. There is an oxygen bar downtown, and yes we do mean that. There are also several mobile doctors that can provide oxygen for those who are having a difficult time adjusting.
- The phrase around here is we have 300 days of Sunshine & 300 inches of Snow.
- Breckenridge is also fondly known sometimes as “BreckenFridge” and “BreckenWind.”
- It’s not as cold here however as you may think. We typically have very low humidity so you may even find our “dry air cold” easier to deal with than the winter cold in areas of the country with humidity.
- Remember that sunscreen is even more critical when you are two miles closer to the sun.
- There isn’t bad weather just bad gear. Dress in layers, come prepared with the right clothing. If you need better or updated apparel and gear, there are a few dozen shops here willing to sell it to you.
Restaurants and food
- The town of Breckenridge is only 7 miles long and 2 miles wide, yet it’s currently home to 76 restaurants and bars.
- We will be happy to assist you with the specific recommendations as well as clue you into some of the lesser-known local watering holes.
- With the sole exception of a Subway, there are no national chain restaurants in Breckenridge.
- Every cuisine imaginable is available in town from Sushi to BBQ, and we are also home to some of the best Pizza west of Brooklyn, even with the pizza dough made at this altitude.
- If you are going to be cooking your food while here we suggest you stop at one of the grocery stores or Walmart in Frisco on the way in. Frisco is right off the highway exit and 9 miles from Breckenridge. Prices are much lower there then in Breckenridge.
- Once in Breckenridge, for most, there is very little need for a car. When booking lodging ask about access to the free local bus system. Buses run everywhere all of the time here for tourist and locals to hop on and off easily.
- Beyond the extensive free bus system, Breckenridge is one of 3 test towns for Uber Ski which are merely ski racked four-wheel drive chauffers. For most lodging options in town, most everything is within walking distance.
- Breck is unique in that a free Gondola goes from town right up to the base of the mountain.
- There are multiple shuttles available from Denver airport to wherever you are staying – they are wifi loaded and not a bad experience having someone else do the driving.
- If you land and grab your shuttle before 2:00 pm so you can take in one of the most scenic rides in the state as you make your way to Summit County.
- We get asked about this a lot. You most likely won’t see anyone toking on anything while you’re here.
- Much to some visitor’s surprise, there is not a thick haze of smoke covering Colorado as a result of legalization. Breckenridge is a family-centric town – your kids will be safe here.
- If you see someone smoking pot in public, they are a tourist.
- There are no dispensaries in downtown or at the ski bases. All of the dispensaries are side by side about two miles from downtown on what we call Dispensary Row which is to Cannabis Connoisseurs what Rodeo Drive is to the Rich & Famous.
- If you want to “tour” a dispensary, make sure you bring a driver’s license. Even if you look (and perhaps are) three times older than the minimum age, you will have to show your license, typically twice, to get in.
- These are also all cash businesses, no checks or credit cards.
- No tips for you in this department just a warning: do not attempt to mail anything or bring anything back on the plane.
- Please be responsible.
- Helmets are a must when skiing. If you see anyone on the mountain without a helmet you know they are a tourist, and not a very smart one.
- Sadly, every year Colorado’s ski resorts suffer preventable fatalities that could be avoided by wearing a helmet. Not wearing a helmet is considered disrespectful to the mountain.
- Please do not wear your favorite NFL football team’s jersey as skiing attire if you are not a Denver Broncos fan.
- Please, please, please do not wear jeans on the slopes, do we need to even explain?
- Speaking of attire if you don’t have appropriate ski apparel. Have no fear you can buy and even rent ski clothes in Breckenridge.
Not A Skier/Snowboarder?
- For family members who would just rather be in the presence of these beautiful mountains than actually skiing down one, do not fear, there is plenty of other things to do as well.
- Breckenridge offers so much more than just the slopes.
- There are many other activities to enjoy like snowshoeing, ice skating, art classes, sleigh rides, winter hiking, fat tire biking, yoga, indoor rock climbing, fly fishing (yes, you can still fish in some places here in the winter) and dog sledding. And all of this is just in town; there are more options within Summit County.
- The shopping options in Breckenridge are extensive and varied. Think Aspen with more altitude and less attitude.
- If you don’t know what one is, then you are likely one of them.
- A gaper is a skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless in regards to ways of the mountain.
- This post in part is our attempt to help you avoid gaper status.
- Gapers are usually distinguished by their bright colored clothing or jeans, as well as sports jerseys as their ‘outer layer,’ wearing their hunting overalls from deer season, and not wearing a helmet or wearing a helmet with a crazy helmet covering.
- They have a “Gaper Gap,” this is the gap between their goggles & their helmet.
- Gapers also do the “Gaper Tuck” which is an attempt at being a ski racer by tucking, however, it is done incorrectly with their poles sticking straight up like thunderbolts out of their ass and witnessing this is very, very frightening to locals!
- Gapers also often ski beyond their limits and can often be found where they do not belong like in the Snowboard-Ski Park where the big jumps and rails are screaming to their friends, “Hey Watch This!!!…”
- Newbies need them, and they should be required!
- You get to skip the lines with either group or private lessons.
- Even if you consider yourself an expert, consider getting a private lesson the first day to show you around the local spots on the mountain, some of which you’d never find without a guide. Or, we would be willing to make the sacrifice and take off from work to show you ourselves.
Lifties (aka Ticket Scanners)
- Yes, virtually every young adult scanning your passes in lift lines has their college degree, works three jobs, has four roommates, and skis/snowboards every day.
- Pay attention to their name tags and see where they are from, the geographical diversity amongst the mountain employees is remarkable.
- The lure of working for the mountain is obviously a free ski pass but also the sweet Healy Hansen ski gear that they get to wear and keep after the season.
- It has been reported that you too can get a Breckenridge employee baseball cap for your collection if you name the right price…last reported sale was $50.
Let’s Go Skiing!
Posted by Greg Noble
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