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Airport Shuttle Services

Most airports are +/-100 miles away and it will generally take approximately 1.75 hours to get to Breckenridge. Traffic and weather however can add on average an additional half hour of drive time if you are traveling on a weekend to Breckenridge before 9am or from Breckenridge between 2 and 6pm. Take this into consideration when making your plans.

From Denver International Airport:Colorado Mountain Express Call 800-334-7433.

From Colorado Springs:Colorado Shuttle Call 877-587-3456.

From Vail:Vail Coach Call 877-554-7433.

Here is a Guide to Getting Around Breckenridge

Learn where and when to park, the best times to travel I-70, alternative transportation options and more when you click this link Guide to Getting Around Breckenridge

Additional Overnight Parking

Click on the link for information about Parking Permits for overnight parking in the event you have more cars than permits.

Child Care/Baby Item Rentals

The Village Children’s Center (888)LRN-2SKI

Beaver Run Child Care (888)576-2754

Mountain Sitters Call (970)477-0024

Resort Sitters Call(970)513-4445

Baby’s Away (970)668-1571

Ski Lessons

888-LRN-2SKI

Travel Insurance

www.TravelGuard.com

Important Numbers

Colorado Road Conditions (877)315-7623

Summit County Road and Weather (970)668-1090

Discounts Lift Tickets

Breckenridge wants the best piece of the action and therefore for the past few years, I haven’t found better deals for lift tickets than what you can buy online in advance on their own website at www.snow.com. They offer better deals for multi-day tickets and if you sign up for a Peaks Card, you can earn points to use toward future trips. Look for a SMART PASS. The next best option is to stop in Frisco at the SAFEWAY grocery store on Highway 9 or any other SAFEWAY in Colorado. They also sell multi-day tickets for just $4-$5 more per day and you don’t have to worry about advance purchases. Finally, some ski rental shops offer discounted tickets so check with them as well.

Discount Ski/Board Rentals

The rule of thumb here is the further you are from the slopes, the cheaper your rental costs. Renting in Frisco is generally cheaper than renting in Breckenridge and renting at the lifts will cost the most. If you rent equipment that doesn’t fit right, or perhaps performs poorly, it is more difficult to exchange the further you are from the slopes.

If price is your biggest determining factor, I recommend renting at www.KingdomSports.com (970) 452-6331 in the Summit Ridge Center (next to AM Services if you are renting the Peak 9 Inn Unit and need to pick up keys) on the most southern side of town. They will likely be your cheapest in town rentals…in fact, if their policies are the same this season as they have been in the past, they guarantee the lowest prices.

The next best bet is www.CharterSports.com located in the Marriot building on the east side of Maggie Pond. This one is within walking distance from the lifts and there are usually half price coupons at the Visitor’s Center in town.

Another great option that many of my customers have had great reviews about is across the street from Peak 9 Inn at www.BaseMountainSports.com.  They offer great prices and quality skis as well as allow free ski storage overnight.

Finally, if convenience is your preference, in both the Peak 9 Inn and Beaver Run buildings there is Breckenridge Sports. At Peak 9 Inn the number is (970)453-3000 and at Beaver Run it is 800-544-6648. You can get a discount by booking with them in advance online at www.rentskis.com. Breckenridge Sports is used if you plan to take lessons of any kind with rental equipment included. Usually there is a GREAT deal on rentals if you do take a lesson so be sure to get a package deal.

Location/Area

MAGGIE POND
Next to the Village at Breckenridge is Maggie Pond – an outdoor ice rink in the winter and a place for paddle boats and concerts in the summer. Also at Maggie Pond, the downtown shopping begins with restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, jewelry stores, recreational equipment rentals and so much more!

SHUTTLE SERVICES
The town offers free shuttle services throughout with a stop in front of each of our condos. Near the gondola sits the main shuttle station with Summit Stage connections to free shuttle services to other resorts such as Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain. Don’t forget to ride the old fashion trolley up and down Main Street too.

GROCERIES
There is a small local grocery store on Ridge Street – just one block east of Main Street. You can also take the bus or walk about 35 minutes to a larger City Market grocery store on the north end of town.

ICE SKATING
There are three ice skating rinks in Breckenridge. One is located at the Breckenridge Recreation Center where you can also find a rock climbing wall, racquet ball, tennis courts, basketball courts, two huge pools – one with a large slide and fountain (great for small children), weight rooms, exercise rooms and more. The other iceskating spot Stephen C. Ice Arena, is just four blocks to the east of us and there is an indoor and an outdoor rink to enjoy. Maggie Pond offers outdoor skating later in each season.

SLEDDING
A perfect sledding hill for all ages is located at Carter Park behind the local elementary school – it is about a 15 minute walk. Sleds are provided in each condo.

BIKING
There are over 50 miles of bike trails throughout Summit County that start just a few blocks away and can take you all the way to Vail.

HIKING
Hiking Trails are just up the slope of the resort as it backs to National Forest. There are several others throughout Summit County.

BOATING
Breckenridge is about a 20 minute drive to the Frisco Bay Marina of Dillon Reservoir where boats, kayaks and canoes can all be rented.

We strongly encourage a visit to the local Visitor’s Center. Set up like a museum, they can give you advice and maps of bike trails, hiking trails and much more.

Restaurant Recommendations

BREAKFAST
If a hearty breakfast is what you are looking for, The Columbine Cafe is quaint and delicious.

The Blue Moon is another great choice right near the corner of Park Ave and Main Street.

ROMANTIC
Our favorite romantic restaurant is The Swiss Haven – plan to spend hours enjoying wonderful fondue! Reservations are required.

FAMILY/SPORTS
Across from The Columbine Cafe is our favorite family restaurant, Downstairs at Eric’s…salads, burgers and pizza are all fabulous and the kids are amused with video games galore. This one is particularly popular when a good game is on so plan for a crowd.

Another great burger place is Empire Burger – all organic meats!

MEXICAN
MiCasa is right across the street from Peak 9 Inn on South Park Avenue and has a nice atmosphere and good Mexican food.

PIZZA
Finally, a local’s pizza favorite is Windy City Pizza located a few doors down from City Market.

We are also happy to answer any other questions you may have about Breckenridge – we would love to do business with you!