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How to Ski Breckenridge Like a Local
Plan it right, and this Rocky Mountain resort makes an ideal weekend, thanks to a fun village and an exciting mountain. Here's where to eat, sleep, ski, and party. By Samantha Berman/SkiNet.com

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Why visit?

It’s worth celebrating when two great things come together. In the case of Breckenridge, it’s a wonderful, Victorian-tinged downtown and a varied, diverse mountain with something for all skiers. And the connective tissue is the BreckConnect gondola, which spans the nearly 7,600 feet between the base of Peak 8 and downtown Breck. Now that Peak 8 is reaching critical mass—with an all-season alpine coaster and several more lodgings and amenities planned in the coming years—it’s the place to stay to sample this sizable resort while maintaining a modicum of order. 

The best part: you can park the car and shelve the keys for the weekend. Because convenience and accessibility are two more great things worth celebrating.

Liam Doran

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Ski

It’s hard to tackle a mountain as big as Breck (2,358 acres across four peaks) without getting overwhelmed. With only a weekend’s worth of slopetime, stick close to Peak 8 and you’ll find everything you need. Peak 9 may have the most beginner terrain, but 8 is far less crowded. 

Newbies can master Rip’s Ride, working up to Chair 5 and greens like Swinger. Those looking for cruisers can ride the Colorado Superchair to blues such as Crescendo and Spruce. And experts: The Peak 8 express chairs feed into the T-Bar, which carries skiers to Contest, Horseshoe and Cucumber bowls—and beyond to the Imperial Superchair. Yes, 8 is enough after all. breckenridge. com

Liam Doran

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Stay

Before One Ski Hill Place opened in June, the base of Peak 8 was, well, rather dull. No longer: The 88-suite lodge has a two lane bowling alley, an aquatics center with two pools, a restaurant and lounge and by far the poshest rooms in town. 

In each studio to four-bedroom is a kitchen with Bosch appliances and granite counters, five-piece marble bathroom, wide-plank wood floors and a patio with a view of the slopes or the Continental Divide. Ski valets, boot warmers and ski-in/ ski-out access make the place far from dull for any avid skier. $282–$1,524; oneskihillplace.com

Jeff Scroggins

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Dine

A venture by the owners of popular hangout Downstairs at Eric’s, Modis opened in 2007 in an open, two-story space on Main Street. The menu has an air of bistro spliced with Asian and Mediterranean influences and a wine list, numbering 30 by the glass (modisbreck.com). 

A few paces down at Relish, chef Matt Fackler knows his regional ingredients—and it shows in dishes like braised rabbit ravioli and elk Milanese. relishbreckenridge.com

Jeff Scroggins

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Après

The T-Bar is new this season at the base of Peak 8, and it’s the spot to loosen your ski boots before heading down the Breck- Connect gondola for dinner in town. Full bar, 10 beers on tap, flatscreen plasmas. You get the idea. breckenridge.com

Everyone who dogsleds with Snow Caps gets to drive the team. But the best part is meeting the company’s 140 Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes on the kennel tour. Retired sled dogs are free for adoption to suitable homes. $70 per person; snowcapssleddogs.com

Leisa Gibson

How to Ski Breckenridge Like a Local

Plan it right, and this Rocky Mountain resort makes an ideal weekend, thanks to a fun village and an exciting mountain. Here's where to eat, sleep, ski, and party. By Samantha Berman/SkiNet.com

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