Local Beta: The Best of Breckenridge, just in time for Dew Tour

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Good old Breckenridge. You’ve heard of it, you’ve seen epic photos, and you might have even crashed on a few couches in pursuit of a weekend of shredding its peaks. But do you actually know Breck? That’s where we come in. A few solid stats, plus an inside look at where the locals eat, drink, and ride; we’re here to introduce you to Breck, behind the scenes.

Mountain Stats:

  • Total lifts: 33
  • Elevation: 9,600 ft. at the base, 12,998 ft. at the summit
  • Number of trails: 187
  • Operating since: December 16, 1961

With the Dew Tour coming up this weekend, snowboard fiends and fans will be infiltrating the streets and slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado. For those unfamiliar with this wonderful little mountain town, we’ve hit up the locals to give insight as to how you can make a weekend in Breck as killer as possible. Born and bred Breck shredders Jake & Zack Black were kind enough to share a few of their favorite things; here’s your hit list, the “Best of Breck,” according to those who live it:

Bar:

Jake: Angel’s Hollow

Zack: Brooklyn’s Tavern

Editor’s pick: Angel’s Hollow – killer atmosphere plus the couple who run it are super friendly; it’s a guaranteed great time!

Restaurant:

Jake: Angel’s Hollow

Zack: Empire Burger

Editor’s pick: Blue River Bistro

Breakfast:

Jake: Amazing Grace

Zack: Amazing Grace

Editor’s pick: Daylight Donuts or Clint’s Bakery & Cafe

Hangover cure:

Jake: The breakfast burrito at Amazing Grace

Zack: Juevos Rancheros at Daylight Donuts

Editor’s pick: Anything from Clint’s!

Dance party location:

Jake: I can tear up any dance floor…

Zack: Liquid Lounge

Editor’s pick: Cecilia’s

Local event:

Jake: Throwback Throwdown

Zack: Throwback Throwdown

Editor’s pick: It’s a hat trick for the Throwdown- nothing quite like rallying a hand-dug pipe with a prime time hand-plant contest…

Beer:

Jake: Southridge Seafood

Zack: Ollie’s

Editor’s pick: Breck Brewery

Coffee:

Jake: Cuppa Joe

Zack: Cuppa Joe

Editor’s pick: The Crown

Powder run:

Jake: Lake Chutes

Zack: Windows

Editor’s pick: Peak 6 is going to rule once it opens…

Groomer:

Jake: I can’t wait for Peak 6 to open — I’ve been hiking to that area for years!

Zack: Crystal

Editor’s pick: Spruce

Happy Hour:

Jake: Mi Casa or Twist

Zack: Eric’s

Editor’s Pick: Mi Casa- $1 tacos plus free nachos? Sold.

Way to spend a down day:

Jake: In the darkroom

Zack: Playing scrabble with Kaitlyn [Farrington] at Cuppa Joe

Editor’s pick: It’s  toss up between heading to the Rec Center- hellooo climbing wall… and day drinking. Bloody Marys never suck.

Early season riding, or spring sessions?

Jake: Spring

Zack: Spring

Editor’s pick: Spring, hands down

And now, time for a quick history lesson…

Breckenridge Mountain History

  • December 16, 1961: Breckenridge Ski Area Officially opens
  • 1971: Peak 9 opens with two double chairs and 12 trails.
  • 1981: Breck installs the world’s first high-speed quad chairlift on Peak 9
  • 1984: Breck became Colorado’s first major resort to allow snowboarding
  • 1985: The world’s first Snowboarding World Cup is held at Peak 10
  • Present: Breck just recently opened Peak 6, which adds 543 acres of new terrain to the resort, a 23% increase in the resort’s skiable acreage