Local Beta: The Best of Breckenridge, just in time for Dew Tour
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.
- 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:
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!
Jake: Angel’s Hollow
Zack: Empire Burger
Editor’s pick: Blue River Bistro
Jake: Amazing Grace
Zack: Amazing Grace
Editor’s pick: Daylight Donuts or Clint’s Bakery & Cafe
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
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…
Jake: Southridge Seafood
Editor’s pick: Breck Brewery
Jake: Cuppa Joe
Zack: Cuppa Joe
Editor’s pick: The Crown
Jake: Lake Chutes
Editor’s pick: Peak 6 is going to rule once it opens…
Jake: I can’t wait for Peak 6 to open — I’ve been hiking to that area for years!
Editor’s pick: Spruce
Jake: Mi Casa or Twist
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?
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