STARTING YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT
Before you even hit the slopes, head over to Summit County’s best coffee shop, Cuppa Joe, and put down a monster breakfast burrito or sandwich with a nice warm latte to help fuel you through an active morning.
Right outside of the shop, you can catch a free bus that will take you to the base of Peak 9 where you can catch the Quicksilver SuperChair which travels halfway up the mountain.
For expert skiers, we suggest exiting left and heading straight to the Falcon SuperChair, the gateway to Peak 10, where you can spend your morning lapping black diamonds and racking up high-quality vertical feet before the crowds pour in.
For non-expert skiers, exit right off of the Quicksilver chair and head down to the Mercury SuperChair which will take you up to the top of Peak 9. Here, you will be staring down a number of great blue groomers where you can spend your first few hours.
As lunchtime nears, move across the mountain towards the Imperial Express SuperChair, the highest lift in North America that lets you off at the top of Peak 8. With your legs warm, you are ready to tackle the expert bowls that line the top ridge of the resort. We recommend a few laps on the Imperial lift and then heading down to the T-Bar for a fun, unconventional ride.
For non-experts, we still recommend moving across the mountain and spending time on the lower half of Peak 8 and 7, where there are plenty of enjoyable beginner and intermediate runs.
Once you are ready for lunch, head down to the base of Peak 7 to refuel.
One of the best lunch spots on the mountain is Sevens at the base of Peak 7 where you can scarf down delicious pizza, burgers, and sandwiches. They also have a fantastic bar and patio where you can enjoy some downtime after a productive morning on the mountain. With so much vertical feet already under your belt, you can feel good about sipping on a Bloody Mary and watching other skiers come in. If possible, avoid the lunchtime rush hour right at noon and pop in around 11am or 1pm.
Once you are ready to put the skis back on, head up the Independence SuperChair and exit right to start making your way to Peak 6 at the other end from where you started your day. Peak 6 has excellent options for both expert and non-expert skiers and tends to be less busy than other parts of the mountain. Expert skiers should exit right off of the Kensho SuperChair and tackle the Wonderland bowl.
If the weather is good, we also recommend hiking to the top of the ridge for an absolutely stellar view and access to the Serenity Bowl. For non-experts, the blue runs off of the chair lift are very fun as you start high above the treeline and descend into the woods, no matter which path you take down.
With a majority of your ski day behind you, we suggest you head back over to Peak 7 and finish the day running the rolling blues that all funnel down to the Independence SuperChair. After a long day, there is nothing better than the wide open, lengthy runs you’ll find here.
To close, ski down to the base of Peak 8 instead of Peak 7 and take the Colorado SuperChair up. From here, you can take the 4 o’clock run all of the way back into town, where aprés ski awaits.
APRÈS & DINNER
One of the best places to celebrate the perfect day on the mountain is at Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU), a ski shop tavern that serves up craft beer and cocktails alongside a retail shop with souvenirs.
For a casual dinner after a full ski day, The Canteen on Main St. is great spot with American comfort food that comes on shared plates. Order the chili fries…they’re out of this world.
If you’d rather clean up for a fancier meal, Hearthstone is where you will want to end up for a nice glass of wine and delicious meat and seafood-based dishes.
ENDING THE PERFECT DAY
Breckenridge’s downtown is always buzzing with excitement. If you still have some energy left to spare, grab dessert at Crepes A La Cart and spend some time walking Main Street. If you are looking for a party, stop in at The Gold Pan Saloon, Napper Tandy’s, or Cecilia’s for a fitting end to an unreal day.