Winter in Breckenridge and Summit County

Winter in Breckenridge and Summit County is the best time to visit
(Mid Nov through March) by Jeff Shibley

Thanks to world class hot tubbing, many people believe winter in Breckenridge is the best time to visit. It doesn’t matter how fantastic other seasons are in Breckenridge, hot tubbing in a true ski town attracts visitors from around the world. Diego Garcia, from Mexico City, visited Breckenridge for the first-time last winter. “I checked my suitcase three times before I left to be sure I packed my swimsuit.”

Winter in Breckenridge

Breckenridge has been recognized as the most scenic place in the world to soak in a hot tub by multiple travel guides. Many even rank the top Breckenridge hot tubs and their views. “It’s a long way for me to come to exercise my soaking skills, but it’s well worth it,” recalled Diego. “You just can’t find soaking like this anywhere. I hope to get lucky and soak while giant snowflakes are falling from the sky.” Breckenridge is also known as a winter adventure paradise for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow shoeing and ice skating.

What else makes winter in Breckenridge the best time to visit

Winter weather, visitor and hot tub conditions: Always use sunscreen in Breckenridge and drink lots of water. Daytime sunshine is warm and comfortable but loaded with UV rays. On cloudy days or when the sun goes down at 4pm, it gets cold. It is a dry cold though, so 25° doesn’t feel as cold in Breckenridge as it does at sea level or in humid areas. It snows a lot during the winter in Breckenridge – always has, always does and always will. If you’re dressed appropriately, you’ll be fine. Recommended garb to wear for hanging around town includes: stocking cap, sweater, heavy coat, long underwear, heavy socks, water proof boots, mittens and a face scarf. Insulated ski pants can be worn anywhere at any time. So wear ‘em if you got ‘em.

Other things to have handy or purchase when you get here include lip balm and hand warmers to keep in your gloves, pockets, or where ever else you may have a cold spot. It’s coldest in December and through most of January (15° at night 25° during the day). Temps become milder during February and March. The snowiest months in Colorado are March and April.

There’s nothing better than soaking in a hot tub when temps are in the teens during the day or evening. The most challenging part is getting to and getting out of the hot tub. Wear something on your feet. Wear a robe or coat and make sure to bring at least one towel. Covering up your wet head with a stocking cap when you get out is also a good idea. It’s most likely there will be ice or snow around the hot tub, so be cautious.

Winter Mountain Ski Conditions: Everything is up to mother nature, but in a typical year, the Breckenridge ski resort opens the second weekend of November with one ski trail of manmade snow. If the real stuff doesn’t fall from the sky, impressive snow making operations usually get 5 to 8 trails open by Thanksgiving. As snow making operations continue, up to 15 to 20 more runs will open through December. Natural snow usually fills in the gaps from December through April. Conditions are subject to radical change at any time.

Best time to visit Breckenridge and avoid lift lines, crowded ski slopes and hot tubs No one likes to sit in a crowded hot tub or ski on a crowded slope. Sometimes, you don’t have a choice. But if you do, here’s a quick over view of crowd conditions and the best times to visit Breckenridge for a soak or a ski.

Busiest Mountain times: The Christmas break is the busiest time during the whole year to visit. Presidents weekend is the next busiest time. Martin Luther King holiday is next, then spring break in March.

December crowds:  It’s busy on the weekends in December, but you’ll experience very light crowds on the weekdays until Christmas Eve. Breckenridge experiences the most visitors from Christmas Eve through January 2.

January crowds:  Once again, weekends are busy in January (Especially the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend), but on weekdays you’ll experience light crowds and minimal lift lines. During the last week of January, Breckenridge hosts the Budweiser International Snow Sculpturing Competition. Lodging sells out well in advance for this event. Several people come to see the unbelievable works of snow art that adorn the Riverwalk Center.

February crowds:  February is a lot like January except for Presidents Weekend. That weekend is second only to the Christmas holiday when it comes to crowds. However, on weekdays in February you can expect light crowds and short lift lines. If you must visit on a weekend the best weekends of the ski season to be here are after the Presidents weekend holiday and before the second weekend in March.

March crowds:  Spring breakers start showing up the first part of March. Spring break crowds usually peak around St. Patrick’s Day and linger on through the end of March. When Spring Break ends, the crowds are light even on weekends. Closing day is usually the third Sunday of April.

Winter in BreckenridgeSignature events during the winter in Breckenridge:

  • The lighting of Breckenridge (First Saturday of December)
  • Dew Tour (second weekend of December)
  • UllrFest (second week of January)
  • The International Snow Sculpting Competition (The last week of January).

Unique adventure activities during the winter in Breckenridge: Dogsledding, Tubing, Sledding, Snowmobiling, the Gold Runner Alpine Roller Coaster, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, fat biking,

Unique leisure, family fun and romance during the winter in Breckenridge:  Dinner sleigh rides, outdoor ice skating at Keystone Lake, ride the free summit stage and visit other Summit County communities like Frisco, Keystone, Dillon and Silverthorne.

Things to do all  year in Breckenridge: Hot tubbing, fly fishing, spa visits, historical tours, Heritage Museum, brewery tour, distillery tour, spas, Backstage Theatre, Ready Paint Fire (paint your own pottery), downtown shopping, art galleries, Barney Ford Victorian House Museum, Continental Divide Winery, Mountain Top Children’s Museum, Stephen C. West Ice Arena Ice Skating, the incredible Breckenridge Recreation Center and wildlife viewing.

Things to do all year in Breckenridge: Hot tubbing, Fly fishing, Spa visits, historical toursHeritage Museumbrewery tourdistillery tour, wildlife viewing, Backstage TheatreReady Paint Fire (paint your own pottery), downtown shopping, shopping at the outlet mallsart galleriesContinental Divide WineryStephen C. West Ice Arena Ice Skating and the incredible Breckenridge Recreation Center.

MuseumsSummit Ski MuseumRed, White & Blue Fire Museum, High Line Railroad Museum, Breckenridge Sawmill Museum, Edwin Carter Discovery Center, Briggle House Museum, Alive Milne House Museum, Barney Ford Victorian HomeMountain Top Children’s Museum.

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Beer Here! Brewing the New West Artifacts from Colorado's Brewing History
Jun 10 - Aug 09
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SNOWga (Fridays)
Dec 27 - Mar 27
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Happy Trails: How The West Was Fun
Jan 12 - Jun 06
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Terry Maker: Because The World Is Round Exhibit
Jan 24 - May 17
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WINTER FOLK Music & Photography Showcase
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Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week
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Adventures Within (AWI) Winter Ski Retreat
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Matoma Two Friends
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Helly Hansen Race Da & Championship Series
Feb 24
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The Haunted Writer’s Retreat
Feb 24-28
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Bubble Gum Ski Race Series
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Winter Wine Excursion From Beaver Creek Reserve
Feb 25
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Tasting Telluride Food Tour
Feb 25-27
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Robert Earl Keen
Feb 26
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Alfonzo
Feb 26
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Leon and the Revival
Feb 26
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Winter Lecture Series: The Buckskin Sculptor
Feb 26
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Winter Wine Excursion From Beaver Creek Reserve
Feb 27-28
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SF1
Feb 27
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The Shivas
Feb 27
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Authority Zero
Feb 27
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Northern Colorado Bears Basketball vs. Idaho Vandals
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History Ski Tour: Aspen Mountain
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Colorado College Tigers Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
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Chuck Prophet
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Freddy Jones Band
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Modern Leisure
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Neoma
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Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
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JJ Grey
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Ullr Nights
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The Jauntee
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Shaquille O' Neal Aka Dj Diesel
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Feb 29
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G. Love & Special Sauce / Jontavious Willis
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Colorado College Tigers Hockey vs. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
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