Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 22:30
Written by Traveling Grandmom
Breckenridge is a year-round, popular family vacation destination, and spring fever is in the air of the Colorado Rockies. Surprisingly, last year was my first visit to one of the Rockies’ oldest ski towns, and my family and I feel in love with Breckenridge
When you visit you’ll see why! Breckenridge is one of those charming Colorado towns that wraps itself around you and makes you want to stay! Good news -- there’s still plenty of time to enjoy your Colorado family ski vacation
This year, Breckenridge Ski Resort celebrated its 50th birthday this year. The month-long Breck Spring Feve
r is right around the corner: March 17- April 15, 2012, and the month-long celebration is stepping it up a notch to coincide with the historic Breck 50th Anniversary Season.
During Breck Spring Fever, your family vacation gets even better with great events, such as the town-wide St. Patrick’s Day celebration; A "Then & Now" halfpipe competition showcasing snowboarding's past and future; Park & Pipe Ski and Ride School camps; Ripperoo's Mascot Olympics; The Breck 5 Peaks Mountaineering race; A KSMT Spring Beer Festival; and a massive Easter Egg Hunt on the mountain – and live concerts on the mountain! (Like Breck on Facebook
Families can participate in a variety of fun winter activities in Breckenridge
. Of course, there’s the main attraction: its world-class ski resort. Bundle up, grab your skis or snowboard and choose from 31 lifts, 155 trails and miles of pure white powder spread divided across the into four peaks, numbered seven through 10. Adrenalin junkies will love the advanced terrains, but plenty of trails are available for younger children and newbie winter skiers.
Not into skiing but love to play in the powder? If you can hike, you can snowshoe, and snowshoeing is a great activity for all ages. Start at Breckenridge Nordic for your snowshoe adventure,
offering 18 km scenic single track snowshoe trails. Wind in and out through old growth spruce forests with scenic overlooks in Cucumber Gulch along the Beaver Meadows Trail.
How about dog sledding, tubing or ice skating? Or leave the skis behind and fly down the mountain on the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, a super-speedy, 2,500-foot mountain roller coaster -- open in summer and winter!Where to Stay in Breckenridge, Colorado
Last year, One Ski Hill Place
hosted my multigenerational family at their slope-side residence. Our three-bedroom condo was perfect for the six of us: Grandma (me) and Papa; daughter and her husband; and our two grandchildren. Besides the full kitchen and plenty of space in our condo, we had a great view of the Breckenridge ski slope
-- including with direct access to four chairlifts at the base of Peak 8.
When we brought the family indoors after a day on the slopes, there was still plenty to do at One Ski Hill Place. We warmed up at the swimming pool and hot tub. One night we booked the complimentary movie room.
Another night, we challenged each other to bowling on the two full-size bowling lanes. The bowling alley is also complimentary (reservations required) and include bowling balls and shoes for all sizes of family members. Splurge and enjoy on-site dining at the Living Room
or conveniently enter Breckenridge Ski Resort from One Ski Hill Place.Transportation to Breckenridge
Gondolas and shuttles shuffle visitors from resorts to restaurants to the base of the mountain with ease -- for free.Explore Breckenridge
Take time to explore the historic town of Breckenridge
. There's plenty to do for kids in Breck
, and families will love the home cookin' breakfast at Blue Moose Restaurant.