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Breckenridge Local History

Breckenridge was first settled in 1859 following the discovery of gold in the Blue River. The town is the site of the largest gold nugget ever discovered on the continent when on July 3, 1887 Tom Groves found a nugget weighing 151oz and was the size of a human head.

In the old mining days gambling, drinking and prostitution were rampant and when the local priest Father Dryer refused to stop ringing his church bell on Sunday to awaken the hung-over residents, the community used dynamite to blow up his steeple. No more bell.

The town was named after the then vice-president John Breckinridge. When civil war broke out and Breckinridge sided with the south, the town changed the 'i' into an 'e' and the town became Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

  • Nearest town: Breckenridge
  • Resort Altitude (metres): 2926m
  • Ski Season: November to April
  • Mountain Range: The Rocky Mountain Range
  • Number of Lifts: 27
  • Highest Lift (metres):  3962m
  • Lowest Lift (metres): 2926m
  • Number of Slopes: 139
  • Snowboarding: 1 park
  • Cross Country (km): Boreas Pass offers cross country skiing.

Breckenridge Ski Information

General information

Breckenridge is the nearest resort to Denver, and one of the most popular in the USA, offering over 75 restaurants and a number of bars, as well as spa’s, theatres, and a variety of entertaining attractions. The Country Boy Mine, for instance, offers underground tours of the mine, showing the conditions under which miners had to toil in the 19th and early 20th centuries. ‘Ready, Paint, Fire’, gives you the opportunity to reveal your creative talents, the Main Street Historic Museum and the Mountain Top Children’s Museum, give visitors and insight into the history of Breckenridge.

  • Languages: English
  • Temperatures: January 31.5° F -1.4° F
    February 34.3° F 1.2° F
    March 39.0° F 7.5° F
    April 47.6° F 17.0° F
    May 58.6° F 25.6° F
    June 68.6° F 31.4° F
    July 74.1° F 36.8° F
    August 72.3° F 35.8° F
    September 66.4° F 28.5° F
    October
  • Driving: Drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • Emergency contact numbers: All Emergencies 911
  • Population: 25000
  • Religion: Christian
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Apres-ski

Breckenridge has a full on apres ski scene, not only in the resort itself, but also in the nearby town, and of-course Denver. The Ten Mile Station on the mountain has a mining style theme in its food court, and outdoor BBQ, and as it is located on Peak 9 at the top of the QuickSilver Super 6 Chairlift, diners can enjoy the magnificent alpine vistas while tucking in to breakfast or lunch. Maggie’s is a great hangout at the bottom of Peak 9, and is a favourite of those seeking some apres get-togethers With clubs, lounges, bars, and theatres for after dark entertainment, great shopping for souvenirs, jewellery, art as well as groceries and clothing, and museums and tours for daytime apres, Breckenridge covers every possibility.

Overview

Breckenridge is not a purpose built ski resort, it has been around since the days of the gold rush, today though, it is still coining it with the British tourists who flock to the snowy slopes in search of great skiing. Of note is the specialist park and half-pipe, and the good range of pistes across four tree-lined peaks. Breckenridge is one of the top three most popular skiing destinations in the US, and offers a full range of accommodation, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and shops. Take note though, that altitude sickness combined with jetlag can produce unpleasant effects, and make for a few days discomfort.

Breckenridge Attractions

Breckenridge Shopping

There are many local shops in Breckenridge where you can buy a range of things including skiing equipment, gifts, clothing, fishing equipment, sporting goods and books.

Breckenridge Activities

Kids Day Off/Kids Night Out - Licensed by the state of Colorado, they do everything in town that is fun for kids aged 5-12. Tel 970.389.3211

Breckenridge Recreation Center - Featuring a huge pool with a waterslide, a climbing wall, tennis, skate park and children's daytime activities this is a great place for kids.

Breckenridge Parks & Gardens

Breckenridge Park - A tranquil one and a half acres of parkland that includes a playground and trails.

Breckenridge Restaurants and Bars

Breckenridge Restaurants

Breckenridge BBQ - Main Street - A great choice for the family, this restaurant serves a variety of steaks, BBQ, beers and deserts.

Hearthstone Victorian Dining - A local favourite since 1989 for hand cut steaks, slow roasted prime rib, wild game and fresh seafood. Housed in a historic 100 year old Victorian home in the centre of town.

Poirrier's - Featuring classic French Canadian cuisine you will be forgiven for thinking you were north of the border. This is the place to come for fine dining in this town, and has been a favourite for the past 15 years. The Big Easy Lounge is a recent addition and features a collection of vintage wines and Scotches.

Breckenridge Bars & Clubs

Breckenridge Brewery - South Main Street. This place has a mixed, but extensive menu and features traditional pub dishes, burgers, sandwiches, salads, fresh fish, pasta as well as daily specials.

Breckenridge children's activities

Kids Day Off/Kids Night Out - Licensed by the state of Colorado, they do everything in town that is fun for kids aged 5-12. Tel 970.389.3211

Breckenridge Recreation Center - Featuring a huge pool with a waterslide, a climbing wall, tennis, skate park and children's daytime activities this is a great place for kids.

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