Breckenridge is expensive and crowded. Skiing down to the base area often feels like being stuck in heavy traffic on the freeway. The rest of the terrain isn’t all that great either.
One might perhaps recommend this mountain for beginner and lower intermediate skiers. Still, those more natural slopes are so overcrowded that a beginner skier would be overwhelmed and spooked by faster skiers zooming past.
Lift tickets for the 2019/2020 winter season will cost $157 per day in January or $173 per day in February. That means that if you take ten runs in a day, you are paying around $16 – $17 every time you hop on a chairlift. An average chairlift is about a mile long. Can you imagine paying such prices for every mile spent in a taxi?
Other Negative Trends Of Breckenridge
Another negative trend with all Vail Resorts (including Breckenridge) is that they don’t publish their lift ticket prices anymore. Instead, they ask you to tell them which day you will be visiting, and then they will give you a quote for that day. That means prices can change from day to day, from week to week. You never know what you will pay until it’s time to pay.
By the way, these high prices are about the same at all the famous resorts in Colorado as well as they are the same at all other resorts owned by Vail Resorts. Examples are Heavenly in California or Whistler in British Columbia).
Prices have gone up so much in recent years. I now avoid any place that has the word “RESORT” in its name. I go to “ski areas,” not “resorts.” I also avoid any ski area that is in ownership by Vail Resort or by the Alterra (Aspen) company.
But, hey, if overcrowded and overpriced suits you, go ahead and have a blast.
How To Manage The Situations?
One way to cut the costs is to buy a season pass. It will pay off if you ski more than six days at the resorts that are covering by the pass.
1, The EPIC Pass is valid at all Vail Resorts, including Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Crested Butte (all in Colorado), Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood (California), Whistler/Blackcomb (BC), Park City (UT), Okemo (VT), Mt. Sunapee (NH), Stevens Pass (WA), and more. It costs $939 per year for an adult. And anyone over 13 years old is considering an adult!!! Yes, even kids are in charge like adult prices.
2. The IKON Pass is valid at all Alterra (Aspen) Resorts, including Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora (all in Colorado), as well as Squaw Valley, Mammoth Mt., June Mt. (in California), Solitude (UT), Straton (VT), Crystal Mt. (WA), Mt. Tremblant (Quebec), … and many more. It costs $1,049 per year for an adult (over 23). It costs less for younger folks.
I hope that other ski areas will resist and oppose being bought out by these two giants because the result is inevitably rising in lift ticket prices.