Group of friends toasting with cocktails at an outdoor distillery in Breckenridge
Group of friends toasting with cocktails at an outdoor distillery in Breckenridge

Breckenridge in November: Winter Vacation Guide

If you visit Breckenridge in November, you’ll notice there’s a distinctive hum in the air. It’s the tingle of excitement for the start of the ski and snowboard season and all things winter– hot chocolate, snowball fights, cozy sweaters- you name it! Take a closer look at all the best reasons to visit Breckenridge in November and what to do while you’re here.

Weather in Breckenridge in November

Breckenridge winter views of downtown and mountains

Bundle up and soak up some sunshine this November!

November is the beginning of winter in Breckenridge, which means it starts to get chilly! Average high temperatures are around 38 °F, while average lows reach the low teens. But don’t let that deter you- there is still plenty of sunshine in November and the ski resorts are on their way to opening up more and more terrain as the snow falls. Après on the patio anyone?


Breckenridge Events that Welcome Winter

Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day – Nov. 10th, 2023

Person skiing down steep slope at Breckenridge

Breckenridge in November is the official start of ski season. Enjoy 5 peaks and 187 trails.

Breckenridge’s locals and visitors alike come together for one of the most exciting days of the year- opening day! Breckenridge Ski Resort typically opens early to mid-November but it is entirely dependent on weather. Get in line early for the pre-opening party filled with breakfast treats, music, giveaways and some serious bragging rights. The resort typically opens with Peak 8 as their first base area and starts expanding from there.

What you need to know about the 23/24 ski season


Winter Premiers

Breckenridge in November is filled with ski and snowboard movie premiers to get the stoke high, winter kick-off parties, live music and concerts. Pick up the Summit Daily Newspaper, check out Breckenridge’s Community Calendar, or visit Breck Insider for nightlife, music and happy hour deals.


Thanksgiving – Nov. 23rd, 2023

It’s easy to be thankful when you’re spending Thanksgiving in Breckenridge. Grab the whole family and create your own holiday trot outdoors by going snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling or taking a historic walking tour. Love to shop? Stroll historic Main Street- nearly every store, guided tour, activity and restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to make reservations for dinners and guided tours well in advance and get ready to experience the most stress-free Thanksgiving you’ve ever had.


Things To Do in Breckenridge in November

Three Women skinning on Boreas Pass Road in the winter.

November is filled with plenty of snow and sunshine, perfect for any outdoor activity!

Most of Breckenridge’s classic winter activities will start running in November.

Expected Opening Dates for 2023-24 Winter Activities

  • Nov. 10 – Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day
  • Nov. 20 – Breckenridge Nordic Center – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowcat adventures
  • Nov. 23 – Frisco Adventure Park snow tubing
  • Dec. 1 – Golden Horseshoe Sleigh Rides, Dinner Theater Sleigh Rides
  • Dec. 3 – Gold Run Nordic Center – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-biking and sleigh rides
  • Dec. 10 – Good Times Adventures – snowmobiling and dog sledding


Hiking and Snowshoeing in November

Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails are always open and are perfect for winter hiking. This time of year, you’ll want to check the muddy meter to see which trails are ready to explore and which ones you’ll want to avoid. Trails with higher elevations will typically have more snow accumulation, while those closer to town my get muddy due to sunshine and melting snow. Get trail recommendations by stopping by the Breckenridge Welcome Center for updated trail conditions. If you’re looking to snowshoe, rentals are available around town and at both Nordic Centers.


Guided Tours

Group on a Fat Bike Beer and Distillery tour at Breckenridge

Reward your fat-bike workout with craft spirits and brews.

Because snowfall in November is unpredictable, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of guided tours that don’t rely heavily on snowfall. Get ready to soak up some sun and get all of the winter feels going!

Fat Bike Beer & Distillery Tours

Biking doesn’t have to stop just because the snow is here! Take a casual winter ride on snow-covered trails by fat tire bike. The bike’s wide tires give them plenty of grip in the snow, meaning you can bike in almost any weather condition. Rent your own to explore town and historic Main Street, or try a guided fat-bike beer and distillery tour along the Blue River Rec Path to Broken Compass Brewery and the world’s highest distillery, Breckenridge Distillery.

Guided Fly Fishing

The gorgeous rivers, streams and lakes of Summit County make it an incredible destination for fly-fishing in any season. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities can discover the best spots, learn to cast, get your license and find out where the fish are biting with the help of our local outfitters and guides at Breckenridge Outfitters and Mountain Angler.

Historical Walking Tours

Breckenridge is rooted in its past and boasts one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. Create memories with affordable guided historic tours and hikes, and enjoy free, family-friendly museums operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Tours. Prepare to be haunted by Breckenridge’s mining ghosts of the past, or walk through Breckenridge’s nationally recognized Historic District. History lovers will enjoy visiting the original cabins of gold prospectors and stately homes of the Victorian era to learn about the people who lived here over 100 years ago.

Snowcat and UTV Tours

Experience Breckenridge’s scenic trails from the comfort of a heated snowcat!  The Breckenridge Nordic Center’s scenic cat tour offers guided tours through forested trails of the Peak 8 Nordic Center that are surrounded by wildlife and mountain views. Tours stop at a historic mining cabin to fill guests up on s’mores and hot cocoa and tell tales of Breckenridge’s mining history. This tour is perfect for families with small children or guests who’d like to explore mountain trails and scenery in comfort.

Stay toasty while hitting the trails in an all-weather, all-terrain vehicle (ATV).  These adventure mobiles are perfect for November as they tour on dirt or snow and take you to 13,000′ without breaking a sweat. The Sunset Wine Tour is almost guaranteed to give you breathtaking views worth toasting to. Explore the old mining roads and camps, forested trails, meadows, lakes, and the high alpine of Summit County and the surrounding areas with a guided ATV tour. Tours are available in the winter, summer and are a great activity to do with small children and grandparents.


If you’re ready for some serious thrills and serious views, bundle up and get ready for fun. Colorado Adventure Center Ziplines in Breckenridge are open through Thanksgiving, and nearby Top of the Rockies Zip Line offers year-round experiences. Relax and enjoy the views in cozy comfort as their powerful Snow Coach climbs almost 1,000 vertical feet to the first zip line departure deck.

Country Boy Mine Tours 

Head just 2 miles outside town to the historic restored Country Boy Mine, which offers underground mine tours and even gold panning! In the midst of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today, enjoy the many activities the mine has to offer. Gold pan, slide down the 55 foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment that were used in the mine and visit the general store.

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Self-Guided experiences with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

  • High Line Railroad Park – The playground and outdoor interpretive exhibits remain open.
  • Breckenridge Sawmill Museum – Open dawn to dusk for self-guided tours; brochures on site accompany labels on the sawmill equipment. Located on Boreas Pass Road, approximately 1/2 a mile from Main Street.
  • 1888 Breckenridge Augmented Reality App – Free on the App Store and Google Play. Relive mining era Breckenridge in this immersive experience.
  • Iowa Hill Interpretive Trail – Starts at the Iowa Hill trailhead. Interpretive signs dot the trail and end at a miners’ boardinghouse. Approximately 1.5 miles roundtrip.


Indoor Activities

Hands creating pottery in Breckenridge Arts District

BreckCreate offers workshops, classes, events, and open studio sessions throughout the year.


Get artsy and try something new with BreckCreate. Bring the whole family and try throwing your own pottery, making candles, glass blowing and more! Check the schedule for the lineup of activities and classes. Don’t miss their other events like concerts, open studios and shows too!

Escape Rooms

Seek clues, solve unique puzzles, answer questions and work together to try to escape from Escape Room Breckenridge and Mountain Time Escape Rooms. These all-age friendly rooms consist of stories, decorations and technology to immerse you in a fun game for all. You’ll have 60-minutes to complete each of your adventures! This is a great bonding activity for families, friends, date nights, bachelorette, bachelor or birthday parties, co-workers and teammates.

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Eclipse Theater

Visit Breckenridge’s only movie theater, the Eclipse Theater (formerly the Speakeasy) to catch a flick year round! The Eclipse offers a variety of blockbuster, indie, classic, foreign, and outdoor films. Don’t forget to stock up on fresh popcorn and snacks, plus the adults can enjoy local beer and wine on tap.

Breckenridge Backstage Theater 

The award-winning Backstage Theatre has been around since 1974, and it just keeps getting better and better. It has physically expanded with more seating and a larger lobby in which to mingle with cocktails (yes, they even sell specialty drinks to match various productions) before the show and during intermission. That means the Backstage can produce more complex musicals, comedies and dramas, with stunning sets and larger casts. Spacious, cushy seats allow guests to sit back and enjoy the shows in luxury. Check the schedule for upcoming productions.

Ready Paint Fire

Get creative and cozy up inside Breckenridge’s paint your own art studio! Enjoy fun projects like pottery and canvas painting, candle making, mosaic art, glass fusing and more! Guests can follow tutorials or let their imagination flow. Unwind and relax with a glass of wine or beer, or bring your own snacks to indulge while you craft. Ready Paint Fire is the perfect indoor activity for all ages for those who don’t want to ski or those who need to take a rest!



Couple cheers at Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge

Hit the town and discover Breckenridge’s shopping, dining and nightlife scene.

Before you head out to the local restaurants, stores or coffee shops, check with the Breckenridge Welcome Center to see what’s open, what’s closed and where to get the best deals in Breckenridge in November!

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downtown Breckenridge at dusk
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