January in Breckenridge is filled with exciting events, beautiful weather and plenty of outdoor activities to keep the whole crew happy. If you like powder skiing, huge snow sculptures, endless sunshine and all things snow, a trip to Breckenridge in January is your ticket to nirvana this winter.
Breckenridge Weather in January
Locals and visitors alike seem to love January in Breckenridge. Maybe it’s because the average snowfall for January is 20+ inches, or maybe its the great events after the holidays. By this point in the season, most of the in-bounds terrain is open and the skiing starts to get good–really good–both at the resort and out of bounds in the backcountry.
Of course, with all that snow, it can get chilly in Breckenridge in January. While January is typically the coldest month in the Rocky Mountains at around 29.6 degrees F, there is still plenty of sunshine, perfect for outdoor activities or strolling through historic Main Street. Just be sure to dress in layers and check the weather before you head out.
Big Beers Festival – Jan. 9-11, 2020
The perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland getaway: A world-class beer festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Meet renowned brewmasters and brewery owners, taste hundreds of big, Belgian style and experimental beers, explore beer and food pairings and learn from an impressive array of brewmasters and industry experts over an action-packed three day weekend.
International Snow Sculpture Championships – Jan. 20-29, 2020
During the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. No power tools allowed! Teams sculpt countless hours across five days (totaling around 96 hours), resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge!
Live Music & Film Screenings
Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story – Jan. 21
One year after Warren Miller’s passing, the documentary “Ski Bum” chronicling Warren Miller’s life will premiere at Slamdance Film Festival in Park City Utah with two showings on January 25, 2019, and one on January 28, 2019. The film was created by O’Malley Creadon Productions in collaboration with Lorton Entertainment and BoBCat Studios and includes archival footage provided by Warren Miller Entertainment. Most notably, the documentary contains in-depth, on-camera interviews with members of the Miller family as well as Warren Miller himself, recorded shortly before his death. In addition to longtime friends and colleagues of Warren, skiers Scot Schmidt, Jonny Moseley, Colby James, and other world-renowned athletes speak to his impact in their lives and the ski industry as a whole.
The Wailers with Policulture – Jan. 31
The legendary Wailers continue their quest to bring reggae to the forefront of the world’s stage. Led by renowned bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined by original Wailers guitarist Donald Kinsey, The Wailers give audiences around the globe the opportunity to experience their unique and innovative sound. From 1972 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman has carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together” – just as Bob requested.
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Tips for Visiting January in Breckenridge
Make sure you plan ahead for anything and everything during weekends and over the MLK weekend holiday. Breckenridge is close enough to Denver and Boulder to ensure that Saturdays and Sundays fill up with weekend warriors coming to hit the slopes. If you’re looking to save a little bit of money or avoid the crowds, try booking on a weekday instead, or extend your trip and save the skiing for Thursdays or Mondays.
Parking & Transportation
Our number one tip? Go carless! It’s easy to get to Breckenridge from Denver International Airport with mountain shuttles like Peak 1 Express, Epic Mountain Express and more. Once you’re here, take advantage of the free bus systems, Breckenridge Free Ride throughout town, Main Street Trolley and Summit Stage linking other towns in Summit County. Most hotels even have free shuttles to and from town. This will save you money and time, as parking fills up quickly in Breckenridge and almost everything in town is pay-to-park. We even have taxis, Uber and Lyft for door-to-door service if needed. If you need your car to get here, we recommend parking your car at the hotel or lodging property and walking, shuttling or busing to and from town.
Weather & Layers
It’s winter in Breckenridge so be prepared to dress in layers and waterproof gear. You’ll also want to bring sunglasses, googles and sunscreen because with 300 days of annual sunshine, you’re bound to catch more than a few rays. Know the forecast and when the next powder day is expected by checking the locals favorite weather forecasts, On the Snow and Open Snow.
January is one of the busiest times of the year so some of the most popular activities can sell out. Make reservations as far ahead as possible, especially for any guided tour that has limited space like dog sledding, snowmobiling and guided fly fishing tours.
If you’re going skiing or snowboarding, buy your lift tickets at least 7 days in advance for the biggest savings, pick-up rental gear the night before heading out and book any ski lessons online ahead of time. These tips will save you money and tons of time in the morning so you can get on the hill early.
If you’re looking to eat out, be sure to make dinner reservations well in advance of your trip. If you’re going to a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, plan on putting your name down early and taking a stroll around town to grab some hot cocoa and take in the holiday lights on Main Street.
Winter Activities in Breckenridge
Of course, skiing and snowboarding is a must do for many, Breckenridge is also home to boundless opportunities beyond the ski resort. Try snowmobiling, sledding at Carter Park, go on a scenic sleigh ride, embark on a guided dog sledding tour, or take in the views in a heated snow cat.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails are always open and are perfect for winter hiking. Get trail recommendations by stopping by the Breckenridge Welcome Center for updated trail conditions. If you’re looking to snowshoe or Cross Country ski, rentals are available around town and at both Nordic Centers.
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.
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.
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.
BreckCreate & Ready, Paint, Fire!
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!
If you’re looking to paint your own pre-made pottery, check out Ready, Paint, Fire! Everyone will find something they love- just pick out a piece that speaks to you and get painting! Firing usually takes a few days, so we recommend planning this activity early in the week (they ship too). They also offer canvas painting, mosaic art and glass fusing, plus beer and wine for the adults!
Speakeasy Movie Theatre
Grab some popcorn, candy, beer or wine and take a seat in the newly remodeled Speakeasy Movie Theatre in the historic district of Breckenridge. Screening a select hit movie every week, the Speakeasy is an intimate, unique theater unlike any other. Check their website for current showings and times. Located in the community center just off of Main Street, the theatre is just a short walk from almost anywhere in town.
Prefer live performances? Check out the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, a newly renovated 137-seat theater located in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge. Check out what’s playing now!
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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Eat, Drink, Shop
The Breckenridge dining scene explodes with flavor. Expect to find worldly inspired cuisines, fresh take on culinary classics and plenty of craft beer and cocktails made from our local brewers. Shops in Breckenridge include local boutiques, gear stores, art galleries, children shops and everything in between. Our specialty? Providing the latest styles and greatest gear for any outdoor outing and adventure.