The month of May signals a major transition in the Rocky Mountains. The days are longer and the sunshine feels oh so good! As snowpack begins to melt and flow into the streams, lakes, and rivers (creating breathtaking waterfalls in the process), wildflowers begin to sprout and wildlife emerges from their winter dens. It’s during this “shoulder season” when lodging and dining discounts and specials are plentiful, and visitors can experience peace and solitude on Breckenridge’s trails. Not to mention, for the first year, Breckenridge Ski Resort will be extending its season to memorial day, meaning spring skiing at its finest! Check our top reasons to visit Breckenridge in May.
Breckenridge in May
May weather combines the best of both worlds. During the daytime, the temperatures can easily get into the high 60s, yet there are still days where a foot of fresh snow will fall. The snowpack is still significant enough to go skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort and Arapahoe Basin, while the warm temperatures allow for summer activities such as road biking, rafting and even BBQs on the patio!
Breckenridge Spring Finale
The Breckenridge Ski Resort has extended their season and will remain open through May, weather depending. Celebrate Breck’s Spring Finale after record breaking snowfall in the early season and get ready for music, spring snow, high alpine laps and plenty of sunshine!
During Breck’s Spring Finale the resort plans to offer approximately 1,000 acres of skiing and riding, with access to intermediate-, advanced- and expert-level terrain on Peaks 6, 7 and 8, while conditions allow. Operations will be based out of Peak 7, with access to skiing and riding on intermediate groomers and high alpine terrain via the Independence SuperChair, T-Bar, 6-Chair, Imperial Express, Zendo and Kensho chairs.
- Please be advised that there will be no beginner terrain available during Breck’s Spring Finale.
The Breckenridge Dining Passport is your ticket to dining specials all over town! The Passport is a unique fundraising and information-packed pamphlet available seasonally to diners granting access to discounts, special deals and fun promotions at participating restaurants. Each fall and spring, the proceeds from passport sales are donated back to the community through our scholarship fund or to another non-profit organization. Pick yours up at the Welcome Center this spring, and be sure to ask about seasonal restaurant and activity closures, and the best places to go during the transition season into summer.
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, May 28-31, 2020
If you’re here the very end of May or beginning of June, check out the WAVE: Light + Water + Sound art festival, May 28-31. This free, four-day festival takes place in and around Blue River Plaza in heart of downtown Breckenridge, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront areas into canvases, stages and exhibition spaces. WAVE features interactive artworks curated around the themes of light, water and sound. The event offers a variety of temporary installations, musical performances, screenings, digital art and eye candy of all sizes for the whole family to experience.
Activities to do in May
Remember, May is Breckenridge’s transition period from winter to summer. That means we could get a foot of snow one day, and you could be wearing sandals the next! Be sure to call ahead for all activities to make sure they are up and running, and plan for all types of weather. Wear layers and always remember sunscreen, sunglasses and footwear that can handle slushy melting snow and mud (aka. don’t wear your brand new white sneakers around town)!
Hiking, Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing
Warm, sunny days mean it’s a perfect time to get outside and explore Breckenridge’s hundreds of miles of trails. Be sure to check out trail conditions via the Town’s the Muddy Meter so you know how wet or packed down the snow will be. Try hiking with winter boots where it’s mostly dry, and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at higher elevations where snow is more plentiful. Use our Early Summer Hiking blog for suggestions on which trails will be the first to claim snow-free status.
May is the beginning of wildflower season– keep an eye out for those early buds popping up once the snow melts at lower elevations!
Fat Bike Tours
Discover the best points of interest and Breckenridge history all year round as you casually roll through town on a high performance carbon fiber fat bike with Ridden tours. Once out of town the real adventure begins as you descend to your destinations on the scenic Blue River Rec Path to the World’s highest Distillery and Broken Compass Brewery.
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, pet the burros, 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.
Whitewater rafting is one of the best things to do in May as winter snowmelt starts to head into Breckenridge’s surrounding rivers. Trips can be customized by age, ability level, and sense of adventure. From adrenaline junkies looking for huge waves and pounding hearts to those looking for a relaxing float trip that showcases scenery, solitude, wildlife, and history; there’s a rafting experience that’s perfect for your group! Check with rafting companies early season for updates on river flow and availability.
BreckCreate and 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!
Walking History or Ghost Tour
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 original cabins and stately homes to learn about the people who lived here over 100 years ago. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers tours year round- check their seasonal schedules to start planning!
May is a perfect time to catch up on self care and get ready for summer! Treat yourself and explore many of the massage and spa deals around town during the transition time or head to a yoga class during your stay. Take it one step farther and head to the Breckenridge Recreation Center to soak in the hot tub or sweat in the sauna.
Seek clues, solve unique puzzles, answer questions and work together to try to escape! These all-age friendly Breckenridge-themed 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.
Head to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena for open skate! Public ice skating is open daily on their indoor rink- call or go online for up to date schedules during transition season. Bring the whole crew- family and group discounts are available, as well as private and group skating lessons. Skate rentals are just $4!
Tips for Traveling to Breckenridge in May
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. The Welcome Center is located at 203 S. Main Street or contact them by calling 877-864-0868. Pick up your Dining Passport April 22-June 6 for deals and specials around town!