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Breckenridge in Winter

While many of the things are the same; the mountains, views, endless snow and abundant activities; many things have CHANGED.  Here are some things you should be aware of when planning your next trip to Breckenridge.

What you need to know about visiting Breckenridge

Public Health Orders

Top Things You Should Know

Public health orders are continuously changing. We ask that you read through our public health orders prior to arriving to know what to expect during your trip.  Summit County has moved to Level Red – Extreme Danger. Most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative. The capacity limits are significant.

Restaurants will be closed to inside dining. C
urbside & dining-to-to options are widely available. See below for more information.

  • Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge.  While this may not be the case where you are from, we ask that you PLEASE respect our rules while in town.  There is a Mandatory Mask Zone in town (see map).  Facial coverings are required in any public indoor space in the State of Colorado; all Breckenridge businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask or facial covering. All Breckenridge businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask or facial covering.
  • No personal gatherings among multiple households. No indoor events.  THIS INCLUDES RESERVED LODGING
  • Lodging Restrictions – No more than 1 household at short term lodging operations. Lodging safety regulations have been amplified. We strongly encourage you to check in with your lodging provider regularly and frequently for the most up to date information before arriving.
  • Restaurants closed to indoor dining. Take out, delivery and outdoor dining allowed.  Restaurants are allowed outside/open air dining with 1 family (6 people max) per table and 6 feet required between tables. Outdoor dining is extremely limited and ADVANCED RESERVATIONS are highly recommended.  Curbside & dining-to-to options are widely available.  FREE 10-minute pick-up parking spots have been added around town to make picking up your food/online purchase easy and convenient.  View map of pick-up locations.
  • Grocery stores are limited to 50% occupancy.  It is recommended that you purchase any groceries and resources that you may need during your stay prior to arriving in Breckenridge. If you MUST visit the grocery store, limit your shopping party to one person for your household not overwhelm occupancy limits.
  • Events and festivals are continuously being re-imagined or postponed as we are navigating this pandemic.
  • Activity and tours availability are continuously changing, we suggest reaching out to your activity provider for their most up to date availability and safety regulations.

Additional travel info and Public Health Guidelines can be found at:

What you need to know about visiting Breckenridge

Lodging & Rentals

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New lodging operations, restrictions, and protocols help ensure the safety of our guests & our community.

Top Things You Should Know

  • No more than 1 household at short term lodging operations.
  • Lodging safety regulations have been amplified. We strongly encourage you to check in with your lodging provider regularly and frequently for the most up to date information before arriving.
  • Summit County Public Health recommends that lodges provide at least 72 hours between rentals. Please inquire directly with your lodging before arrival.
  • Guests, employees, vendors and suppliers are required to wear masks or facial coverings in common areas indoors and anywhere that 6 feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Hot tubs, pools, saunas and many common areas may be closed to encourage physical distancing. It is best to check directly with the lodging property or amenity.

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Check with your specific lodging company for up-to-date public health regulations, safety protocols and procedures prior to making a reservation and prior to arriving.
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Activities & Things To Do

BEFORE YOU HEAD OUTDOORS, EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHER OUTDOORIST SAFE.

Top Things You Should Know

  • Maintain Physical Distancing of at least 6 ft – Face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing. It is critical to remember that maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distancing continues to be the most important strategy for limiting the spread of COVID-19. Gatherings limited to 6 people within 1 household.
  • Wear Your Mask When You Can’t Maintain 6 ft of Separation – Individuals are required to wear non-medial cloth face coverings over both mouth and nose whenever indoors in public spaces, and outdoors whenever 6 ft. of separation cannot be maintained.
  • Reduced Capacity & Operational Changes – Activity and tours availability are continuously changing, we suggest reaching out to your activity provider for their most up to date availability and safety regulations.
  • Activities Outside Of Summit County – Some activities take place in surrounding counties that may have different public health orders than Breckenridge and Summit County. We recommend checking the county’s website for health and safety guidelines or calling your activity provider for safety regulations prior to entering that county.

Leave No Trace Principles are more important than ever when heading outdoors. Be sure to pack it in, pack it out and be respectful of others while on the trail.

What Activities Are Open This Winter?

Breckenridge will offer a wide variety of outdoor activities this winter and is also expanding and exchanging winter outdoor offerings with the goal of providing guests additional safe, socially distanced, budget-friendly experiences to complete any winter vacation.

Guests should expect that many activities will have adjustments to their operations in order to comply with public health ordinances and provide the safest experience possible.  We recommend inquiring directly with activity providers prior to booking and prior to arrival to reserve your spot and get the most updated information on their safety procedures.

Top Early Season Activities
99 Things to do in Breckenridge this winter that aren’t skiing

 

What can you do in Breckenridge if you don’t ski?

Breckenridge offers endless possibilities for fun off the slopes, from dog-sledding to snowshoeing and brewery tours on fat-bikes, its safe to say we have some of the most unique winter activities and events in the World. Whether it be working together to figure out clues in an Escape Room or sampling spirits at the Distillery, we know that moments spent together trying new things is what Breckenridge is all about. Start planning your itinerary to be sure not to miss the best 100 things to do in Breckenridge!

What new outdoor activities are being offered?

The Town of Breckenridge announced plans to expand and enhance its already extensive winter outdoor offerings with the goal of providing guests additional safe, socially distanced, budget-friendly experiences to complete any winter vacation.

  • Additional sledding hill on popular Breckenridge Free Ride bus route: Breckenridge’s sledding hill at Carter Park has long been a popular activity and a bucket-list for many visiting guests. Near free parking on Airport Road, Breckenridge has created a new man-made free sledding attraction allowing for visitors some extra breathing room. With safety being the town’s top priority, the Town of Breckenridge staff are also working to ensure that Carter Park remains a safe amenity in which users honor social distancing guidelines.
  • Breckenridge will expand free groomed access on an additional three miles of trail to allow guests to explore wide-open spaces and historic mining sites by snowshoe, ski, fat bike, or simply hiking on their own two feet. Historically, Breckenridge boasts more than 30 miles of groomed trails between the two fee-based Nordic centers, the free Blue River Recreation path between Breckenridge and Frisco, and additional trails in the iconic Golden Horseshoe. Expanding free groomed trail access will allow more visitors to participate in a wide variety of outdoor winter sports.
  • Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center doubles fat bike rental fleet: COVID-19 has fueled a cycling surge, and the U.S. is facing a shortage of bicycles as the desire to exercise has sent demand skyrocketing. As winter approaches, a surge in fat biking popularity is expected. The new breed of snow enthusiasts takes advantage of Breckenridge’s expansive trails, gold-level bike routes, and Nordic center operations.
  • Extra walking space for pedestrians.  Blue River Recreation Path, the walkway behind Main Street, will be adorned with Christmas lights to allow for some extra walking space for pedestrians.

What art, cultural and historic activities are available?

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance museums are closed and tours and events have been canceled.

Explore upcoming classes, workshops & events with BreckCreate.

What will the ski season look like at Breckenridge Ski Resort?

The 2020-2021 ski season will have enhanced safety protocols, physical distancing guidelines as well as a mountain access reservation system.  Learn more about what to expect at breckenridge.com.

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Due to reduced capacity, there is limited availability for many of Breckenridge's most popular activities and dining experiences. We highly recommend making reservations in advance.
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Restaurants & Shops

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Restaurants are closed to indoor dining. Curbside & dining-to-to options are widely available. Please show kindness as we all navigate the new normal.

Top Things You Should Know

  • Restaurants closed to indoor dining. Take out, delivery and outside dining allowed.  Restaurants are allowed outside/open air dining allowed with 1 family per table (6 people max), 6 feet required between tables. Outdoor dining is extremely limited and ADVANCED RESERVATIONS are highly recommended.  Curbside & dining-to-to options are widely available.  Restaurants will have last call at 8:00pm daily.
  • Last Call for food & alcohol –  Last call for alcohol in restaurants with outdoor seating is 8:00pm.  Last call for food is 9:30pm due to a public health order curfew that closes bars and restaurants at 10:00pm.
  • FREE 10-minute pick-up parking spots have been added around town to make picking up your food/online purchase easy and convenient.  View map of pick-up locations.
  • Diners must wear masks to enter the restaurant, anytime servers come to the table, and anytime diners get up from the table. View Colorado’s Current Restaurant and & Food Service Guidelines
  • Grocery stores are limited to 50% occupancy.  It is recommended that you purchase any groceries and resources that you may need during your stay prior to arriving in Breckenridge. If you MUST visit the grocery store, limit your shopping party to one person for your household not overwhelm occupancy limits.
  • Retail is reduced to 50-percent capacity. To enter you must have a facial covering. Summit County must comply with all requirements of Level Red in CDPHE PHO 20-36 and all applicable State guidance, including 25-percent capacity restrictions indoors in restaurants, retail, offices and all non-critical businesses.
  • Personal Services  (beauty salons, massage studios, spas, etc.,) are limited to 25-percent occupancy.

What restaurants & retail locations are open?

Nearly all of Breckenridge’s 100+ bars & restaurants and 200+ retail and small business locations are open for curbside pick-up / carry-out as well as limited indoor & outdoor dining.   The town is offering limited curbside pick-up parking for restaurant and retail pick-ups.  Explore retail locations in Breckenridge.

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Beginning Sunday, November 22 at 5:00pm, restaurants will be closed to indoor dining. Take out, delivery and outdoor dining allowed.
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Festivals & Events

TO BETTER PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS AND GUESTS, WE’RE REIMAGING HOW WE CELEBRATE.

Top Things You Need To Know

  • Events and festivals are continuously being re-imagined or postponed due public health officials to recommendations. Be sure to check directly with the event website.
  • Scheduled events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders.  Guests should check frequently for updates from the event producer.
  • Explore art workshops, yoga classes and daily activities by browsing our local event calendar.

What festivals and events are happening this winter?

Events and festivals are continuously being re-imagined or postponed due public health officials to recommendations. Be sure to check directly with the event website. Get updates on festivals & events or find ongoing activities in town.

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All events are subject to change to comply with state and county public health orders. Check back frequently for updates or sign-up to receive event-specific email updates.
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FAQs

WHILE MANY THINGS HAVE CHANGED, THE MOUNTAINS, VIEWS, ENDLESS SNOW AND ABUNDANT ACTIVITIES ARE STILL WAITING FOR YOU.

Where can I find more travel info & Public Health Guidelines?

Take 5 steps to care for Coloradans

Our communities love sharing their wealth of natural beauty and outdoor experiences with you.  All we ask is that you have an amazing time while showing our lands and people plenty of love, kindness and respect; we promise to pay it back tenfold.

You can do this by being a responsible traveler and not exposing yourself or others to unnecessary health or safety risks.

Learn How to Care for Colorado

Where can I buy a mask?

Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge and we ask that you wear them to go into any business as well as in any public setting where you can not maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Many retailers around town are selling masks as well as facial coverings and buffs.
Find out which stores are selling masks.

Where do I need to wear a facial covering?

Face Masks/Coverings are REQUIRED in Breckenridge in public settings where you can not maintain 6 ft of physical distancing.  In restaurants, diners must wear masks to enter the restaurant, anytime servers come to the table, and anytime diners get up from the table.

What is open?

Most Breckenridge restaurants, retail businesses and activity vendors are open for business. Please, contact our Welcome Center staff using our chatbot to inquire about specific locations.

Is public transportation available?

Breckenridge Free Ride community transportation will resume service on June 1 with appropriate facial coverings required, new practices and procedures, reduced occupancies and enhanced cleaning standards.

Where can I park?

Holiday Weekends
Guests can find free and convenient parking at the Airport Road Parking Lot.  There will be express shuttles running to town.  View bus schedule

Additional Parking
Paid street parking is available around town as well as parking lots. The Ice Rink Lot (free during the day) and F Lot are conveniently located near town but fill up holiday weekends.
View Parking Lot Availability

Free Park ‘n Ride is available all summer at the Ice Rink and Airport Road lots. Visit www.breckfreeride.com for complete schedules.