BEST Things To Do In Breckenridge, Colorado When You Are On A Budget

BEST Things To Do In Breckenridge, Colorado When You Are On A Budget

Breckenridge, Colorado is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.

However, the winter ski and snowboard season is the most popular time for families to vacation.

Whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter, there are some great budget-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy.

February 2021, my family and I went on a 5-day Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Breckenridge and enjoyed every moment!

The mountains are breathtaking with the highest peak of 12,998 ft.

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We even got to experience a snowstorm that dropped over 12 inches of snow. As native Texans, it was a glorious sight to see!

During our trip, we were able to go sledding, hiking, Ski/Snowboard, and more. Therefore, based on our experience, I wanted to put together a list of some great things you can do in Breckenridge, Colorado when your family is on a budget.

1. Ride the Gondola – It’s FREE

Breckenridge Gondola

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Riding the Gondola is the BEST way to see the gorgeous town from above. Usually, you must have a ski lift in order to experience the awesome views, but not in Breck.

The Gondola is the perfect family activity to enjoy the scenic area.

There are two mid-stations that drop off passengers between Shock Hill and the base of Peak 7. It rises 391 feet in elevation and has 121 cars total.

So take the family and enjoy the sights from above!

2. Take a hike

Things to do in Breckenridge

Anywhere you hike in the rocky mountainous terrain, you are bound to see some epic scenery.

The wilderness and views you could experience are memories waiting to be made.

Plus, It is a great activity to get outside, explore, and get a little bit of exercise as well, all for FREE!

There are so many hiking trails in Breckenridge, that I suggest checking out to find the best one for you. They rank them from easy to difficult depending on your hiking abilities.

3. Window Shop / Walk Around Main Street

Main Street Breckenridge is the perfect little place to stroll around and enjoy a relaxed walk-through town.

There are so many cute places to shop and to pick up some delicious coffee.

If you ever get a chance to visit, no matter what time of the year, take the time to walk around and support the local shops. Even if it is a simple t-shirt or coffee purchase.


4. Go Sledding (Free Winter Activity)

This is one FREE activity that is super fun for all ages!

Since we were there in the winter, we got a chance to go sledding down the town’s hill.

The location of this hill is behind the elementary school and next to an activity center with tennis courts and a dog park.

There are sleds that some leave behind, or you can pick some up at the local shops.

Our whole family enjoyed the free sledding so much that we went more than once!

5. Go Mountain Biking

If you happen to go to Breckenridge during the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Summers, biking is a great way to enjoy the area.

You can bring your own or rent a bike while you are there. (Check out Groupon for deals)

This is an inexpensive way to get some exercise, explore the outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of the Breckenridge Mountains.

6. Go Skiing / Snowboarding

Okay, so we all know Skiing or Snowboarding isn’t necessarily a budget-friendly activity.

The ski lift tickets alone are pricy!

However, budgeting at least one-day, if you are going during Ski Season to the Mountains, is recommended if you enjoy the activity.

We were on a budget and decided to do one day of snowboarding while we visited the town in February.

The cost was well worth the experience for us!

If you are renting your skis and/or snowboard gear (including a helmet, pants (if needed), or jacket) check out AMR Rental Ski and Board.

They provided us with great gear, all fitted to our liking and for half the price of other rental places.

7. Visit Local Museums 

Breckenridge, Colorado is historically a gold mining/sawmill town.

There are some great museums that the whole family can visit to get a piece of the history. Including a high line railroad museum with a Train engine and themed playground specifically created for kids to enjoy.

Here is a list of some of the museums that are available to visit.

Barney Ford Museum

Edwin Carter Discovery Center

Briggle House Museum

High Line Railroad Museum

Breckenridge Sawmill Museum

You can check out more museums and tours here:

Please keep in mind hours may be subject to change. Most of these museums are free to discover and donations are accepted.

8. Check out Groupon for Local Deals

One thing I love to check when I am in a new town to see what activities could be available on Groupon.

Sometimes you can find something really cool to do and for a cheaper price.


Final Thoughts

Visiting Breckenridge Colorado was a wonderful and memorable vacation.

If I ever get the chance to go back, I would in a heartbeat. There is so much to explore in the area, that our trip was not enough time.

So, if you love the outdoors, extreme sports, amazing coffee, and kind people then Breckenridge is a perfect vacation spot for you! Enjoy and explore the beautiful sights it has to offer!

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Best Ski In/Ski Out Vacation Rentals for Families in Breckenridge, CO

Best Ski In/Ski Out Vacation Rentals for Families in Breckenridge, CO

Ski In Ski Out Vacation Rentals | Ever Dream of staying in a Wintery Wonderland with the ability to Ski or Snowboard right outside the house you’re staying in?

Well, you’re in the right place to find that perfect place in Breckenridge, Colorado!

This area is a Ski/Snowboarding location that brings people from around the world. 

It has slopes that adhere to all levels from beginner to advanced Skiers and Snowboarders.

But, before it drew in the crowds for the snow sports, Breckenridge was an old mining town in the 1800s and early 1900s. 

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It wasn’t until 1961 when the first Ski Area was opened by the Witchita Lumber Company.

Although the town is now popular for outdoor recreational activities, it is still committed to keeping the early pioneer history preserved.

Today, there are 5 peaks with 2,908 skiable acres and 187 trails. It is also home to the highest chair lift in America called the “Imperial Express SuperChair”.

Now that you know a little bit about the area of Breckenridge, check out these best ski-in/ ski-out homes that you can rent and enjoy with the whole family.

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1. Ski Hill Lodge

This custom-built log cabin is a wildernesses dream location. Only 400 yards aways from 4 ski lifts, and located right near the main street. There is a free shuttle stop so having a car is not a necessity.


  • 16 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms – 10 Beds
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Hot Tub
  • Walk to Ski Slopes
  • Hiking Trails
  • Minutes from Downtown Main St.
  • Game Table
  • Heated Garage
  • Spacious Deck with Hills
  • Outdoor Grill with Picnic Table
  • Step 2 Roller Coaster for Young Ones to play

Hosted by: Nancy

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2. Sawmill Creek Chalet

This wonderful home is a great place to bring the family and enjoy a week of winter fun. The Snowflake lift is across the street at the end of the 4 O’clock run. Can you get any closer? After the slopes, you can enjoy a nice relaxing hot tub with a mountain view.



  • 4 O’Clock Ski Run/Lift Across the Street
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • Private outdoor deck
  • Hot Tub
  • Gas Grill
  • Mountain Views

Hosted by: Ashley

3. Shock Hill Majestic

This Gorgeous New Construction home is located right off Main Street Breckenridge and steps out to a Gondola. With the Modern Luxurious finishes, this home is perfect for a family of 11 to enjoy a wonderful Summer or Winter holiday.


  • Sleeps 11 guests
  • 4 Bedrooms – 6 Beds
  • 4.5 Bathrooms
  • Pack n’ Play
  • Hot Tub
  • Modern Luxurious Finishes
  • Gondola Access
  • At the base of Peak 7 and 8 Ski Run
  • Heated 2 Car Garage
  • Fireplace in Great Room, Master and Outside
  • In-Floor Radiant heat

Hosted by: Fonda

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Ski In - Ski Out Breckenridge

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4. Lavish Mtn. Sanctuary

Another Gorgeous home located right next to the Gondola with modern luxurious amenities. The perfect Ski-in / Ski-out Vacation Rental made for large families and groups to enjoy a wonderful holiday.


  • Sleeps 13 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms – 7 beds
  • 4.5 bathrooms
  • Hot Tub
  • Walks to Gondola
  • 2,500 SqFt
  • Full Wet Bar
  • 2 Car Heated Garage
  • Patio with Full View of the Peak

Hosted by: Alpine Edge

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Ski in Ski Out Vacation Rental

5. Tranquil Mountain Retreat

The perfect place to hang with your friends and family for a vacation getaway. You can Ski/Snowboard right up to the front door with the slope just across the street. Enjoy a warm hot tub, fireplace, and more in this ski-in / ski-out vacation rental in Breckenridge, Colorado. 


  • 10 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms – 8 beds
  • 3.5 Bathrooms 
  • Entire house to yourself
  • Hot Tub
  • Walks to the Slopes
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Board Games

Hosted by: Carin

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ski in ski out vacation rental

6. Wildernest Point

Go ahead and nestle into this gorgeous cabin in the woods. This is a great location for experienced skiers. It is a ski-in/ski-out vacation rental near black diamond slopes.


  • 10 Guests
  • 3 bedrooms – 6 beds
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Gorgeous Views of Peak 10
  • 2 car garage
  • Hot Tub
  • WiFi
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • Ski Shuttle Access

Hosted by: Mike & Anna

7. Shock Hill Escape

Get your Winter Activities on with a FREE Skycard while you stay at Shock Hill. This entire home is located across the street from the Gondola in Breckenridge. Easy access to nordic ski trails and a short walk to town.  


  • 9 Guests
  • 4 bedrooms – 6 beds
  • 4.5 baths
  • Access to Gondola
  • Mountain Views of Peak 7 & 8
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • WiFi
  • 2 Car Garage

Hosted by: Mike & Anna

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8. Remodeled Lodge with Views

Gorgeous views of the mountainous region and the town of Breckenridge with quick access to the 4 O’Clock run. This home is great if you have small children because it comes with a Pack n’Play, Bumbo, childbed safe rail, stroller, and tons of toys. 



  • 12 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms – 10 beds
  •  3 Baths
  • Child Friendly 
  • Hot Tub
  • Newly Remodeled
  • Access to the 4 O’Clock Run
  • Access to Snowflake Lift on peak 8
  • Amazing Views

Hosted by: Julie

9. Extravagant Elegance

This extravagant home is in a prime location and is an absolutely gorgeous vacation rental. During ski season, you can walk right across the street and hop on the gondola or stay warm inside by the fire while enjoying the views.


  • 10 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms – 7 beds
  • 3.5 baths
  • 2,400 SqFt
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • High-End Finishes
  • Wrap Around Deck with Views of Peak 8 & 9
  • 2 Car Garage

Hosted by: Alpine Edge

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Final Thoughts

I hope you feel inspired and excited to book a trip soon.

Breckenridge, Colorado is a gorgeous place to visit with some awesome history and modern amenities. 

These homes are incredible and perfect places to stay if you want the luxury of being able to Ski-in / Ski-out. 

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