The perks of off-peak skiing

Skiing Breck

Soon the days will get longer and the snowfall totals fatter. It’s right around the corner — that precious post-holiday, pre-spring-break winter lull and one of the best times to plan a trip to Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Four reasons off-peak skiing rules:

Having the mountain to yourself

Off-peak skiing means less crowding, next-to-nothing ticket window and chairlift lines and skiing more of the mountain in less time. Experience Breck at your own pace. Check terrain status and choose from 187 trails spread across five huge peaks. Take your time, linger over that second cup of coffee and saunter off the gondola. Or, snag first chair with ease and bask in wide open runs and fresh, untracked powder.

Reaping deals and discounts Sking powder at Breck

Get giddy for off-peak specials on lodging, lift tickets and more. Breck guarantees the lowest price when you purchase your lift tickets seven days in advance online through their “Lowest Price Guarantee.” Breck offers some amazing lodging and ticket discounts throughout the season, so head over to the Breckenridge vacation deals page to see what is currently available for the season. Breckenridge vacation deals are constantly added, so keep checking back for more amazing offers from Breck.

Savoring a leisurely vacation

Slow down and really customize your Breck visit. Take a group ski lesson without worrying about dodging other skiers and riders while honing your skills. Ride the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster as a family, hit the terrain parks, or enjoy browsing the amazing shopping and dining in town and on the mountain. Challenge yourself — scoop by the halfpipe, dip into tree runs and check out Breck’s hike-to terrain where you can take your time and really plot your turns without intimidation.

Rubbing elbows with locals

Join the smiling locals skiing on weekends and mid-week when lines are short and snow is fresh. Ask Breck regulars to point you to their favorite runs and après scenes. At the end of the day, relish in no-wait pints and hot toddies. The Maggie at the base of Peak 9 features après deals everyday from 3 to 7pm, while Sevens at the base of Peak 7 hosts a weekday happy hour from 3 to 5 pm and 9 to 10pm. Pick up a copy of the Summit Daily for under-the-radar local happenings and dining and shopping deals around town.

— Lisa Pogue