Breck’s must-photograph spots
In town or on the mountain, capturing jaw-dropping Breckenridge vistas is pretty much point-n-click. Mother Nature handles the rest.
Here are a few mandatory frame-worthy shots:
Top of T-Bar
Hop on the two-person T-Bar lift to the crux of Peak 7 and Peak 8 for amazing alpine panoramas. Ski left and pause to take it all in… and by all we mean Keystone, Lake Dillon, Baldy Mountain, Boreas Pass, the town of Breck, and the resort and ant-sized skiers directly below you. The Continental Divide waves from the east. Snap a few pics, drop in and rip down expert-rated Horseshoe Bowl.
Imperial Bowl and beyond
You know North America’s highest chair lift, the Imperial Express SuperChair, delivers dream vantage points. Take that obligatory bragging rights photo next to the sign that proves you were hanging at 12,840 feet.
Bonus: Hike a few steps up and swoop down Whale’s Tail. Cruise the ridgeline until you get to a safe stopping place to score a bonus shot looking west over neighboring Copper Mountain and the Tenmile Range. It’s (literally) breathtaking.
You could close your eyes and snap away and still get a terrific shot from here. Peak 6 opened last season and unlocked over 540 acres of fresh Breck terrain. Ride the high-speed six-person Kensho SuperChair to 12,300 feet for unobstructed above-treeline views of the county.
The extreme freestyle playground holds an impressive 143 acres of hike-to terrain, inviting competitions like the GoPro Big Mountain Challenge – perfect for action shots of pros zipping tight chutes and hucking cliffs.
Ski Hill Road
As you wind up to the base of Peak 8 on Ski Hill Road, pull off on the designated spot overlooking town on the left. It’s a gorgeous image of a blanketed Breckenridge and east mountain backdrop. Especially as the sun is setting.
Easy to access by car and postcard-esque, drive up twisting Boreas Road until you see a pull-off on the left shoulder. Sunrise alpenglow from here is unreal: town below comes to life in a canvas of pinks and icy blues and the morning light on the ski resort’s freshly groomed runs is a photographer’s dream.
Don’t forget the details
In November and December, Breck lights up like a holly jolly wonderland. Iconic mountain village street lamps, those cheery big red bows, snowflakes floating around the horse and carriage trotting down historic Main Street. Carolers, dressed-up pine trees and twinkling lights. Three feet of powder on the riverbanks. Even the biggest Grinch can get a little trigger-happy with the festive snapshots.
Don’t forget to share your photos. Tag pics with #Breck and they’ll show up on the Breckenridge social sharing site!
– Lisa Pogue