1 . Crystal Peak Lodge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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We all know what the magic word was that our parents would ask for – namely, please – but what about the magic number? The supposed perfect number is the mysterious seven. Though we’re no mystics, we think that this odd number is even more perfect when paired with our No. 1 pick.

Crystal Peak Lodge sits at the base of Peak 7 in the warm-hearted community of Breckenridge. This ski-in/ski-out lodge wraps itself in all the winter wonderland qualities of a premier Colorado skiing resort. Alpine chic rooms use timber, moss rock, wrought iron and glass to allow the morning sunshine in and provide snuggly nights in front of the fire. Outside, find yourself staring up through the snow-laden boughs of aspen and pine to the majestic Rockies mountaintop. We’d be lying if we didn’t admit to taking a breather here to make snow angels and catch snowflakes on our tongues. However, we did regain a sense of purpose eventually – like touring the mountain terrain in the BreckConnect gondola. The lucky number here is 10. Taking a 10-minute ride in this newly added transportation system, you can catch breathtaking vies of the Ten Mile Range and Cucumber Gulch.

Related Onsite Offerings

Ski and boot storage, underground parking, outdoor plaza with hot tubs, dog walking, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness facility and more.

Highlights

The BreckConnect gondola transports you from Crystal Peak Lodge to the town of Breckenridge and to the bases of Peaks 7 and 8. At Crystal Peak, you’ll also be a short ride from the new Imperial SuperChair and the proposed Independence SuperChair.

Related activities

If you could (im)possibly get tired of the slopes, explore the quintessential mountain town of Breckenridge, which has more than 130 restaurants, bars and clubs and more than 180 shops, boutiques and art galleries.

2 . Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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When we created a Breckenridge vacation necessities checklist, more than a few essentials came to mind: plenty of mountain activities, plenty of onsite activities and plenty of relaxation. Luckily, we found this “land of plenty” at the Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge.

No need to worry about working your way up at our No. 2 spot, only about the smooth ride down the slopes of Peak 8. When you feel that you know the terrain of Peak 8 like the back of your hand, throw your skis over your shoulder and head to the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. With the summit at 13,050 ft., the Montezuma Bowl and Treeline and High Divide free-style terrain parks, there is plenty of powder to share. At Marriott Mountain Valley indulge in après-ski relaxation in the outdoor heated pool or in the whirlpool. A true treat for those ski muscles is delivered at A Healing Feeling Spa. We can’t think of a better name after the European Rose Mud Wrap and hot stone massage. Though we appreciate fully-equipped kitchens, we also appreciate a cook’s night off. The day is complete with a casual pub meal and specialty brew at the Breckenridge Brewery.

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For a more intimate dining experience, the Hearthstone restaurant offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere with dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains.

Related Onsite Offerings

Jetted tubs in the villas, 32-in. flat panel LCD TVs in all rooms, full kitchens in ski lodging, high-speed wireless Internet, cardio equipment, free weights and more.

Address

655 Columbine Drive, Breckenridge, CO 80424

3 . Village at Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge, Colorado

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Sometimes in the rush of lacing boots, slipping on skis and slashing up slopes, the base foundation of all this excitement is overlooked. Well, no longer. Our No. 3 pick’s location and outstanding amenities and service are a tribute to the hospitable host town of Breckenridge.

The Village at Breckenridge Resort is tucked between the Blue River and the historic Main Street. In fact, the Village is the only ski-in/ski-out resort in Breckenridge this close to its bustling pedestrian plaza. Hundreds of shops, boutiques, and restaurants await you, steps from your Village doorstep. When returning to your Village condo or suite, you don’t leave the charm of the mountain town behind. Its cheery streets and towering mountains greet you from your window or comfy couch. But don’t just stare forlornly. The Village is at the base of Peak 9, the National Forest and Maggie Pond. Switch your walking shoes for skis, snow shoes or ice skates! When that cool, crisp mountain air inspires an appetite, fulfill its every wish at The Maggie – an après ski gathering place for wings, barbeque and more – or warm up with a pint at Park Avenue Pub, both on site at the Village.

Related Onsite Offerings

Dog-friendly rooms, childcare center, five outdoor and four indoor hot tubs, arcade, fitness center, shuttle service and more.

Fun facts

In 5280 magazine’s 2005 annual Top of the Mountains issue, Breckenridge was named the Top Mountain Shopping Town.

Getting there

From Colorado Springs, take Hwy. 24 west. At Hartsel, take Hwy. 9 north for about 40 miles over Hoosier Pass. As you enter Breckenridge, turn left at the second stoplight onto South Park Avenue. In a block and a half, turn left into the circular drive of The Village at Breckenridge Resort.

4 . Valdoro Mountain Lodge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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We’re all aware of get-rich quick schemes, but we think this one is legitimate. With a name that means “Valley of Gold,” our No. 4 resort isn’t necessarily promising yellow nuggets or coins in your pocket, but it does provide a Breckenridge ski experience that you can’t put a price tag on.

Valdoro Mountain Lodge began as a vision and was just recently made a reality in the form of stylish mountain-side rooms with thoughtful touches like complimentary coffee, Aveda bath products and even laundry detergent. Their partnership with the Hilton Grand Vacations Club ensures that your stay at Valdoro will consist of the finest mountain luxury. Such luxuries include hot tubs for après ski lounging, an arcade center to keep the kids entertained while you are relaxing in the Members Lounge with its big screen plasma TVs, billiards, full service bar and more.

Address

500 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Related activities

If you enjoy playing in the snow but dislike the idea of strapping your feet to two metal beams, try another winter Breckenridge pastime like a sleigh ride, dog sledding, snow tubing or visit the gold mines and museums.

Related Onsite Offerings

Ski concierge, gift and sundries shop, heated underground parking, shuttle service, wireless Internet, an outdoor heated pool and more.

5 . Great Divide Lodge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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Our No. 5 spot’s name gave us pause. We wondered what it could be that was being divided. Rival gangs of snowboarders and cross country skiers? The Breckenridge winter regulars vs. the summer regulars? Then finally, we understood – the bad times are divided from the good!

In reality, the Great Divide Lodge is named in honor of the Continental Divide, which passes through Colorado itself. But after experiencing a Colorado getaway at this Breckenridge resort, we were sure they must’ve done something to chase away the stress and inconvenience that inevitably follows innocent vacationers. Yet, all we were left with was the Great Divide’s grand scale rooms and care-free amenities, like outdoor hot tubs on a stone terrace, an indoor swimming pool awash in tropical ambiance and a sports shop with equipment rental.

Related activities

Trying to branch out in your schedule of Breckenridge winter sports? Try Nordic skiing, snowmobiling or simply building a snowman.

Getting there

From Eagle Vail Regional Airport, take I-70 for about 64 miles east to Frisco (Exit 203). Turn right onto Hwy. 9 South and continue for nine miles into historic Breckenridge. Before the roundabout that merges Hwy. 9, Main Street and North Park Avenue, take the right exit onto Colorado Hwy. 9 South, which is also Park Avenue. At Village Road, turn right. The Great Divide will be on your right two blocks further.

Related Onsite Offerings

Shuttle service, heated underground and valet parking, ski valet and complimentary storage, in-house massage, in-room dining, dog-friendly rooms and more.

6 . Grand Timber Lodge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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You blink at the sunlight seeping through the slats of your window blinds. Stretching within the cocoon of your soft sheets, you yawn but decide to rise for the day. A cup of steaming coffee is on the granite counter and your sweetie is already taking in the spectacular mountain views from your deck.

Is this the lazy morning you’ve always wanted but never received? Well, pitch the alarm clock and come to our No. 6 resort. At Grand Timber Lodge you are allowed to greet the Rockies when you choose and leave the bed unmade when that time comes. Grand Timber Loge outfits your Breckenridge vacation with a range of rooms. An intimate studio unit creates a cozy lovers’ nest for your romantic getaway and a spacious three-bedroom condo gives everyone space to gather for game night or disperse for alone time during your CO family reunion. Start your morning with a yoga class at Grand Timber Lodge’s fitness center while your little angels are still sleeping peacefully in their beds. Later, dole out the hats and gloves and let the kids release their energy on the outdoor playground while you relax in one of six hot tubs.

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Related activities

Complete your dream-like Colorado vacation with a trip to Grand Victorian Day Spa and Salon. The Old World elegance is fused with modern treatments, like a Green Tea Antioxidant Salt Scrub, for an unforgettable appointment.

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 W to Exit 203, Breckenridge/Frisco Highway 9. Follow Highway 9 south for about nine miles. Take a right at the roundabout onto Park Avenue/Highway 9. Make your third right onto 4 O’clock Road. Make your second left onto King’s Crown. Turn right onto Snowflake Drive. Bear to the left into the circular driveway of Grand Timber Lodge.

Related Onsite Offerings

Grand Room for large gatherings, Lodgepole Store, arcade, two swimming pools, ski in/ski out convenience and more.

7 . Pine Ridge Condominiums

Breckenridge, Colorado

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We don’t usually get excited about an “o’clock” – unless of course it is 5 o’clock on a Friday – but our No. 7 pick had us eagerly anticipating 4 o’clock. We are speaking of the Four O’Clock Ski Run, which our No. 7 resort has a convenient slope-side location to, of course!

Though driver’s manuals warn you to stray from holding the wheel in the “4 and 8” position, Pine Ridge Condominiums whole-heartedly encourages sampling the 3.5-mile Four O’Clock Ski Run on Peak 8. With a portion of this run – the longest trail in Breckenridge – ranked in the category of easy, all skill-levels can enjoy the powder-covered peaks. Other numbers we got excited over were on our bill – that’s right, we actually didn’t cringe when closing out the tab this time! Pine Ridge Condos offers tasteful and comfortable rooms at a great value. If your mini-skiers aren’t quite ready to take on the bunny hills yet, take them to the heated swimming pool. Leave them to their game of Marco Polo while you soak in the hot tub or invent a game called See Who Can Stay in the Pool the Longest while you catch up in your novel.

Highlights

The convenience of Pine Ridge’s location continues with its proximity to the Snow Flake Lift and Breckenridge’s Main Street.

Related Onsite Offerings

Fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryer unit, private balconies, fireplace, private ski lockers, high-speed Internet and more.

Address

400 4 O’clock Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

8 . Mountain Thunder Lodge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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Though we didn’t have an au pair to run to during a storm that could calm our fears with a list of her favorite things, our No. 8 pick’s strong stone and timber structure was reassuring enough to gain a night of peaceful slumber.

The ominous sounding name Mountain Thunder Lodge belies the actually tranquil atmosphere of this Breckenridge ski lodge. But perhaps it speaks to the powerful and exhilarating experience you will have when staying here. The unique ski-in/gondola-out resort is steps away from the BreckConnect gondola which will take you to the top of Peak 8. Enjoy the half pipe and terrain park, move onto other peaks or take a ski lesson. When you are ready to thaw out, ski back in to Mountain Thunder Lodge for a deserved trip to the hot tub. Walk two short blocks to Breckenridge’s Main Street for an original dining experience. Or, don your favorite pair of sweatpants, prepare a romantic dinner for two in the full gourmet kitchen and then snuggle up together in front of your moss rock fireplace.

Related Onsite Offerings

Year-round heated pool, DVD rental, children’s play area, laundry facilities, wireless Internet and more.

Related activities

If you decide to venture into town for dinner and are looking for a little flair, check out Rasta Pasta, a pasta restaurant that specializes in Jamaican recipes.

Getting there

From Denver International Airport, take I-70 W for 85 miles to Exit 203. At the roundabout, take Highway 9 through Frisco and travel south for nine miles into Breckenridge, where Highway 9, Main Street and North park Avenue merge in another roundabout. Take the right exit before this roundabout onto Colorado Highway 9 South and then follow North Park Avenue for three blocks. Mountain Thunder Lodge will be on your right on Mountain Thunder Drive.

9 . The Lodge at Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colorado

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You watch the snowflakes fall and dissolve in the steam before they even get the chance to hit the water. Sinking a little lower in the hot tub you gaze at the stately Rocky Mountain peaks before you close your eyes and listen to the silence of the surrounding snow-hushed forest.

The Lodge at Breckenridge has tucked itself away on the side of a forested cliff, five minutes from town. Though this may seem a small distance it is big enough to give you that quiet mountain respite you’ve been searching for. Known for its distinct mountain charm, The Lodge offers accommodations and luxury homes that reflect the beauty of their environment rather than intruding upon it. Take in the white slopes you just conquered today from a distance in your Mountain View Room with custom fabrics and cozy fireplace with a sitting area. The Luxury and Alpine Homes provide Rockies family vacations or Breckenridge ski reunions with ample space and comfort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Free parking, complimentary shuttle service, continental breakfast, dog-friendly rooms and more.

Highlights

Honeymoon in the romantic surroundings of Colorado forests in The Lodge at Breckenridge’s Sunlight Peak Suite. Aptly named for the phenomenal views of the sunrise and sunset over the Rocky Mountain peaks, this suite is sure to be the perfect touch to your love story.

Address

112 Overlook Drive, Breckenridge, CO 80424

10 . Village Hotel

Breckenridge, Colorado

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You’re not seeing double – our No. 10 spot does share some similarities with our No. 3 pick: one word, access to Park Avenue Pub and The Maggie to fill your tummy with delectable Colorado fare and a convenient location. Despite its seemingly doppelganger role, Village Hotel is a resort unto itself.

Village Hotel, as we have mentioned, boasts a stellar locale in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Take a leisurely stroll through the pedestrian plaza for some window shopping or dare to enter and find your pocket book begging for that new outfit or Colorado keepsake. Of course, if you’re there to enjoy the rugged outdoors, Peak 9 is an easy ski lift ride away. Though a blanket of snow makes intense hiking difficult, the adjacent National Forest is a sanctuary for snow shoeing. Inside, your Rocky Mountain ski vacation received an upgrade. Soft rose and ecru hued rooms are complete with flat screen TVs, Starbucks coffee and photographs of the Colorado surroundings – as if the views from your window aren’t satisfying enough!

Related Onsite Offerings

Indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, sports shop with equipment rental and storage, Ski and Ride School, valet parking, 24-hour front desk and more.

Highlights

The Village Hotel recently underwent a multi-million renovation in December 2006 and we know you’ll love the mountain chic décor and high end amenities that came from this successful project!

Address

535 South Park Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424

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