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Summer Travel Tips

Summer in Breckenridge

Your first time visiting Breckenridge should be an experience you will always remember. We've put together a list of hints and advice to help make your trip unforgettable.

1. High Altitude information
Breckenridge welcomes you to the Colorado Rockies. To ensure you have the best experience possible, we have put together a list of valuable information about preparing for your trip.

Proper Clothing:
Dress for cooler temperatures but be prepared for sudden weather changes. It's colder at higher altitudes and layers of clothing are a good idea. It may feel colder or warmer depending on whether it's windy or cloudy on one hand, or sunny with still air on the other. It's best to dress in layers and wear breathable clothing, such as smart wool that keeps moisture away from the skin.

Sunburn:
Because of the thinner atmosphere and reflection from snow or water, you can sunburn much more easily than most people think. Ultraviolet light is more intense at higher altitudes. Be sure to protect your face and lips with appropriate sunscreen (at least 15 SPF), and protect your eyes with sunglasses or goggles.

Altitude Sickness:
Perhaps as many as half the visitors from lower elevations experience some form of altitude illness. The vast majority of cases are self-limited and spontaneously resolve as the body acclimatizes. Symptoms include fatigue, decreased appetite, shortness of breath with minimal exertion, nausea, headache and sleep disturbances. These symptoms are often worse the second day at altitude (but resolve in four to five days). Rest is the key to treating mild forms of altitude sickness.

Avoiding Altitude Sickness:

  • Stay Properly Hydrated: Acclimatization is often accompanied by fluid loss, so you need to drink lots of fluids to remain properly hydrated (at least 3-4 quarts per day).
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs during acclimation, which can also lead to dehydration.
  • Light Activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating Altitude Sickness symptoms.

Frostbite & Hypothermia: Frostbite results from cooling of body tissues and subsequent destruction of these tissues. This occurs when skin is exposed to cold and windy conditions. Fingers, ears and noses are especially susceptible. The best cure is prevention. Keep the skin covered and warm up frequently. If blisters, occur or if fingers or toes are involved, seek medical attention immediately. Over exposure to cold, wetness or wind can cause a very low internal body temperature known as hypothermia. Warning signs include shivering, fatigue, slowed pulse and bluish lip color. Hypothermia is life threatening. Victims of hypothermia should get to warmth and shelter, remove wet clothes, warm up in blankets, and drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Emergency medical attention should be sought immediately.

2. Sun
At 9600 feet, the sun is 40% stronger than at sea level. Apply sunscreen several times a day and always wear eye protection. Sunglasses with UV protection are a must. Lip balm/chapstick is also a necessity.

3. Weather
A typical summer day in Breckenridge consists of sunny skies in the morning, followed by scattered afternoon thundershowers. Weather patterns change quickly, so be prepared. Plan activities for the morning and always carry a light waterproof jacket. Hikers are advised to plan hikes early in the day.

4. Atmosphere
Breckenridge prides itself in being a laid back, casual mountain town. No need to bring your high-heels or dress clothes. Jeans and a light jacket are the norm around here.

5. Transportation
While a number of properties are within walking distance of historic Main Street or the mountain, Breckenridge is served by the Free Ride Transportation System. The Free Ride travels routes through Breckenridge connecting the resort's base areas and free parking lots, runs the perimeter of downtown, stops at the Ice Rink, City Market, Recreation Center, Village and Four O'clock Roads, Columbine and Broken Lance Drive and Peak 9. Click here to check out the Free Ride map.

6. Exercise
Plan to get in shape prior to your arrival in Breckenridge. Exercising before your trip will help your body more easily adjust to the altitude upon arrival.

When does the mountain open/close for the 2010 summer season?
Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park activities will open on June 18, 2010. Learn more about the Peak 8 Fun Park activities.

How many people are required to be eligible for a group discount?
Twenty or more people are considered a group. Please call (800) 784-7669 or email breckgroup@vailresorts.com.

What are the hours of the Breckenridge Fun Park ticket windows?
Breckenridge Fun Park tickets can be purchased during the summer season between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

How much does it cost to rent mountain bikes?
Breckenridge has two bike rental shops conveniently located at the base of Peaks 8 and 9. For rates and availability please click here.

How do I get from Denver to Breckenridge?
Take Interstate 70 west to exit 203. Continue south on HWY 9 to Breckenridge. From metro Denver, the trip is approx. 90 miles. If you do not have access to a car, Colorado Mountain Express provides door-to-door shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport.

Do I need a car in Breckenridge?
Probably not. While a number of accommodations are within walking distance of historic Main Street or the mountain, Breckenridge is served by the Free Ride Transportation System. The Free Ride travels routes through Breckenridge connecting the resort's base areas and free parking lots, runs the perimeter of downtown, stops at the Ice Rink, City Market, Recreation Center, Village and Four O'clock Roads, Columbine and Broken Lance Drive and Peak 9. Click here to check out the Free Ride map.

Is there free parking in Breckenridge?
Yes. Free parking is available during the summer at the Miner's and Tailings lots. These lots are located on Park Avenue.

How do I get from Breckenridge to other nearby resorts and towns?
The free Summit Stage is a year-round shuttle that goes to the nearby towns of Silverthorne, Frisco, Dillon, and other resorts. Call (970) 668-0999 or visit the Summit Stage Online.

Are there any lodging accommodations in Breckenridge that allow pets?
Yes. A select number of rooms at the Great Divide Lodge and The Village at Breckenridge Resort are designated 'canine-friendly,' with deposit. Please call (888) 462-5380 for availability.

What is altitude sickness and how can it be prevented?
Altitude is defined on the following scale High: (8,000 - 12,000 feet [2,438 - 3,658 meters]), Very High (12,000 - 18,000 feet [3,658 - 5,487 meters]), and Extremely High (18,000+ feet [5,500+ meters]). Since few people have been to such altitudes, it is hard to know who may be affected. There are no specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility to altitude sickness. Some people get it and some people don't, and some people are more susceptible than others. Below are a few tips to help prevent altitude sickness.

1. Stay properly hydrated. Acclimatization is often accompanied by fluid loss, so you need to drink lots of fluids to remain properly hydrated (at least 3-4 quarts per day).
2. Take it easy; don't over-exert yourself when you first get up to altitude. Light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
3. Avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills. These depressants further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of the symptoms.
4. Eat a high carbohydrate diet (more than 70% of your calories from carbohydrates) while at altitude.
5. The acclimatization process is inhibited by dehydration, over-exertion, and alcohol and other depressant drugs.

What is the weather like?
If you've not spent time in the mountains before, be aware that weather conditions will be a bit different than in the valleys, and at higher altitudes your body may behave differently. Dress for cooler temperatures and be prepared for sudden weather changes. Importantly, prevent sunburn ... you'll tan or burn much more quickly and deeply in the mountains than at sea level. It's colder at higher altitudes and layers of clothing are a good idea. It may feel colder or warmer depending on whether it's windy or cloudy on the one hand, or sunny with still air. Even at an air temperature of freezing you may be quite warm at 10,000 feet at noon if the air is still and the sky cloudless. You may feel like you're freezing at 50°F with thick cloud cover and a stiff wind. It's best to dress in layers and wear breathable clothing. Visit our custom weather forecast here for an up-to-date custom forecast.

TEMPERATURE AVERAGES  

   High  Low

January

32º F 0º F
Febuary 35º F 2º F 
March 39º F 8º F
April 48º F  17º F 
May 59º F  25º F 
June 69º F 31º F
July 75º F 37º F
August 73º F 36º F 
September 67º F 29º F 
October  56º F  20º F 
November  41º F  10º F 
December 34º F  3º F 
     

Does Breckenridge offer daycare?
Yes. Breckenridge offers daycare for children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Options include the Peak 8 Children's Center (970-453-3258) and Kinderhut (800-541-8779), a licensed day care center located slopeside to the Beaver Run Resort on Peak 9.

What does Breckenridge offer for kids in the summer?
Please visit our Just for Kids section here or Four Perfect Days for Families here.

Helpful Phone Numbers
Resort Information Center: (800) 789-SNOW
Reservations: (888) 284-9477
Colorado Road Conditions: (877) 315-ROAD (7623)
Current Snow conditions: (800) 842-8062

The vacation is booked, reservations are made, activities are planned and the only thing left to do is pack. No need to worry though, we're here to help with that too. We have created a list below detailing a few of the essentials so you will arrive in Breckenridge with everything you need to make memories that will last a lifetime.

What to bring:

  • Bike
  • Fishing rod
  • Camping gear
  • Water shoes (Tevas, Chacos) 
  • Hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Camel back / water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Discman / mp3 player / walkman
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Pain relievers
  • Camera / Video Camera
  • Proof of insurance
  • Waterproof shell
  • Day pack
  • Swim suit
  • Exercise clothes
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