Breck is a magical experience in both winter and summer, which few destinations can boast. While Vail usually draws the bigger crowds (and it is downright mind blowing to experience), I love and prefer this hidden gem.
Mountain towns are so inviting and I can’t get enough. Experiencing the snowy wonderland of Breck is a treat that you don’t want to ever end. The quaint downtown is lit up in white lights and beckons you to stay for a while. I am partial to fondue and pizza on my ski trips, and here it is plentiful. Microbrews line the streets, along with outdoorsy apparel and equipment that you don’t need but inevitably buy way too much of.
This eastern girl grew up with very small mountains, so to be able to ski for hours on end without flying into the village at the bottom is mind blowing.
Snowmobiling is a highlight, along with endless winter activities to choose from. Since I go so infrequently, my first day on the slopes is typically a trial and error game getting back into the groove of making big “S” curves and fine tuning smooth stops. I prefer snowboarding to skiing these days, and always forget how taxing it is to carve through the white powder all day long and get up after a massive face-plant (or two or three).
And don’t forget how amazing it is to end the day in a heated cabin, with a scalding cup of hot chocolate, toasty shower and bubbling hot tub overlooking the mountain to reminisce about a glorious day on the slopes.
I have to admit summer in the Colorado foothills is equally as soothing. Taking the ski lifts up to the cliff tops for some stunning hikes or starting a downhill mountain bike ride are so thrilling. The fresh mountain air is so addictive and beckons you to not waste a single minute of daylight out exploring. The small towns come alive with tourists and locals alike enjoying outdoor festivals galore. A scenic drive is always on the agenda, which can lead to even more paths you just have to plan a return to in a few years down the road to get your fix.
Bottom line…… don’t make me choose!