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Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado

15 Fun Facts About Breckenridge

1. Breckenridge was founded in 1859 by a small group of prospectors who struck it rich when they discovered gold along the Blue River. Like so many other Colorado mountain communities, this drove a Gold Rush in the area resulting in the development of the town.

2. When the town was originally founded, it was spelled BreckINridge in honor of the Vice President at the time. (The people in town were angling to use this “honor” to get a local Post Office…and it worked.) Two years later that Vice President took sides with the Confederate Army when the Civil War broke out. The townspeople didn’t like this so they changed the spelling to BreckENridge.

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Breckenridge Skiing

When gold was discovered along the Blue River in the 1800s, miners flocked to Breckenridge to seek their fortune. Today, skiers and snowboarders head to Breck seeking something almost as valuable: the perfect mountain town.

Situated along the Tenmile Range in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge has four distinct base areas and a total of 2,908 acres of skiable terrain for all abilities.

Ski Breckenridge: resort guide

Breckenridge has a lot going for it, but some of the flaws we list above are non-trivial. The Imperial Express may be North America’s highest lift, but it was only in 2014 that editor Gill finally got to ski it for the first time, all his previous visits having been spoiled by high winds. And on his first visit [cough] years ago, he was knocked out for 24 hours by altitude sickness. If you can, go first to a lower resort for a couple of nights – Steamboat, Aspen or Vail – to cut the risk of sickness.