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American skiing offers a radically different experience from much of Europe, in a way that leaves many hooked from their first visit. On the mountain, the terrain can often be more varied and rugged compared to European resorts, and often a lot more snowy. One thing to be aware of is how the off piste policy differs to Europe. Resorts will have an outer boundary, rather than on piste and off piste areas, with everything that sits inside this counted as patrolled and managed terrain. This allows you the freedom to ski any line that takes your fancy, without having to worry about snow conditions. This is why we’ve given our Colorado holiday an off piste profile – despite being technically ‘in bounds’, you will be spending a sizeable portion of your time away from the marked trails.
The Breckenridge ski area itself offers 34 lifts, 187 trails and nearly 3,000-acres terrain, a sizable portion of which are huge powder filled bowls - an expert skiers delight. This is spread out over five Peaks, numbered 6-10. It also boasts an average of 300 days of sun each year as alongside an impressive snow record.
Crested Butte is a small area, but it packs in an astonishing mixture of cruising runs and expert terrain. For those who like steep, ungroomed terrain, Crested Butte is idyllic. The size of the resort, given as 1,167 acres, is somewhat misleading given that many visitors come for the off piste areas, making the resort feel far larger.
Considered by many as the best Colorado ski town, Breckenridge has plenty to offer both on and off the slopes. The towns Wild West roots are no more evident than on Main Street, where colourful Victorian buildings line the road, making visitors feel as though they are in a genuine old Western town rather than a purpose built ski village. With five peaks to choose from and the highest chairlift in North America, Breck will provide you with plenty of opportunities to get some ski miles under your belt.
From Breckenridge you will head south towards the town of Crested Butte, which will be your home for the next six nights. Off of the beaten track, Crested Butte has a lot to offer, with a delightful town, friendly locals and a great mountain to explore. Having recently joined Breckenridge as a Vail Resort, you will have the advantage of only needing to purchase one lift pass for the entirety of your holiday.
Whilst in Breckenridge, you will spend 6 nights at the Breckenridge Village Hotel, where you will be staying on a B&B basis.
In Crested Butte, your accommodation will be the Old Town Inn, which is located a 20 minute bus journey from the main lift station. You will be provided with breakfast throughout your stay at the Old Town Inn.
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