At 12,840 feet of elevation, Colorado’s highest resort packs in the thrills from top to bottom

This winter it’s Breck or bust.

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    Darren Elms

We’re ready to breathe in that Rocky Mountain high. One of the most visited ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere, Breckenridge naturally comes alive during the winter months—attracting skiers and snowboarders to its five sensational summits. But beyond the slopes the après-ski game is quite strong, from the comfort of the lodge to the action down on Main Street … all connected by gondolas.

A great spot for families to converge for the stay, One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort is just steps from five different chairlifts, offering effortless access to countless ski runs in the winter. These comfy and convenient digs also offer guests a variety of amenities to entertain and delight, such as The Mine Shaft, a two-lane bowling alley, two movie lounges, a game room, Rejuvenation Center Spa, ski valet and more.

Down on Main Street, spirited pals will enjoy the Breckenridge Distillery, which offers tours and tastings of their award-winning bourbon whisky, gin and vodka. Stay for dinner and tempt your taste buds with their signature porchetta—a slow-cooked pork belly seasoned with sage, rosemary and garlic, accompanied by their world-class bourbon plum jam. A must.

No visit to Breckenridge would be complete without a stop at the historic Hearthstone restaurant. Formerly the Kaiser family home in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the building has been the site of this notable restaurant since 1989 and a locals’ favorite for hand-cut steaks, wild game and fresh seafood. Executive Chef Michael Halpin creates a menu highlighting the very best of the Rocky Mountain region and farmed seasonal products, including meats, fish, artisan cheeses and fresh produce.

Don’t miss the lively Ullr Fest January 9–13, celebrating the god of winter for the past 55 years. Prepare to channel your inner viking.

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