Story time: In late September of 2016, a few friends in my group text were simultaneously having a day from hell. Our solution to this was naturally to head to the nearest watering hole and drink enough glasses of wine to forget about spreadsheets and data entry and whatever other 9-5 problems were plaguing us that day. Our rationale (aside from desperately needing it) was that it was supposed to be a beautiful night and one of the last we’d see this year.
So as Chicago weather does, it torrential down poured and dropped at least 20 degrees while we were sipping cocktails around a quaint table at Hampton Social. It’s a Monday night so everyone else had left before the rain to tend to their responsibilities like the contributing members of society that they are. But that is, of course, not what my friend group did. While grabbing a cab in a hurricane wasn’t appealing to us, we relocated to the hammocks and kept the drinks flowing. The outcome of this alcohol-infused, rain-induced outing, was essentially, this blog post.
We decided we wanted our whole friend group to go on a ski trip together. And go on a ski trip we did. And the time of our lives we had. And fall on our butts, of course that happened. And we ate more pizza than I usually do in a year, and there was more than once I thought I would die from belly-laughing. There was also more than once I thought I was going to die from Snowboarding. Breckenridge is quaint and charming and the type of beautiful that my pictures can’t quite do the views justice. For those of you craving adventure and tumbles down a mountain and a good beer to soothe the tumbles, this post’s for you. But invite me along because Breckenridge is a place that demands to be visited more than once.
Where We Stayed
The crew locked down this VRBO. It says ski-in/ ski-out, but like ski-up would have been more accurate because step outside the door and you are riding the ski lift. While my group was looking for a slightly less expensive option in addition to proximity to a lift, there are unbelievable places if you’re more willing than we were to drop some dough.
I definitely recommend checking out AirBnB & VRBO for a trip like this. A cozy place to crash after snowboarding, but before apre ski, is a must. Plus, hot-tubbing under the stars, surrounded my mountains: I recommend.
What We Packed
While I did love my brand spankin’ new Columbia Ski Pants, most of my boarding attire were hand-me-downs and a collection of old snow gear I already had. However, I did come dangerously close to buying this beauty from Burton for the trip (it’s on sale now!).
Surprisingly, more important than the snow gear (if you guys go on annual trips, you should really do some shopping now- everything is on sale!), was all of the layers that are an absolute necessity on a trip like this. I was so fixated with my jacket, snow pants and ski goggles that I don’t think I packed quite as strategically for the layers that would be keeping me warm underneath. So major shout out (and choruses of hallelujah) to Aviator Nation for sending me my absolute favorite sweatshirt and legging set.
If any of you step foot in my apartment between the hours of 6p & on, you will find me in my Aviator Nation get up. The sweatshirt is made up of nylon and probably Cumulus Clouds honestly, and these leggings. You guys, I just have no words to describe the magic that are these leggings. So comfy, so soft, and like, my butt looks awesome if I do say so myself. Their brand is notorious in the surf and snow kingdoms, so you’ll be in good company if you’re sporting it for either of those two scenarios. Seriously, if you’re looking for some new athleisure gear, check this brand out, but also accept your fate of never wearing real pants again (and as if you needed another excuse, your first order is 10% off right now!).
What We Did
Snowboarded, duh. And by snowboarded, I mean I somersaulted down mountains and then boarded chair lifts time and time again to continue my uncoordinated gymnastics routine down a serious incline.
You will spend a great deal of your time skiing or snowboarding. I definitely recommend grabbing your lift tickets as far in advance because you will save a few bucks in the long run. And if you’re not as fond of concussions as I am, I’d also recommend grabbing a lesson from ski school.
Aside from the killer mountain views and unparalleled runs, if going down mountains with wood attached to your feet isn’t your style, there’s a lot of other activities too! The Nordic Trail is a fun route to explore via Nordic Skiing or snow shoeing.
And if athletic things also aren’t for you, their downtown area offers a lot of shopping, fun strolls and bomb restaurants. We loved Downstairs At Eric’s, a fun late-night spot filled with arcade games and best known for their pizza. Please also let it be known that this is the spot I beat a boy in Pop-A-Shot by over 100 points. Brb, adding that to my resume. Our crew also loved Motherloaded Tavern, an infamous late-night spot in Breck that is well-known for their fruit-infused tequila. A dangerously good time was had at Motherloaded, but can’t say the same for the drive home the morning after.
Where We Ate
My favorite spot we stopped at was Breckenridge Brewery– it was everything we needed after a fun, but very long first day on the slopes. Their beer selection is as enormous as it is unique, and their food was exquisite. They offer excellent beer flight options and their meatloaf was a stand-out on this trip. Whether grabbing fuel after a long day on the slopes, or even stopping by on a break day, this is a must-visit spot when you roll into Breckenridge. Also of honorable mention was the Blue River Bistro and Daylight Donuts.
And while this spot isn’t in Breckendridge, we flew in through Denver so spent a day there (we’ll do another travel guide for that pretty city), and tried the Denver Biscuit Company, and honestly, my life will never be the same. They would mash beautifully braised pork, melted cheese, onion rings- if an ingredient was delicious, these people would smoosh it between two biscuits. If you like food, and clogged arteries, I demand you try this place while on your way to Mountain Country.