Breckenridge Bonanza: A week of wind and white in the Rockies (January 2024)

Breckenridge lived up to its reputation as a winter wonderland during our trip earlier in 2014. The temperatures dipped well below zero most days, with the wind whipping down the mountain adding an extra layer of challenge. While it wasn't the most comfortable week, for our dedicated skiers and snowboarder, it offered some epic conditions.

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Powdery Perfection:

The constant wind kept the slopes freshly groomed, with pockets of untouched powder waited to be explored. Those who braved the elements were rewarded with exhilarating runs through untracked snow.

Bundled Up for Adventure:

The key to enjoying the week was layering up. Extra socks, hand warmers, and a good face mask were essential for staying warm. Après-ski involved cozying up by the fireplace with a steaming mug of hot chocolate - the perfect way to end a day of battling the elements.

Lifts with a View (when the wind died down):

While the wind did cause occasional lift closures, the glimpses we got of the surrounding peaks were breathtaking. The clear skies and crisp air made the mountain scenery even more stunning.

Not for the Faint of Heart:

This week in Breckenridge wasn't for everyone. The cold and wind required extra preparation and a certain level of resilience. However, for those who came prepared and embraced the challenge, it was a week of unforgettable skiing and snowboarding amidst a winter wonderland.

Tips for braving the cold:

  • Layers are key: Thermal underwear, a good base layer, and a warm outer shell are essential.
  • Don't forget the extremities: Invest in good quality gloves, socks, and a hat.
  • Hand and toe warmers: These can be lifesavers on a cold day.
  • Stay hydrated: Even in cold weather, it's important to drink plenty of fluids.
  • Warm up breaks: Take breaks inside to warm up and avoid getting too chilled.

Overall, despite the challenging conditions, last year's trip to Breckenridge offered a unique and memorable experience. It was a true test of endurance, rewarded by fantastic snow and stunning scenery.