Insider, local knowledge is key if you’re looking to tick off all the must-do activities, see all the highlights and have an authentic experience on your next ski trip. Locals are chock full of ideas and inspiration to make your ski trip unforgettable, so who better to tap for insider guidance, than the local lodging concierges, staff members and managers? That’s why we’ve created a new Ski.com Blog series: Concierge Conversations, where you can glean great destination-based tips and recommendations and learn a bit more about some of the area’s top lodging options.
We tapped the Beaver Run Resort’s Marketing Specialist, Rachel Follender, who’s lived in Breckenridge for two years, to answer a couple questions about her favorite aspects of her homebase and place of work.
A few of Rachel’s favorite things
Ski.com: What drew you to Breckenridge originally and what has kept you there?
RF: In 2013, I traveled to Breckenridge from the East Coast (where I lived at the time) on a family ski vacation. I was absolutely swept away by the majesty of the mountains and town, and made it my goal to relocate here permanently. Growing up skiing on the East Coast, a mountain town like Breckenridge is truly one-of-a-kind. Most places that are immersed in so much natural beauty lack the kind of culture, nightlife and infrastructure that Breckenridge offers. In Breckenridge, you get the best of the Rocky Mountains along with all the things you love about living in a city (without the traffic).
Ski.com What are your three favorite things to do in Breckenridge in the winter?
RF: It’s an obvious answer, but when you live next to one of the best ski resorts in the country, downhill skiing and snowboarding never get old. Breckenridge offers so much terrain that I’m still discovering new parts of the mountain when I go out. My boyfriend is also a big fisherman, which is never something I was particularly interested in, but have come to discover I quite enjoy it, especially in the winter when going after Kokanee Salmon. (Just don’t fall in!) As long as you’re bundled up, there’s something incredibly peaceful about fishing on a river surrounded by snow. There’s also nothing quite like a night out on the town in the middle of winter in Breckenridge. When most “normal” communities slow down and go into quiet season, Breckenridge is full of life in the winter thanks to our ski and tourist driven economy. It’s like an eclectic winter wonderland!
Ski.com: In your opinion, what are some secrets or lesser known facts/attributes about Breckenridge that visitors should know?
RF: During peak season (Christmas, New Year’s, etc.) Breckenridge tends to get pretty busy and depending on where you go, can feel like a tourist trap. But, you don’t have to leave town to avoid restaurant waits or crowded bars. There are several establishments in Breckenridge, including our own Base 9 bar and Spencer’s Restaurant, which offer an ideal dining or nightlife atmosphere year-round, without feeling overcrowded or like you can’t hear yourself think.
Ski.com: What are some secrets or lesser known facts/attributes about Beaver Run?
RF: One, all of our rooms are individually owned, making each guest’s stay unique from the next. All of our rooms are refurbished and kept up to a specific level of high standard, ensuring you will receive a quality stay, all the while experiencing something new each time you stay at Beaver Run.
Two, Beaver Run sits on one of the best locations in Breckenridge, slopeside on Peak 9 and only a half-mile from Main Street.
Three, while we encourage guests to get out and explore the beautiful town, mountain and surrounding areas, we offer everything you need on property so you never have to leave the resort. On site you’ll find work out facilities, aquatic centers, several hot tubs, a full spa, a market and deli, multiple restaurants and bars, and even an arcade complete with mini-golf!
Ski.com: If you could only ski or ride one run at Breckenridge for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
RF: While you’re skiing Breckenridge, you must set aside one day to ride North America’s tallest chairlift (the Imperial Express) where you can hike to the top of the Peak 8 Summit. There, you will find acres of skiable terrain in every which direction (not to mention phenomenal panoramic views) – just pick a way down!
Ski.com: When guests ask you for the local’s scoop on après-ski/dining/nightlife what do you recommend and why?
RF: Coppertop and Base Nine Bar are both great spots for après-ski after a day out on the slopes. Located right at the base of Peak 9 within our resort, Base Nine offers a warm, relaxing atmosphere with great drink specials, pool and darts, and live entertainment. It’s a great option for people looking for a beer or cocktail right after the mountain closes without having to change and head into town. Coppertop, also located in our resort, offers all day food and drinks during the ski season. Ski up to our outdoor patio on Peak 9 for lunch or sit inside and warm up with a hot toddy!
Ski.com: When guests ask you for recommendations for family experiences what’s your go-to itinerary and don’t-miss spots/restaurants and why?
RF: There’s so much to do in Breckenridge that even if you decide not to ski, there’s plenty of family activities to partake in. We always recommend Go Breck for a listing of local events (there’s always something going on here in Breckenridge). In addition to that, our concierge helps book various adventures for our guests, including dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating at the ice rink, and much more!
Ski.com: When guests ask you for recommendations for upscale experiences what’s your go-to itinerary and don’t-miss spots/restaurants and why?
Since Breckenridge is an actual town and not just a ski village, there is a variety of restaurants to choose from that range from affordable comfort food to upscale, fine dining. Some of the best upscale restaurants in Breckenridge include Hearthstone, Briar Rose, Relish and Ember, all located within a short walk or courtesy shuttle ride from our resort.
Ski.com: What winter event or time of ski season do you look forward to most and why?
Ullr Fest is probably the number one local favorite in Breckenridge. If you can plan your ski vacation around this event (also known as Viking Fest), you’re in for a real treat! During Ullr Fest, locals and tourists gather to worship Ullr, the Norse God of Snow. Festivities include a wild and wacky parade featuring floats from local organizations and businesses, the world’s longest shotski and a giant bonfire complete with a DJ booth.
Ski.com: What do you think makes Beaver Run popular?
RF: With more than 500 condos and hotel rooms to choose from, Beaver Run Resort is the largest resort in Breckenridge. We’re also an independent hotel, meaning our fantastic slopeside accommodations come with competitive rates. We’re a mere half mile from historic Main Street, and if you decide to spend the night in, we offer ample amenities from multiple onsite bars and restaurants to an aquatic center, game room and even a convenient store.
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