Breckenridge on a Budget

Vacations are expensive! Whether it’s a ski vacation or a weekend mountain getaway, things can add up quickly between lodging, lift tickets, fuel costs to drive to a hike, food expenses, etc. As Breck locals, we have definitely figured out how to save ourselves a few bucks here and there…. we’ve got to save up for that ski pass, after all! Here are a few tips and tricks for experiencing Breckenridge on a budget.

BIGGEST MONEY SAVER #1: Budget Friendly Lodging

Lodging in Breckenridge can get pricey but there are more affordable options if you filter your search. Instead of going for ski in ski out why not try a condo with shuttle access to the lifts instead? Don’t mind driving? Pick a rental that is a short drive from town. Looking for a place for your family of 5? There are plenty of centrally located 2 bedroom condos that have bedding set up for 4 or 5 kids in one room. Check out these great rentals! They were all hand picked as the most reasonable options to stay at in Breckenridge.

2. Hike or ski with a turkey sando!


No matter what season it is and what outdoor activity you are doing, bring some fuel along for the trek. I have always been a huge fan of bringing a turkey sandwich with me when hiking or skiing. Why? It saves money, and it’s delicious!! The food on the mountain is incredibly expensive—why not save a little money, make my own sandwich, and enjoy it while riding up on the chairlift? A meal and a view! Same goes with a hike… pack your sandwich in your camelback and enjoy it at the summit. Oh, and if turkey isn’t your cold cut of choice, any other one will be just as rewarding!

3. Ice Skating


I grew up playing ice hockey just about every day. But now a days, work and such gets in the way of my ice time. So, when I can, I grab my skates and head to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena for their public skate. Located on the south side of Breckenridge, the ice rink public skate is very reasonably priced and they even offer family skate nights where kids and adults can skate for about $14! Visit their website for more information.

4. Nordic Center


This is a great way to still enjoy all the beauty that the mountains have to offer without the big expense of a lift ticket. The Nordic Center offers both cross country skiing and snowshoeing at a great price of only $20, and include the equipment rentals and trail use. What a bargain! And for those of you Groupon users, the Nordic Center offers some great family deals on there all winter. Visit their website for more information.

5. Breckenridge Backstage Theater


Come enjoy the local talent in Breckenridge—it’s quite impressive! These theater productions are a blast and the prices are incredibly reasonable. This off season, the Backstage Theater is expanding, so they will have so much more to choose from this winter! View their full list of shows and pricing here.

6. Barney Ford Museum


Take a step back in time and learn a little about the amazing story of Barney Ford, an escaped slave turned prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights leader. The Barney Ford Museum tells you his story for the best price in town… FREE! Visit the museum website for their hours of operation.

7. Happy Hour


When eating out, the restaurant bill can get pretty pricey when you add in food and beverage. What better way to save yourself a few dollars then by taking advantage of the incredible happy hour deals? I mean, you can pretty much get yourself a full meal out of the various happy hour appetizers. Stop by Napper Tandy’s for a $4 basket of chicken strips, $3 mozzarella sticks, $3 hush puppies, and much more including $2.50 beers, $3 well drinks, and $4 house wines. Their happy hour runs from 4PM-7PM daily, so be sure to stop in. Blue River Bistro and Modis offer great 2 for 1 appetizers and martinis twice, daily… that’s right, TWICE!! Blue River has happy hour from 3PM-6PM and 9PM to midnight daily. Modis has their happy hours from 3PM-6PM and 10PM to midnight daily. You have 4 different happy hour chances, don’t miss them!

Here is another blog we wrote on affordable family vacations in Breckenridge