How to Get More Bang for Your Buck in Breck

A ski trip can be expensive, so if you’re looking for ways to save on your vacation, we have some budget-friendly tips for you to cut costs and make your dollar stretch further.

  1. Backcountry skiing or Nordic skiing

Photo credit: Jessie Unruh. Breckenridge Tourism Office

You could pay hundreds of dollars for a lift ticket or, if you have the skills and stamina, you could head into the backcountry and ski for free. No lift ticket needed. Click here to learn more about Nordic skiing. (For backcountry skiing, make sure you have your avalanche certification and all of the necessary equipment. If you don’t have the skills, do NOT go).

  1. Buy a season pass


Even though the upfront cost of a season price might give sticker shock. If you’re planning to ski more than six days in one year or visit multiple ski resorts owned by Vail Resorts in one season, an Epic season pass (or a Summit Value pass) will be cheaper than buying individual lift tickets.

  1. Sledding at Carter Park

This is old-fashioned sledding at its best. Trudge up the hill, point your sled downhill and wheeee. It’s hours of fun right in the heart of Breckenridge. Carter Park is located at 300 S. High Street in Breck.

  1. Picnic lunch

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Pack a picnic lunch for your snowshoe hike, ski day or for a stop along the Blue River in town. If you want to save time or splurge, stop by The Local Market on Main Street or The Cheese Shop in Main Street Station and pick up some sandwiches for your al fresco dining. Just remember to bundle up.

  1. People watching

Photo credit: Carl Scofield. Breckenridge Tourism Office

One of the best activities in Breckenridge is strolling down Main Street and just taking in all of the sights and sounds. The best part, it’s free. Or, pop into one of the coffee shops and warm up with a hot cocoa or coffee drink. The Crown Coffee Shop has a liquor license and can top off Mom and Dad’s coffee drink with a little Bailey’s.

  1. Free events at BreckCreate

Photo credit: Liam Doran. Breckenridge Tourism Office

Breckenridge Creative Arts, a nonprofit in town, hosts a variety of workshops, events and activities throughout the year. Look for their free events and workshops at Or, sign up for a session or workshop for a nominal fee.

  1. Breckenridge Recreation Center

One of the best values in town is the Breckenridge Recreation Center. For approximately $15 per adult (check the updated pricing), you can take a dip in the pool or hot tub, play a round of pickle ball, rock climb, play some hoops and workout. To save even more, admission for the last hour of each day is only $5.

  1. Budget-friendly lodging

The best ways to save during your trip to Breck is to find a deal on your lodging. Contact us for the best vacation rental rates and tips. If you have a group, consider booking a whole house or condo and splitting the costs. Flexible dates? Consider visiting Breck during an off-peak time like early season or April for a ski trip.

We can help you find the best values on your trip to Breckenridge so that you can spend more time enjoying your time instead of just spending more money. Here’s another article to help you save more on your Breckenridge trip.