The Top 3 Non-Skiing Activities in Breckenridge

We get it. You came to Breckenridge to ski or snowboard. But, there’s so much more to this historic mining town. You’d be remiss if you didn’t take a break from the slopes, at least for a few hours to explore the non-skiing activities in and around town.

To save you time, we’ve compiled three of our favorite off-the-slopes activities and things to do:

Visiting Main Street

Breckenridge’s Main Street can be summed up in one word: charming. It’s also lively, festive and filled with plenty of family-owned shops and restaurants. You won’t find many national chains here. And, if you happen across one like the Starbucks or Subway you might not even recognize them. They’re housed in historic, Victorian buildings. Breck is serious about preserving its history and maintaining its charm. Enjoy the sights and sounds and amble down Main Street.

Photo credit: Jessie Unruh. Breckenridge Tourism Office

Plan to make a few pit stops along the way for hot cocoa at The Crown Coffee Shop or a warm, gooey cookie at Mountain Top Cookie. The Crepes a la Cart is a popular spot, making it easy to find. Just look for the long line. Book lovers should spend some time at Ole Man Berkins, one of the best used bookstores in the state.

Fat biking

If you’re feeling adventurous, try fat biking. No matter the season, you can bike in town if you have the right set of wheels. For winter, you’ll want a fat bike with extra wide, burly tires that can handle groomed trails and the local bike paths. Several shops in town rent fat bikes and there are fat bike guided tours to Broken Compass Brewing and The Breckenridge Distillery on Airport Road. Ridden and Breck Bike Guides both offer fat bike rentals and guided bike tours.

(Also, here’s a list of other après ski spots like the Breckenridge Distillery or to create your own fat biking happy hour tour)

Sledding in Carter Park

For good old-fashioned fun that’s free, head to Carter Park for sledding. It’s the perfect activity for kids of all ages. The only catch? You’ll need to bring your own sled and trudge up the hill in order to experience the downhill thrill ride. The local grocery shops sell sleds, saucers and other snow toys.

If you’re looking for a downhill thrill ride without the effort of hiking uphill, check out Breckenridge Ski Resort’s alpine coaster on Peak 8. Here’s a list of other kid-approved activities.

(video credit: Jessie Unruh. Breckenridge Tourism Office)


Contact a Breckenridge local expert to find out more about what to do off the mountain – like ice skating, dog sledding, fly fishing, art classes – or for tips for skiing and snowboarding on your Breckenridge vacation: 970-368-4818.