Late November - April; June - August
Breckenridge has two distinct seasons: winter and summer. Winter season starts right around Thanksgiving and runs through mid-April when the lifts close. Christmas holidays, Martin Luther King weekend and Presidents' Day weekend are the busiest times. Ullr Fest—a zany winter festival—happens in early January. Then comes the Budweiser Snow Sculpture Championships the last week of January. Spring break brings college kids and families to Breck when the place really jumps. The town welcomes them with the Spring Massive Festival celebration from April 1 until closing. Average daytime winter temps are 28 degrees; 15 at night. The high, dry climate makes fluffy snow for great ski conditions. Summer kicks into gear in late June with history-honoring Kingdom Days and the opening of Peak 8 Fun Park. Then come July 4th festivities: parade, bike race, arts festival, live concerts and, of course, fabulous fireworks. Breck Bike Week follows; then Labor Day weekend brings another art show, Rubber Duck Race and a marathon. Summer temps are a pleasant 70 degrees with a cool 50 at night that calls for jackets. Sun shines 300 days a year; and at high altitude, sunscreen is a must. But dress in layers; we've seen it snow in July.
October - early November; May - June
Most locals (and some businesses) take off in October and early November and again in May and early June when the town is relatively quiet. Spring is appropriately called "Mud Season" because of melting snow and muddy trails that prevent biking and hiking. In late fall, most outdoor activities get curtailed due to colder weather, though some hearty folks still mountain bike, hike, fish and go four-wheeling. The best part about off season and shoulder season are the discounts at the shops that remain open and the two-for-one deals offered by many of the restaurants. The annual fall ski swap is a good time to buy ski and snowboard equipment. Lodging rates are lowest during this time.
Crowds diminish in September when school starts, but in our opinion fall is the best time to visit Breckenridge. Clear, warm days give way to a crisp chill when the sun goes down. Golden leaves shimmer on aspen trees and a dusting of snow blankets the high peaks. During this picturesque time on the third weekend of September, Breck throws a lively Oktoberfest. Main Street becomes a Bavarian street party as locals and visitors celebrate the last bastion of summer before the snow flies. Oompah music and dancing, traditional costumes, German food and beer, and a brewmaster's dinner make up this popular annual event.
In June, weather can be iffy. (Locals affectionately call June "Juneuary.") But it's a good time for the annual Breckenridge Festival of Film when films and parties take place indoors. Good lodging and dining deals are available during these times.