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Trip Report Long weekend in Breckenridge

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My husband and I just got back from a wonderful 3 day weekend in Colorado. The main purpose of the trip was for my husband to get to snowboard, which he doesn't get to do often in Chicago where we live!

We left Chicago at 8pm on a Thursday and arrived in Denver at around 9:30pm. We got an amazing deal on Southwest... FYI, there 2 free bags includes snowboards and skis! We picked up a rental car and hit the road to Breckenridge. It is around a 100 mile drive. Although route 70 is a major highway, the road is quite windy and steep and it was slow going at times. It was late when we finally arrived in Breckenridge. We checked in to our room at the Village Hotel and passed out.

After our late night arrival, we were a little slow to get up and going on Friday morning. My husband brought his snowboard gear. However, I have only tried snowboarding once or twice before so we had to rent all of my equipment. We wandered out or hotel and were quickly at the base of Peak 9. There is a rental place right there. Due to time constraints, we ended up renting my equipment there. I think it was around $40 for a one day snowboard rental. I was kicking myself the next day when I found a coupon in a magazine for 25% off from the same rental location. So if you have time, there are some deals to be had. Then we made our way to the ticket office, also at the base of Peak 9. Again, I was kicking myself. If you order online, lift passes are approximately 10-15% cheaper. BUT, you have to order the pass at least 7 business days before your trip so that they will arrive in the mail before you depart. For January, our lift tickets were $100/day. If you get a 3 of more day pass, there is a discount. There are also half day passes that can be bought day of only, but I was told they are only about $20 cheaper than the full day pass! The lift ticket we got was good at Breckenridge, Keystone, and A-basin.

As I am a beginner, I spent the morning on the bunny slopes with a lesson from my very patient husband. I spend most of the morning on my butt and was really struggling with the altitude. I took a very long lunch break so that my husband could enjoy the advanced trails, then we met up again on the greens in the afternoon. Breckenridge is known for having a lot of green runs and being a great mountain for beginners! Unfortunately, I just can't seem to get the hang of it. It is tough to learn as an adult!

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