Why: Just 90 miles west of Denver, Breckenridge has the stellar slopes of nearby Aspen or Vail, but none of the attitude.
What to do: Hit Peak 6 (above), the new run that debuted on Christmas Day, 2013. It adds more than 540 acres of winter wonderland to Breck’s existing 187 trails and 3,000-acre terrain. (For those with their calculator app out, that’s more than 20 percent increase in skiable acreage.) Perfect for intermediate skiers and experts, Peak 6 has both high-alpine terrain and two high bowls. Take the edge off of your last run with a cocktail made from a top-shelf Colorado distiller, or one of 30 local craft beers on tap at Après Handcrafted Libations, Breckenridge’s newest bar. And don’t forget to pick up a box of the newly launched Pursuit Chocolate at Ridge Street Wine, and bring a taste of Breck’s sweet life home with you.
Where to stay: Feeling friendly? The Bivouac opened in December 2013 and provides hostel-style digs at a fraction of the cost of traditional Breckenridge hotels, which average a $250 nightly rate. The “Bivvie,” as it is affectionately called, has six private bedrooms with their own balconies and baths, and four open “dorm” spaces where guests can rent a bed in a shared room. Prices start at just $45 per person a night.