What to know about the climate and the outdoors.
Despite what you may have heard, there are four seasons in the High Rockies. However, two of them are really short, and one is commonly called mud season. If you are interested in Breckenridge real estate, what you need to know is that no matter the season, there is always something to love about being here.
Without a doubt, winter and its outdoor sports are the most significant draw for people hoping to design a life in the mountains. Boasting an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, Breckenridge is home to one of the country's premier ski resorts, and within a short drive of many others. Although there can be some frigid days throughout the season, winter temperatures average 28 degrees during the day and 15 degrees at night, and the low-level humidity keeps the colder days from being bone-chilling.
Breckenridge Ski Resort and those in the surrounding area are open November through April. Arapahoe Basin will even have you in ski boots well into June. Very few places on this continent can offer eight months of skiing and riding, and possibly longer if you don't mind a bit of hiking and searching. Of course, there is more to love about winter than downhill. Breckenridge also has miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails, Fat Biking opportunities, dog-sledding and snowmobiling adventures. If it involves snow, you will find it in Summit County!
There is something extraordinary about Breckenridge when the temperatures begin to rise, the snowpack is melting, and the crowds disperse. It isn't a time of year that attracts a lot of visitors, which is precisely what makes it ideal for the locals. With average daily temperatures in the upper 50s, this is a beautiful time to enjoy Summit County's wide open spaces. Maybe you aren't getting many, if any, runs in, and the trails aren't yet mountain bike friendly, but in the Spring the creeks and rivers of Summit County offer premier fly fishing, and rafting outfitters start launching boats. Also, locals are rewarded with fantastic specials at Breckenridge restaurants and bars during the quieter mud season.
Summer and Fall
For some locals, despite loving the winter rush, summer is the preferred time of year in Breckenridge and Summit County. Clear bright blue skies, dry air, and mild temperatures combine to create ideal outdoor adventures. Within Summit County, residents have access to more than 100 trailheads, 200 miles of maintained hiking trails, 150 maintained mountain bike trails and 100 miles of maintained ATV routes. Endless opportunities for camping include free and dispersed camping only a few miles from home, off of Boreas Pass Road and within Lake Dillon Scenic Area and White River National Forest, while hunting season begins late August and runs through November. The fall weather is also a favorite of local rock climbers; experts and beginners alike will find locations throughout Summit County, and location training is available through Breckenridge Recreation Center.
Whether it is your love of powder that motivates you or lacing up your hiking boots drives you to new heights, as long as the outdoors calls to you in some way, Breckenridge will immediately feel like home.