What to Do In Breckenridge During the Off Season

Maggie Pond
Shoulder season, mud season, off season… no matter what you call it, the time period between when the mountain closes and summer starts is definitely a lull in the usually bustling town of Breckenridge. But “Off” season does not mean the town actually turns shuts down completely. Yes, the mountain and a few restaurants close but if you play your cards right, this season can sometimes be the best time to visit and take advantage of thinner crowds, dinning deals and experiencing Breckenridge like a local. If you want the inside scoop on where to go and what to do during the spring season, check out these local recommendations on the best way to enjoy Breckenridge in the spring. 
1. Shopping
Shopping Breckenridge
Photo Credit: Breckenridge Tourism Office
If you are looking for some deals on gear, now is the time to buy. Walk up and down Main Street and visit the many ski and board shops who are practically giving away past season’s equipment to make room for next year’s stock. With the winter weather lasting a bit longer in the mountains you can still wear that winter apparel you got on sale for a few more weeks before breaking out your flip flops.
 
2. Dining
Dining Breckenridge
Photo Credit: Arthur Balluff
This is where the true insider knowledge lies. During April and May, many restaurants close their doors or have shortened hours due to the thin crowds. The savvy local, however, knows that the ones that stay open have amazing deals on meals that would normally break the bank. Check out this list of deals happening around the county and mark the calendar for June 3 when all of our on property outlets are fully up and running.
3. Art and Education
Breckenridge Arts
Photo credit: Liam Doran, courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts
Recently opened, the BreckCreate arts district is a great place to explore what the local artists of Breckenridge are up too. Take a class on pottery of figure drawing to boost your own artistic skills or bring the kids to a class designed specifically for them. If the culinary arts is more your calling, check out Colorado Mountain College’s continuing education cooking classes for less than $50 a person. Less people will mean smaller class sizes and more one-on-one attention for you and whoever is accompanying you on your springtime vacation.
 
4. Scenic Drives
Scenic Views
This is a unique time of year to see the Colorado landscape. The seasons are changing, snow is melting, grass is starting to show and you don’t have to fight over a parking spot at every public overlook. Try a drive over swan pass north of town. Several overlooks line the mountain road where one can catch stunning views of the Dillon Reservoir and Ten Mile Range. If the weather is nice, the paved bike recreation bike path that winds through town also provides a great way to enjoy the beauty of Breckenridge and get in some extra exercise as well.
 
5. Skiing
Skiing
Yes… it’s still a thing, even into June. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are the two closest ski resorts still open through May. With warmer weather you can leave you heavy ski gear at home and enjoy the sunny, uncrowded slopes in style. Rock a vintage onesie in tribute to the skiers of the past, or throw on a jersey from your favorite team. This time of year won’t always bring stellar snow, but it’s the perfect time to just relax and enjoy the slopes before packing up your gear for the season.

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