Ski-in Ski-Out Convenience at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge CO
Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge CO

Ski-in Ski-Out Convenience at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge CO

The bellmen put our skis in the ski lockers; we grab them and get right on the Beaver Run Super Chair at the base of Peak 9. Nice!

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Pho, sushi and street tacos – now serving at a snow resort near you!
Spruce Saddle restaurant at Beaver Creek Ski Resort offers Pad Thai and Pho

Pho, sushi and street tacos – now serving at a snow resort near you!

What happened to greasy burgers at snow resorts? At Breckenridge Ski Resort’s new Pioneer Crossing, just off the Independence Super Chair on Peak 7, there was Caribbean Chicken Stew served with Cuban con Gris rice

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Taking the Kids — for an outdoor adventure in Breckenridge
Lil Flyer zip line at Breckenridge CO (Andrew Maguire)

Taking the Kids — for an outdoor adventure in Breckenridge

There has always been plenty to give families and their pets vacation bragging rights in Breckenridge, the historic mountain town and ski resort located about a 90-minute drive from Denver.

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The happiest of hours – in Breckenridge CO
Maple Pepper Bacon served on a clothesline at Breckenridge Distillery

The happiest of hours – in Breckenridge CO

Breckenridge, the historic mining town popular with tourists who flock to Breckenridge Ski Resort in winter and summer, is known for its ever expanding culinary and spirits scene

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Kids find a lot of bragging rights in summer in Breckenridge CO
Epic Discovery zipline at Breckenridge, CO (Photo: Andrew Maguire)

Kids find a lot of bragging rights in summer in Breckenridge CO

You’re guaranteed to find plenty of bragging rights here, no matter what ages your kids, as Breckenridge Ski Resort now has Epic Discovery on the mountain

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Breckenridge CO: Plenty for families on and off the slopes
Eileen finishing up her ride on the coaster at Breck

Breckenridge CO: Plenty for families on and off the slopes

What I love about Breck, as locals call it, is there is plenty to do even if you aren’t a skier or rider. There are more than 200 restaurants, bars and shops

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At Ski Cooper – a half hour and a world away from Vail and Breck
Hazel, 8, adds rock to a cairn originally begun by the 10th Mountain Division during World War II training

At Ski Cooper – a half hour and a world away from Vail and Breck

It feels as if I have the entire mountain with its fresh snow all to myself—and it’s Saturday. Welcome to Ski Cooper, just outside of Leadville with 39 trails and four lifts spanning 400 lift-served acres and no artificial snow

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Why families love the quintessential ski town of Breckenridge, CO
At Breckenridge CO on a blue bird day

Why families love the quintessential ski town of Breckenridge, CO

Challenge is a good thing for all ages on vacation and Breckenridge offers it up in spades, whatever the kids’ ages and ability — from the Four O’clock run, which is 3.5 miles long, the terrain parks, the kids’ trails through the trees and kids’ terrain features with names like Rip’s Ravine and Dragon Trail.

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Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty
The Maroon Bells in fall foliage near Aspen

Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty

Fall, in fact, we discovered, is a terrific time to gather the grown gang in Colorado. The days are sunny — warm enough for stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking — and the evenings crisp. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to browse in Aspen’s shops, peruse the Saturday farmer’s market, hike or bike or even attend a film festiva

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A family reunion on the snow in Colorado
Hiking App Trail in Rain in NH 1997

A family reunion on the snow in Colorado

There were round-robin emails in the weeks before the trip in which we discussed the menus and shopping lists. My husband, raised in Texas, brought his “famous” chili, frozen from home, and my British sister-in-law the ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie.

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