If your ski vacation includes plans to visit Breckenridge, there are a number of ways to purchase Breckenridge lift tickets. Your choice will depend on your budget, the number of days you plan to visit and how much you are willing to leave to chance.
The Breckenridge Epic Pass
You can spend hours researching the availability of discount Breckenridge lift tickets. However, if you plan to spend at least six days at Breckenridge or any of the other Vail Resorts ski areas, the Epic Pass is your best deal. The Epic Pass is an unrestricted season pass. It usually goes on sale at the end of the previous season. However, you can pay a slightly higher rate if you purchase it in the early fall.
In 2009, the Epic Pass cost $599 and included unlimited and unrestricted access to Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Arapahoe Basin. Additionally, you received a one-year subscription to Ski Magazine, as well as the ability to pay for resort charges such as dining and lessons by simply showing your pass. The Epic Pass is linked to your credit card, so there's no need to carry money on the slopes. Certain on-mountain restaurants and gear shops give substantial discounts to Epic Pass holders.
Epic Pass holders, as well as purchasers of any other multi-day lift tickets, are eligible for the Vail Resorts Peak Rewards program. This program allows you to earn points toward lift tickets and lessons. All of your on-mountain purchases will earn valuable Peak Rewards points. Keep in mind, you can only earn Peak Rewards points by purchasing your lift tickets on one of the Vail Resorts websites. Tickets purchased at discount outlets do not count toward Peak Rewards.
Purchasing Multi-Day Breckenridge Lift Tickets
Multi-day lift tickets can be purchased on the Breckenridge website. You can choose between adult, child and senior lift tickets. Then, look at the right-hand column and select the date of your visit. Note that lift ticket prices will be significantly higher during the holidays and Spring Break.
Prices of lift tickets are typically less in January than in December. Although conditions vary from year to year, Breckenridge conditions are usually better in January. Furthermore, after the crowds have left, the slopes are less crowded. You might even find better deals on lodging.
Breckenridge Lift and Lodging Packages
Breckenridge offers a variety of lift and lodging packages. In some cases, they may offer a better deal than if you were purchasing lodging and lift tickets separately. Keep in mind that the prices on these packages are usually per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone, you may be hit with a single supplement.
Breckenridge Lift and Lesson Packages
Breckenridge offers a variety of lift and lesson packages for the novice skier. These packages include Breckenridge lift tickets, equipment rental and all-day lessons. You can also get discount lift tickets by attending one of the Breckenridge specialty ski camps. For example, if you attend the four-day women's camp, you can purchase a four-day lift ticket for $156. The two-day prime time program is for people over 50. Participants in this program can purchase a two-day lift ticket for $78.
Friends and Family of Season Pass Holders
If you are planning to visit another Summit County resort, such as Copper Mountain, but want to spend one day at Breckenridge, consider asking if any of your friends or family members are Breckenridge season pass holders. If they are, they may have a few discount lift tickets which are often available to pass holders.