Took a family week-long ski vacation to Breck over spring break after finding an incredible price for a one bedroom condo at the Village. I don't ski, but my wife is an enthusiast any my daughters - 9 & 7 - are excited beginners. This was my first trip to a ski resort so I don't have much of a frame of reference, but I can't fathom a better setup for a family ski trip than the Village at Breck.
Snappy drive from DIA took just a little over an hour and we arrived at the Village shortly after noon and a room was ready. We checked into the room and went across the street to Mi Casa for a nice lunch and then got everybody outfitted.
Convenience is a huge selling point. The Village is a 6 building compound with the Hotel, three or four condo buildings and another building right at the lift with a bar / snack / lunch & breakfast facility as well as lockers, etc. It's basically the ski-in, ski-out lobby for the facility. There are three or four equipment rental shops on the premises, so getting hooked up with gear is a snap. The ski school is literally behind the Shavano building where we stayed as is the Peak 9 lift. We wasted no time on logistics at any point of this trip and it was nice to know that our room (and a medical clinic, which ison the ground floor of the Shavano bldg.) were only steps away from the school and lifts in case there were any emergencies. The Village also has a nice Pub and an Italian restaurant that isn't bad at all.
We had two different on-bedroom condos. The satellite connection for our first room didn't work. We didn't plan on watching much TV, but for a week with 2 kids and me not skiing, it was something we needed. When I alerted the front desk of the problem, maintenance arrived within minutes and when he couldn't fix it, the moved us to a new condo the next morning.
Both rooms were immaculate and well appointed with a king bed in the bedroom, a sleeper sofa in the living room for the girls and a full kitchen. Ample space for a family of four. Note that you will not have maid service every day. But whenever we needed something (extra towels, coffee packets) the were delivered within minutes of alerting the front desk.
Everything you could want is within walking distance, including a grocery store which is three blocks away. Restaurants of every stripe, bars of every stripe, shops, and most importantly the ski school and lift.
The staff was uniformly friendly, happy and helpful. The vibe is very positive everywhere on this property, right down to the janitorial and maintenance staff. I know that when you read of the size of the Village complex it might sound like it is huge, impersonal and crowded but that was not the case at all.
Some tips: Please make sure you account for the altitude and extremely dry air by hydrating adequately. I had some issues on our first night and the medical clinic saw a lot of business with people who didn't watch their intake.
You MUST make two or three-block walk up Main to Crepes a la Cart. Do not be deterred by the line. Embrace it. Worth the wait, I assure you.
Groceries in town are pricey. If this will upset you, stop before you get to Breck to load up.
The kids really benefitted from a whole-day private lesson.
Big ticket item but it made the rest of the week much better for everyone and gave them tremendous skill and confidence.
As I said before, I don't ski, but my wife reports that there was a tremendous variety of runs and that the peak-to-peak mobility form our Peak 9 lift was outstanding.
Dog sledding. Do it. You will love it,and if you are a dog lover you will never forgive yourself for failing to partake.
Finally, get really lucky like we did and have it dump snow for a full week right up until the day you arrive and the stop and open up to gorgeous blue skies just a few hours after you arrive so you get plenty of snow without any bad weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Village Hotel offers all non-smoking accommodations at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort, adjacent to the Peak 9 Quicksilver Super 6 chair lift. The Village's buildings, from lodging units to taverns and shops, surround a central gazebo and pedestrian plaza. The property includes a ski school, sports equipment rentals/gear shops, an indoor/outdoor heated pool, whirlpools, and an exercise room. The hotel offers Starbucks coffee in the mornings in the lobby, 24-hour guest assistance, a medical center, business center, and gift shops. Standard rooms located inside the Village Hotel feature Starbucks coffee service, telephone, voicemail, satellite TV, clock radio and a mini-fridge. Condo units feature the same amenities, as well as fully equipped kitchens with fireplaces and balconies in the larger suites. Newly renovated hotel rooms offer telephone, voicemail, LCD flat screen TV, and mini fridge. ... more less
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