It seems as though every winter Breckenridge hosts more visitors than the previous year. The tiny mountain town has something to offer for just about everyone. Families come to enjoy a white Christmas, couples cozy up on a horse drawn sleigh, snow bunnies hop from shop to shop on Main Street, and adrenaline junkies split up their day skiing and snowmobiling. By far, Breck is at its busiest during the holiday season. Fortunately, winter in the Rocky Mountains lasts much longer than just those few weeks in December and January. Comparatively, a vacation to Breckenridge in March offers the same attractions with less of the crowds and often warmer weather.
Skiing and Snowboarding in the month of March is amazing. By this time of year we have traded in the arctic early mornings with temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit for bluebird days. Those ideal afternoons where the sun is warm and snow is so soft your skis push the powder like a knife spreading butter on hot toast.
March 18th through the 20th, Breck hosts the GoPro Big Mountain Challenge. Featuring Breckenridge’s newest terrain, named The Six Senses due to its location on Peak 6 via the Kensho SuperChair. This is a spectator friendly, youth freestyle event that is sure to entertain. The course boasts steep lines, tight chutes, and big cliff drops as the country’s best compete for ISFA points.
From 6:00 to 8:00 pm on March 10th, the Gold Run Nordic Center offers their guided full moon snowshoe tour. This is an excellent opportunity to nature lovers to explore the forest at night and search for nocturnal animals. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this activity. For only $25, the Nordic Center will provide a brief tutorial on how to snowshoe and get you outfitted for your hike beneath the stars.
Also on March 10th, Donavon Frankenreiter with Grant-Lee Phillips will be at the Riverwalk Center. The singer/song-writer/surfer will kick off the concert at 7:30 PM. Frankenreiter describes his songs as coming from the heart; ‘simple and intimate and honest, they aren’t cheeky.’ His music is ideal whether you are into dancing or relaxing as you soak in the tunes.
March welcomes the return of paddleboard yoga on Maggie Pond, although I would not recommend falling in. SUP Yoga is offered through Meta Yoga Studios. $35 is the fee for the course, which includes equipment. If you BYOB, bring your own board, then it is $10 off. The instructor will give a lesson on paddleboarding basics for beginners and while they recommend guests have some yoga experience it is not mandatory.
March also marks the return of our Cliffside Zipline in Idaho Springs. Located just about 45 minutes east from Breckenridge, our Cliffside Zipline is a thrilling aerial tour with 6 different lines with 5 additional elements, including the 50 foot free fall and the surf zip, interspersed throughout!