As I sit here on a 55 degree and sunny evening in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, I think back to when it was snowing huge powdery flakes just a week ago. Breckenridge is quite confusing when it comes to spring weather. One day you’ll be sitting on the shores of Lake Dillon with a tank top and shorts on, the next you’re considering skiing up Loveland Pass to catch a few last ski turns of the season. I guess what I’m trying to say is, pack for every type of weather as it can change in an instant in the Rocky Mountains.
On average, you’ll probably catch more sunshine and warm rays on spring days in the high country, but even if your day starts off on a good foot you can find yourself caught in hail, rain, or even snow just a few hours later. If you’re visiting Breckenridge this spring, here’s what you should remember to pack for your trip:
- A Swimsuit, because when the sun’s out it can quickly become a scorcher. After all, you’re at 9,600 feet in elevation in Breckenridge. On that note…
- Sunscreen. Something you never want to forget in Colorado. Even on cloudy days, your cheeks will gradually be painted scarlet as you afternoon crawls along. You don’t want to risk not protecting your skin up here since you’re so close to the sun.
- Rain Jacket, since a few spotty showers are definitely not out of the picture and it will get chilly once the rain starts falling from the sky.
- Full Body Snow Suit because maybe you’ll get caught in a snow storm and to be quite honest it wouldn’t surprise anybody. For example, on May 18th last year, Breckenridge received a whopping 16.5 inches of fresh snow from Ullr. It’s currently May 8th… we aren’t out of the woods yet.
- A Wetsuit (or Drysuit). If you plan on going whitewater rafting (and you absolutely should), a wetsuit, or the even better drysuit, are essential for your trip. Most of Colorado’s rivers run off of snowmelt, so the water will be cold. Lucky for you, if you choose to raft with Breckenridge Whitewater, you won’t need to worry about lugging around your own suit – we provide wetsuits and splash jackets free of charge for our guests.
- A Camera. Last but not least, bring a camera to Colorado! Watching the valleys bloom with beautiful shades of green and wildflowers will have your jaw dropping to the hiking path you’re on. If you’re on the river with Breckenridge Whitewater, you won’t need to risk bringing your camera along. We have professional photographers that will snap a photo of you and your crew on the water for purchase after you’re done with your trip.
May in Breckenridge is quite the treat, even for all the locals enjoying the empty streets that were once packed to the brim with tourists! Join us for an adventure this month and don’t forget to pack for every weather element you can think of.
*Image courtesy of Jan Leopold