Breckenridge and Summit County Travel Tips


What to Pack

When packing for your trip, please keep in mind that Colorado's weather can change very quickly. A sweater or jacket needed in the morning might need to be shed for a lighter version in the afternoon, particularly if it's a sunny day. Dressing in layers is the best advice.

Be casual. This is the West. Unless you are here on business or planning a trip to a special restaurant, think wholesome outdoorsy.

Lightweight hiking shoes or good sneakers will get you almost anywhere, as will jeans. The weather is infamously variable, so plan on layering anytime of the year. It can snow in July.

Don't forget sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and sunglasses. The UV at Colorado's high altitudes can be brutal and it is sunny 300+ days a year.

Colorado Time

Colorado's clocks run on Mountain Standard Time (MST). The time difference to the East Coast is two hours behind (+2 hours) and one-hour ahead of the West Coast (-1 hour). Compared with Great Britain, the time difference amounts to seven hours (-7 hours) and to Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland eight hours (-8 hours).

High Altitude

We can't stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated at these high altitudes! To avoid feeling any type of headaches or other altitude sickness signs, drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day, more if you can.

Skier Tips

Don't forget the following:  ski jacket (or bring a waterproof windbreaker and layer some clothes), ski pants of some type (which will repel water and keep you warm), sweaters, sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts, warm socks, waterproof gloves, a hat, and of course bring sunglasses or a ski mask - it gets bright with that white snow!

An excellent idea for beginners is to use a disposable, waterproof camera. If you're a first time skier you may fall way too much in the beginning and you might risk destroying a nice camera!

If you don't have your own skis, you can rent them on your way to the mountain. Just outside of Denver you can rent skis and boots for almost half the price the resort areas charge!