America's Best Ski Towns
Colorado’s largest historic district is in Breckenridge, which was settled during the 1859 Gold Rush. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that western-movie-set-like “Breck” got its first ski runs. Some properties have two entrances (one faces the lift and the other faces Main Street), and the free Summit Stage bus service to Copper Mountain and Keystone makes it easy to mountain-hop. To get going on snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, turn to the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Breck, like many great ski towns, has a namesake brewery and distillery, plus the Gold Pan Saloon (the oldest liquor license west of the Mississippi) and escargot and buffalo short ribs served at Briar Rose Chophouse and Saloon. When tired legs get the best of them, visitors can take a pottery, creative writing, or ceramics workshop in the Breckenridge Arts District.