Breckenridge Ski Resort Jobs
- Employment: Breckenridge Job Listings
- Population: 4,500
- Road Conditions
- Snow Report
- Annual Snowfall: over 320″
- Ski Season: November-April
- Chamber of Commerce
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $400-$850
- Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspaper: The Summit Daily News
Not too rustic or too modern, Breckenridge is a happy medium.
Its mix of old Colorado frontier town and modern development does not have the upscale image of Aspen or Vail, yet it’s not as laid back or rustic as other Colorado resorts like Crested Butte. The town of Breckenridge is pretty big by ski resort standards, and offers plenty of bars, clubs, and the Colorado Mountain College. The people at Breckenridge come from diverse backgrounds and there is a distinct “college vacation” feeling around town. Breckenridge is one of four resorts (collectively called “The Summit”) within a thirty-minute drive of each other in Summit County, Colorado; the other three are Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Keystone.
The mountain has more than 1,526 skiable acres and 110 wide-open and well-groomed runs. Intermediate skiers will find the most skiing opportunities at Breckenridge, but the resort also maintains a high percentage of expert terrain, especially near the top of the mountain. This area is a mecca for backcountry Nordic, cross-country, and heli-skiing.
Because more than half of its ski season guests do not ski, Breckenridge plays host to numerous other activities. There are telemark races to watch, snow beach parties, and the Ullr Fest in January which honors the Norwegian god of winter. Call the Breckenridge Resort Chamber, (970) 453-6018, for more information. Activities include an ice sculpture contest, parades, and fireworks. There is ice skating on Maggie Pond, ballooning, snowmobiling at Tiger Run, dinner sleigh rides, and walking tours of the historical district. There are also movie theaters, health clubs, and, of course, all that the surrounding areas of Copper Mountain and Keystone offer.
The area boasts an excellent assortment of outdoor opportunities, including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, river rafting, and horseback riding. Call the Dillon Ranger District Office, (970) 468-5400, for information. The Riverwalk Center hosts symphonies and concerts – the Bach, Beethoven, and Breckenridge concert series in July is a must-see for classical music fans (and willing converts). For dates and performance schedules, contact the Breckenridge Music Institute at (970) 453-9142. There’s also in-line skating and an alpine slide.
Bars and restaurants emphasize the casual and down-to-earth. All are within walking distance of each other on Main Street, so it’s not necessary to bother with a car. Local hangouts that are good places for meeting people are: Downstairs at Eric’s (burgers and pizza in a bar/restaurant atmosphere), Mi Casa (good happy hour with Mexican style food), Fatty’s (a real Breckenridge institution specializing in pizza), Mountain Java (a coffee house), and the Recreation Center. The Mogul caters to a young and very loud crowd, and Shamus O’Toole’s always promises to shake things up. In the words of one insider, “You have Colorado Mountain College, plus you have business, shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants, so basically you cannot get bored here.”
There is a free shuttle for resort employees, a town trolley operates from 10am to 11pm daily, and the Summit Stage gives free rides to the surrounding areas of Copper Mountain, Keystone, and the towns of Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne. Otherwise, the mountain and most lodging is within walking distance of the town. Denver and its international airport are located ninety miles east of the resort.
Apartment prices can be pretty steep and housing is fairly limited, so a subscription to the local paper or a call to a regional realtor will prove most effective. Check City Market, Safeway, and Food Kingdom for bulletin boards that post housing notices. You might also try calling the resort’s personnel department for leads on available housing, or check out the classifieds in The Summit Daily News. For information on short-term lodging, call the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at (970) 453-2918.
Winter hiring for the Breckenridge area begins in September. For hiring details and an excellent overview of working in Breckenridge, contact the resort’s personnel department or go to the Vail Resorts employment website. Also check out jobs at Valdoro Mountain Lodge. The Breckenridge Ski Resort is the largest employer in town.