Moving to Breckenridge was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Like many Summit County residents, I fell in love with Breck by complete accident. What was supposed to be a quick stop on a cross-country road trip turned into a long-term living situation. As of today, I’ve lived in Breckenridge for nearly 20 years and a lot of my family has relocated here as well.
As a Breckenridge real estate agent, I’ve welcomed a lot of new residents to town and helped them acclimate to the Summit County lifestyle. Over the years, I’ve developed quite a few tips for a successful transition. I wanted to compile my juiciest advice in a blog post so everyone getting ready to move to Breckenridge can arrive prepared. Here are a few things to do when you first move to Breckenridge.
1. Buy a ski pass right away
The earlier you buy a ski pass, the better deal you get. We highly recommend buying a season pass (as opposed to individual lift tickets) as it ends up costing less, even if you only plan to ski one day. A ski pass offers priority access to reservations, which is key since the resort is limiting the number of guests they allow on the mountain each day. Pay attention to blackout dates and plan ahead for any friends, family, or guests coming to town. By the way, never use someone else’s ski pass or allow someone to use your ski pass. The lifties are compensated to catch fake users and they will find out even with goggles and a face mask on. Ski passes are already available for purchase and reservations are open, so jump on it.
If you decide against a ski pass, it’s important to know that for the 2020/2021 ski season, you can only buy a lift ticket online or via phone. In other words, you can’t walk up to the window and purchase a lift ticket in person. Lift tickets are available for purchase starting December 8th and are expected to sell out quickly.
2. Download the EpicMix app for mountain information and conditions
If you’re planning to ski this season, do yourself a favor and download the EpicMix app. EpicMix allows you to plan your day by checking lift line wait times and mountain conditions via local webcams. You can also track how many days you have on the mountain and your total vertical feet. If you visit any other Vail Resort owned mountains, the app will have all of the relevant information on those particular mountains as well. The app is free for everyone who has a lift ticket or ski pass. Click here for the iOS app and click here for the Google Play app.
3. Find an escape route to avoid mountain traffic
Skiing and snowboarding in Breckenridge is so incredible that everyone wants to do it, thus creating major road delays. If you don’t already know how much mountain traffic stinks, you will soon. If possible, try not to drive at peak times, which are right when the lifts open and right when the lifts close. Of course, we can’t always plan our days around when the ski lifts are in operation. That’s why we strongly suggest finding a consistent traffic escape route and sticking to it. Oh, and don’t tell anyone your secret! Our tips: avoid Park Ave around 3:30/4:00 p.m. and City Market between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – it’s jam packed with tourists.
4. Find out where the free parking is
The town of Breckenridge has paid parking on most downtown streets and parking lots. However, if you know where to look, you can find free parking in Breckenridge at certain times of day. The employee parking lots (east sawmill lot and the left side of the tiger drudge lot) are free and up for grabs to anyone after 3:00 p.m.
5. Download the Passport parking app to avoid tickets on downtown streets
As I mentioned above, you have to pay to park on most streets and parking lots in downtown Breckenridge. Don’t even think about risking it – the area is heavily patrolled and parking tickets are handed out like crazy. Do yourself a favor and download the Passport parking app. It’s so much easier to pay for parking from your phone and cheaper than getting stuck with a $40 parking ticket. Click here for the iOS app and click here for the Google Play app.
6. Sign up for a P.O. Box so you can get your mail
If you’re used to receiving mail and packages at your doorstep, shopping online may look a little different when you first move to Breckenridge. 99.9% of Breckenridge homes and condos do not receive mail at their physical addresses. Residents have to get a post office box. This may seem like an inconvenience at first, but it does offer a level of privacy and it allows you to catch up with your neighbors when you pick up your mail. Be prepared for long lines at the post office during the holidays.
7. If you’re planning to dine out, don’t go without a reservation
Going out to eat without making a reservation is one of those hard and fast lessons new residents learn when they first move to Breckenridge. I’ll save you from the hunger struggle by telling you this: make a reservation at your favorite restaurant or plan to wait up to an hour and a half for a table. If you’re just going out for happy hour, you’re usually safe without a reservation if you go right at 4:00 p.m., as that’s when people start leaving the mountain for après-ski.
Are you moving to Breckenridge?
Between switching your utilities, packing, cleaning, un-packing, and finding a new grocery store, moving is stressful enough as it is. I hope the tips above offer some helpful guidance so you can start enjoying all of the amazing things Breckenridge has to offer as soon as you’re settled. If you need any help buying a home in Summit County, our real estate agents know the area inside and out. We’d love to offer our assistance! Call us at 855-DWELL-CO or send us an email to get the ball rolling.