Living in the Mountains
Discover the possibilities that open up for your family when you buy a mountain home in Colorado and decide to live in the Mountains whether part time or full time. Dreams really do come true here in Breckenridge. The mountain lifestyle doesn't disappoint.
I know a family that moved here from Texas within the last year. They have three school-aged children, one in elementary, middle, and high school. They wondered what the transition would be like for their family, leaving their friends and relatives behind. But it was more than they could have imagined. Their stress levels decreased, their activity increased, and their time together as a family became even more rich, hiking and skiing together all year. Not only that, they were welcomed into a hospitable community and school network where their kids have thrived. They are so glad they made the move!
Work + Play In the Mountains
Imagine waking up early one weekday morning, grabbing a mocha at the local coffee shop on Main Street and the first chair at Beaver Run on Peak 9. You catch a few runs before your online morning meetings and then join someone in town for lunch. You even hit the slopes again together before the shadows creep in. Then you head to town for apres with friends before coming home for dinner with the family. Sounds like an ideal day! But it can be your norm. Just a regular day of working and playing in the mountains.
Life as a Second Home Owner in the Mountains
Breckenridge is filled with many second home owners who want a place to vacation and spend the holidays as a family. Imagine making memories together every holiday season in a place that literally feels like home, enjoying a special meal, relaxing in the hot tub, or gathering around the fire after a big day of adventure in the outdoors. Some second home owners buy a place as an investment property and hire a property management company to rent out their condo or home while they are away. Others prefer the privacy of "keeping it to themselves." There are many second home owners who live here seasonally, either for the winter or summer. It is easy to find friends who can resonate with a transient, active lifestyle, looking for outdoor adventures and scenic views.
Mountain Weather + Climate
The weather in Breckenridge and surrounding towns in Summit County is ideal for being outdoors. We enjoy over 300 days of sunshine which keeps sprits high. The dry climate and lack of humidity allow the temperatures to feel more moderate. When you live here, you can pick all the bluebird days to downhill ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or cross-country ski in the winter. During the summer months, you can join a friend to paddle board on the lake or hike or mountain bike along our endless trails. "What did you do today?" is a frequent question your friends may ask - that's great positive peer pressure to get outside and stay active.
Dining in Breckenridge + Retail
Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, and Keystone offer exquisite and fun dining experiences for the whole family. We have high-end date night spots like The Hearthstone and Ember as well as family-friendly casual local favorites like Downstairs at Erics or the Dillon Dam Brewery. The community rallies around local businesses, and so we frequently recommend these spots to friends and visitors:
- Coffee: The Crown, Red Buffalo, Mom's Baking Co.
- Book Store: Next Page
- Breakfast: Bread + Salt, Cabin Juice
- Lunch: Peak of Asia, Happy Bowl, Robbie's Tavern, Amazing Grace
- Apres: Prost, Aurum, Bluefish, Breckenridge Distillery, Carboy
- Shopping: Beloved, Mountain Goat, BreckKids, Rivers
Breckenridge and Summit County Schools
The school system in Summit County is superb.
- We have six elementary schools, including Dillon Valley Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary which offer dual language programs that extend thru high school.
- Summit High School offers an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program with many AP classes and CMC courses for dual high school and college credit.
- Snowy Peaks is a middle school/high school public magnet school that offers relationship-based learning. Students can excel at their own pace independently and feel like an academic family in a supportive environment.
Private Schools and Independent Learning:
- The Peak School is a middle and high school private school located in Frisco, CO. They have a rigorous academic program and partner well with Athletic Organizations like Team Summit that require flexible class times.
- There are many families who choose to homeschool their kids or choose independent tutoring options like Connections.
- The Keystone Science School offers weekend and summer camps based on STEM guidelines. BreckCreate is a nonprofit organization in Breckenridge that offers art classes for people of all ages.
Transportation in Summit County
It is easy to get around Summit County, with or without your own transportation. While the towns in Summit County are 5-15 miles apart, no one ever minds driving, as the 360 views are spectacular.
- Summit Stage - The Summit Stage is a free transit system that runs between all the towns and resorts in Summit County and beyond. Preteens and teens even feel the freedom to ride it from school to the mountain resorts or to work. In October 2020, Summit Stage took the first step in its eventual transition to a 100% electric fleet, unveiling the transit service’s first three electric buses.
- Breck FreeRide - The Town of Breckenridge has a free Trolley that travels around Main Street Breckenridge between parking lots, shops, and restaurants, which is especially appreciated during the winter months.
- Uber - We also have services like Uber and UberSki for your guests. Restaurants like the Breckenridge Distillery and local Hotels even have their own free shuttle service.
- Shuttle Service - There are many business professionals who work or own businesses elsewhere, and so they frequently fly out from Denver or Eagle. They hire a more private shuttle like Epic Mountain Express or Summit Express or catch the Bustang from the Frisco Transfer Station, which travels all over Colorado, from Grand Junction to the Denver International Airport.
Things to Do + Activities
There is ALWAYS something fun to do in the mountains, either with friends and family or on your own.
Ski Resorts - We are one of the only places in the country where you can access 6 resorts within a one-hour radius. These world-class ski resorts like Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper not only have the best slopes for skiing and snowboarding, but they offer other activities like tubing, night-skiing, fine dining, concerts, festivals and ice-skating.
Outdoor Trails - We have several paid groomed Nordic trails in Breckenridge, Keystone, Frisco, and Copper, but there are countless trails for cross-country skiing and backcountry runs in the winter. The National Forest Service and towns build and maintain trails for downhill mountain biking and hiking during the summer.
Frisco and Dillon Marina - For boating and water enthusiasts, the Marina is the summer highlight in Summit County. You can dock your own boat at the marina or charter a pontoon. Most locals own their own sets of inflatable paddle boards and kayaks to get on the water. And the beach area at the Frisco Marina is a perfect place for a family picnic any day of the week!
Concerts, Art Galleries, and Festivals - During the summer it's easy to hop from one resort or Main Street to another to experience the fun, food, and live music at festivals each weekend! Festivals like the Wine + Jazz Festival in Keystone, the Cider Circus at Copper Mountain, or OktoberFest on Breckenridge Main Street draw crowds from around the country, but are always fun to attend with a local group of great friends.