Once a ghost town, Breckenridge was brought back to life by the ski business, which provided the motivation for renovating the town's vintage Victorian buildings. There are lots of newly built Victorian-style structures, as well, housing shops, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and cafes. An attractive river walk follows the Blue River through town.
The Breckenridge Ski Resort sits in the mountains flanking the town. Skiing is superb and varied on four peaks with 139 trails connected by 25 ski lifts. Breckenridge was the first major resort to offer snowboarding (in 1985). Today, boarders will find two terrain parks. Freeway Terrain Park, the more advanced of the two, is home to a superpipe.
In the summer, the wooded mountainsides surrounding the town are good places for hiking and mountain biking. The Breckenridge Golf Club has a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Breckenridge Ski Resort offers the Peak 8 Fun Park, which includes a human-sized wooden maze and the Superslide downhill-sled course. The town's big events are Ullrfest (recognizing the Norwegian god of winter), late January-early February and the Breckenridge Music Festival (classical concerts) late June-early August.