Beavering Away in Breck
IDEALLY SITUATED at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9, Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center features 535 rooms and suites, affording summer access to miles of mountainside hiking trails. A short stroll gets you downtown, or you can take the free shuttle. The resort boasts swimming, hot tubs, fitness, tennis, spa services and Spencer’s restaurant, making it the ideal base for adventures.
Those can start with a round (and a half) at Breckenridge Golf Club, one of Jack Nicklaus’s few 27-hole public courses. The Bear, Beaver and Elk nines all rise to 9,300 feet above sea level. You can also try to get on the scenic Hurdzan/Fry/Tom Lehman-designed Raven at Three Peaks in Silverthorne.
The hotel can arrange whitewater rafting trips through Performance Tours, and Breck Sports— which has a store at Beaver Run—can rent you bikes for rides to Vail, around much of Lake Dillon and even to Keystone or Leadville.
Within five minutes of the resort lie the trailheads for the Burro, Illinois and Sawmill trails, all of which connect to vast networks of other backcountry trails. If you’re feeling strong, consider summiting 14,184 Quandary Peak—the “easiest” 14er. The trail to the top starts 15 minutes south.
Fly-fishing on the Blue River never gets old; nor does floating down in a pontoon boat. For a feel of the old west, have the concierge arrange a horseback ride through Breckenridge Stables and spend approximately 90 minutes exploring the beautiful Breckenridge scenery between Peaks 9 and 10 on the Ten Mile range. Alternatively, you can also just stroll into the lively downtown, where the Breckenridge Arts District awaits.
For more information visit www.beaverrun.com.