It may not all be about getting face shots in 24 inches of powder during the early ski season in Colorado, but the camaraderie and satisfaction of doing something you love in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains should make up for it. While you truly never know what you’re gonna get, we will tell you this much, when the clock strikes 9am on Friday, November 10, 2017, the lifts will start turning and there will be some skiing getting done in Breckenridge! If you don’t believe us, check out this year’s opening day video below to see what we’re talking about!
Now that we’ve got you chomping at the bit, read on to see five of the many reasons why we can be so darn confident that you will want to come stay with us at our Breckenridge lodging for some early season skiing. Or, you can just take our word for it and make your reservation now. But, first check out the video below to see how close we really are to the Snowflake Lift across the street!
1. Bargains, Bargains & More Bargains
And if all of the aforementioned reasons to come stay at our hotel in Breckenridge are not enough to persuade you, then how about the fact that you will receive early season deals with discount offerings on lift tickets and lodging, including up to 35% off regular season ratesuntil December 14, 2017 at yours truly – the Wedgewood Lodge.
You will also find deals on early season lift tickets that typically run 35% cheaper as well, and what about the Breckenridge Dining Passport offering specials at dozens of Breckenridge restaurants until November 17th! If you are into bargains, then this is the time of year to visit Breckenridge and the Wedgewood Lodge.
Photo courtesy of the Denver Post.
If you’re staying the weekend, why not avoid the traffic on I70 and add Sunday night and/or Thursday night to your reservation at 20% off? You’ll pay the regular rate (or your discounted rate if you’ve stayed with us before) for Friday and Saturday and save 20% on Thursday and/or Sunday night(s).
With a base elevation of 9,600 feet above sea level, and average high and low of 39 degrees and 11 degrees respectively, having snow by opening day (November 10) pretty much speaks for itself. But, if Ullr doesn’t happen to grace us with a copious amount of white gold in November and early December (early season), there is over 600 acres of snowmaking ability to tide you over until the skies open up. The 150 “Guns of October” usually start cranking in, well, October as the euphemism states, and it’s not “fake” snow as one might think. This man-made snow is as real as it gets! It just comes with a higher water content than what naturally falls from the sky and is somewhat denser, which provides a great base for early season coverage. Once it’s groomed, you shouldn’t feel any difference to natural snow. However, I wouldn’t worry too much about all of this snowmaking mumbo jumbo as history pretty much tells us that we can expect a white Thanksgiving at the very least.
3. History Speaks For Itself
Yes, history tells us that there will be plenty of “natural” snow by opening day. Breckenridge’s first snowfall typically occurs in September or October, with a few feet having already accumulated by early-November’s epic opening. When you average over 300 inches of snow a year, you gotta expect that at least some of it is going to come early (and late), right? So, why and where does all this snow come from?
In short, these mountains make their own weather. The founder of OpenSnow.com, Joel Gratz, gives his reason for Breckenridge’s tendency for big snow when he says: “Understanding the location of mountain ranges is important because big mountains create their own weather.” It really comes down to the fact that the rather large peaks surrounding Breckenridge increase the chances of fresh snow as moist air is forced to travel over the summits, and when it reaches the point of condensation, the snow begins to fall – right over the ski resort. And since we reside at such a high elevation we are subject to what meteorologists refer to as an “orographic lift,” referring to air masses moving to higher elevations and becoming the culprit in creating the 300 inches of snow yearly average. Add in the fact that – because of the resort’s location – we receive storms from the north, northwest and west and you can be sure to find some of the best snow around … even in November.
4. Less Crowds, More Fun?
It all comes down to the snow (see above), but you can pretty much be sure that whether it’s man-mad or natural, there will be runs to shred on open on opening day, with more opening daily/weekly at Breckenridge Ski Resort. So, with that worry out of the way, early season skiing becomes more about the ease of the entire process and less about conditions. Less traffic and less people on the hill means little to no waiting time in lift lines, and you could have the slope to yourself (or at least without the crowding that comes with regular and prime season). Worth it? For this reason alone, we think so.
5. Jack Frost is Not Nipping at Your Nose
If you’ve been skiing/riding in Colorado during the January and February months, you know that the cold weather can be a bear, to say the least. Average temperatures in January hover at the 31 degree mark with the average low dipping to zero. In contrast, November sees 39 and 11, respectively. You may not think that is much of a difference, but trust us that it truly is … especially when the sun is shining. So, to say the least, there won’t be any chestnuts roasting on an open fire and therefore Jack Frost will not be nipping at your nose during the early ski season in Breckenridge.
About Our Breckenridge Hotel
Thank you for visiting our website for your next vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado! Our unique, boutique-style hotel offers condominium units that range from studios all the way to three bedroom townhomes. So, you can basically find any kind of Breckenridge lodging that you are looking for, and all under one roof! This family-owned establishment has been in operation for over 40 years, so we know exactly what you are looking for in a Breckenridge hotel, and just how to give it to you!
Located in the Middle of it All!
The Wedgewood Lodge is located at 535 Four O’Clock Road – just minutes to historic downtown Breckenridge and a snowball’s throw from Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Snowflake Lift.
Barry, Andee, and the rest of the Wedgewood team were awesome for my group’s trip. We rented out the entire property and everything from check in to check out went smoothly. Everyone loved the layout of the property, the proximity to the lifts, as well as the common area for gathering. For having 260 people on site, I can’t imagine everything working better. We’ll definitely be back with this group in the future!
Alex ShlyakhovDirector of Corporate Accounts, Sports AmericaFebruary 15, 2017
Thank you all so much for making such a lovely, safe, clean and well-run complex. Our stay here feels like a gift from the gods!
Mary VolenecDecember 20, 2016
We stayed here for 4 nights for our winter ski vacation. The staff is very courteous and professional, and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate your needs. Our flight was cancelled twice and we could only get to Breckenridge 3 days later than scheduled. The manager called us and offered us an additional night for free to make up for some of the time lost. Very nice! The place is very clean and comfortable. We had a 1 bedroom condo and it was fantastic. The kitchen was fully equipped so we could cook our breakfast every morning. Really enjoyed the fireplace in the living room in the evenings when returning from skiing. Finally, the two hot tubs are a bonus. Great experience, will come back.
Radu CJanuary 3, 2017
We always book at Wedgewood Lodge for our ski holidays. We have stayed at other places but once we found this gem, it’s hard to beat this place. The staff is great and the rooms are spacious. The location is ideal, across the street from Snowflake lift which also has a great ski shop & rentals. The Lodge is a short walk to Main Street or you can catch the bus at the lift which makes it so easy to get around without a car.
IncognitoMarch 24, 2017
Great staff, very nice and helpful! Room were spacious, extremely tidy and very comfortable! It was just a hop of a minute to the lift base and as well just a 5 minutes walk to all the nice restaurants close by. Thank you for making our trip that great!