Breckenridge vs Keystone Ski Resorts: Which is the Best?


Breckenridge and Keystone are two hugely popular ski resorts based in the Rockies in Colorado.

In this article, I’ll be comparing these resorts head to head in a range of categories including the slopes, accommodation, value for money and villages so you can decide which is the best option for your next trip.

Breckenridge vs Keystone

Breckenridge has more varied terrain and slightly better snow quality compared to Keystone ski resort. Breckenridge resort is located in a town which is livelier and more interesting compared to Keystone. However, Keystone offers better value for money with cheaper tickets and equipment rentals.

Aspect of the ResortBest Resort
Terrain VariationBreckenridge
Snow QualityBreckenridge
Après Ski and ActivitiesBreckenridge
Accommodation OptionsBreckenridge
Best Value for MoneyKeystone
Best Option for FamiliesBreckenridge

Ski Map and Pistes

Keystone has more skiable terrain compared to Breckenridge however, Breckenridge has a larger vertical drop, more ski lifts, more trails and a higher elevation.

The terrain in Breckenridge is a bit more varied compared to Keystone which has longer and smoother runs. Breckenridge is also more suitable for beginners and considered more family-friendly compared to Keystone.

Both Keystone and Breckenridge have a lot of options for intermediate and advanced/ expert skiers. Both resorts also have great parks for freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

Here is a link to the piste maps:

StatisticsBreckenridgeKeystone
Skiable Terrain2908 acres3148 acres
Vertical Drop3398 ft3128 ft
Top Elevation12,998 ft12408 ft
Base Elevation9600 ft9280 ft
Lifts3420
Total Trails187128
Green Circle Trails (Beginner)14%19%
Blue Square Trails (Intermediate)31%48%
Black/ Double Black Diamond Trails (Expert)55%33%
Longest Run5.6 km (3.5 miles)5.6 km (3.5 miles)
Breckenridge vs Keystone ski terrain and trails

Snow and Weather

Breckenridge has better snow quality compared to Keystone as it has a higher elevation so experiences more snowfall. However, both resorts have very good snow quality and are reliable in terms of snowfall so you can’t really go wrong with either.

The higher elevation of Breckenridge means it has a slightly longer ski season compared to Keystone. In general, Keystone’s season usually starts in late October/ early November and ends in mid-April. Breckenridge’s ski season usually starts in early-mid November and ends in mid/late May.

MonthTemperature in Breckenridge Temperature in KeystoneSnowfall in BreckenridgeSnowfall in Keystone
November-2°C/ 28.5°F-2°C/ 28.5°F30″30″
December-6°C/ 21°F-7°C/ 19.5°F60″40″
January-6°C/ 21°F-7°C/ 19.5°F55″40″
February-6°C/ 21°F-7°C/ 19.5°F55″40″
March-3°C/ 26.5°F-3°C/ 26.5°F60″50″
April1°C/ 34°F1°C/ 34°F35″15″

Village, Restaurants and Other Activities

Breckenridge and Keystone offer a pretty different experience once you get off the slopes.

Breckenridge ski resort is located in Breckenridge town which is a brilliant place to visit. It’s got great nightlife, restaurants and shopping mall