Cute, Americana-style (white picket fences) bed and breakfast and hostel pretty much in the centre of Breckenridge (it's a five/10 minute walk to the ski lift or the bus stops outside.) Run by an English couple who are certainly unique and who had a huge poodle that ruled the roost. I had a four bed dorm room which was cosy certainly but the folks I shared with were huge characters so it made my trip. There's a hot tub and a large living area with a big fire and huge leather sofas which were great for curling up in. Good for a hostel is the ski storage so you never felt too cramped with all your kit stuffed in your locker. The kitchen is basic - a sink and a microwave but there are a few options for cheap eating in town - Rasta pasta and Empire Burger kept me going a fair bit. Plus you can buy brekkie every morning in the B&B if you're on the hostel pricing and it's pretty good. Although there is a proper American cafe down the road the name totally escapes me but it's next to Subway(!) which does huge breakfasts for not very much. The walls are decorated with number plates from across the states and the coffee is so strong you won't have any trouble getting out on the slopes!
1114 N French St
Breckenridge, CO 80424, United States
+1 (970) 453-6456
Google map: bit.ly/aZdJSh
It pains me to reveal this secret spot but then it is on Main Street in Breckenridge so perhaps it's not that secret. Daylight Donuts is a fantastic place to go for breakfast before hitting the slopes. You can choose from a series of set platters - pancakes, bacon and hash browns or tortillas or sweeter options - plus endless coffee and some of the best donuts you'll ever munch. Good place to meet locals too and not expensive even taking the crashing exchange rate into account.
305 North Main Street, Breckenridge
If you have already learned to snowboard but want to improve radically, take a beginner's lesson but do it switch stance - with your other foot forward down the mountain. It is very easy to become one sided when snowboarding and forcing yourself to ride with your wrong foot in front really helps with control and balance. It will feel very weird at first but will instil greater confidence, help your normal-stance turning in either direction and mean that if you do stumble and find yourself going down the mountain with your 'wrong' foot forward you'll have the ability to ride away and switch back to normal when you can. Learning to ride both ways was the best thing I've learned on a snowboard.
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