Right, after years of skiing in the Alps I'm off with friends for a weeks' skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado in Feb.
Any advice at all? On places to go to eat, any good bars, good ski slopes or the general area. Anybody able to compare Colorado skiing areas with the Alps at all?
I live just down the road in Vail. We've been getting a ridiculous amount of snow so far this season, so it should be very good at Breck while you're here. As for comparing it to the Alps, I've only been there (the Alps) in summer, but in general our mountains do not tend to be as dramatic. That's not to say that they're not very big mountains, Vail is absolutely huge, but it's more rolling and spread out than jagged peaks all around. Tough to explain, but you'll see when you get here. That said, you'll still be at high altitude, I think the summit of Breckenridge is somewhere around 12,500 feet.
As for bars and restaurants, Breck has a nice little village feel to it, with most bars and restaurants right in the center of town. The most popular that I hear about most is called Cecilia's. Haven't been there myself (the line was too big the only time I tried) but I know it is one of the big tourist bars. There's also an Irish pub above it that I think is pretty nice.
I think this might help:
It's a media guide but pretty useful for general information.
I hope that helps. Feel free to message me if you have any other questions. Have fun!
If you get the chance (and if I-70 isn't closed off), maybe check out some hot springs, too. I'm afraid I'm not much of a skier (that'd be my brothers, and they like Cooper Hill/Ski Cooper and Winter Park best), but I'll gladly tag along with anyone who's going if I can have a shot at some hot springs or hot tub time!
It's wild! The last couple of years have been really sparse on snowfall, and now this year...! We were visiting my family a couple of weeks ago and thought about heading up to check out some springs, but the Eisenhower was closed, I think.
I liked Breck very much. When I was there (early in the season, I didn't ski, just hung out) there was a pretty big apres-ski crowd at the Bubba Gump Shrimp company.