You’re so close! But need to get up to the mountains. And you’re most likely taking the I70 route from Denver. Traffic can be heavy, conditions can be rough – all within (what should be) an hour and a half drive. We’re here to help you get here as fast and safe as possible. Here are some of our travel tips to get you to Breckenridge no stress, only smiles.
1. Keep an eye on the weather
In case you haven’t heard, Colorado weather is impossible to predict. Days can start off bluebird and end in a blizzard-y mess, and vice-versa. Always keep an eye on the weather by checking the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) site for updated webcam images, news on closures/accidents and traffic speed. You can also sign-up for Travel Alerts via text or email for saved routes and regions in Colorado.
2. Make sure you’ve got 4WD
Safety always comes first! The first step to success for dodging traffic and saving time on your way to the mountains is driving a vehicle that is equipped with 4WD/AWD. The I-70 corridor is known to be moody in the winters, particularly as you approach Loveland Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel. No matter the season, it is always a good idea to have a 4WD capable vehicle when driving in Colorado. Breckenridge road conditions are ever-changing and going 4WD is a great way to ensure safety on the roads. If you plan to be driving back and forth from the mountains frequently, consider investing in a pair of snow tires for the winter.
Want the highway to look this nice on your way to or from Breck?
3. Don’t drive i70 at these times!
Westbound (to Breck) 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Westbound (to Breck) 6:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Eastbound (to Denver) 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Westbound (to Breck) 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastbound (to Denver) 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
4. Take a shuttle
Skip the hassle of driving through snowy conditions quickly and affordably with a Denver airport shuttle. While in Breckenridge, the free Summit Stage Bus transfer will take you throughout Summit County including Copper, Keystone, Silverthorne, Dillon and Frisco. Book your ski shuttle now to take you to your skiing destination while you sit back and relax, stress-free. After you have booked your stay through us, be sure to mention your stay with VisitBreck and receive a discount on your transportation!
5. Extend your Stay to a weekday arrival or departure
I bring to you a very simple solution to avoiding I-70 traffic: get here early or don’t leave! Extending your stay by one night is the surefire way to completely avoid traffic on your way to or from Breckenridge. Skip the times to avoid (above) entirely and book your arrival and departure on a week day. Staying away from the busy days on the highway is the best tip we’ve got! After all, who doesn’t want an excuse to stay another night in paradise?