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Breckenridge, Colorado Travel Checklist and Tips

Recreation Checklist

Items to bring on your ski trip to the Alpine Villa:

Ski Clothing

  • Ski pants (water proof)
  • Suspenders
  • Ski socks (wool
  • Thermal underwear
  • Outer ski jackets (for water proof)
  • Inner ski jacket (for warmth)
  • Ski sweater
  • After ski boots
  • Neck warmer
  • Ear warmer or helmet liner
  • Ski gloves

Ski Equipment

  • Skies (sharpened and waxed)
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles
  • Equipment bag

Snowboard Equipment

  • Snowboard
  • Snowboard boots


  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm, moisturizer
  • Helmet
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Camera and film
  • Music player
  • Snack bars
  • Lift ticket
  • Hand and toe heaters
  • Fanny pack for storage
  • Camel back or water bottle

Recreational Items

  • Gym/court shoes (non-black non-marking soles) for basketball or racquetball
  • Racquetball racquets for racquetball court
  • Rock climbing shoes/gear for climbing rock wall
  • Snow shoes for hiking in national forest
  • Fishing pole and accessories for fishing in river
  • Mountain bicycle for mountain bike trails behind retreat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Head lamp if hiking at night

Lodging Checklist

Items to bring on your visit to the Alpine Villa:


  • Swimsuit Warm-ups
  • Shirts and sweaters
  • Pants
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Belts
  • Dresses
  • Jewelry
  • Jacket
  • Shoes
  • Hat

Travel Items When Driving

  • Snacks
  • Sandwiches
  • Water
  • Drinks
  • Travel games
  • Trash bag
  • Paper towels
  • Maps
  • Snow chains

Miscellaneous Items 

  • Medicine
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen
  • Books
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Phone
  • Money
  • Credit cards
  • Drivers license
  • Proof of insurance
  • Keys
  • Ear plugs
  • Food

Trip Planning

 1) Food - If you plan to cook while at the Alpine Villa, there are two grocery stores within ten minutes of the Alpine Villa - City Market which is in Breckenridge and Safeway which is in Frisco. If you are coming from Denver, you may want to stop at Sam's Club or Costco on the way in. Both are located off the Wadsworth Ave exit on I-70. If you plan to have meals catered or go out to eat, see our list of favorite restaurants and caterers.

2) Transportation - If you bring or rent a car in the winter, make it four-wheel drive. It snows often and makes driving difficult if not impossible without four-wheel drive. If you don't have a car, you can reach the Alpine Villa from the Denver airport by shuttle bus. See our list of favorite transportation providers for our recommendations. Local taxi service is available for local transportation.

3) Ski Rentals - Ski rentals are available on the mountain, in the towns, and as a delivery service. See our list of favorite ski rental providers.

4) Things To Do - Summit County is called "Colorado's Playground" for a reason. There are endless summer and winter activities available for all ages and interests. See About Us for a list of year round activities and our list of favorite recreation providers.

Upon Arrival

1) Familiarize yourself with the contents of the "Alpine Villa instruction manual". It explains how to operate the audio/video system, heat the house, lock the doors, suggestions on where to eat out and other important information.

2) Drink plenty of water, especially on the 1st day, to minimize any high altitude sickness. Take an ibuprofen or aspirin to lessen 1st day headaches. Take it easy for the first day. Limit or avoid alcohol on your first day.

3) Plan to dress in layers to accommodate changes in the weather. A sunny spring like ski day can quickly become cold and windy when clouds roll in. Wear layers that can be easily zipped and unzipped. (Don't let your socks "ball up" in your boots.) Avoid cotton.  Cotton retains moisture and has poor thermal characteristics.  Wear polyester "dry-fit" shirts and underwear.  Wear wool socks.

4) Don't sleep with the heaters on too high. You'll end up opening the windows and getting cold. Wear comfortable exercise pants and jackets around the house. Put an extra blanket on your beds that you can easily pull up or take off.

5) Take care of the accommodations. You can help to keep both of our costs down and make the next guest's visit more enjoyable. Most damage that we see is done by unattended children. Please emphasize respect for property to any children.

Additional Tips

1) Your mental skiing ability can easily surpass your physical ability.  Instead of depending on someone you know to instruct you, take a lesson. Carry a trail map with you. Don't assume that all trails lead to the same base mountain area. Carry walkie-talkies if you have them.

2) Take a break after skiing 2-3 days in a row and enjoy the variety of winter activity available. Other activities include tubing at Keystone, Nordic skiing at the Breckenridge Nordic centers, ice skating, snowmobiling at GoodTimes Tours or snowshoeing.

3) Don't go to the grocery store between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, especially on busy ski days. It's very crowded. Do your grocery shopping after dinner. Before grocery shopping, take an inventory of the items left in the refrigerator by prior guests.

4) Don't leave your ski boots in the car overnight. Your feet will never warm up the next day. Leave your skis and poles in the car. Bring your helmet, gloves and boots into the Alpine Villa mud room. Let your gloves dry out each night.

5) You are significantly closer to the sun at 10,000 feet. Put on plenty of sun block, moisturize your lips and cover exposed skin where possible. Wear UV protective goggle lens or sunglasses.

6) Report damage and problems to us. We understand that accidents happen and that things wear out. Please don't delay in letting us know of any issues or broken items so we can fix them before the next guest arrives.

7) Review the departure checklist in the Alpine Villa instruction manual prior to leaving. These are simple checks to avoid security, safety and unnecessary expense issues. People that don't do this ALWAYS miss something. Please check it.

8) Tell us how you found everything during your stay at the Alpine Villa. Your feedback is important to us. If you think of anything that could make your next stay more enjoyable, let us know.