Breckenridge, CO is renowned as a popular destination for snow skiers. With over 2,900 acres of terrain across five peaks offering memorable skiing and snowboarding for beginning to expert skiers, its winter appeal is easy to understand. Breckenridge, however, has become a year-round destination with other attractions like hiking, mountain biking, and fishing, and for its historic downtown with shopping, art galleries, and dining.
My fall of 2023 stay at Grand Colorado on Peak 8 was a memorable experience, and I plan a return visit.
Upon entering, I was warmly greeted by the front desk staff. Looking around, I appreciated how the plush seating, natural wood, elegant lighting, and lobby bar combined to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
Grand Colorado at Peak 8
Whether for a romantic getaway or family gathering, Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is an excellent choice. Situated at the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8 base area, Grand Colorado on Peak 8 combines a convenient condo experience with luxurious resort amenities.
Accommodations range from suites and one-bedroom units that sleep up to four people to four-bedroom units that can accommodate up to 16 guests. All units feature heated underground parking, fully equipped kitchenettes or kitchens, flat-screen televisions, and Wi-Fi. Larger units also offer stone fireplaces, washers/dryers, and balconies.
Visiting downtown Breckenridge is easy with the resort’s complimentary shuttle service or the free BreckConnect Gondola that takes passengers from the base of Peak 8 to downtown.
Amenities and Services at Grand Colorado
The resort’s myriad amenities makes it an ideal location for multi-generational families with varied interests.
“What sets this resort apart is the sheer number of amenities and variety of things to do, in addition to skiing, that provide a more well-rounded guest experience,” Ginny Vietti, Vice-President of Marketing at Breckenridge Grand Vacations, told me.
Skiers and snowboarders enjoy ski-in/ski-out access, and most units include a ski locker. Equipment rental is also available. Beginner skiers or those who wish to hone their skills can take lessons at the ski and snowboard school.
Two indoor/outdoor pools, five outdoor hot tubs, and two indoor hot tubs provide a year-round escape with incredible views of Peak 8. Family favorites include the water slide and children’s pool with a zero-entry kiddie splash area.
If you want to work out amid breathtaking mountain views – figuratively and literally, Breckenridge is located at nearly 10,000 feet elevation making it the highest elevation ski resort in the continental U.S. – the fitness center has treadmills, ellipticals, a cable crossover unit, weights, and areas for yoga and stretching. Each piece of cardio equipment has built-in televisions and iPod docking stations.
The Infinity spa offers guests the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience. Natural stone and wood, subtle lighting, and an indoor waterfall create a serene, peaceful environment. Services include massages, body treatments, facials, nail services, and waxing treatments.
Guests may also enjoy the on-site outdoor ice-skating rink, complete with skate rentals during the winter. In the summer months, the rink is converted into a sports court with games like giant checkers, connect four, and cornhole.
The resort boasts four private movie theaters, complete with recliners, featuring over 450 movies. Other entertainment offerings include an escape room, a family fun center and rotating daily activities like painting, clay sculpting and other craft projects.
Dining Options at Grand Colorado
Featuring sweeping views of Peak 8, Robbie’s Tavern serves upscale comfort food for lunch and dinner. Diners may also enjoy al fresco dining at the outdoor “fire-table” seating. If you want to relax with a drink, the menu includes craft beers, signature cocktails, and an extensive wine list.
Ullr Café has grab-and-go foods for breakfast and lunch as well as coffees, teas, classic cocktails, and a fully loaded Bloody Mary.
Elev8 Lounge & Bar has a rooftop patio, full bar, outdoor grills, and magnificent views. Ample seating, including a fire-top table, makes it the perfect spot to enjoy conversation and cocktails.
The Lobby Bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails in an intimate setting.
A Different Approach to Ownership
Grand Colorado at Peak 8 offers fractional ownership – timeshares – meaning you own a portion of the property. You purchase the amount of time you will use, such as one, two, ten, or more weeks. You can use, share, or rent your residence.
“We offer ownership at a fraction of the price you would spend for a full-time residence,” Vietti emphasized.
Owners also have the flexibility to exchange their time with one of over 3,000 vacation resorts around the globe.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Grand Colorado on Peak 8. I appreciated the sophisticated and comfortable accommodations, luxurious amenities, dining options, and friendly staff.
In addition, the convenient free shuttle service allowed me to visit the historic downtown without driving.