I’ve been traveling this week, and I have to say, Breckenridge weather is something to be envied.
I spent Fourth of July in St. Louis, and though it was exciting to watch fireworks at the arch, I missed Fourth of July in the mountains. For one thing, Breckenridge and Frisco fireworks are spectacular in our clear mountain air. In St. Louis, it had been rainy, so the heavy air caused a smoke out within a few minutes, where we could no longer see the fireworks through the thick haze.
Then there’s our lack of humidity. After spending several days in southern states, it’s a relief to return to crisp air.
But most of all, guests staying in Breckenridge vacation rentals have one distinct advantage when choosing one week out of the year, and that’s our ever-changing weather patterns. How many times have you gone on a beach vacation, only to be rained out for days? It’s happened to me plenty.
The beauty of Summit County weather is that even when it rains during the summer, it rarely ruins an entire day. Weather passes quickly through our mountains.
Of course, that has its pros and cons. To mitigate the cons, you just have to be prepared. I’ve learned to pack clothes, including a raincoat, for the changing weather conditions. If you awake from a good night’s sleep in your Breckenridge vacation rental master suite and the sky is clear, don’t assume it will remain sunny every minute during your afternoon bike ride or hike; plan for a half-hour or hour downpour if we’ve been in a weather pattern of afternoon showers.
On the other hand, if it’s cloudy when you rise, don’t assume your day of outdoor fun is shot; chances are, the clouds will pass and the day will warm up. I’m always amazed at how fast Breckenridge weather can change. It’s like the fickle mood of children; they can go from crying to smiling in an instant.
That’s what I love when my family and friends come out for Breckenridge vacations; I know we can duck in and out of any rain that comes our way. You can usually see the clouds coming and feel the wind picking up, so it gives you warning. And often after a quick downpour, the sky returns to its brilliant clarity.
Winter snow storms tend to last a bit longer than a few hours; they can last a day or two. But then there are those “perfect” storms that bring fresh powder to the mountains at night and usher in blue sky for a powder day in the morning.
The bottom line is: Guests at Breckenridge vacation rentals rarely experience a full day where weather has foiled their plans – unlike most other parts of the nation, where, when a storm comes, it’s there to stay for at least a day. With such rapidly changing weather patterns throughout the day, it’s important to wear layered clothes, from T-shirts to a fleece, so you’re prepared in case a rain pattern blows through.