UPDATED: Feb. 17, 2016

The second in a series of spring break survival guides, today we conquer town, après and fun after sunset in Breckenridge, Colorado. Missed the first installment? Be sure to catch up on mountain tips with Part 1 of the Spring Break Survival Guide. Or, skip ahead and check out Seven Fun Spring Break Activities for Kids.

Hit the deck

Hit the decks during spring break in Breckenridge, Colo. Photo by Ian Leirfallom

1. Decking
Given Breck’s propensity for warm spring days and skies so blue they seem Photoshopped, we suggest après-ing outdoors, with sunscreen of course. Pick anything on the menu at Fatty’s and settle in with the local crowd to watch the sun set behind the Tenmile Range.

Two deck picks for the south end of town include Quandary Grille (closest to the slopes) and Burke and Riley’s (sit by the fire pits). Or, hit Kenosha early – grab a spot in the sun, go for happy hour beers with sweet potato fries, and get after a game of horseshoes. Sounds pretty perfect, huh? Check out the link under #2 for slopeside specials.

2. A night out under $20 (and other locals’ specials)
There’s no secret handshake to get the best bar and restaurant specials in Breckenridge. It’s all about knowing where to go, and when. Check out the Breckenridge Restaurant Association Dining Passport, available in late Spring for a $10 donation at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.). The booklet compiles Breck’s best après, happy hour, dinner and late night spring specials around. Check it out and keep the evenings affordable.

3. Know your alcohol
Most mass-market beers have an alcohol content around or at 5%. Delicious specialty brews (such as the Breckenridge Brewery’s 471 Double IPA) can be 9% and above. Beer sold at grocery stores in Breckenridge has 3.2% alcohol by volume. Enjoy responsibly.

No cars necessary on spring break in Breckenridge, Colorado

Thanks to a walk-able downtown and free buses, cars aren’t necessary on spring break in Breckenridge.

4.  Ditch the car
If you drove to Breckenridge, keep the vehicle at your residence. Downtown is walkable, free buses circle the town, more free buses circle the county, street parking is limited and many properties offer free shuttles. ‘Nuff said.

5. Take your clothes off
When heading into town for the evening, take the time to change your ski and ride wear, specifically the boots. While it’s fine for a quick, post-ski beer at a slopeside bar, there’s never a good reason to be sporting ski boots in a restaurant at 8:00 p.m. Wondering which bar best suits you? Check out this Breckenridge Nightlife Guide.

Up next we look at Breckenridge spring break for families. Got any of your own Breckenridge après survival tips? Log in to Facebook and share them below.

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