If you’re looking to get married at a dreamy destination in the Rocky Mountains but don’t want to ask your guests to drive hours and hours to get there, then Breckenridge & Keystone are most likely two of the places where you’re looking for that perfect venue. Both towns/resorts offer a wide variety of picture-perfect venues, Timber Ridge in Keystone and Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge being two of the venues I work at the most. Couples have asked me which is my favorite and that’s like asking someone which they think is cuter, puppies or kittens. I love both! Though I am partial to puppies : )
Since these two phenomenal wedding venues are similar but different, I totally see how it would be hard for a couple to decide between the two. I’ve spent a lot of time at both so I thought I’d share some insight in to what we know about each venue. I should preface by saying, I am simply speaking from a photographer’s perspective and have no special interest in either venue. Nor do I have any knowledge of the cost, capacity, etc. of either venue. I hope to give you a better idea of generally what each location is all about and at the bottom of this post will connect you with the right people to call if you think Timber Ridge or Ten Mile Station is the perfect venue for you!
Timber Ridge (Keystone): Getting to Timber Ridge involves two separate gondola rides that take a total of about 30 minutes. This is a surefire way to make an impression on your guests. The views are out of this world and the enclosed cabin keeps everyone feeling safe. However, those weary of heights may not be as thrilled as you that this is the only way to get to your wedding.
Ten Mile Station (Breckenridge): Getting to Ten Mile Station is about a 10-15 minute drive from downtown Breckenridge, most of which is on a dirt road that criss-crosses the ski runs up to Ten Mile. Guests are typically shuttled from their hotel to Ten Mile via a transportation company that the Bride & Groom have arranged. This drive may not be the same as a gondola ride but it’s still an experience in itself. While many people have ridden down a ski run, not many can say they’ve driven up one in the middle of the summer.
Typically couples will get ready at the condo/hotel/house they’re staying in then use the venue’s staging area for finishing touches. Both Ten Mile & Timber Ridge provide a designated area to keep your personal belongings and to remain out of sight while guests arrive. At Ten Mile it’s a small room in the lower level, at Timber Ridge it’s a large restroom. I love capturing candids of these moments leading up to the ceremony.
Timber Ridge (Keystone): Timber Ridge offers two ceremony locations, on the deck just outside the reception doors or on Anticipation ski run, a very short walk from the reception. There’s a bit of give and take with these two options. While the ski run offers wide open views of the glorious mountain peaks in the distance, the terrain you’ll be walking on to get down your aisle is a bit rough. Nothing crazy but you’ll have to take it slow in heels. The deck is much easier for everyone to move around on but the trees make the mountain views less visible.
Ten Mile Station (Breckenridge): Ceremonies at Ten Mile Station take place on the patio just outside the reception space with great views of the mountains.
Both Timber Ridge & Ten Mile Station offer seclusion and the feeling that you have the entire mountain to yourself. You’re completely removed from the general public. While Ten Mile Station only holds one event at a time, Timber Ridge is part of a larger building called The Outpost that has one other restaurant (Alpenglow Stube) available for weddings at the same time. Alpenglow Stube is a smaller space for smaller weddings and we’ve never seen a wedding there interfere with a wedding at Timber Ridge. If there is a wedding taking place at Alpenglow Stube at the same time as your Timber Ridge wedding, there is a good chance you won’t even notice it.
Ten Mile Station can accommodate a band but if you’re looking at a really large band, Timber Ridge has more room to accomodate them.
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Hopefully this little comparison of Timber Ridge vs. Ten Mile Station has given you an idea of what each venue has to offer! You can’t go wrong with either and can be certain that both offer remarkable settings for a Colorado mountain wedding that your friends and family won’t soon forget.
For more information about Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort, call 800-362-3392 or e-mail KeyBreckGroups@vailresorts.com For more information about Ten Mile Station, call 800-332-0424 or e-mail KeyBreckGroups@vailresorts.com.