Breckenridge Ski Resort
Looking south from Main Street in Breckenridge, February
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers 4 interconnected mountains with wide open bowls, steep and deep runs, bar-setting glade runs, long learning slopes, the highest chairlift in North America, and superb powder. Oh, I didn't mention what are probably the best terrain parks in North America. Breckenridge also recently opened the new Peak 7 base area, the first new base area since Peak 9 in 1971.
Breckenridge is a great historic mountain town that offers so many amenities in addition to the great skiing. There's hotels, bed & breakfasts, condos and vacation homes for rent. The Summit Stage runs free buses all over the county connecting Breckenridge with Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Keystone and A-Basin.
The Skiing Terrains Available at Breckenridge:
Easiest 14%: Breckenridge has some of the best learning slopes anywhere. Skiers and boarders will find a lot of the beginner runs located off of Chair 7 on Peak 8, including a section of the 3.5 mile Four O' Clock run, the longest trail at Breckenridge. There are more beginner runs close to the Quicksilver Super-6 and A lifts on Peak 9.
Intermediate 31%: An intermediate skier's and boarder's paradise, Peak 7 is the home of seven new gently rolling intermediate runs, accessed by a six-passenger SuperChair. The local's favorite, Claimjumper is located on Peak 8, close to the Northstar and Crescendo runs. Two high-speed SuperChairs on Peak 9 access another ten+ intermediate trails for non-stop skiing and riding.
More Difficult 19%: Duke's Run on Peak 8 offers a great combination of both bumps and groomed terrain. Take the T-Bar up to Pika, Ptarmigan, White Crown and Forget-Me-Not to experience the wide-open bowls and stunning views. Peak 9's Peerless trail is a great place to learn to master bumps, while those who are already bump masters will appreciate 6-Chair, especially on a "good powder" day. A quick ride up the Falcon SuperChair on Peak 10 brings skiers and boarders to several advanced intermediate groomers, steep and deep bump runs, and the legendary Burn.
Expert 36%: Peak 7 offers vast steep terrain at a 45-degree pitch without any trees in the way. On Peak 8, the experienced skier and boarder can enjoy great alpine vistas from atop Horseshoe Bowl (lift access) or Imperial Bowl at 12,998 ft via the new "highest lift in North America." Hike to Lake Chutes for a 55 degree pitch (extreme terrain), between 10 and 80 feet of cornice, rocks to jump and fresh tracks, of course. Peak 9 features through-the-trees skiing at it's finest. The Windows is an easy hike (from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on a skier or boarder's speed) from the Patrol Hut atop Peak 9. The South Side of Peak 10 sports nice fat bumps, hidden glades and kickers, and almost no one else on the slopes...
Nearest City: Breckenridge, Colorado
GPS Coordinates: 39.475, -106.06
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Season: Early November - Mid-April (Weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, MST
• 2 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
• 7 high-speed quad lifts
• 1 triple lift
• 6 double lifts
• 1 8-passenger gondola
• 4 surface lifts
• 8 carpet lifts
Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet
Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet
Total Ski/Board Terrain: 2358 acres
Groomed Daily: 600 acres (29 percent of total terrain)
Bowls: 772 acres
Terrain Parks: 4 parks, 3 pipes, 25 acres
Average annual snowfall: 300"
Snowmaking: 565 acres
Number of Trails: 155
Longest Trail: Four O'Clock - 3.5 miles
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