North America's Highest Chairlift is Now Open!

06 December 2014
  • The Imperial Express SuperChair tops out at 12,840 feet
  • Santa takes the first turns in Imperial Bowl 
Media Note: Video & Photo Alert: Broadcast-quality video and photos of the Imperial chairlift and Santa skiing Imperial Bowl are available on Breck’s Box site, https://vailresorts.box.com/Breckenridge in the ‘terrain openings’ folder. Please credit Breckenridge Ski Resort.
 
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Dec 6, 2014 Breckenridge Ski Resort has confirmed its spot on Santa’s ‘nice list’ by opening North America’s highest chairlift today.  Saturday's Imperial Express SuperChair opening gives skiers more access to some of Breck’s amazing above-tree line terrain in the Imperial Bowl. Breck is now more than 50 percent open with 1561 skiable acres, just three weeks into the season.  Complete terrain and weather reports are available at www.breckenridge.com.

The Imperial Express SuperChair tops out at 12,840 feet after a quick 2.7 minute ride to the top of the Imperial Bowl. The famous chairlift offers easy access to three high-alpine bowls and hike-to access to the famed Lake Chutes and Snow White areas of Peak 8, when open.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.
 
The Lighting of Breckenridge
Santa’s day in Breck doesn’t stop with skiing today! The first weekend in December, Breckenridge transforms into the sparkling holiday scene for which it’s famous.  He’ll participate in the annual Race of the Santas at 4 p.m., where hundreds of santas race down Main Street Breck to benefit Adopt an Angel and continue in the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets holiday revelers from his horse-drawn carriage. Find the perfect gift and come experience the new Breckenridge Arts District as it hosts Handmade Holiday Market and winter open house. Stroll the campus with a warm cup of cider or cocoa, visit the decorated historic structures, and enjoy music and artist demonstrations at the various studios. Learn more at www.GoBreck.com.
 
Up Next: The Dew Tour Mountain Championships Return to Breck, December 11-14, 2014
For the seventh straight year, the Dew Tour will descend upon Breckenridge Ski Resort for four days of snowboard and freeski competitions, as well as live concerts and the interactive Dew Tour Experience, featuring athlete meet and greets, games and giveaways. Breck is the only winter stop of the Dew Tour, and from Dec. 11-14, world class freeskiers and snowboarders will compete in this internationally broadcast event, reuniting top snowboard and freeski athletes from the Sochi Olympics, including all eight superpipe and slopestyle gold medalists, in the first major competition of the season. Events include ski and snowboard superpipe and slopestyle for men and women on Breck’s world-renowned, award winning Freeway park and pipe. Get the full schedule of events at Breckenridge.com.
 
Breck for a Buck
Buy 3 days of lift tickets and lodging and get the fourth night for only $1.00! Breck for a Buck offers the savvy traveler a lift ticket and lodging package with unbeatable savings. Rules and Restrictions may apply. Discounts may vary. Blackout dates may apply. Based on availability. Visit Breckenridge.com to book.
 
Epic Day Lift Tickets – Lowest Price Guaranteed!
Buy Breck lift tickets at the lowest price guaranteed and skip the ticket window with the new Epic Day lift ticket.  Learn more at Breckenridge.com
 
Stay Connected
Visit Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge watch official resort videos atwww.YouTube.com/Breckenridge and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
 

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Kristen Petitt Stewart

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: kpetitt@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970)453-3210
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