2020-21 Breckenridge Ski Resort Winter Tip Sheet
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers five huge peaks, 2,908 acres, 11 bowls, North America’s highest chairlift and some of the country’s best High Alpine terrain. Breckenridge, affectionately known as ‘Breck’ to locals and visitors alike, is a historic mining town and vibrant mountain community that boasts a serious dose of high alpine adventure, natural beauty and ski town charm.
Terrain with Altitude: Discover Breck’s High Alpine
Pioneered by locals and skied by legends, the High Alpine is Breck’s untamed wilderness. Towering above town, Breck’s above-tree-line terrain spans across multiple peaks, 11 bowls and offers some of the best High Alpine skiing and riding in the country. Ride the Imperial Express, North America’s highest chairlift, and feel your heart racing and adrenaline pumping as the views and the altitude literally take your breath away. Drop into Imperial Bowl or Whale's Tail, or follow the boot pack with a quick hike to nearly 13,000 feet above sea-level to the famed Lake Chutes. At the center of the High Alpine action, Peak 7 features vast and expansive bowl terrain accessed off Imperial or by the T-Bar lift – practically a rite of passage at Breck. Since 2013, Peak 6 is where advanced-intermediates can get their first taste of High Alpine adventure while experts can hike to Beyond Bowl, Serenity Bowl and The Six Senses where wide-open expanses, cliffs and technical chutes await. If all this has you in a High Alpine state of mind, take your skills to new heights above tree-line with the Breck Guides programs, and get a whole new perspective on the best terrain and hidden powder stashes so you can experience the mountain like the locals and legends.
What to Expect for Winter 2020-21 at Breck
With plans to operate through Memorial Day, Breckenridge Ski Resort is committed to doing everything it can to prioritize safety and ensure a successful winter season from start to finish. For everyone’s safety, face coverings will be required to access the mountain and in all aspects of operations, including in lift lines, and while loading, unloading and riding in lifts and gondolas.?To allow for physical distancing, access to the mountain will be managed through a reservation system that prioritizes pass holders and limits the sale of lift tickets. This system is designed to help ensure guests have the space they need no matter when they visit, and for the vast majority of days, the resort believes it will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to ski and ride.?Pass holders will have exclusive early season access, including early access to up to seven advance Priority Reservation Days, all before lift tickets go on sale Dec. 8, and pass holders will also have access to as many week-of reservations as their pass type and availability allow throughout the winter season. Learn more about our commitment to safety and new reservation system on the Winer Experience page at Breckenridge.com.
Ski-In, Ski-Out Mountain Town
Breckenridge, affectionately known as ‘Breck’ to locals and visitors alike, offers a serious dose of High Alpine adventure, natural beauty and ski town charm. With an abundance of slopeside lodging accommodations, ski-to-town trails and the BreckConnect Gondola, the connection between mountain and town is seamless. It’s like the entire town of Breck is practically ski-in, ski-out. Where else in the world can you ski from the top of North America’s highest chairlift and directly into town for après!?
Breck’s Extended Spring Skiing
Thanks to a base elevation of 9,600 feet above sea-level, including the highest chairlift in North America – the Imperial Express – Breck is often blessed with plentiful snowfall, excellent spring snow conditions, and now one of the longest-running ski seasons of any major resort in the country. In 2019, Breck announced it would run winter operations through Memorial Day (and thanks to favorable snow conditions, ended up extending into two weekends in June). Skiers and riders can celebrate the end of the winter season at Breck’s Spring Finale with access to signature High Alpine terrain offerings throughout May, with Memorial Day continuing to be the resort’s planned closing weekend, as conditions allow.
Meet Huckleberry: Breck’s Newest Avy Dog
Huckleberry, or “Huck” for short, is an Australian Shepard and joins Ava, Loki, Boudreaux, Suga, Ripley and Angus on Breck’s Avalanche Rescue Dog team. Obedience is the foundation for a good working dog, so over the summer her handler, a member of Breckenridge Ski Patrol, made sure to start her training early and will continue as she grows. From a very young age, Breck’s Avalanche Rescue Dogs are trained at the resort by their handlers and the training begins with a lot of familiarization with people and their environment. The dogs learn how to ride chairlifts, toboggans and even snowmobiles. One of the biggest parts of their training is working on the dog’s retrieval skills via hide and seek type games and exercises. Due to their heightened sense of smell, they are specially trained to pick up and track a scent in search and rescue missions. Breckenridge’s Avalanche Rescue Dogs are most often used at the ski resort to engage with guests and be friendly faces and ambassadors of safety. The dogs are true champions for the mountain and enjoy working their best friend (human handler) and their furry colleagues on Breckenridge Ski Patrol’s team. It typically takes about two seasons of training to get a dog ready to test for their Avalanche Rescue certification, so Huckleberry’s adventure is just beginning.
Sustainability: Recycled Tables and Chairs
Ever wonder what happens to those snack wrappers you’ve recycled? In Vail Resorts’ expanded partnership with PepsiCo, we’ve teamed up with TerraCycle to recycle those candy wrappers into picnic tables and adirondack chairs! When you find yourself taking a break at the Ski Hill Grill, kick up your feet in one of 24 new chairs or enjoy a snack at one of 50 picnic tables. Just be sure to keep recycling, so we can keep making more tables and chairs and continue to work towards Vail Resorts’ Commitment to Zero by 2030.
Renovated Escalators, Skier Services, and Amenities Greet Guests at the Base of Peak 8
Unveiled in Dec. 2019, the Peak 8 base area underwent a transformation that elevated the overall guest experience at the primary portal to the mountain. This winter, guests continue to be greeted with a whole new look and feel as they arrive at Peak 8, welcomed by new escalators to help guests move between street-level and plaza-level; brand new skier services headquarters including new locations for resort ticket and season pass sales, the Breck Ski & Snowboard School, and Breck Sports retail and rental store; as well as other guest amenities including an outdoor ice skating rink, coffee shop, new public restroom facilities and new town transit stop for easy and convenient access into town. Over the past several years the Peak 8 Base Area has seen major improvements, with One Ski Hill Place paving the way in 2011 as a new ski-in, ski-out luxury lodging experience.
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