Breckenridge Ski Resort - The 2016-17 Season runs from Nov. 11, 2016 – April 23, 2017
With five huge peaks, 2,908 acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski and snowboard school, all situated above an authentic, hip Colorado mountain town, there are good reasons why “Breck” is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of their locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination, inspiring a way of life. Breckenridge.com

What’s New at Breck!
In the past decade, Breckenridge Ski Resort has seen major capital improvements to enhance the guest experience – an upgrade of the Colorado SuperChair in 2014; 500 acres of new terrain on Peak 6 in 2013; and a reimagined Peak 8 base area with lodging and restaurants in 2010, just to name a few. The 2016-2017 ski season at Breck will be another milestone for capital improvements at one of North America’s most popular ski resorts.

New Restaurant, Big Views
Breckenridge Ski Resort will open Pioneer Crossing this December, a brand new, 490-seat restaurant just steps from the top of the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7, one of the resort’s five iconic peaks. The new restaurant will offer a variety of house made options like fresh made salads to order and a Mediterranean station, all coupled with dramatic views of beautiful Summit County, Colorado. The restaurant is set to open December 2016 and will highlight the mining history of Breckenridge’s past, as well as cater to skiers who like to play and stay in the terrain on the north side of the resort, including Peak 6.

The Classic Peak 9 Village Base Area Gets a Facelift
Many of the millions of visitors who have skied Breckenridge since the 1970s have entered the resort through the Village base area on Peak 9. Perfectly situated near the south end of Main Street, adjacent to the Village Hotel the QuickSilver SuperChair, the plaza area will see a new snowmelt system and brick pavers replacing the dated cement surface, making for a more inviting and smoother transition to the snow. The new space will also accommodate signature Breck events throughout the year.

Dew Tour Re-imagined!
Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network announced the return of Dew Tour to Breckenridge, Colorado with a newly revamped winter ski and snowboard competition on December 8 – 11, 2016. The second stop of this year’s Dew Tour brings a reimagined vision of action sports competition to the resort and town with world-class winter athletes competing in both men’s and women’s individual competitions and a new team challenge. The competition will take place on a progressive new slopestyle course built by renowned Snow Park Technologies (SPT) and Breckenridge Terrain Parks. A NEW adaptive competition has been added alongside the Powder Awards and TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards new to Breckenridge. Coinciding with the competition, the four-day event will feature a fully Integrated Dew Tour Experience complete with music, action sports culture and technology.  Specials will be played on NBC Dec. 17 and 24. DewTour.com

(New) Restaurant at Breckenridge Distillery to open for 2016-2017 winter season
Chef Daniel O’Brien (the Top Chef behind Washington D.C.’s Seasonal Pantry) is leading the way on the intimate and modern farm-to-table experience at the Breckenridge Distillery. Using spent grains for feed, they’re dedicated to a whole animal process. Expect bold flavors paired with spirit flights and, of course, a killer cocktail menu. The 8,000-square-foot expansion also includes a large barrel house and event space. New (2016 release) products include gin, pear flavored vodka and espresso flavored vodka. www.breckenridgedistillery.com 
 
Breckenridge Theater reopens with additional 3,000 square feet and Backstage’s 42nd season
The Breckenridge Theater, home to the Backstage Theatre Company, recently underwent a $2.5 million renovation including the addition of a larger lobby that doubles as an art gallery, larger bar area, additional seating and back-of-house improvements that allow for bigger performances. The Backstage’s 42nd season kicked off with the musical Chicago in conjunction with the theater’s grand opening this summer. The overhaul is the final piece in the town’s major Arts District expansion.
 
Favorite Events are Back
Breck is renowned for its event lineup in town and at the resort. Here are a few favorites you won’t want to miss this season:
  • Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas kicks off Holiday Season in Breckenridge The Town of Breckenridge “officially” transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 3 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, where runners and walkers don Santa suits and run the length of Main Street to raise funds for a local non-profit. The Handmade Holiday Market in the Breckenridge Arts District offers locally-made artisan gifts as holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a New Year’s Eve celebration. www.gobreck.com   
  • Ullr Fest Rocks Breckenridge Jan. 11-14, 2017 For more than 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski and more. www.gobreck.com 
  • Women’s Ski Week For the third year, Women’s Ski Week returns better than ever, Feb. 11-19, 2017, with gear demos, Ultimate 4 lessons for women, the popular Women & Wine, women’s camps, free yoga and more throughout the week. Breckenridge’s Ski and Snowboard School hosts a variety of programs teaching never-evers to beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Men, women and children are always welcome year-round at Breckenridge! Full schedule to come at Womensskiweek.com.  
  • Spring Fever The biggest spring skiing party in the Rocky Mountains is back in April 2017. Breckenridge’s elevation – 9,600 feet in town – makes the snow last longer and the bluebird spring days even sweeter. To celebrate, Spring Fever brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers, music lovers, mountaineers and more. www.BreckSpringFever.com
Breck Guides: The Ultimate Way to Experience Breck
Maybe you learned to ski at Breckenridge a decade ago and haven’t been back, maybe just the name Breck invokes memories of green and blue runs mixed in with some spring break shenanigans.  If so, then it’s time to rediscover your skiing experience at one of North America’s most diverse mountains with Breck Guides Program. Breck guides is a European-style, in-bounds guide experience to help you explore some of Breck’s best high-alpine terrain (more than a third of the total ski area terrain), secret powder stashes and more with your own private top guide (plus get on the mountain earlier by loading the chairlift before the public and get the day’s trail conditions from Breck’s experts on Ski Patrol). Create your own experience by choosing the skills and terrain you'll learn that day; from the basics of avalanche awareness, to the high alpine travel and avalanche rescue, your Breck Guide will train you to enjoy the mountain safely. Each participant has the option to carry his/her own pack with a beacon, shovel, and probe and the private guide will cater to the needs of the group.  For all Ski School visit Breckenridge.com.
 
EpicMix Time Expands Off-Line to Provide Crowd-Sourced Lift Line Wait Times to Guests  
EpicMix™ Time, an expansion of the award-winning ski and snowboard app, EpicMix, debuted at Breckenridge last season and allows guests to access real-time lift line wait times from their phones, enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience. This season, the technology goes live on mountain via digital signs at key locations across the resort to make that information even more accessible to guests.  The lift line wait time digital boards will be located at the bottom and top of the Colorado SuperChair, and at the tops of both the QuickSilver SuperChair and Independence SuperChair, serving all major entry points to the ski area.

 

Contact(s)

Kristen Petitt Stewart

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

Ashley L. Smith

Sr. Communications Specialist
Email: alsmith@vailresorts.com
Phone: 970 496 7402
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