Breckenridge Ski Resort - The 2016-17 season runs from Nov. 19, 2016 through April 23, 2017
With five huge peaks, 2,908 acres, four terrain parks, a 22 foot 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. www.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. Breckenridge Ski Resort also announced that the Falcon SuperChair will be upgraded over summer 2017 to a high-speed six-pack chair (pending U.S. Forest Service Approval) for the 2017-2018 ski and snowboard season.

New Restaurant, Big Views
Breckenridge Ski Resort opened Pioneer Crossing on Dec. 24, 2016, 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 offers a variety of house made options like fresh made salads to order, signature items like Pioneer Lamb Pie in a skillet and a Mediterranean station, all coupled with dramatic views of beautiful Summit County, Colorado. The restaurant highlights the mining history of Breckenridge’s past, as well as caters 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 Dec. 8 through 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 featured a fully Integrated Dew Tour Experience complete with music, action sports culture and technology.  Specials played on NBC Dec. 17 and 24. http://news.breckenridge.vailresorts.com/mountain/breckenridge/resort-news/dew-tour-returns-to-breckenridge-ski-resort-winter-2016.htm
 
(New) 25 Days of Pass Holder Appreciation
Twenty-five days of discounts and events for the loyal guests of Breckenridge is celebrated Jan. 17 through Feb. 10, 2017. Exclusive perks from 15 percent off food to 30 percent off lodging are just the beginning of what pass holders can enjoy. Pass holders have the opportunity to up their skiing or riding ability with deep discounts on adult intermediate advanced workshops and private lessons. Pass Holder Appreciation wraps up with a Breck-sized celebration in town on Feb. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. with skis, snowboards and a fat bike giveaways, food, drinks, dancing, music from the rockin’ Blue Monkey 22 band made up of Breckenridge Ski Patrollers and more.

(New) Breck Pride
For all who support Breck, Breck supports them. Live music, daily aprés, a comedy night with Sandra Bernhard and a Color Run in costumes down the mountain are just some of the activities held during Breck Pride week March 22 through 26, 2017. A First Tracks event allows guests on the mountain an hour early to experience the fresh corduroy and early morning light. This week is for everyone – LGBT, straight, skiers, snowboarders, beginners, experts, supporters – come one, come all. www.breckpride.com #BreckPride
 
(New) Restaurant at Breckenridge Distillery Opened December  2016
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 through14, 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 through 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 March 18 through April 23, 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
Epic Discovery Debuts at Breck Summer 2017
Epic Discovery arrives in Breckenridge summer 2017 with interactive exploration zones, story stakes, animal ability experiences, climbing wall, Expedition Zip Line Tour, challenge course, zip lines and more. The summer expansion combined with the existing activities like the Mountain Coaster and Alpine Slides, connect all ages with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Learn through play and adventure at Breckenridge this summer.

Breck Advanced Lift Tickets offers advance or up-to-the-minute lift ticket purchases through an easy-to-use online and mobile site. When purchased at least seven days in advance tickets guests can receive a 25 percent discount. Lift tickets purchased in advance can be picked up at a designated Express Ticket Pick-Up lane at each resort. Once the ticket is picked up, guests can keep their ticket and load it with more days online, avoiding a return trip to the ticket window. Lift Tickets purchases are rewarded when planning in advance, even if the purchase is made while walking up to the resort, with the lowest price guaranteed and less time spent in the ticket line. Guest can purchase any time at www.Breckenridge.com.
 
2017-2018 Season Passes Now on Sale
Available now at $859 for adults, the 2017-2018 Epic Pass offers access to 45 of the world’s best mountain resorts, including Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, the largest resort in North America. Epic Pass holders will have unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Epic Pass holders will again enjoy limited access to 30 European ski resorts including Verbier and Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées in France; Arlberg in Austria; and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy. Additionally, Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Stowe Mountain Resort into its Epic Pass and other season pass products for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the acquisition closing.

The Epic Local Pass is currently priced at just $639, and skiers and snowboarders will receive unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, plus a total of 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions.

*Purchase passes before April 9 for six added on discounted Buddy Tickets. More options and information including the Epic 4-Day pass at www.EpicPass.com 

Stay Connected with Breckenridge Ski Resort
Visit Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all year long at www.Facebook.com/Breckenridge and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter. Visit Breck’s newsroom at news.breckenridge.vailresorts.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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