Breckenridge Opens High Alpine Terrain and Schedules Peak 7 and Independence SuperChair to Open Friday, Dec. 16

15 December 2016
  • A foot of fresh snow has fallen on Breckenridge since Wednesday morning; three feet of snow fell in the last week
  • Resort moves to 8:30 a.m. opening on Friday, Dec. 16 with more than 1,200 acres of skiable terrain
  • All five peaks expected to be open for skiing and riding for the holidays

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BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Dec. 15, 2016 – Just in time for the weekend, Breckenridge Ski Resort opened T-Bar lift today, a popular high alpine terrain lift on the mountain and 6 Chair plus Peak 7 and the Independence SuperChair are scheduled to open for the season Friday, Dec. 16, all following a foot of fresh snow that fell since Wednesday. With the additional lifts and surrounding terrain, the resort will offer more than 1,200 acres of skiable terrain for guests to enjoy. For a complete listing of open lifts and trails, visit
“Thanks to Mother Nature, Breck is now at 99 percent of average snowfall to date this season and more than 173 percent of average for the month,” said Gary Shimanowitz, vice president of mountain operations at Breckenridge Ski Resort. “We’re expecting to have all five peaks open for skiing and riding for the holidays, including Peak 10, which is slated to open on Friday, Dec. 23. We’re especially excited to get T-Bar and 6 Chair open; our Mountain Operations Teams have done an impressive job working on this advanced terrain.”
Breck will move to its winter morning operating schedule beginning Friday, Dec. 16 with the majority of lifts opening at 8:30 a.m. Lift operating hours are posted at the base of all open lifts and are subject to change with conditions.
Breckenridge Ski Resort will also open the brand-new, 490-seat restaurant, Pioneer Crossing, just steps from Independence SuperChair on Peak 7, on Saturday, Dec. 24. The new restaurant will highlight the mining history of Breckenridge’s past and offer a variety of house made options like salads to order and a Mediterranean station, all coupled with dramatic views of the surrounding area. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy ‘upscale campfire food’ including items like Pioneer Lamb Pie served in a skillet.  
Skier Services Updates
All Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School locations are open for all ages and ability levels, including Beaver Run, Peak 9 Village and Peak 8. Additionally, all food and beverage outlets at Breckenridge Ski Resort are now open for the season including:
  • TBar restaurant and Ski Hill Grill at the base of Peak 8;
  • Vista Haus on Peak 8;
  • Sevens restaurant at the base of Peak 7;
  • Overlook Restaurant at the top of Peak 9;
  • The Maggie at the base of Peak 9; and
  • TenMile Station on Peak 9
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.
First Tracks Fridays Begins Friday, Dec. 16
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers an exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties – "First Tracks Fridays." This exclusive program allows guests staying at the official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on select Friday mornings beginning Dec. 16 through the end of March. Properties include Mountain Thunder Lodge, The Village at Breckenridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge, Crystal Peak Lodge and One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort. This experience is offered for intermediate level or above skiers and riders. Book your official Breck Lodging today at
Book by Sunday, Jan. 1 and Save up to 25 Percent on Lodging
Ski season is here and it's time to lock in a Breck vacation with the beautiful white snow and sunny days Colorado is best known for and save up to 25 percent on lodging. Choose from an in-town condo, a slopeside retreat or anything in between. Book now at
Purchase Lift Tickets In Advance to Save the Most
Skiers and snowboarders looking for the best prices on lift tickets can use their smartphone or computer to purchase tickets online in advance at By purchasing lift tickets seven or more days in advance online, guests will receive the biggest savings – up to 25 percent – and the lowest price, guaranteed. Advance purchase tickets can be sent directly to a guest’s mailbox, allowing them to bypass the ticket window. Or guests can easily pick up their tickets at the resorts’ Epic Day Express windows. Once a guest has a hard card ticket, they can even load more days onto the card by purchasing additional days online. Guests can also save by booking ski school lessons online in advance at
Stay Connected
Visit for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all year long at and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate ten world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development 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 and consumer website is



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