2021-22 Breckenridge Ski Resort Winter Tip Sheet
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers five huge peaks, nearly 3,000 acres, 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.
60 Years of Breck
Since opening its slopes for the first time on Dec. 16, 1961, Breck has served as a down-to-earth, home away from home for people near and far. For 60 years, the resort has paved the way for innovation, access and high alpine adventure across its Five Peaks, from being on the forefront of new lift technology and installing the world’s first high-speed quad; to providing unrivaled access to the high alpine with the introduction of the T-Bar, the highest chairlift in North America – Imperial, and the opening of Peak 6; to being the first major Colorado resort to welcome snowboarders in 1984. While the resort has continued to grow and evolve over the years with new lifts, new peaks, new experiences and beyond, what has always remained the same is the sense of community and adventure, and an indescribable energy and excitement that draws people in to this incredible place we are fortunate to call Breck. From the kick off of ski season with Wake Up Breck and Opening Day to Spring Finale, the resort plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary season all winter long from November through Memorial Day. #60yearsofBreck
Introducing the Freedom SuperChair: A Brand-New Chair Creates a Classic Pair on Peak 7
Freedom and Independence. Two words that go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Macaroni and Cheese. Batman and Robin. Coming this winter, a brand-new chair creates a classic pair on Peak 7 – Freedom and Independence. The new Freedom SuperChair, alongside the existing Independence SuperChair, will provide guests the opportunity to experience the wide-open and rolling terrain of Peak 7 in a whole new way, and carve their own path down and across Breck’s expansive peaks.
The new Freedom SuperChair is set to debut for the upcoming winter and the resort’s 60th anniversary season. Located on the north side of Peak 7, the new lift will provide additional access to the popular peak and will be a game-changer for the interconnected, peak-to-peak experience at the resort. With the lower terminal located just below where the Lincoln Meadows and Monte Cristo trails meet, guests coming from Peak 6 will easily be able to hop on the new lift for quick access to Peaks 7 and 8. The lift will drop guests off just above the Pioneer Crossing restaurant. This investment at the resort will greatly enhance the on-mountain experience for skiers and riders, providing relief to the Independence SuperChair and the base of Peak 7, while improving the circulation of skiers and riders between Peaks 6, 7 and 8.
Construction of the new high-speed quad lift, manufactured by Leitner Poma, is underway this summer. The Freedom SuperChair is anticipated to open to the public in early winter this year, as soon as Peak 7 terrain is ready to open for the season.
Five Peaks of Adventure
Stretched along the infamous Ten Mile Range, Breck’s massive Five Peaks each offer their own style and personality, and together create endless opportunities to explore and discover new terrain and new adventures across nearly 3,000 acres.
- Peak 6: In 2013, Breck’s signature Five Peaks came to life with the opening of Peak 6, one of the most notable terrain expansions in the past decade. Peak 6 is where advanced-intermediates can get their first high alpine experience and where experts can take on heart-pounding, no-fall-zones in the Six Senses.
- Peak 7: Below treeline, Peak 7 is an intermediate’s paradise serviced by the Independence SuperChair and the brand-new Freedom SuperChair. Take it up notch and above treeline with the Tbar and Imperial Express and find Peak 7 heaven in the high alpine, with steep and expansive bowl skiing.
- Peak 8: The heart of the resort! Peak 8 offers something for everyone, from beginners to experts, with a variety of groomers and high alpine bowl skiing. Take a ride on the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express!
- Peak 9: One of the best places to learn to ski and ride! The lower half of Peak 9 offers mellow learning terrain and family-friendly learning zones, while the upper half offers wide-open intermediate terrain that fosters progression.
- Peak 10: Accessed by the 6-passenger Falcon SuperChair, this expert’s only peak offers steep and fast groomers, moguls and rugged natural and gladed terrain.
May the Skiing and Riding Continue through Memorial Day! (See what we did there?)
Spring skiing is one of our favorite times of the year at Breck, and there are plenty of chances to get your spring turns in with the resort regularly scheduled to operate through Memorial Day, as weather and conditions permit. 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 one of the longest-running ski seasons of any major resort in the country. Beginning in late April, intermediate-, advanced- and expert-level skiers and riders can celebrate spring and get on the snow long after many resorts have closed for the season, with access to signature high alpine terrain throughout May across Peaks 6, 7 and 8. Warmer weather, long sunny days, goggle tans and the occasional spring powder day - what's not to love?! (Heads up! There is no beginner terrain available during the last spring operations.)
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!?
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, expansive 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.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Fast Facts
Base Elevation: 9,600 ft.
Summit Elevation: 12,998 ft.
Vertical Rise: 3,398 ft.
Avg. Annual Snowfall: 355 inches
Acres of Snowmaking: 617 acres
Total Skiable Acres: 2,908 acres
Conventional Trails: 187
Bowls: 1,061 acres
Lifts (35 total):
- 1 Gondola (8-passenger)
- 5 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
- 6 high-speed quad chairs
- 1 fixed-grip Quad (Zendo)
- 1 triple lift
- 6 double lifts
- 4 Surface Lifts
- 11 Conveyors (carpets)
- 60 – the number of years Breck has been open for skiing and riding! The resort first opened on Dec. 16, 1961 and is celebrating #60yearsofBreck this winter.
- 35 – the number of total chairlifts on the mountain now with the addition of the brand-new, Freedom SuperChair on Peak 7.
- 5 – the number of peaks that make up Breckenridge Ski Resort. Breck’s Five Peaks experience spans across the Ten Mile Range and includes Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
- 12,840 – the number of feet in elevation you reach when riding the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express.
- 40 – the percentage of Breck's skiable terrain that is above treeline - Hello, High Alpine!
Breckenridge sits two hours west of Denver International Airport (DEN) and 2.5 hours northwest of the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). From Denver, visitors drive 98 miles (159 km) west via I-70, then take exit 203 (Highway 9) south nine miles to Breckenridge. From Colorado Springs, visitors drive 110 miles (178 km) west through South Park and over Hoosier Pass, or via I-25 to C-470 to I-70.
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