Breckenridge, affectionately known as ‘Breck’ to locals and visitors alike, is one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, serving up big mountain views and high alpine terrain paired with vintage cool ski town charm. From its Five Peaks to Main Street, 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!? The answer: Nowhere!
Peak 8 Evolution: New Rip’s Ride This Winter, New 5-Chair Next Winter
Between the resort’s vast terrain and continued investments across the mountain, there is always something new to experience at Breck. On the heels of installing the brand-new Freedom SuperChair on Peak 7 last year, this winter the focus turns to Peak 8 and the Rip’s Ride chairlift which is being upgraded to a new, high-speed quad to enhance the learning and Ski & Snowboard School experience at this popular peak. The upgraded chair will provide guests with faster access to Peak 8’s primary learning terrain and allow for more time spent on the snow, as well as provide easier and more convenient access from Rip’s Ride over to Peak 9. The resort will continue to transform the Peak 8 base area experience next summer for the following winter, with plans to conduct grading work and remove old building structures on the snow, and upgrade 5-Chair to a high-speed quad for the 2023/24 winter season, pending regulatory approvals. All of this will continue to enhance the experience at Breck’s most popular base area.
Five Peaks of Mountain Adventure
Breck is big. Like Five (mountain) Peaks and nearly 3,000 acres big. Most resorts just have one mountain but Breck is part of an entire mountain range, comprised of Peaks 6 through 10 spanning north to south within Colorado’s distinct Ten Mile Range (Fun Fact: the northern-most peak in the Ten Mile Range starts with Peak 1 in Frisco and spans through the ski resort to the southern-most peak, Quandary, which is one of Colorado’s famous 14ers). In winter, Breck’s Five Peaks are home to more than 180 trails for skiing and riding, and some of the most accessible high alpine terrain in the country.
- 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. The gateway to the high alpine at Breck, Peak 6 is where experienced skiers and riders can go to get their first taste of the resort’s high alpine on trails like Bliss and Reverie, 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 with rolling groomed terrain serviced by the Independence and Freedom SuperChairs. 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! From starting small to going big, Peak 8 has it all, including the highest chairlift on the continent, the Imperial SuperChair. At the end of the day, ski and ride directly into town via the 4 O’Clock trail.
- 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 zones, while the upper half offers wide-open intermediate terrain that fosters progression. As the closest base area to downtown Breck, start your day and end your day right in town.
- Peak 10: Accessed by the 6-passenger Falcon SuperChair, Peak 10 is a hub of advanced trails from smooth groomers to moguls, glades and rugged natural terrain. If you’ve conquered the intermediate terrain of Peaks 7 and 9, this is the next area of the mountain to explore.
Five Peaks to Main Street
It’s impossible to miss Breck’s massive Five Peaks cutting into the skyline, serving as the scenic backdrop as you make your way into the historic Town of Breck. The connection between mountain and town is ever-present, from the abundance of walk-to-lift accommodations, the BreckConnect Gondola and ski-to-town trails. It’s like the entire town of Breck is practically ski-in, ski-out. So, when you’re ready to end your day on the mountain and head to après, the hotel or your car, the best way to get there is to ski or ride. If you’re heading to the south side of town, then follow any of the trails that lead back to the Peak 9 base area; to head to the center of town and Main Street, utilize the 4 O’Clock trails that bring you directly to Park Avenue across from the Riverwalk Center; or take the Gondola Ski Back trail for access to the South Gondola, North Gondola and Gold Rush parking areas, plus easy access to the Breckenridge Transit Station and the north-side of Main Street. In addition, with a pedestrian-friendly downtown and robust free in-town transportation system (Breck FreeRide) there is truly no need for a car when you visit Breck.
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, approximately 40% of Breck’s terrain is above treeline, spanning across multiple peaks and expansive bowls. 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.
May the Skiing and Riding Continue (See what we did there?)
Spring skiing is one of the best times of the year at Breck with plans to operate through May or as long as the snow lasts. 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.)
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
High Alpine Terrain: 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)
- 1961 – The year Breckenridge Ski Resort first opened for skiing on Dec. 16, 1961
- 5 – the number of peaks that make up Breckenridge Ski Resort. Breck’s Five Peaks span north to south across the Ten Mile Range and include Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
- 35 – the number of total chairlifts on the mountain now with the addition of the new, Freedom SuperChair on Peak 7 in 2021.
- 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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