After a bit of a sluggish start to the ski season, winter conditions have improved tremendously and as of yesterday Peaks 6-10 are now ALL open! The Imperial Express SuperChair (the highest lift in North America) loaded passengers Sunday for the first time this year and the Falcon SuperChair on Peak 10 opened yesterday. Both openings thrilled skiers and riders with loads of soft powder under blue bird skies.

Breck now has 73% of its terrain open with the lifts running from 8:30am – 4pm daily. They have reported 136 inches of snow so far this season and currently have a base of 48 inches. Not bad for early January!

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Ever since the formal “Lighting of Breckenridge” event earlier this month the center of town has been aglow each and every night with more than 250,000 LED holiday lights. The scene is extraordinary and one of the most photographed of anywhere in town. It’s awesome to see friends and families gather in Blue River Plaza for special moments together… wedding proposals included! Make time to stroll through and experience it for yourself sometime this winter.

Lights of Breckenridge

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This morning I saw this Letter to the Editor in our local paper, the Summit Daily News, and I am thankful for how connected our little community is.

I’m proud to be part of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate where we support not only the Summit High School Mountain Bike team but also youth softball, hockey and soccer. We offer two local scholarships each year to graduating seniors, we host the Breckenridge Film Festival opening night films each fall and our ski area medallion purchases support our county’s largest nonprofit, the Summit Foundation.

If you are ever looking for information on local nonprofits I’d love to help. This Thanksgiving I’m grateful for a small mountain community that strives to make life better for everyone in it!

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Snow is falling and folks are getting excited about hitting the slopes! Here’s one great way to kick off Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 60th Anniversary celebration season.

On Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 am the Ski Area will bring back the popular Wake Up Breck event! Pick up your free coffee mug at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new South Gondola Parking Structure and then swing into a local coffee shop to fill it up with a free cup of joe. These mugs cannot be purchased. The ONLY way to get one of these coveted cups is to show up for the event.

Both the ski resort and the parking garage are slated to open on Friday, November 12.

Photo Credit: Spence Linard, Breckenridge Ski Resort

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Blue skies, sunshine, smiles and SKIING! That was the scene this past Sunday at Arapahoe Basin; the first ski resort to open in Summit County. The Black Mountain Express chair fired up at 8:30 am carrying eager skiers and riders up to the top of the intermediate level High Noon Run. A-Basin was the second ski area to open in the state right behind Wolf Creek in southwest Colorado.

Founded in 1946, Arapahoe Basin is celebrating their 75th birthday this year. Hard to imagine that they opened so very long ago with just one tow rope and lift tickets priced at $1.25. These days they open 9 lifts and 145 runs in the heart of the winter.

www.arapahoebasin.com



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Have you purchased your pass for the upcoming ski season? There’s still time but winter is on its way!

Visit www.Snow.com to purchase or renew your Epic or Breckenridge/Vail Season pass. Vail Resorts has reduced their Season Pass prices by 20% for this coming season. Prices are valid through October 14.

Copper is again offering their “Kids Ski Free” program - Free Kid’s Season Pass with purchase of an Adult Season Pass. Log on to www.CopperColorado.com for details.

All the information on this season’s Ikon passes and the 47 resorts they serve can be found at www.IkonPass.com.

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The mountain air is crisp and the leaves are changing!

The French Gulch trails and mountainsides have been gorgeous with leaves of vibrant gold, orange and red. We got a dusting of snow yesterday on the ski area and today we’re back to a brilliant blue sky.

If you ever need some tips on hiking or biking trails in the area just let us know. We’d love to share our favorites with you!

Fall in French Gulch 1

 

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Could skiing on Peak 7 really get any better? How can you improve on the glades, the rolling terrain, the wide-open runs, powder day steeps and the 6-person Independence Chair? This winter, in honor of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 60th Birthday, the new FREEDOM SUPERCHAIR will be unveiled!

The new lift will open as soon as there’s enough early season snow and will provide skiers and riders easy access to Peak 6, 7 and 8 terrain. The new Freedom SuperChair is located on the north side of Peak 7 and will transport guests from just below the Lincoln Meadows and Monte Cristo trail merge to the top of the comfortable and welcoming Pioneer Crossing restaurant. I can’t wait to check it out!

Freedom SuperChair

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We’re nearing the end of the 18-month projected building schedule and the South Gondola Parking Structure in the heart of Breckenridge looks amazing!  When finished, the structure will offer a total of 950 parking spots and will provide a central location to leave your car with enhanced pedestrian access to the Blue River, Recreation Path, restaurants and shops in the town’s core.

The Breckenridge Town Council received an update on the progress at their meeting yesterday and were given a tentative grand opening date of November 11, 2021.

For more information visit South Gondola Parking Structure Town of Breckenridge

 



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There’s a new face to the annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest celebration in 2021 but the long standing tradition WILL be coming back to town! This year’s event will be held September 24-26 in the Riverwalk Center. There are two sessions per day (reservation required) and the $50 ticket price includes a half-liter stein, 2 drink tokens, 3-hour admission to the session plus live music and German-themed games like nail hitting and barrel racing!

Since only folks 21 and older will be allowed into the Riverwalk Center, the arts district is hosting a Fall Family Fair with music, crafts and performances running the same days and times. Also returning this year are the Oktoberfest Hockey Tournament and the annual 5K trail run. Details are frequently being added…

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