Breckenridge set to open for its 49th season |

Breckenridge set to open for its 49th season

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Carl Scofield

The lifts start turning at 9 a.m. today at Breckenridge Ski Resort – along with festivities that last all weekend.

Breckenridge does not currently have a base depth report. However, officials say more than 3 feet of natural snow has fallen in the last two storms, and forecasters say there’s more to come this week. Snowmaking has been going continuously since Oct. 21.

The resort will have 147 acres of open lift-served terrain via the Colorado SuperChair, 5 Chair, Rip’s Ride, Trygve’s Platter and one conveyer lift, Breckenridge spokeswoman Kristen Petitt said. Runs include Springmeier, Spruce, Swinger and Crescendo. More hike-to terrain is slated to open later in the morning, with 117 acres available in Contest Bowl and Horseshoe Bowl – a total of 264 acres.

“This is a pretty great opening,” Petitt said. “We are so stoked and ready for opening day – it’s why we live and work here.

“It will be another fun celebration for another great season. Bring it!”

But there’s more going on at Breckenridge beyond the snow and the slopes. There will be free parking all weekend at the gondola lots (the BreckConnect Gondola starts running at 8 a.m.) as well as BreckBerry French Toast – the first 1,000 skiers and riders get the deal, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at the new Ski Hill Grill at the base of Peak 8.

Also take advantage of Breckenridge’s new Gold Runner Coaster, at the base of Peak 8. The ribbon-cutting is at noon for the 2,500 feet of summer-winter elevated track that includes hairpin curves and twists tucked between two ski runs. A single ride costs $15.

Hit Peak 8’s T-Bar for the Kickoff Apres Ski Party with DJ Cyn, giveaways and free menu samplings from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The unrolling of Vail Resorts’ EpicMix continues today. It’s a new application that tracks an individual’s vertical feet and days on the mountain – and allows guests to share that information with friends and family through online and mobile applications. The application itself will be launched sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the system starts tracking on day one. EpicMix staff will be on hand at the base of Peak 8 to answer questions today.

Every skier and rider on the slopes will contribute to building the prize pool for a cash giveaway on Dec. 29. Every 30,000 vertical feet recorded by the EpicMix system at the various Vail Resorts between opening day and Dec. 28 puts $1 into the pool – the giveaway can reach $100,000. Opening day at Keystone started the prize package at about $450. Activating one’s EpicMix account automatically enters guests for the prize drawing.

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