Breckenridge got thirteen inches of snow on Wednesday and more last night, so there should be plenty to go around today when the ski resort (mostly Peak 8) opens for the season. There are plenty of activities on tap, including music, donuts, giveaways and of course,
chilly refreshing temperatures. We profiled all of Colorado's ski resorts in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season, and we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open. Turn the page to see the profile for Breck.
BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT breckenridge.com 970-453-5000
Vail Resorts dropped a cool $85 million on improvements for the 2014-2015 season, and you'll see evidence of it at all three of the company's Colorado ski areas. Breck upgraded its Colorado Super Chair over the summer from a four-person chair to a six-person express, which should relieve the lines at what has become the resort's busiest peak, but you'll still want to get away from it all with a trek over to Peak 6, which opened last season with 540 acres of high alpine terrain -- some above 12,000 feet -- and intermediate-level bowl skiing. You'll drop in on wide-open slopes above timberline, with groomed trail options and lots of paths into gladed tree runs. There are no restaurants over there, but word has it that there will be a snowcat food truck of some sort at the base of the Kenosha lift this season.
Signature experience: On any powder day -- and Breck seems to get more than its fair share of them -- follow the locals for laps on the T-Bar lift until it gets tracked out, then recuperate with drinks at the bar at the base of Peak 8 (also called the T-Bar). And don't miss the Dew Tour, which returns to Breck December 11-14 and should be much more laid-back now that the Winter Olympics are over.
Splurge: If you've overdone it (trust us, it happens), dip into the Rejuvenation Center in One Ski Hill Place at the Peak 8 base area. The $130 Lost Horizon Sports Massage should do the trick.
Ski bum tips: Stay at the Bivouac Hostel -- "The Bivvi," to those in the know -- to bunk with your shred crew in rooms and suites that sleep up to six people. The website disclaimer should be enough to convince you one way or another: "The Bivvi is a hostel. We like to play a little rock n' roll, adventure in the mountains, and make new friendships with other awesome guests. If the above is not your scene, please visit another site and book a more conventional hotel." Breakfast is included, local beers are on tap in the Great Room. Making a late call on staying in town after a storm rolled in or you partied too hard to drive home? The Bivvi accepts walk-ins without a reservation until 10 p.m.; you can also book at TheBivvi.com. Rates vary during the season but can be as low as $45 per person.
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Drink locally: Make your way to Breckenridge Brewery, founded here in 1990, and/or the new Broken Compass Brewing, or to Breckenridge Distillery.