Breckenridge, which just got a nice snow dump this week, will open for its 53rd season today at 8 a.m. — a day that the resort compares to Christmas. DJ DC will kick things off with music and announcements, followed by free cinnamon buns at the Peak 8 base area from the Ski Hill Grill. There will also be interactive games/giveaways all day. Go to breckenridge.com for the full schedule.
You can read about every Colorado ski resort in the Edge, our winter sports guide, which hit the streets last week. Or follow along as we roll out the guide online. Each description lays out what's new, what the signature experience is at each resort, what to splurge on, how to go cheap and, of course, what to drink. Now, head for the trees.
BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT
What’s new: Don’t miss the new Women’s Ski Week, February 12-21 (womensskiweek.com), featuring women-only beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons for ages fifteen and up; a Ski Girls Rock program designed by Olympic and World Alpine champion Lindsey Vonn, for girls ages seven to fourteen; and a week of film screenings, equipment demos, women’s camps, and Women & Wine events.
Signature experience: “If you haven’t done so before, you have to experience Peak 6 and the Six Senses hike-to terrain off of the top of Peak 6,” says Breckenridge spokeswoman Ashley Smith. “With 543 acres of terrain added in December 2013, it was the biggest ski-resort expansion in more than a decade. Peak 6 offers high-alpine intermediate bowl runs — a rare find in North America — and black to double-black-diamond terrain. The views are stunning and the terrain is exciting.” Ready for something really different? Book a dogsledding tour at GoodTimesAdventures.com. “Dogsledding is also a one-of-a-kind experience in Breckenridge, running a six-mile tour with a pack of Siberian Huskies and an experienced guide leading the way through Swan River Valley,” Smith notes. “Guests get to experience running the dogs, riding in the dogsled and riding on the passenger sleigh with the guide.”
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Splurge: “Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon should be a must-stop on your Taste of Breckenridge tour,” Smith says. For a lodging upgrade, book a one-, two-, or three-bedroom condo at the ski-in/ski-out Mountain Thunder Lodge.
Ski bum tips: Stay in “The Sixer” at the Bivouac Hostel (aka the Bivvy), a shared room that sleeps six in triple-stack bunk beds and includes a free hot breakfast. On the mountain, the best tips are free. “Stop into the Ski Patrol huts on the mountain for trail tips,” Smith suggests. “Ski Patrol has comprehensive knowledge of the mountain, so who better to ask? Powder stashes, trail openings, and you never know what else you’ll learn.”
Drink locally: In addition to the local brews on tap at the T-Bar at Peak 8 and elsewhere around the mountain, Smith recommends visits to Broken Compass Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery and the Breckenridge Distillery.