PO Box 2808
491 Blue River Parkway
Breckenridge is 98 miles west of Denver International Airport via
Interstate 70 and Colo. 9 southbound, and 115 miles northwest of
Colorado Springs via Highway 24 and Colo. 9 northbound.
With four distinctly different interconnected ski mountains, 2,043
acres of terrain and a good mix of beginner-to-expert runs,
Breckenridge Ski Resort begins with Peak 7 at the north end of the
area and follows the Ten Mile Range south to Peak 10, all of which
lies within the Arapaho National Forest. The four mountains offer an
awesome vertical rise of nearly 3,400 feet and a total of 139 trail,
serviced by 23 lifts.
Breckenridge, the second most popular ski resort in the nation, is
getting bigger and better every year. New owners, Vail Resorts,
invested nearly $18 million in on-mountain improvements last year -
including two new high-speed quad lifts and a snowmaking system on
Peak 8 - and this year the resort will see $14 million more worth of
capital projects. New to Breckenridge Resort this year is the TenMile
Station, the first mid-mountain restaurant to be added to the
mountain in more than a decade. The two-story cafeteria restaurant,
which is located between Peak 9's Beaver Run SuperChair and Peak 10's
Falcon lift, has a mining theme and features expansive views of the
Ten Mile Range. Also joining the resort this year are five new
snowcats, providing a 20 percent increase in grooming capacity, and a
new Pipe Dragon tiller for the snowboard park that was rated
"Best Snowboarding Terrain" by Westword magazine's
"Best of Denver" editors. The park is known for its air,
hits and slides, not to mention the largest half-pipe in
Breckenridge's history. The resort will essentially double its
snowboarding offerings this season by adding a terrain park and
half-pipe on Peak 8.
Vail Resorts also recently purchased the 208-room Breckenridge
Hilton, renamed the Great Divide Lodge, and has invested in extensive
renovations that include a new restaurant and upgraded recreational
and meeting facilities. The company is also the new owner of the
60-room Village Hotel near the base of Peak 9, the 71-room
Breckenridge Mountain Lodge and two property management companies
that handle 360 condominiums.
And just in case you want more, lift tickets are interchangeable at
nearby sister resort Keystone as well as Arapahoe Basin. In addition
special deals are available for Vail and Beaver Creek resorts, just
40 minutes away via I-70.
Base facilities at Breckenridge are at both Peaks 8 and 9. Amenities
found at each include lift-ticket-sales areas, ski school, ski and
snowboard rentals, first-aid and medical services, ski storage, child
care and a wide range of accommodations. Each base also offers video
and still photography services, gift and retail shops.
Approximately a dozen restaurants with diverse cuisine are all within
walking distance from the Peak 9 base. On-mountain dining is
available at the Peak 9 Restaurant at the top of the Beaver Run
SuperChair. Peak 8 also provides both indoor and outdoor dining on
the mountain - the Vista Haus, including Piz Otto's Italian
restaurant at the top of the Colorado SuperChair; and the Bergenhof
at the base. Free shuttle service moves skiers from parking lots to
the bases, and lifts and trails move them from mountain to mountain.
Both free and paid parking is available.
Base area lifts open daily at 8:30am; the remaining lifts open at
9am, and all lifts close at 4pm.
Breckenridge Ski Resort Activities
Reservations: 1-888-LRN-2SKI (1-888-576-2754)
Snowboard Lessons: Group and individuals, rental available,
Peak 8 half-pipe and Snowboard Terrain Park. Regular Ski School class
rates apply. Inquire at any Ski School window.
Women's Skiing & Snowboarding Seminars: Created and taught
by and for women, these three-day seminars address learning needs
specific to wome. The purpose is to turn out more complete skiers or
snowboarders in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. Dianna
McNabe, Director of Wellness, University of Denver, and her staff
will feature a wellness enhancement program in these seminars.
50 + Skiing Seminars: These populare two-day seminars are
specially designed for those 50 and older of all skiing abilities and
are taught by senior instructors.
Disabled Instruction: The Breckenridge Outdoor Education
Center offers lessons for skiers with physical and mental
disabilities. Call 1-800-383-BOEC for more information.
Ski School Discovery: Stop by the Breckenridge Ski and
Snowboard School's "learning stations" on Peak 8, for a
complimentary style evaluation and tips oto improve your technique.
Check daily for availability.
NASTAR Races and Self-Times Courses: NASTAR races are
held each day on Country Boy on Peak 9 from 10 am to 3 pm
Cross Country: Breckenridge Nordic Center is just down the
hill from the Peak 8 base area and offers tracked and skating trails.
For more information, call (970) 453-6855.
Keats Ann Scott
Colorado Dreams Broker