Located near the legendary Vail ski resort, Breckenridge ski resort has a casual feel to it. It does not have the crowd and liveliness of the Vail, but the skiing and the beauty of the resort are unparalleled. The criss-cross trials against the backdrop of five peaks give the skiers breathtaking views. The Breckenridge resort is one of the most iconic ski resorts in Colorado.
Ski Information for Breckenridge
The ski season at Breckenridge begins in the middle of November and ends in the mid-April. The Breckenridge resort enjoys one of the highest summits in the US
. The summit of the resort is at 12,998 feet. Different peaks in the skiing region provide distinct skiing experiences. The trails are designed to challenge all skiers according to their level of expertise in the sport. Breckenridge is an exceptional resort, the award-winning terrain parks, and the 22.' Superpipe.
Lifts, Gondolas, and Lift Passes at Breckenridge
Breckenridge has two base locations that provide interconnecting lifts. The Breck Connect Town Gondola, Peak 8 and Peak 9 share the same base. Two high-speed quads connect the Peak 8 from the base access. The Colorado SuperChair and the RockyMountain Superchair are inter-connected with the quad chairs servicing Peak 8, taking skiers to higher terrain.
The lifts for beginners are chairlift 5 and 7. These lifts start from the base location of Peak 8 too. At the base of the Beaver Run is the Beaver Super run chairlift that takes skiers to the intermediate terrain. From the central village location, the high speed super six quad chair The Quick Silver serves the terrain allocated to beginners.
It provides access to the other lifts on the mountain including the Falcon lift-one of the most advanced lifts operating in the resort. The Breckenridge is home to the Imperial Express chairlift, the highest lift in North America
. The lift provides access to 400 acres of expert and advanced terrain at 12,840 feet.
The new Brecken Ridge gondola connects the Breckenridge town with the base location of Peak 8. It makes a stop at the base of Peak 7. The addition of the new gondola has given more access to the day skiers.
Skiing in Breckenridge
Breckenridge, a former mining town is now a popular ski resort and with one of the highest summits in the US. The total skiable area of Breckenridge is 2,908 acres. The entire terrain is distributed among five interconnected mountains that include Peak 6 to Peak 10 consecutively. The resort is a powder paradise as it receives a massive 300 inches of perfectly fluffy powder each year. This makes skiing in Breckenridge an unforgettable experience for powder enthusiasts including snowboarders. The resort has more slopes and trails for advanced and expert skiers, but there are sufficient options for beginners and intermediate skiers. The Peak 6 was introduced in the skiing season of 2014 – 2015, an additional lift was added to the fully serviced intermediate terrain and further extend to the expert terrain. The ski area has four terrain parks and halfpipes; it includes the legendary half pipe at Peak 8. The management of the resort added three snowcats and a brand new pipe-grooming equipment. The artificial snowmaking comprises 380 snowmaking guns and covers 540 acres.
Skiing at Breckenridge for Beginners
Located at Peak 9 is the Bonanza, a trial designed for beginners, another trail for beginners is the Springmeier located on Peak 8. To get to Peak 8, skiers must take Chairlift 5; the lift provides further access to more green slopes.
The highest capacity chairlift, called the QuickSilver Super6 has improved trail access for beginners. The lift connects beginners with plenty of green marked trails in the resort.
Skiing at Breckenridge for Intermediate Skiers
Intermediate skiers must take the second mid-station of the BreckConnect gondola at the Peak 7 base location. The blue trails at Peak 7 are ideal for intermediate skiers who are willing to feel more confident with their skiing skills. Peak 7 is easily accessible the Independence Super Chair. The newly expanded terrain at Peak 7 is like a massive playground for intermediate skiers. Skiers can take the majestic blue trials across the Monte Cristo, Lincoln Meadows, Wirepatch, Pioneer, Angel’s rest and Claimjumper for a speedy cruise. The long and challenging Four O’Clock together with the bumpy trail of Lehman is ideal for intermediate skiers. The Peak 10 is one of the most challenging slopes for intermediate skiers. The trails like Doublejack, Centennial, Crystal, and Cimarron are marked blue and black.
Skiing at Breckenridge for Advanced and Expert Skiers
Skiers looking for expert terrain must use the T-Bar, Chair 6 and the Imperial Express takes skiers to have complete access to the advanced and expert terrain. A major black trail is accessible by taking the Falcon SuperChair Lift towards Peak 10.
For steep runs between the woods, skiers must take the trails at The Burn, Corsair, and Spitfire. These trails are challenging, some are moderately steep running through the trees, and other are tight and wide with deep chutes. Right off, the Peak 10 skiers will reach the Mustang, Blackhawk; these trials have double black diamond steep slopes. The trials have a combination of steep pitches and flat runouts.
Back Bowl at Breckenridge
The expert skiers often overlook chair E, but it provides some of the most challenging black double diamond trails like the Devil's Crotch, Mineshaft, Hades, and Inferno. These trials will challenge the most expert of skiers, with the ability to take expert skiing to another level.
The expert terrain at the mid-station of Peak 8 SuperConnect rises around 1000 feet in just under 3 minutes. The Southern Cross and Mach 1 are excellent pitches that turn bumpy very quickly. Chair 6 takes expert and advanced skiers to the Horseshoe Bowl. Skiing their way up the T-Bar is challenging at exquisite at the same time.
Expert skiers will love this trail for its powder. Skiers will enjoy skiing and test their skills on the Horseshoe Bowl, Cucumber Bowl, and Contest Bowl. All the three trails have extensive powder throughout the season giving skiers soft turns. For best powder skiers can ski their way towards Peak 8 for the steep powder-filled black marked trails.
Back Country Skiing
For expert skiers willing to test the ability of their skills must ski to the backcountry off-piste by using the designated gates. Skiers are advised to proceed with caution as the backcountry skiing is not patrolled or maintained by the resort.
Expert skiers will love the challenging unmarked obstacles and another dangerous terrain. It is advised that even the most expert skiers proceed with caution in the backcountry, as there is a constant risk of avalanche and ski guides are unwilling to venture into the off-piste.