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March 14, 2012
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Breckenridge extends ski season by two weekends

Breckenridge granted its 50th wish on Wednesday: It will stay open an additional two weekends this season.

Season passes will remain valid during the extended season, and the resort is coupling the additional skiing with $50 lift tickets and free parking.

The announcement came on a day when temperatures soared into the 50s in the Town of Breckenridge and snow melted in towns and at Summit County resort base areas.

Resort officials appear to be hinging their bet on the expectation of snow in April, which isn't out of the norm for Summit County.

"This is a great way to end our 50th anniversary season," said Pat Campbell, Breckenridge senior vice president and chief operating officer. "April is typically one of the snowiest months of the season and we have excellent conditions which we expect to last through the end of April. This is an opportunity for our season pass holders and skiers from around the world to take advantage of a few extra days, and enjoy more of the spring skiing we all love here in Breck."

This final wish is the culmination of the resort's 50 Wishes campaign, which granted wishes all season to celebrate the ski area's 50th anniversary season.

"We had one wish left to grant, and asked our guests and fans via our social media channels what they wanted us to grant for our final 50th wish," said Campbell. "We heard loud and clear from many fans like Lisa Doane and Jason Brooke that they'd love to see us wrap up this season-long promotion in the best way possible: by extending the season."

This is the first time Breck has extended its season since merging with Vail Resorts in 1996. Breck is the only ski resort in Colorado that has announced plans to extend their season so far this year.

"We are trying to reward those guests and pass holders with extra time to get turns in this season," Breckenridge spokeswoman Austyn Williams said.

On the final two weekends, Peak 8 lifts and terrain - including Imperial Express SuperChair - will be the only mountain operations. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22 and April 27-29, guests can ski from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional services for Breck's guests during the extension include special lesson prices, with half-day adult lessons starting at $59 and full-day children's lessons for $99.

Some restrictions to regular season promotions, season lesson passes and discounts may apply. A full list of services for the extended weekends is up online now and will continue to be updated at http://www.breckenridge.com/info/extended-season.


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