With snow continuing to fall on the High Country, local ski resorts are opening more territory for skiers and snowboarders to explore.
Breckenridge Ski Resort just announced it will open terrain on Peak 9 on Saturday, Nov. 23. Full base-area services, including ski and ride school and on-mountain dining, will be available.
“Mother Nature has been very cooperative with snowfall — we’ve had 19 inches in the past seven days, and it is snowing right now,” said the resort’s senior communications manager Kristen Petitt Stewart. “We are opening up more terrain as quickly and safely as we can.”
The resort is opening Silverthorne, King’s Way, Crosscut and Lower Sawmill trails, all of them beginner trails that allow guests to ski back and forth between Peaks 8 and 9. The trails also are important to Breck’s lodging partners in the Peak 9 base area and on the south end of town, Stewart said.
Expanding available terrain will also open up more on-mountain dining options. Limited menu items will be offered by Ten Mile Station’s new chef, Jeff Nathanson, and The Maggie’s new chef, Nick Maimone, Stewart said.
“They are both brand new and we expect some great things to come from them this season,” she said.
Sevens Restaurant, at the base of Peak 7, will offer the only on-mountain Thanksgiving special, featuring all the fixings of a home-cooked meal. Guests also have the option of enjoying a fixed-price Thanksgiving-style menu at the 9600 Kitchen inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge.
“We love to see families skiing together over holidays — because it is an honor for them to choose Breck as a place to make these important memories together,” Stewart said. “We know skiing can offer a chance for families to unplug and enjoy time together.”
The resort will have about 380 total acres of skiing and riding available for the upcoming holiday week. Breck recently opened up Contest Bowl for hiking. The ski patrol is working to open more upper-mountain terrain.
“I would expect another announcement soon,” Stewart said.
Resort staff asks that guests stay off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons. Closed trails may be hazardous due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations.