Breck: Spring into peak experiences |

Breck: Spring into peak experiences

Kimberly Nicoletti
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

By the numbers, Breckenridge is Summit’s largest ski area. Vertical drop, number of trails, number of lifts ” everything about Breck is big.

This season, the resort added a gondola so people can avoid bus rides. Cabins sweep guests from the parking lot to base areas at Peaks 7 and 8.

For the first time, the resort opened 150 acres (snow dependent) between Peaks 8 and 9, which gives skiers access to seven ungroomed steep chutes. It brings the total accessible acreage off of Imperial Express ” the highest chairlift in North America ” from 400 to 550 acres. And the terrain will be similar to the nearby Lake Chutes ” nice and ungroomed, and steep.

Besides advanced terrain and wide-open, usually soft-snow skiing in Horseshoe and Imperial bowls, Breck has plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain. The Independence Super Chair serves a half-dozen intermediate cruisers, and Peaks 8, 9 and 10 offer their fair share of groomed slopes, though Peak 10’s border on advanced runs.

Five terrain parks gave Breck the edge for Transworld Magazine to name it as making the pipe best in 2006.

Both the town of Breckenridge and the ski area have plenty to offer. Upscale to moderately priced restaurants line Main Street and beyond, bars each have their unique style and shops sell everything from T-shirts to diamonds. In February, Breck celebrates Mardi Gras with live music, Cajun cuisine and beads galore.

In April, the seventh annual Spring Massive Festival includes concerts, competitions, celebrity racing, nightlife, snow volleyball, exhibitions, jams, film shoots and kid’s activities. It also includes three-course meals at participating restaurants for $15 to $25. On April 1, the town crowns the town fool, and on April 8, Breck celebrates Easter with a Latin flair, complete with Latin dance performances and ski boot salsa lessons to the sounds of DJ Patricio. The season comes to a close with a free concert with Ozomatli, Grammy award-winning Afro-Latin funk, hip-hop ensemble. It coincides with the Imperial Challenge, a 6.2 mile mountain bike ride from town, across Peaks 7 and 8, followed by a 2,500-foot ascent to Imperial Bowl.

And if you’re lucky enough to be here for the Bump Buffet on April 22, you’ll get an eyeful. For 28 years, telemarkers have tackled bumps, dressed in the craziest costumes.

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