Breckenridge opens its 49th season Friday |

Breckenridge opens its 49th season Friday

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The lifts start turning at 9 a.m. Friday at Breckenridge Ski Resort – along with festivities that last all weekend.

Breckenridge does not currently have a base depth report. However, officials say more than 3 feet of natural snow has fallen in the last two storms, and snowmaking has been going continuously since Oct. 21. Forecasters say there’s more to come this week.

The resort has 147 acres of open lift-served terrain via the Colorado SuperChair, 5 Chair, Rip’s Ride, Trygve’s Platter and one conveyer lift, Breckenridge spokeswoman Kristen Petitt said. Runs include Springmeier, Spruce, Swinger and Crescendo. More hike-to terrain is slated to open later in the morning, with 117 acres available in Contest Bowl and Horseshoe Bowl – a total of 264 acres.

“This is a pretty great opening,” Petitt said.

Check back at for snow reports and visit or for terrain updates and more.

But there’s more going on at Breckenridge beyond the snow and the slopes.

“We are so stoked and ready for opening day – it’s why we live and work here,” said Breckenridge spokeswoman Kristen Petitt. “It will be another fun celebration for another great season. Bring it!”

They’re giving away free parking all weekend at the gondola lots (the BreckConnect Gondola starts running at 8 a.m.) as well as BreckBerry French Toast – the first 1,000 skiers and riders get the deal, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at the new Ski Hill Grill at the base of Peak 8.

Also take advantage of Breckenridge’s new Gold Runner Coaster, at the base of Peak 8. The ribbon-cutting is at noon for the 2,500 feet of summer-winter elevated track that includes hairpin curves and twists tucked between two ski runs. A single ride costs $15.

Hit Peak 8’s T-Bar for the Kickoff Apres Ski Party with DJ Cyn, giveaways and free menu samplings from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The unrolling of Vail Resorts’ EpicMix continues Friday. It’s a new application that tracks an individual’s vertical feet and days on the mountain – and allows guests to share that information with friends and family through online and mobile applications. The application itself will be launched sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the system starts tracking on day one. EpicMix staff will be on hand at the base of Peak 8 to answer questions on Friday.

Every skier and rider on the slopes will contribute to building the prize pool for a cash giveaway on Dec. 29. Every 30,000 vertical feet recorded by the EpicMix system at the various Vail Resorts between opening day and Dec. 28 puts $1 into the pool – the giveaway can reach $100,000. Opening day at Keystone started the prize package at about $450. Activating one’s EpicMix account automatically enters guests for the prize drawing.

SDN reporter Janice Kurbjun can be contacted at (970) 668-4630 or at

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