Breckenridge sees a foot of fresh snow just before Friday opening (video) | SummitDaily.com

Breckenridge sees a foot of fresh snow just before Friday opening (video)

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

With snowmaking and grooming active on the mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort is gearing up for opening day on Friday, Nov. 13. Thanks to a fast-moving Wednesday morning storm, the resort was blanketed with more than a foot of fresh snow yesterday.

"Because of recent snow accumulation and the efforts of Breck's snowmaking and grooming teams, the resort is happy to announce it will have more than 80 acres ready for Friday's opening," Gary Shimanowitz, Vice President of Mountain Operations said in a statement. "Our teams are committed to providing excellent snow conditions to guests, and with more snow in the forecast this week we are hopeful to announce additional terrain by Friday. It should be a great opening."

This season's opening is on par with last winter's Nov. 14 opening. On Friday, crews will open three runs down the front of Peak 8, with access from the Colorado SuperChair, 5 Chair and Rip's Ride stating at 9 a.m. Skiers and riders will be able to cruise down intermediate and moderate runs including Springmeier, Trygve's and Middle 4 O' Clock.

Kristen Petitt Stewart, Breckenridge senior communications manager, said the resort would announce any further terrain openings in the subsequent afternoons. While Breckenridge's current priority is to open more of Peak 8, the resort typically opens Peak 9 just before Thanksgiving.

"Despite the storm, we're still going to open with limited terrain on Peak 8, but it helps us get more open sooner," Stewart said. "We knew the temps were going to be favorable for snowmaking, we knew the storm was setting up nicely, but you can never predict what you're gonna get opening day."

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Before the lifts start turning, the festivities will ensure, with free cinnamon rolls, Sobe drink samples and prizes for the first few hundred guests in line starting at 8 a.m. Breckenridge will also bring in DJ DC with Red Bull's MXT DJ Truck, and will have family games on-site and free photo prints from EpicMix photo. The resort will also have a Veterans Day tribute for U.S. service men and women.

"It'll be a great opening weekend," Stewart added. "There's nothing better than fresh snow for ski resort opening."

Throughout the season, Breckenridge's lifts will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Individual tickets are $100 for adults, $90 for seniors and $65 for children on opening day, when purchased online.

The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Summit Value Pass provide seasonal access to Breckenridge, with prices ranging from $519 to $809 for adults.