Breckenridge Ski Resort to host uphill-access meeting Nov. 5
Uphill access on Peaks 7, 8, 9 will have same rules, routes as last year
BRECKENRIDGE — For the second consecutive year, Breckenridge Ski Resort will come together with the local community at a meeting to discuss uphill access and guidelines.
The meeting — scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s multipurpose room — will provide uphill skiers and splitboarders with a chance to learn about Breckenridge’s uphill access policy as well as important safety information for the upcoming season.
In a news release, Breckenridge spokeswoman Sara Lococo said the event will provide an open forum for discussion about the current and future management of uphill access at the ski resort.
Lococo added that there are no major changes to Breckenridge’s uphill policy from last winter and access will remain free. This season, uphill access, which is currently closed, will be permitted from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., which is outside of Breckenridge’s operating hours.
The resort asks all uphill users to be clear of the mountain by 8:30 each morning. For information specific to terrain, the resort encourages uphill users to call the winch cat/uphill hotline at 970-547-5627. The number provides information about seasonal restrictions and ski area operations that might impact access.
Once uphill rules go into effect this season, the resort will open uphill terrain on Peaks 7, 8 and 9. On Peak 7, uphill users will be able to skin up the Pioneer run to Fort Mary B to Claimjumper to Pika and eventually the T-Bar hut, returning down the same route. On Peak 7, all uphill users must be below the Pika trail by 8 a.m. because of avalanche control work.
On Peak 8, there again will be four uphill routes. The first route ascends from the base of Claimjumper at the bottom of the Rocky Mountain SuperChair, leading to Pika and the T-Bar hut, and returns down the same route. On the other side of Peak 8, uphill users have access to the Springmeier trail leading to Vista Haus, returning down the same route.
A couple of other Peak 8 uphill trails begin from town, with uphillers able to skin up the Gondola Ski Back trail to Lower 4 O’Clock and eventually Springmeier, ending at Vista Haus and returning down the same route. Uphillers also will be able to skin up Lower 4 O’Clock from town to Springmeier to Vista Haus, returning down the same route.
And on Peak 9, uphillers will be able to skin up the Silverthorne trail to Lower American, to Cashier to Overlook, ending at the Peak 9 Patrol Hut and returning down the same route.
There will be no uphill access on the Peak 6 and 10 terrain. The resort is also reminding uphill users that no one can ride a lift without a valid ticket or season pass and that fat tire biking and mountain biking is prohibited on the mountain during the winter.
For uphill users, Breckenridge provides free parking from 6-8:30 a.m. in the South Gondola lot, the Stables Lot at Peak 8 and the Beaver Run Parking Lot. For evening access, hourly rates and rules apply.
All cars using these lots are required to have a free uphill access parking permit. There is no parking permitted between 2 and 6 a.m. in any Breckenridge Ski Resort lots. For more information and to obtain a permit, visit breckpark.com/uphill-access-permit.
The resort also stressed that uphill access routes might be limited during the early and late seasons and are subject to change or close on a daily basis.
For more information, visit bit.ly/breckuphill2019.
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