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Breckenridge Ski Resort

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By most statistical categories, Breckenridge is Summit County’s largest ski area. Vertical drop, number of trails, number of lifts ” everything about Breckenridge is big.

As such, the ski area has a bit of everything for everybody. Actually, it has a lot of everything for everybody.

Beginner skiers and snowboarders have the benefit of an exceptional mountain staff eager to help them learn to ride and get around the mountain. Much of the lower terrain on Peaks 8 and 9 cater to this group.

A lift that was put in in 2002, the Independence Super Chair, serves a half-dozen intermediate cruisers. Peaks 8, 9 and 10 also offer a fair share of groomed slopes, with Peak 10’s bordering on advanced.

For experts, the fun begins at Breck’s second level ” the above-treeline terrain at the tops of Peaks 7 and 8. These bowls and chutes are accessed by Chair 6 and the T-Bar as well as by foot, for those hardy enough to huff up a snow staircase at nearly 13,000 feet.

Most of the time the hike is well worth it, with long, untracked runs awaiting those who reach the top of Peaks 7 and 8.

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