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Why locals love Breckenridge Ski Resort

Base elevation: 9,600 feet

Summit elevation: 12,998 feet

Vertical rise: 3,398 feet

Skiable acres: 2,908

Longest run: 3.5 miles

standout features

• The town, of course. BreckConnect Gondola stops at Peaks 7 and 8. Every route of the Breckenridge FreeRide stops just steps from the gondola — so actually, if you are local, there is really no need to drive.

• The Imperial Express SuperChair is the highest chairlift in North America, topping out at 12,840 feet. The 15-minute hike to the top of Peak 8 is worth it for experts because of the views (you can see Pikes Peak on a clear day) and access to Snow White.

• Huge Rice Krispy treats drizzled in chocolate at 10 Mile Station.


• Four terrain parks, one 22-foot halfpipe ranked in the top five among ski and

snowboard magazines for the past eight years. Need we say more?

what the locals love

• Lots of options for parking include the gondola north and south lots, the Beaver Run lot at Peak 9, and Town of Breckenridge paid lots, including the Wellington lot, Dredge lot and F Lot. All lots are free after 2 p.m. Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot, which has shuttle service.

• Locals love Breck because they can almost always find a stash of snow. Breck uses the

(in)famous cold and wind to its favor to hide pockets of snow after a true powder day

feast. And since the toughest terrain is up top, you can usually find the stash in about half an hour and stay on the upper lifts most of the day.

• A few other good reasons locals love Breck: Peak 10, The Back 9, Top of Peak 7, E-chair, Lake Chutes and Snow White. More than 50 percent of Breckenridge Ski Resort is advanced or expert terrain, and 30 percent is extreme, above tree line. Follow a local around, and you will experience Breckenridge like never before.


Base elevation: 9,600 feet

Summit elevation: 12,998 feet

Vertical rise: 3,398 feet

Skiable acres: 2,908

Longest run: 3.5 miles

Terrain: 11 percent beginner, 31 percent intermediate, 24 percent advanced, 34 percent expert

Number of lifts: 33, plus 1 gondola

Number of trails: 187

Average snowfall: 353 inches

Main contact: 1-800-789-SNOW, Local contact:(970) 453-5000

Ski school: 1-888-LRN-2SKI

Daycare: (970) 453-1734

Website: http://www.breckenridge.com

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