Breckenridge announces uphill access routes for winter
Breckenridge Ski Resort will open terrain on Peaks 7, 8 and 9 for uphill access for the 2018-19 winter season.
On Peak 7, uphillers will be able to skin up the Pioneer run to Claimjumper to Pika and eventually the T-Bar hut, returning down the same route.
The first of four uphill routes on Peak 8 will follow much the same route as the sole uphill access trail on Peak 7: begin at the base of Claimjumper at the bottom of the Rocky Mountain SuperChair, leading to Pika and the T-Bar hut, returning down the same route.
On the other side of Peak 8, uphillers will have access to the Springmeier trail leading to Vista Haus, returning down the same route.
A couple of other Peak 8 uphill trails will begin from in town. Uphillers will be 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 will also be able to skin up Lower 4 O’Clock from town to Springmeier to Vista Haus, returning down the same route.
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.
Uphill access is only permitted by the ski resort from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., which is outside of Breckenridge’s public operating hours. The resort is also asking all uphill users to be clear of the mountain by 8:30 a.m. each day.
The resort wishes for uphillers to stay toward the center of the trail, to obey all pertinent signage, maximize visibility, position to be visible from above, wear reflective or brightly-colored clothing and avoid all areas where machinery is operating, as cat winching operations may be in progress during uphill hours.
Breckenridge also encourages any uphill users to call the resort’s winch cat/uphill access hotline at 970-547-5627 before accessing the mountain. The number provides important information about seasonal restrictions and ski area operations that may impact access.
Breckenridge released the seasonal uphill-access routes during a meeting at the Breckenridge Town Hall on Monday night, which was attended by more than 100 people. As part of the meeting, officials from the resort fielded questions, comments and concerns from those in attendance. Some of the topics raised by the audience included: the idea of an uphill-only ski pass at Breckenridge similar in pricing and value to a Nordic center ski pass; whether or not the resort needs to improve its uphill signage to more clearly inform skinners they are on trail; why there is no uphill access on Peak 10 this winter; the issue of no direct, permitted uphill connection between Peaks 8 and 9; and the possibility of opening uphill access during resort operating hours.
The resort officials took note of all of the comments made by the audience and said they’d be open to having another informational, public meeting in this same fashion in mid-winter, perhaps during February.
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