Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort is just one hour and 39 minutes - 80 miles west of Denver via I-70 and the Eisenhower Tunnel. It’s located in the historic mining town of Breckenridge in Summit County. The resort is owned and operated by Vail Resorts, which also operates Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Heavenly Ski Resort

With its almost endless terrain for non-stop skiing and riding, Breckenridge has wide-open bowls, gentle rolling groomers, steep and deep runs, and some of the best terrain parks in North America. The area offers four huge, well-groomed, interconnected peaks, spread over 2,358 acres, offering terrain for every skill level as well as snowboarding. It has four terrain parks, and three half pipes - ranked among the world’s best. The Breckenridge lift system with 30 lifts, includes several renowned lifts such as its double-loading lift - the only one of its kind in North America, and North America’s highest chairlift. Breckenridge boasts 155 trails - with its longest run (Four O'Clock) extending 3.5 miles. The area’s base is at 9,600 ft. and its summit is 12,998 ft. The area’s average annual snowfall is 300 inches; its snowiest month is December. Breckenridge opened on Nov, 12 this year and its season will extend through April 24, 2011.

Breckenridge’s Peak 10, at the southernmost part of the ski area, services both difficult and intermediate terrain. It offers big fat bumps, hidden kickers, legendary glades and miles of fresh tracks for expert riders. Peak 9 provides mostly intermediate terrain - with some beginner runs on the lower part of the mountain. Peak 8 accesses mostly intermediate runs, but also has beginner and advanced runs. New this year is the area’s 22-Foot Half Pipe, which provides freestyle snowboarding and skiing. It anchors the resort’s Freeway Terrain Park on Peak 8. This new world-class super pipe made its debut on NBC, during the Winter Dew Tour, Dec. 16-19, 2010 and will remain open the rest of the season.

A popular ski resort with out-of-state and international travelers, Breckenridge was named one of the top five ski locations in the world by the BBC in 2006 and was ranked as the ninth best resort in the U.S. by SKI Magazine in 2008. In addition to its world class skiing, skiers also come to Breckenridge to experience its Victorian ambience and its lively après-ski life. Breckenridge’s main street is lined with colorful turn-of-the century buildings and after dark, the ski town comes alive with its bustling breweries, enticing restaurants, and live music venues.

Edited by Mel Fenson


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