Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Breckenridge, Here We Come!

It's time to get excited about our trip to Breckenridge - Spring Break cannot come soon enough. In anticipation, I did some reading to see what was in store -- Laima and the kids have been several times, but this will be my first trip. Cannot wait to get some snowboard lessons under my belt and hit the mountain! Last year was their 50th Anniversary as well, really amazing!

(Notes and images from

Breck opened on Dec. 16, 1961 and the resort celebrated 50 years later on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in the midst of one of the resort’s signature annual events, the Winter Dew Tour. The Town of Breckenridge hosted a champagne toast off Ridge St. to honor the people that have made this town great over the years as well as Los Lobos at the Riverwalk Center for revelers later that night.

The conception of building a ski resort in Breckenridge began during the late 1950s, when Bill Rounds of the Porter and Rounds Lumber Company became interested in bringing skiing to the valley. The Peak 8 Ski Area (as it was first known) opened on December 16, 1961 with one double chair and a midway unloading station in addition to one short T-bar.

Some other noteworthy statistics from Breck’s first 50 years:
  • Breck has received approximately 17,500 inches of snow (1,416 feet) since the resort opened in 1961.
  • Breck has welcomed visitors from all 50 US states and over 60 different countries.
  • Breck has hosted approximately 39 million skiers and snowboarders since 1961 (the first season featured around 17,000 total skier visits, as compared to 1.63 million in 2010/11).
  • Breck was the first ski resort in North America to install a high speed quad chairlift, in 1981.
  • Breck became the first ski resort to allow snowboarding in Colorado, in 1984.
  • Breck installed the Quicksilver Super 6, the first and only double loading chairlift in the USA, in 1996.
  • Breck built the highest high-speed quad chairlift in the world, the Imperial Express Superchair, topping out at an elevation of 12,840 ft. in 2005.

Mountain Stats:

Base Elevation: 9,600 feet / 2,926 meters
Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet / 3,963 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet / 1,036 meters
Lifts: 31 Total
  1. 2 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
  2. 7 high-speed quad lifts
  3. 1 triple lift
  4. 6 double lifts
  5. 1 8-passenger gondola
  6. 5 surface lifts
  7. 9 carpet lifts
Lift Capacity: 37,880 people per hour
Operating Since: December 16, 1961
Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2358 acres / 954 hectares
Groomed Daily: 600 acres / 241 hectares (29% of total terrain)
Bowls: 772 acres / 312 hectares
Terrain Parks: 25 acres / 10 hectares
Snowmaking: 565 acres / 228 hectares
Number of Trails: 155
Longest Trail: Four O'Clock - 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers


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  1. Cool. You guys will have a good time.

  2. It'll be so much fun!! And the kids will be able to take you on their favorite run (and longest run on the mtn) - 4 O'Clock:)

  3. Amazing to look at that current picture and read how small it was when it opened. You guys will have a blast!

  4. Enjoy "Breck"!

    Not much snow out here in Ca. this year (yet)! Jealous!

  5. oh so jealous! we usually ski winter park every year but we skipped this year to take a trip to san diego instead. man, have FUN!! it's so amazing up there :)

  6. Awesome! My son and I will be there for our spring break too, the first week in April. When is your spring break?

  7. oh man. how awesome!! i tried to organize a trip out there in february but friends were all too busy / couldn't afford it. boo.


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