Breck releases results of Peak 6 trail naming contest

Peak 6

The results are in, and the Breck Nation has awakened its sixth sense, as Breckenridge Ski Resort today unveiled the results from the resort’s Peak 6 public naming contest. These winning names will be used on actual trails at Peak 6, set to open this season at Breck as part of the biggest unveiling in the ski industry this year.

For the first time ever, Breck created a contest to crowd source the trail names for the much anticipated Peak 6 expansion. Fans of Breck from around the globe had the opportunity to submit their most creative name ideas that related to the theme of “Awaken Your Sixth Sense” via the resort’s Facebook page.

In all, 25 public submissions were chosen by the resort’s selection committee to become part of history on Peak 6.  Over 1,800 people submitted names from 43 US states and 19 different countries, demonstrating the clear tie the public has with both Breckenridge as a resort and Peak 6.

“The public has been very involved and passionate about our Peak 6 project right from the very beginning,” said Pat Campbell, Breckenridge SVP and COO. “We thought it would be a great idea to continue that public involvement and tap into the engagement of our guests from around the world to help brand the mountain.”

The public involvement process around this project is believed to be the largest naming initiative of its kind ever attempted for a ski resort.

From names like “Intuition” to “Unbound” to “Reverie,” the variety of responses received were as diverse as they were numerous.  “We were blown away by both the volume and quality of the responses we received,” noted Breckenridge Resort Marketing Director, Kieran Cain. “We were able to name over 75 percent of the new trails through the contest.”

“Snowboarding at Breck gives me the most zen feeling, even more than yoga,” Katie Gallagher of Denver said of her submitted name, Sanctuary. “I want some of the run names to convey that – that perfect moment cruising down the perfect run when everything is in harmony!”

Jeremy Carlson, of Louisville, Colo. submitted the name Liberation, with the description: “Come off the chairlift, get a 360 degree view. Start to glide any direction you want—the powder beckons in every direction. Before you have to commit to a glade or a trail, enjoy the sun, the sky, and the pure unfettered liberation of this moment!”

Those whose names were selected as winners will receive a Breckenridge Ski Resort replica trail sign with their winning trail name emblazoned upon it, as well as lift tickets to come ski Peak 6 this season. Any winners who make the trip to Breck this year will also have the opportunity to participate in a free photo session with their real trail sign up on Peak 6.

Breck Peak 6 Trail Name Contest winners and their submissions are as follows.
In the case of multiple entries of the same name, the first person to submit it was selected as the winner.Peak 6

  • Sanctuary – Katie Gallagher; Denver, Colo.
  • Epiphany – Michael Casto; Tinley Park, Ill.
  • ESP – Jeff Berthiaume; Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Savor – Eric Wagnon; Jupiter, Fla.
  • Echo – Lane Thaut; Englewood, Colo.
  • Rapture – Karen Rosasco; Centennial, Colo.
  • Yugen – Nathan Young; Merrifield, Minn.
  • Sublime – Karen Galenski; Breckenridge, Colo.
  • Irie – Garrett Braddock; Fredericktown, Ohio
  • Chi – Kelsey Turcotte; Lexington, KY.
  • Bliss – Katie Odens: Boulder, Colo.
  • Intuition – Sjoerd Idema; Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Unbound – Ashley McGilvray; Longmont, Colo.
  • Awakening – Anita Franklin; Broomfield, Colo.
  • Liberation – Jeremy Carlson; Louisville, Colo.
  • Foresight – Joseph Stockert; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Breathless – Kimberly Sands, Denver, Colo.
  • Wonderland – Kirk McGilvrey; Longmont, Colo.
  • Nirvana – Michael Matz; Omaha, Neb.
  • Daydream – Phyllis O’Grady ; Denver, Colo.
  • Déjà vu – Mark Rosasco; Centennial, Colo.
  • Euphoria – Rick Hartman; Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Wanderlust – Josh Seaton, Rockwell, Tex.
  • Zendo – Caroline Condon; Breckenridge, Colo.
  • Lost Horizon – William Vasko; McMurray, Penn.
  • Xanadu – Douglas Childers; Champaign, Ill.

The 2013-14 Breck trail map, featuring the entire new layout for Peak 6 as well as the rest of the resort, will be publicly released on Oct. 21 exclusively on the Breck Facebook page. Become a member of the online Breck Nation and like Breck at in order to preview and download the all-new trail map before it is released to the general public.

— Morgan Bast