What’s new for the 2016/17 season
The feeling you get from strapping into your snowboard or clipping into your skis will be the same, but this winter there will be some new additions to Breckenridge to look out for. Over the past few seasons skiers and riders have returned to Breck for winter and discovered that we’ve added a new peak, chairlift or restaurant. We’ve made a ton of new additions to Breck this off season, let us give you the rundown of what to expect for the 2016/17 season!
- New Restaurant, Big Views
Breckenridge Ski Resort will add a brand new, 490-seat restaurant atop the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7, one of the resort’s five iconic peaks. The new restaurant will offer a variety of house made options like fresh made salads to order and a Mediterranean station, all coupled with dramatic views of beautiful Summit County, Colorado. The restaurant is set to open December 2016 and will highlight the mining history of Breckenridge’s past, as well as cater to skiers who like to play and stay in the terrain on the north side of the resort, including Peak 6.
- The Classic Peak 9 Village Base Area Gets a Facelift
Many of the millions of visitors who have skied Breckenridge since the 1970s have entered the resort through the Village base area on Peak 9. Perfectly situated near the south end of Main Street, adjacent to the Village Hotel the QuickSilver SuperChair, the plaza area will see a new snowmelt system and brick pavers replacing the dated cement surface, making for a more inviting and smoother transition to the snow. The new space will also accommodate signature Breck events throughout the year.
- Dew Tour Returns to Breck Re-Imagined
Marking a decade of action-packed, world-class ski and snowboard freestyle competition, Dew Tour and Breckenridge Ski Resort will host a newly revamped competition Dec. 8-11, 2016 in the resort’s famed Freeway Terrain Park, located on Peak 8. This event has become known as the preeminent kickoff to the competitive freestyle season and now with both the courses and format completely reimagined, it will be that much more dynamic. See all-star athletes come together and contend for their respective titles. Alongside the competition, the four-day event will feature a fully Integrated Dew Tour Experience complete with music, action sports culture and technology. Can’t make it in person? Follow the specials on NBC Dec. 17 and 24.
- (New) Restaurant at Breckenridge Distillery to open for 2016-2017 winter season
Chef Daniel O’Brien (the Top Chef behind Washington D.C.’s Seasonal Pantry) is leading the way on the intimate and modern farm-to-table experience at the Breckenridge Distillery. Using spent grains for feed, they’re dedicated to a whole animal process. Expect bold flavors paired with spirit flights and, of course, a killer cocktail menu. The 8,000-square-foot expansion also includes a large barrel house and event space. New (2016 release) products include gin, pear flavored vodka and espresso flavored vodka. This is a must-visit in Breck and will open the fall of 2016! breckenridgedistillery.com
Favorite Events are Back
Breck is renowned for its event lineup in town and at the resort. Here are a few favorites you won’t want to miss this season:
- Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas kicks off Holiday Season in Breckenridge The Town of Breckenridge “officially” transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 3 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, where runners and walkers don Santa suits and run the length of Main Street to raise funds for a local non-profit. The Handmade Holiday Market in the Breckenridge Arts District offers locally-made artisan gifts as holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a New Year’s Eve celebration.
- Ullr Fest Rocks Breckenridge Jan. 11-14, 2017 For more than 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski and more.
- Women’s Ski Week Feb. 11-19, 2017 For the third year, Women’s Ski Week returns better than ever with gear demos, Ultimate 4 lessons for women, the popular Women & Wine, women’s camps, free yoga and more throughout the week. Breckenridge’s Ski and Snowboard School hosts a variety of programs teaching never-evers to beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Men, women and children are always welcome year-round at Breckenridge! Full schedule to come at WomensSkiWeek.com.
- Spring Fever The biggest spring skiing party in the Rocky Mountains is back in April 2017. Breckenridge’s elevation – 9,600 feet in town – makes the snow last longer and the bluebird spring days even sweeter. To celebrate, Spring Fever brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers, music lovers, mountaineers and more.
Breck Guides: The Ultimate Way to Experience Breck
Maybe you learned to ski at Breckenridge a decade ago and haven’t been back, maybe just the name Breck invokes memories of green and blue runs mixed in with some spring break shenanigans. If so, then it’s time to rediscover your skiing experience at one of North America’s most diverse mountains with Breck Guides Program. Breck guides is a European-style, in-bounds guide experience to help you explore some of Breck’s best high-alpine terrain (more than a third of the total ski area terrain), secret powder stashes and more with your own private top guide (plus get on the mountain earlier by loading the chairlift before the public and get the day’s trail conditions from Breck’s experts on Ski Patrol). Create your own experience by choosing the skills and terrain you’ll learn that day; from the basics of avalanche awareness, to the high alpine travel and avalanche rescue, your Breck Guide will train you to enjoy the mountain safely. Each participant has the option to carry his/her own pack with a beacon, shovel, and probe and the private guide will cater to the needs of the group. For all Ski School visit Breckenridge.com.
The Falcon Chair is getting a big upgrade!
This summer we will be upgrading the Falcon Super Chair from a 4 to a 6 seater. This will allow us to increase the uphill capacity and improve our Peak 9 and 10 guest experience.
EpicMix Time Expands Off-Line to Provide Crowd-Sourced Lift Line Wait Times to Guests
EpicMix™ Time, an expansion of the award-winning ski and snowboard app, EpicMix, debuted at Breckenridge last season and allows guests to access real-time lift line wait times from their phones, enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience. This season, the technology goes live on mountain via digital signs at key locations across the resort to make that information even more accessible to guests. The lift line wait time digital boards will be located at the bottom and top of the Colorado SuperChair, and at the tops of both the QuickSilver SuperChair and Independence SuperChair, serving all major entry points to the ski area.