Explore Breck’s High Alpine Terrain
One of my absolute favorite things about Breckenridge is the high alpine terrain. There is nothing more breathtaking then cresting the tree-line, seeing the immense beauty of the peaks and the endless views expand before your eyes. Those moments of complete reverence hold a very special place in my heart and having the ability to access that mountain magic any day of the week is one of the many reasons I choose to call Breckenridge home. Whether it’s your first time exploring the high alpine or you are expert skier or rider, there is something for everyone in Breck. Wide open bowls, narrow chutes and everything in-between, there’s always more to discover. Elevate your game with a trip above the tree-line and choose your own adventure in the high alpine.
Exploring the high alpine for the first time?
If you are ready to explore more of the mountain and expand your experience, look no further than Breck’s upper mountain. With the highest lift access in North America, incredible views and next level terrain is right at your fingertips. As you progress from the lower mountain to the upper mountain, be sure to check out the Terrain and Lift Status page on the website or the Epic Mix app. Keep in mind the upper lifts and trails tend to open a little later than the lower mountain while the ski patrol performs snow safety checks. Check the grooming status of all the runs as well and make a game plan for the day. Groomed runs like Reverie and Bliss on Peak 6 are a great place to start for families and advanced intermediate skiers and riders. Hone your skills against an unforgettable backdrop and make memories to match.
Looking for more of a challenge?
Once you mastered the intermediate high alpine terrain head over to peak 8. Take in the natural terrain and search for lingering powder stashes in the back bowls off Chair 6. Challenge yourself to wide open steeps of Horseshoe Bowl with a few laps on the famous T-bar. For a little more vertical, ride the Imperial Express Express topping out at 12,840 feet above sea level. Pause to take in the stunning mountain panorama and snap a picture at the top of the highest chairlift in North America. There are endless options from here with access to Imperial Bowl, Upper Peak 7 and Whale’s Tail just to name a few. Take a few laps up top or send it top-to-bottom for an unforgettable run to the base of Peak 7 or Peak 8.
Hike to Terrain, Experts only.
Pioneered by locals and skied by legends, the hike-to terrain in Breckenridge is an untamed wilderness. A playground of chutes, bowls and hike-to lines that will elevate your experience and earn you serious bragging rights. Hit the boot pack and earn your turns with a hike to the summit of Peak 6, Peak 7 or Peak 8 as conditions allow.
Just as each peak has it’s own unique allure; each one of Breckenridge’s hikes holds a special place in my heart. A magical wonderland of powder stashes, stunning vistas, adventure and fun. Most of these zones are considered extreme terrain, ranking a step above that of the lift accessed double black diamonds. Enter at your own risk and choose a line with in your ability. The most iconic of the hikes starts and at the top of the Imperial Express and tops out at the summit of Peak 8 with 360 degree views. From this vantage point, you can access to Lake Chutes, Snow White and the top of Peak 7 too. Hiking at altitude is a feat itself, so take a moment at the top to catch your breath, take a picture and enjoy the view.