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Christmas comes early to Breck with the opening of Imperial SuperChair

Christmas has come early to Breckenridge Ski Resort!

After having such an incredible early season, where Breck received about a third of our season’s average total in snowfall, jolly old Saint Nick decided we were good enough to bring early Christmas presents. Breck now has 54 percent of its total terrain open.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Breck Ski Patrol announced the opening of Imperial Express SuperChair, which is North America’s highest high-speed chairlift. With access to Imperial Bowl and Alpine Alley ski runs topping out at an elevation of 12,987 feet, this is Imperial Bowl’s earliest season opening in recent memory.

The opening of Alpine Alley also provides access to Upper Four O’ Clock, Breck’s longest run finishing at the South Gondola Lot in town after an incredible 3.5 miles of skiing.

Santa Claus didn’t bring these early gifts just for skiers and snowboarders who were good all year; he was really eager to get out on all the newly opened terrain himself, so that’s just what he did.

Santa was happy to take runs down Imperial Bowl, as well as the thigh-burning Four O’ Clock stretch into town. From there Saint Nicholas followed the pedestrian tunnel underneath Highway 9 to join hundreds of fellow Santas for the Town of Breckenridge’s annual Race of the Santas. The six-block racecourse down Breckenridge’s historic Main Street began and finished at the intersection of Main Street and Ski Hill Road, where hot cocoa and cookies were provided to all race participants, just like Santa wanted.

After a hard day of skiing and running, Santa brought the town his third early Christmas present with the Lighting of Breckenridge. The inaugural December event transforms downtown Breckenridge into a sparkling holiday scene.

Come spend the holidays with Breckenridge, because Santa Claus is coming to town.

-Nick Pease

2 Responses

  1. This article says Santa skied all the way down 4 o'clock to the tunnel. But the terrain status shows that the lower part of the trail is not open. Can we ski down to the bottom or not?

    • You can! Santa got out at the Mountain Thunder Lodge and then walked through…

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