Breckenridge runs

New Rules for Uphill Skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Uphill skier on mountain

Photo Credit: Summit Daily

Breckenridge recently announced changes to their uphill skiing policy. Some of you are probably saying to yourselves, “like what??” This has to do with all those crazy people (myself included) that like to skin, cross country ski or snowshoe up the ski runs during the day or after hours. If you are an uphill skier or are thinking about trying it the new policy below contains important information about where you can go this year. Check it out:

Snowshoeing, Skinning or Hiking Uphill

People traveling uphill are bound by YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE and the Colorado Ski Safety Act. You must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time. When engaged in any of these activities you should:

NEW Route Policy
In an effort to enhance the guest experience through the season, the following route policy is being implemented. Please adhere to these routs when accessing the Breckenridge Ski Resort before or after normal hours of operation.

  • Peak 7/8 Fort Mary B>Claimjumper>Lower Forget Me Not> Top of Independence- return down the same route.
  • Peak 8- Springmeier>Upper 4 O’clock>Lonewolf Access>T-Bar Hut – Return down the same route
  • Peak 9- Silverthorne>Lower American>Bonanza>Top Beaver Run Chair or Top of Mercury – Return down same route.
  • Peak 10- Silverthorne>Red Rover>Crystal>top of Falcon – return down the same route

When Ski Area is Open to the Public – Stay off all posted CLOSED trail.

  1. Stay towards the side of the trail when traveling uphill.
  2. Position yourself so that you are visible from above.
  3. Wear bright colored clothing.
  4. No dogs are allowed on slopes when the lifts are open to the public and until Patrol sweep is down.
  5. Do not ski over snowmaking hoses or power cords. Ski edges will cut them.

When Ski Area is NOT Open to the Public – Stay off all posted CLOSED trails

  1. Stay towards middle of trail when traveling uphill.
  2. It is your responsibility to make yourself visible to approaching Snowmobiles or Snow Cats (especially when it’s dark or twilight).
  3. Wear reflective clothing; it helps make you more visible.
  4. Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight (when it’s dark or twilight).
  5. Call 547-5627 to receive the appropriate open trails for uphill access, especially during early season mountain preparation.
  6. Snow Cat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether. Please call the winch cat operations hotline at 547-5627.
  7. Have your dog on a leash or under voice command at all times. Dogs not under control are a safety problem.
  8. Please pick up your dog poop. It is your responsibility (carry a bag and shovel).
  9. Dogs must be off the slopes by 8:30 A.M.
  10. No travel on Double Black Diamond terrain.
  11. Stay off all terrain that is marked as “CLOSED”.

Travel above the Vista Haus

  1. Hiking access above the Vista Haus is limited to Upper 4 O’Clock and up the cat road to the T-Bar Patrol hut. DO NOT travel above the T-Bar Hut.
  2. You must ski down to the Vista Haus by the same route.
  3. All bowls and avalanche terrain are closed once it is swept until it is reopened by Patrol the next day.
  4. You must be back down to the Vista Haus by 8:15 A.M. to avoid interfering with Patrol avalanche work.
  5. Due to serious safety concerns hiking up the T-Bar lift line is not permitted any time during the winter. (No Access above Columbine).
  6. Any violations of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution for a criminal offense.

The above stated rules are for your safety and the safety of the employees at the ski resort. There have been a number of instances where these policies have been ignored and safety has been compromised. We can not tolerate uphill traffic interfering with our avalanche program or the safety of our daily operations. Please respect these rules so we can continue to offer uphill travel as an option. Please contact the Ski Patrol with any questions. (496 -7292)

Snowmobiles

In accordance with a USFS Supervisor’s closure, private snowmobiles are prohibited on any Breckenridge Ski Resort trails during or after hours of operation.

GL7 Aquatics at night

Breckenridge Grand Vacations Newest Contest Announced!

Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in BreckenridgeThis just in today! Check out the latest contest on our Facebook page, Best of Breckenridge. The new contest is called The Great Breckenridge Giveaway. Enter for your chance to win.

Win a Trip to Breckenridge – WITH AIR!

Win a Trip to Breckenridge for 2 for 5 nights, including air to Breckenridge with 2 days of skiing or the activity of your choice for 2 at Breckenridge’s premier luxury ski-in/ski-out resort!

  • Breckenridge was recently named a “Top 10 Mountain Destination” in the world by Yahoo Travel.
  • 1 in 1,000 wins!
  • Prize valid through 2012.
  • Stay in a luxury 1 bedroom condominium at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Breckenridge’s Premier luxury ski-in/ski-out resort.
  • Air for up to 2 is provided (up to $1,000)
  • Prize includes 2 days of skiing or 1 activity for 2 people.
  • Contest entries will be excepted through December 31, 2011
  • Visit our Facebook Page and Like us to enter

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Georgetown rail road

Georgetown Loop Running on Weekends

Georgetown rail roadThe historic Georgetown Loop railroad will continue running train trips on the weekends through December. Trains will be departing on both Saturday and Sunday from the Devil’s Gate Depot in Georgetown. The Depot is an approximate 45 minutes away, and riders are asked to check in at least thirty minutes before the scheduled depart time. To reserve your seats stop by the Activities Center in Building 6 or call extension 3010. Cost is $24.95 for adults and $16.95 ages 3-15.

Riverwalk Center

Colorado Avalanche Information Center Benefit Bash

View of the RIverwalk Center in BreckenridgeThe Riverwalk Center hosts the CAIC Benefit bash tonight from 5-10 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and include a door prize ticket, two beer tickets, food, and entertainment from Green River Vibe. A silent auction is also scheduled during the event. Entry also includes the possibility of winning more than 100 door prizes! Giveaway items include Hestra gloves to snowcat tours with Vail Powder Guides, Powder Addiction and Steamboat Powdercats to name a few. The event is sponsored by Backcountry Access, Voile-USA, La Sportiva, Vail Resorts ECHO and New Belgium Brewery. Tickets are available at the Riverwalk Center Box Office.

Parent’s Night out at the Breck Recreation Center

Need to get out for a few hours without the kids? Spend a night on the town and we’ll watch the kids! Drop them off from 5-7:45 p.m. for a night of climbing, gym classes, swimming and all sorts of other fun activities. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the swimming portion of the program. For kids 5-12, cost of the evening is $22. This is a very popular program and space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spots, call 970-453-1734. The Breckenridge Recreation Center is located at 880 Airport Road.

Sunday, November 13th

Breckenridge Gondola in the fall

Breckenridge Activities This Weekend

A picture of the Gondola in BreckenridgeBreckenridge celebrated its opening day with free cupcakes and beer! Is there a better way to kick off opening weekend than with sweets and booze? Opening weekend is always an exciting time in Breckenridge. You can feel the energy of the new ski season throughout town. For all those visiting this weekend here are a few events and activities taking place this weekend in Breckenridge and around Summit County. Have Fun!

Saturday, November 12th

Base of Peak 8

What You Need to Know for Breckenridge’s Opening Day

A group skiing at BreckenridgeWe are just a day and a half from Breckenridge’s opening day and the anticipation around town is palpable. Walk down Breckenridge’s Main Street and you will hear snippets of conversation floating around all focused on the excitement surrounding opening day. This year’s opening day marks Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 50th anniversary and the ski area is planning lots of fun as usual for opening day. Here is the rundown on what is going on for Opening Day on Friday.

Actually it all starts Thursday with Wake Up Breckenridge. Wake Up Breckenridge is an annual tradition that takes place the day before opening day in the morning. From 7 to 10 a.m. the top managers from the Breckenridge Ski Area will be on hand at all of the local coffee shops giving out free coffee and reusable thermal mugs. Get there early as Wake up Breckenridge is wildly popular and they usually run out of cups pretty fast.

Of course Friday is the Big Day when the lifts start turning for the season at 9 a.m. if you are looking to be the first and rip the banner as first chair you better get to Peak 8 on Thursday and camp. Plenty of people will be competing for that honor.

Unfortunately we will all have to wait until tomorrow to learn exactly what runs they will be opening but with all of the snow that has fallen so far this year we can expect more terrain than a typical opening day. Breckenridge has announced that they will be opening the Colorado SuperChair and Chair 5 which will service the early season terrain park.

Usually the opening day tradition is that Breckenridge gives away free pancakes to the early birds at the Ski Hill Grill. This year in honor of their 50th anniversary Breckenridge is giving away cupcakes to the first 1,111 people who show up for them. In addition to the Cupcakes there will be music blasting all day and local radio will be giving away prizes.

This year for Breckenridge’s 50th anniversary Budweiser created a special ceremonial brew called Breck 50th Anniversary Ale and there will be a ceremonial keg tapping at 11 a.m. at the T-Bar.

Local band The Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons will perform at the T-Bar from 1:00 to 4 p.m. on Friday. The self-described world-famous rockabilly-cowpunk-blues band is a Breckenridge favorite. Bar specials will include $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts; $4 Breck 50th Anniversary drafts; $4 well drinks, plus buy a signature El Jefe Margarita and get a free EpicMix Shaker.

All in all opening day is shaping up to be one of the best openings in recent memory. Don’t wait get out, have fun and GET SOME TURNS!!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.