Avoid Lift Lines Like a Local

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Independence SuperChair |Peak 7

Crowds, endless lift lines, and wasting time… oh my! Who wants to waste half the day waiting in line when you could be bombing run after run with no one in sight? Here is an insider’s guide on how to get away from all those people and have an epic day skiing on the trail less traveled. From the busiest to the least crowded mountains, here are some tips and tricks on where to go!

For your reference, here is a map of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

PEAK 8 |    ♦♦ 

The base of Peak 8 can get pretty congested, so try to avoid this area on weekends or busy times of the year. However, we have a handful of tricks up our sleeve to help you get away from the masses. Heading to more difficult terrain is how you will be able to avoid crowds on Peak 8, but if you’re not quite ready for those double black diamonds, have no fear! There are plenty more ways to avoid people while cruising easy and intermediate terrain, so check out our tips on Peak 9, 7, and 6 below.

The Colorado SuperChair tends to have heavy lift lines, but the secret here is to head left at the top, and hit all those black and double back diamond runs that face the South side. Then, you can load up on the mid-point of the Peak 8 SuperConnect and keep lapping those black diamonds. Not too many people utilize this, plus these trails are located in a valley, so on cold days this is a good spot to keep out of the wind stay a little warmer.

From this area, you can catch 6-Chair which will give you access to black and double black diamond runs with minimal people around. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take the Imperial Express SuperChair up to the summit of Peak 8, which happens to be the highest lift chair in America.

Hopping on E-Chair to get to the North side of Peak 9 is also a great option where you will have access to awesome double black diamond runs. This also happens to be the easiest way to get from Peak 8 to Peak 9. No cat walks, woohoo!

If you don’t want to deal with the Colorado SuperChair at all, just head over to the Rocky Mountain SuperChair where there is a little more difficult terrain directly under the lift, which usually means less people.

PEAK 9 |   ♦♦

Peak 9 has a lot of amazing intermediate terrain, so if you want to avoid the face-melting double black diamonds as well as the crowds, read on.

The base of this mountain can get fairly busy because the ski school is over there, so stay up a little higher. Skip the Quicksilver Lift and use the Mercury and the Beaver Run SuperChair where you can shred blue runs all day like it’s your job. There are a ton of different blues you can take down so that you can keep switching it up.

PEAK 7 |  ♦♦ 

This mountain is chalk full of fantastic blue bombers, who doesn’t love those? Cruising down a run with a permanent grin, eyes tearing up from the wind against your face, and heart beating out of your chest… seriously one of the best feelings in the world. The Independence SuperChair is a 6 person high speed lift. Even if it looks like a fair amount of people in line, the lift has the capacity to move a lot of riders quickly, so usually the lift line is under 4 minutes.

PEAK 6 |  ♦♦ 

This entire mountain is a great way to avoid the crowds. It has above tree-line blue runs which allows skiers of all levels to get the high alpine experience without being scared for your life on the way down. There are some awesome 10 minute hikes to black and double black diamond runs for the thrill seekers out there that will absolutely get you away from the crowds.

PEAK 10 |  ♦♦

Just like Peak 6, Peak 10 is definitely a place to go to avoid other skiers and snowboarders. The bottom of the Falcon Chair is not a base area with bus stops unloading the masses onto it, so it’s a pretty safe bet for avoiding the crowds. For years and years, Peak 10 had some blue runs which brought more visitors, but recently they designated the entire mountain as black diamond. The runs are the same but it intimidates a lot of people, which means more POW for you!

 

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Weekend Events 12.31.15

Hearthstone RestaurantHappy New Year! If you will be joining us in Breckenridge to ring in the New Year, take some time to check out these activities and events going on this weekend!

Thursday, Dec 31st:

  • New Year’s Eve Dinners | Times vary – reservation suggested | Select Restaurants | Breckenridge CO
  • Glow Worm Parade | 5:45 pm | Peak 9 | Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • Torchlight Parade | 6 pm | Peak 9 | Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • Firework Show | 9 pm | Peak 9 | Breckenridge Ski Resort

Friday, Jan 1st:

  • Resolution Run 5K | 11 am | Race begins and ends at Colorado Mountain College | 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge CO

Saturday, Jan 2nd:

  • Dog Sledding Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Good Times Adventures | 6061 Tiger Rd, Breckenridge CO | $40-75
  • Sleigh Ride & Starlight Dinner | Times vary- reservation required | Ten Mile Station | Sleigh ride from base of Peak 8 to the top of Breckenridge Mountain for a romantic dinner | Prices vary
  • Canvas Painting Party! | 7 – 10 pm | Ready, Paint, Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35

Sunday, Jan 3rd:

  • Snowshoeing Tour | Times vary – reservation required | Breckenridge Nordic Center | 1200 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge CO | $45-50
  • Snowbiking in Breckenridge | All day – rental required | Snowbike Rentals | 47 Fairview Cir, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Happy New Year! Give yourself a gift this year, and click below for the best deals on lodging during the holiday season in Breckenridge.

 

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First Call: Paradise Found

 

Part 3 of the First Call, First Chair series: Paradise Found! Breckenridge has received over 8 feet of snow so far this season! Get up here and find your paradise…

 

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Weekend Events 11.26.15

Skiing in BreckenridgeAre you heading up to Breckenridge this Thanksgiving? The slopes are open, the snow is wonderful, and the weather is beautiful. Check out these events and activities going on this Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, Nov 26th:

  • Thanksgiving Dinners | All Day | Various Locations | Breckenridge CO

Friday, Nov 27th:

  • Ice Skating | 1:15 – 3 pm & 4 – 6 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Road, Breckenridge CO
  • Late Night at Ready Paint Fire | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • A Christmas Story | 7 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Saturday, Nov 28th:

  • Holiday Gift Bazaar | 12 – 4 pm | Art Supply Breckenridge |201 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
  • Silversmithing – Mountain Pendant | 12 – 4 pm | Breckenridge Creative Arts – Hot Shop | 123 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO | $55
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Under a Blood Red Sky – The U2 Tribute | 7:30 pm | Riverwalk Center |150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $30-45

Sunday, Nov 29th:

  • Glass Fusing | Any time between 12 – 6 pm | Ready Paint Fire |323 N Main St Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Historic Tour | 1:30 – 3 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $5-10

Click below for the best lodging deals in Breckenridge over the Holidays!

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Weekend Events 11.20.15

Opening Day at Breck

Didn’t make it up here for opening weekend? Don’t worry! There are tons of activities and events going on this weekend including ski movie premiers, yoga workshops, and Thanksgiving pottery classes!

Friday, Nov 20th:

  • Tour of Historic Saloons | 5 – 6:30 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Digital Photography Workshop | 6 – 8 pm | Randall Barn | 114 Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO | $35

Saturday, Nov 21st:

  • Yoga & Film Event: Yoga is a Transformational Journey | 9 – 11:30 am | Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center: Hopeful Discovery Room | 103 S Harris St, Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Met Opera Live in HD: Berg’s Lulu | 10:30 am | Colorado Mountain College | $20-Adult, $16-Senior, $10-Child
  • Ski Movie Premier: The Golden Age | 6:30 – 10:30 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO |$10-Advance, $15-Door
  • Ghostly Tales: Ghost Tour | 7 pm | Meet Outside the Dredge Restaurant | 180 W Jefferson Ave, Breckenridge CO | $18-Adult, $10-Child

Sunday, Nov 22nd:

  • Turkey Day Pottery Class | 3 – 6 pm | Ready, Paint, Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $30
  • A Christmas Story | 6 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Do you like driving on I-70 in the dark when it’s snowing? Yeah, us neither. We’ve got some awesome lodging deals so you don’t have to! Click below for the best deals on lodging!

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Weekend Events 11.13.15

Opening DayIt’s opening weekend!! We have tons of events and activities happening including Wake up Breck on Thursday! Check it out!

Thursday, Nov 12th:

  • Wake up Breck! | 7 am | Participating Coffee Shops | Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Makers Fair | 6:30 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Arts District | 110 Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO

Friday, Nov 13th:

  • Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day | 9 am
  • Refresh Spa Day | All Day | Refresh Spa | 75 Snowflake Dr, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary
  • Tour of Breckenridge Distillery | Any time between 11 – 5:30 pm | Tours on the hour and half hour | 1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge CO

Saturday, Nov 14th:

  • Ice Skating | 9 – 11 am, 1:15 – 3 pm & 7:30 – 9 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena |189 Boreas Pass Rd, Breckenridge CO
  • Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: Shop for a Cause | 9 am – 5 pm | Outlets at Silverthorne | 246-V Rainbow Dr, Silverthorne CO | $25
  • Get Stoked Winter Film Series: The Blizzard of Aahhh’s | Two showings at 5:30 & 8 pm | Warren Station at Keystone | 164 Ida Belle Dr, Keystone CO | $8-14
  • Benefit Bash for CAIC | 5 – 10 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $40-50

Sunday, Nov 8th:

  • Summit Ski Exhibit | 11 am – 3 pm |308-B S Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Barney Ford Victorian House | 11- 3 pm | 111 Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO

Avoid the heavy traffic on I-70 heading back home after opening day. Find somewhere to stay, kick back, relax, and don’t worry about that long drive. Click below for the best deals on lodging!

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