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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!!

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