There Is Nothing Like Opening Day at Breckenridge

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 15, 2011 11:30 pm

Written by Halley O’Brien

There is nothing like Opening Day. It doesn’t matter where you live, what mountain you ride, or whether you ski or snowboard, or if you sport a gravity-defying spiky Mohawk – it’s one of the most exciting times of the season.


After months of (impatiently) waiting, I finally kicked off my snowboarding season on Friday, November 11th at Breckenridge ski resort.

This will be my first winter spent in Colorado. I just moved to Boulder from New Jersey – quite the change of scenery. There aren’t many places where you walk outside and think, “I’m on vacation, right?”

I’ve never been to Breckenridge before, but have drooled over their videos from afar. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the mountain has to offer.


Breck opened with 3 chairlifts, 127 acres and a preseason park setup with 3 hits and 4 jibs. The first 1,111 people to show up that morning were also treated to some delicious homemade cupcakes celebrating the resort’s 50th anniversary. (Happy birthday, by the way.) The T-Bar also debuted the new, special edition Breck 50thAnniversary Ale… at 11am. It’s opening day. Don’t judge.

The day ended at Northside Pizza with a well-earned beverage and appetizers. Seriously, they have this freshly baked bread stuffed with oregano, basil and mozzarella cheese – food of the après gods.


 Halley O’Brien is a freelance videographer, marketer and storyteller based in Boulder, Colorado. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for snowboarding, traveling and new experiences. Get to know her at: and find her on Twitter: @halleyobrien