Smaller Colorado ski areas such as Loveland and Arapahoe Basin kick off the ski season, but now the heavyweights are coming out to play. Breckenridge Resort, a place that in some seasons logs the most skier visits in the country, is set to open on Friday at 9 a.m. The weather forecast is for partly sunny skies, but the area has received significant snow in the time leading up to opening day.
Located in Summit County, Colo., Breckenridge plans to open 147 acres of lift-served terrain for opening day. Later Friday morning, the ski area intends to drop the ropes for another 117 acres of hike-to-terrain in Contest and Horseshoe Bowls.
The 49th ski season at Breckenridge is highlighted by the opening of One Ski Hill Place, a luxury development at the base of Peak 8. Also new at the resort, the Gold Runner Coaster, a 2,500-foot alpine roller coaster. will be open year-round. The resort will hold an official ribbon-cutting for new coaster Friday at noon.
Breckenridge will also offer EpicMix, a new social media and technology initiative at all the ski areas owned by Vail Resorts. While the tracking technology will be operational on opening day, visitors will have to wait to tap into their stats such as vertical feet skied. The accompanying EpicMix website and applications are not expected to be online until after Thanksgiving.
(Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts)