18 Apr - Expansion of the Breckenridge ski area
The most popular destination for British skiers in the USA will be nearly a quarter as big again next season thanks to a long planned expansion plan being realised.
Work is due to begin imminently on an expansion on to a fifth peak at Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado, one of America’s most authentic ski towns as well as one of the world’s highest ski areas -it’s top lift, the Imperial express, the world’s highest chairlift, less than 90m short of 4,000m above sea level.
The project will see ‘Peak 6’ linked to the existing ski area at Peak 7 by two chairlifts – a quad and a six seater – and the creation of more than 20 new runs both above and below the treeline.
Peak 6 has been a long standing expansion dream for resort planners but many years of planning, local consultation and environmental assessments have had to go in to the plan, particularly with trees needing to be cut to create the new runs below the treeline.
Altogether Peak 6 will unlock lift-served access to 543 acres of terrain, taking Breckenridge’s today ski area size to nearly 3,000 acres and placing it within the US top 20 on size.
The new terrain will include five high Alpine bowls and some 23 runs, 13 of them located above three treeline, the remaining 10 cut through the forest.
The above treeline terrain will be intermediate level terrain and Breckenridge’s first above-treeline intermediate grade slopes.
The exact opening date of the new terrain is yet to be decided and Breckenridge, which formally closed for the season last weekend, will re-open this after several feet of powder fell in the last few days. Great for skiing but less helpful for beginning construction for next winter!