Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens Peak 6 on Christmas Day
Dec. 25, 2013 – Blue skies, fresh snow and even Santa Claus greeted skiers and riders this Christmas Day at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s historic public opening of Peak 6 – the resort’s brand new expanded terrain and lifts. Peak 6 opened with over 200 acres of the 550 acre expansion, including the signature run Bliss, a high-alpine, intermediate bowl run – a rare find in North America.
Denver resident Ryan Chase and brothers Trevor and Riley Scannell from Littleton, CO were among the six guests who waited to get the coveted first chair at the noon opening of the Kensho SuperChair, a high-speed six person chairlift, topping out on Peak 6 at 12,300 ft.
The opening of Peak 6 represents one of the biggest and most notable ski area terrain expansions in North America in the past decade, and was the first at Breck since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
“Merry Christmas and welcome to Peak 6,” announced Pat Campbell, SVP & COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort at a ribbon cutting ceremony before the Kensho SuperChair officially started running. “This is an incredibly historic moment for Breckenridge Ski Resort … I know everyone here is going to love what they find up there.”
Continued terrain openings for Peak 6 and all five peaks of Breckenridge Ski Resort will be dependent upon weather conditions and snow coverage; guests can stay tuned to Breck’s social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/Breckenridge or follow the new @BreckConditions Twitter account for the most current terrain status updates.
About Peak 6
This season, Breckenridge will bear witness to one of the most important landmark years in Breck history, as the resort adds over 540 acres to its famous landscape via the Peak 6 expansion. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, representing a 23% increase in the resort’s skiable acreage. This is the largest & most notable ski area expansion worldwide in the past decade, and will feature high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing – a rare find in North America. Visit www.Breckenridge.com/Peak6 for the latest news, updates and content on the Peak 6 project.
Peak 6 is now open: A Peak for Christmas!
Dec 25, 2013 – Peak 6 opened today! Just a small present from Breck for the holidays. The Zendo Chair started spinning at noon, and after some nice words from our amazing COO Pat Campbell, the Kensho Superchair started shuttling skiers and riders to our newest terrain. Even Santa stopped by to rip some powder after a long night of work. A special thanks to everyone who made Peak 6 possible. Come awaken your sixth sense.
Peak 6 set to open Christmas Day
Dec 19, 2013 – The Peak 6 expanded terrain and lifts will open for the first time ever to the public at noon on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013. The opening of Peak 6 represents one of the biggest and most notable ski area terrain expansions in North America in the past decade, and will be the first at Breck since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
The inaugural season of the Peak 6 expansion will be an important landmark year in Breck’s history, and guests who visit Breck on Dec. 25 will be able to ride the resort’s two brand new chairlifts, the Zendo Chair and Kensho SuperChair, which will both start operations for the first time that day at approximately 12:00 p.m.
Once guests arrive at Peak 6 via the new lifts, they will have access to the above-treeline intermediate and expert terrain that the new expansion will become famous for, enabling guests to “Awaken Their Sixth Sense” on the runs that were recently named via the resort’s crowd sourcing contest.
Trails and terrain for opening day on Peak 6 will be dependent upon weather conditions and snow coverage; guests can stay tuned to Breck’s social media outlets at Facebook.com/Breckenridge or follow the new @BreckConditions Twitter account for the most current terrain status updates.
“We couldn’t be more excited about being able to open Peak 6 this holiday season,” said Pat Campbell, SVP & COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort. “This project has been years in the making, and thanks to the incredible efforts of the entire project team, we are poised to be able to open Peak 6 right on schedule, and deliver the holiday gift of a lifetime to our guests from around the world.”
A detailed behind the scenes look at the final stages of Breck’s operational completion of the Peak 6 project can be found in the resort’s latest episode of their “Inside the Creation of Peak 6” video series presented by GoPro, titled “The Finishing Touches,” online at YouTube.com/Breckenridge.
Perfect Peak 6 Package
Guests can make the trip to Breck to be part of the historic Peak 6 grand opening with the resort’s specially-designed “Perfect Peak 6 Package,” which includes discounted lodging up to 20 percent off, as well as free food, drinks and massages. Rooms are available while supplies last for Peak 6 Opening Day (as well as some holiday availability) at Breck’s official lodging sponsors of Peak 6 (The DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge, Mountain Thunder Lodge, One Ski Hill Place, Crystal Peak Lodge, and The Village at Breckenridge). Get details & book the Perfect Peak 6 Package.
Trail names announced for Peak 6
In all, 25 public submissions were chosen by the resort’s selection committee to become part of history on Peak 6. Over 1,800 people submitted names from 43 US states and 19 different countries, demonstrating the clear tie the public has with both Breckenridge as a resort and Peak 6.
Breck Peak 6 Trail Name Contest winners and their submissions are as follows. In the case of multiple entries of the same name, the first person to submit it was selected as the winner.
- Sanctuary – Katie Gallagher; Denver, Colo.
- Epiphany – Michael Casto; Tinley Park, Ill.
- ESP – Jeff Berthiaume; Fort Collins, Colo.
- Savor – Eric Wagnon; Jupiter, Fla.
- Echo – Lane Thaut; Englewood, Colo.
- Rapture – Karen Rosasco; Centennial, Colo.
- Yugen – Nathan Young; Merrifield, Minn.
- Sublime - Karen Galenski; Breckenridge, Colo.
- Irie – Garrett Braddock; Fredericktown, Ohio
- Chi – Kelsey Turcotte; Lexington, KY.
- Bliss – Katie Odens: Boulder, Colo.
- Intuition – Sjoerd Idema; Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Unbound - Ashley McGilvray; Longmont, Colo.
- Awakening – Anita Franklin; Broomfield, Colo.
- Liberation – Jeremy Carlson; Louisville, Colo.
- Foresight – Joseph Stockert; Atlanta, Ga.
- Breathless - Kimberly Sands, Denver, Colo.
- Wonderland - Kirk McGilvrey; Longmont, Colo.
- Nirvana – Michael Matz; Omaha, Neb.
- Daydream – Phyllis O’Grady ; Denver, Colo.\
- Déjà vu – Mark Rosasco; Centennial, Colo.
- Euphoria – Rick Hartman; Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Wanderlust – Josh Seaton, Rockwell, Tex.
- Zendo – Caroline Condon; Breckenridge, Colo.
- Lost Horizon – William Vasko; McMurray, Penn.
- Xanadu - Douglas Childers; Champaign, Ill.
The 2013-14 Breck trail map, featuring the entire new layout for Peak 6 as well as the rest of the resort, will be publicly released on Oct. 21 exclusively on the Breck Facebook page. Become a member of the online Breck Nation and like Breck at Facebook.com/Breckenridge in order to preview and download the all-new trail map before it is released to the general public.
Peak 6 Terrain Project Underway at Breckenridge
July 10, 2013 -- Vail Resorts, Inc. has started construction of 543 acres of new terrain in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Peak 6 project will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain. Breckenridge Ski Resort expects to open the new terrain in the 2013-2014 ski season, including adding a new high-speed, six-person chairlift and a new fixed-grip chairlift to access the Peak 6 area.
“This is one of the most notable ski area enhancements in the past decade,” said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. “The new expanded terrain will feature high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing – a rare find among our eight world-class resorts and in North America. This is an exciting season on the horizon for Breck and our company.”
“This is the culmination of years of hard work by many stakeholders, including the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as well as the entire Breckenridge community who engaged in the planning process,” said Pat Campbell, SVP and COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort. “We are excited to be underway with the construction of this important project, and will work with the USFS to keep the public updated on additional information in regard to public safety as the project moves along, especially as it relates to recreational access in the area.”
As part of the construction process, the USFS has issued an official Forest Supervisor Closure for the Peak 6 construction area closing all roads and trails within the area for the duration of construction. The closure applies to pedestrians, wheeled motor vehicles and all other forms of motorized and non-motorized travel. For more information on the closure, contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-262-3484.
With Peak 6, Breckenridge will now have five huge peaks, 2,901 acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town with awe-inspiring views. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of their locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, there are many good reasons why “Breck” is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere.
The projected opening day for the Peak 6 lifts and terrain will be announced early during the winter season as construction comes to a conclusion and the snow begins to fly.
Peak 6, located within Breckenridge Resort’s special use permit boundary, is the first ski terrain expansion on National Forest System land in Colorado since 2008 and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
Planning and Construction of New Peak 6 Terrain at Breckenridge to Move Forward This Summer
Dec. 18, 2012 -- Planning and construction of 543 acres of new terrain in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort will begin next summer, Breckenridge Ski Resort announced today. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain. Breckenridge expects to open the new terrain for the 2013-2014 ski season, including adding a new high-speed, six-person chairlift and a new fixed-grip chairlift to access the Peak 6 area.
The U.S. Forest Service approved the project in August of this year in the form of a Record of Decision (see below) after completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a process which began with project scoping in 2007. The decision was appealed, but after further review the Forest Service is upholding its approval.
"We are incredibly excited to move forward with planning the construction of the Peak 6 terrain this summer and to bring to fruition a 23-percent increase in Breckenridge’s skiable acres for our guests," said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. "The expanded terrain will help significantly spread out the large crowds we see today and alleviate long lift lines. Further, our guests will be able to explore and enjoy an entirely new experience of high alpine bowl skiing and riding at Peak 6."
Peak 6, located within Breckenridge Resort’s special use permit boundary, is the first ski terrain expansion on U.S. Forest Service land in Colorado since 2008 and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
Vail Resorts receives US Forest Service Approval for 543 acre terrain expansion at Breckenridge
Aug. 21, 2012 — The U.S. Forest Service granted approval for a 543-acre terrain expansion in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Vail Resorts announced today. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, expanding the resort's skiable acres by 23 percent. Breck expects to open the new terrain for the 2013-2014 ski season by adding a new high-speed, six person chairlift as well as a new fixed-grip chairlift for full access of the Peak 6 area.
“Peak 6 will be a tremendous addition to Breckenridge, significantly improving the guest experience by adding both new terrain and lift capacity,” said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. “In addition, the new terrain provides access to intermediate runs and high alpine bowl skiing that will be enjoyed by a wide variety of our guests.”
The approval came in the form of a Record of Decision by the US Forest Service after completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a process which began with project scoping in 2007. The decision remains subject to appeal for 45 days.
Peak 6 is the first ski terrain expansion on U.S. Forest Service land in Colorado since 2008 and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.
“We want to thank the Forest Service for the depth of their environmental analysis that their experts conducted, as well as the entire Breckenridge community who engaged in an extensive public process, resulting in a better project," Pat Campbell, Senior Vice President and COO of Breckenridge Resort, said. "The feedback that resulted from all of the participation and engagement over the past several years was extremely valuable for the process and so a huge ‘thank you’ is due to our elected officials, employees and the entire community for the level and quality of participation.”