Posted on Nov. 6, 2022

Breck is Opening Early for Winter 2022/23

Opening the slopes for the first time every season is pretty cool. But you know what’s cooler than cool? Doing it two days early!


That’s right, for the first time since 2018, and only the second time in the last 10 years, Breck is jump starting the on-snow celebration! Our Breck community near and far gets an early snow season, thanks to Mother Nature and snowmaking, the ultimate POWDER couple. And of course, a huge shout out to all our employees who are working hard so you can get out skiing and riding as soon as possible.


We’re pretty stoked about it, and hope you are to! Here are the deets you need to know for Opening Day and the week ahead:



Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the BreckConnect Gondola will open at 8 a.m. to provide access up to Peak 8, and the Colorado SuperChair and 5-Chair will start spinning at 8:30 a.m. The Colorado chair is where all the First Chair glory and action takes place, and those six who snag the title of official First Chair Champions will be handsomely rewarded with a pair of sweet Oakley goggles. To set the mood leading up to First Chair, we’ll have local legend DJDC spinning tunes from the Rockstar DJ Cat (yes, that is actually a real snowcat turned DJ booth!). Plus, free waffles to fuel up before we kick things off. For skiing and riding, we’ll be primarily on the Springmeier trail with about 55 skiable acres, and we’ll also have learning carpets and terrain open near Rip’s Ride. With the incredible progress on snowmaking so far though, we’ll be looking to expand terrain quickly.


Oh! And, in celebration of opening early, we’ll have free parking in the North and South Gondola Lots on Wednesday and Thursday this week before moving into paid operations for the season.



This resort and community tradition usually takes place prior to opening day to kick off the season, but this year that’s flipped and reversed and we aren’t complaining! We still invite all members of our Breck community to join us at participating coffee shops across Town starting at 7 a.m. to collect a FREE commemorative coffee mug and a free cup of coffee to celebrate the start of an awesome winter season. The event will last until mugs run out, which is typically about 1 hour. Also, we know these mugs are cool but please, only one per person. Sharing is caring. Also! There is an opportunity to give back to the local community as we will be collecting cans of food and non-perishable items for donation to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) local food bank. For more information, including participating coffee shops, visit our Facebook event listing.


On Friday, Nov. 11, our originally scheduled opening day, the party continues at Peak 8 with MORE free waffles, the return of the Rockstar DJ Cat with DJDC, and the grand opening of Rip’s new Whip – the high-speed quad Rip’s Ride. We’ll have a ceremonial ribbon cutting and first chair at 8:30 a.m. with eight (yes, eight!) pairs of Oakley goggles up for grabs. Four will go to those who get First Chair, and then four will go to random lucky riders within the first two hours of opening. Be there or be square! The new Rip’s Ride will help get you on snow faster, servicing a core area of beginner-friendly terrain on Peak 8, and it will also be a great way for guests to access Peak 9.


Last, but certainly not least, please remember that it is still early days and we have a massive season ahead with plans to operate into May. No need to go full send on day 1. So please, ride with care and caution, respect all those enjoying the slopes around you, respect closures and signs, and let’s have some fun! Remember, rope lines aren’t just there for decoration and trails are closed for a reason – and that’s YOUR safety. Enjoy the terrain we have available now, and know that we’re working hard to get you skiing and riding more of it soon.


Lastly for real, uphill access is currently closed due to all the early season mountain operations work we have going on across our Five Peaks. We will provide an update as soon as we’re ready to open for uphill access, but in the meantime, you can do some light reading on our policies, guidelines and designated routes here.


Alright, now that you’ve got the scoop on Opening Day and early season, grab your friends and get out here!


Experience the High Five at Breck this winter! And double High Five to opening early!