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Mountain Information, Breckenridge Resort, Colorado
Mountain Information, Breckenridge Resort, Colorado

MOUNTAIN INFO

Breck's five peaks each have their own personality, charm and stats. You'll come as a visitor and leave as a local.

Hours of Operation

Mountain Information, Breckenridge Resort, Colorado

Chairlift Daily Operating Hours

9:00am - 4:00pm


Gondola Operating Hours

8:00am - 4:45pm


Season Pass Office Hours

8:00am to 5:00pm


Mountain Stats

Base Elevation: 9,600 feet / 2,926 meters

Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet / 3,963 meters

Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet / 1,036 meters

Lifts: 34 Total 

  • 5 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
  • 5 high-speed quad lifts
  • 1 Fixed Quad
  • 1 triple lift
  • 6 double lifts
  • 1 8-passenger gondola
  • 4 surface lifts
  • 11 carpet lifts

Lift Capacity: 46,800 people per hour (with surface and carpets)

Operating Since: December 16, 1961

Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2908 acres / 1177 hectares

Groomed Daily: 600 acres / 241 hectares (29% of total terrain)

Bowls: 1061 acres / 429 hectares

Terrain Parks: 25 acres / 10 hectares

Snowmaking: 600 acres / 243 hectares

Number of Trails: 187

Longest Trail: Four O'Clock - 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers

Mountain Safety

At Breckenridge, safety comes first for all of our guests and employees. We have programs to promote the safety of everyone on the mountain, as well as to educate our guests on the importance of snowsports safety.

HEADS UP, KNOW THE CODE: IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE:


Breckenridge is committed to promoting skier safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment, and many others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce greatly. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill, and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Be advised that Breckenridge Ski Resort does not mark all potential obstacles or hazards. When marked, poles, flags, fencing, signage, padding or other forms of marking are used to inform the skier/rider of the location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety. It is part of your responsibility under the Your Responsibility Code and the Colorado Ski Safety Act to avoid all obstacles and hazards.

COLORADO SKI SAFETY ACT:

The Colorado legislature, recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, has passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act which provides inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the skier; and the ski area. You must obey the Act. Under the Act, any person using the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. A summary of the inherent risks is listed below:

WARNING
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.

The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS, AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.

Skiers and Riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts. Skiers and Riders should begin with the easiest terrain and then move up in difficulty as their ability permits in order to understand the relative rating at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

EXTREME TERRAIN contains cliffs, very steep slopes as well as rocks and other hazard. Skiing or boarding Extreme Terrain is for EXPERTS ONLY.

EXTREME TERRAIN

FREESTYLE TERRAIN AREAS are designated with an orange oval and may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain, and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not recommended. You assume the risk.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
. Vail Resorts strongly discourages the use of electronic devices including cell phones, personal entertainment and communication devices, and any other electronic equipment that utilizes head/ear phones while skiing and snowboarding, or loading and unloading lifts.

LIFT SAFETY
. Under Colorado law, you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to use the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When riding lifts with children, you are encouraged to be especially mindful of the safety needs of younger guests. Be sure to use the safety bar, and make sure all lift passengers understand how to safely load and unload. For more information on child lift safety, visit www.kidsonlifts.org.

CAUTION
. Snowcats, snowmobiles, and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.

SLOW ZONES. Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not be tolerated.

HELMET USE. Breckenridge encourages our guests to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of winter sports helmets. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities.

BACKCOUNTRY WARNING
. Pursuant to the Colorado Ski Safety Act, the ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers going beyond the ski area boundary. To access the backcountry, use designated gates only. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist. Be aware: the backcountry avalanche hazard may be extreme. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, is the responsibility of the Summit County Sheriff. It will be costly and may take time.

HIGH-ALTITUDE ENVIRONMENT. Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with Breckenridge’s high altitude. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing, and difficulty in breathing. If symptoms persist or if you have a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.

Any employee in uniform is available to assist with safety questions and is empowered to suspend or revoke the skiing or riding privileges of anyone demonstrating reckless or inappropriate behavior.

TREE WELL AND DEEP SNOW SAFETY
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Skiing and snowboarding off the groomed runs and in deep powder is one of the most exciting and appealing parts of the sport. However, if you decide to leave the groomed trails you are voluntarily accepting the risk of a deep snow immersion accident. A deep snow or tree well immersion accident occurs when a skier or rider falls into an area of deep unconsolidated snow and becomes immobilized and suffocates. Deaths resulting from these kinds of accidents are referred to as a NARSID or Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death.

Become educated on how to reduce the risk of NARSID through your own action and awareness. ALWAYS ski or ride with a partner. The website www.deepsnowsafety.org is intended to assist all skiers and riders in learning about the risks and prevention of deep snow immersion accidents.

UPHILL ACCESS GUIDELINES

Non-paid/Uphill users of Breckenridge Ski Resort assume all risks associated with access. The ski area is not maintained for uphill access and trails are not patrolled outside normal ski area operating hours, therefore emergency services may not be available. Ski area operations are 24 hours and users may encounter vehicles, slope and trail maintenance activities, snowmaking, and other hazards not typically present during operating hours. Users are subject to the Colorado Ski Safety Act. Users must abide by the following rules:

1. Uphill access is only permitted outside of public operating hours – from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. All uphill users must be clear of the mountain by 8:30 a.m.

2. Stay on designated routes:

  • Peak 7: Fort Mary B > Claimjumper > Lower Forget Me Not > top of Independence chair - return down the same route.
  • Peak 8:
    • Springmeier > Upper 4 O’clock > Lonewolf Access > T-Bar Hut – return down the same route.
    • Gondola Ski Back > Lower 4 O’clock > Springmeier
    • Lower 4 O’clock from town > Springmeier
    • All uphill guests on Peak 8 must be at or below Vista Haus by 7:45 a.m. due to ski patrol work.
  • Peak 9: Silverthorne > Lower American > Bonanza > top Beaver Run chair or top of Mercury chair - return down same route.
  • Peak 10: Silverthorne > Red Rover > Crystal > top of Falcon chair – return down the same route.
  • Peak 6: Closed to uphill access for the 2017-2018 season.

3. Avoid all areas where machinery is operating. Snow Cat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether.

  • Call the trails/winch cat hotline at 970-547-5627 before accessing the mountain. This number provides important information about seasonal restrictions and ski area operations that may impact access.

4. Stay off all posted CLOSED trails and areas. Stay off Black Diamond terrain. Stay off all Terrain Park features and jumps

5. Obey all pertinent signage.

6. Stay towards the center of the trail.

7. Guests should maximize visibility and position themselves to be visible from above; wear reflective or brightly colored clothing.

8. Once up the hill, no one may ride a lift without a valid ticket or season pass.

9. Dogs, other than Service Dogs, are not allowed.

10. Please be advised that fat tire biking and/or mountain biking is prohibited on the mountain during the winter season, both during daytime and nighttime operations.

EARLY SEASON GUIDELINES

Uphill access will not be allowed on trails during mountain preparation/early season snowmaking. The work taking place makes it unsafe for public use. Breckenridge Ski Resort will open these trails when operations are complete, which could extend beyond the November 10, 2017 ski area opening or until the resort has adequate terrain to safely permit these activities.

Parking:

Permit parking is allowed in the Gondola lots, Stables lot at Peak 8, and the Beaver Run Parking lot between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

  • All cars utilizing these lots will need a free uphill access parking permit. To get a permit, please visit the Gondola ticket office during normal operating hours or call (970) 496-5455.
  • All cars not showing a valid 2017-2018 uphill parking permit will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  • There is no parking permitted between the hours of 2am-6am in any Breckenridge Ski Resort lots.