Breckenridge Makes Season Extension Permanent
As long as the snow stays on the hill, Breckenridge has announced it will stay open through Memorial Day this season – and all seasons going forward.
The announcement from the nation's busiest ski and snowboard resort came as a record-setting 200 inches of snow settled onto the slopes and trails of the Colorado mountain.
Originally set to turn off the lifts on April 21, the resort will now keep them turning for more than a month – until May 27 – weather and base depth permitting, of course. The last time the Summit County resort went this deep into the spring season was the mid-1990s. Now it will rival neighbors Arapaho Basin and Loveland for last-to-close honors.
Spring skiing at Breckenridge will center on Peaks 7 and 8, the terrain sitting to the north along the Ten Mile Range. This area encompasses primarily advanced and expert terrain on the resort's Peak 8 area, including in the Imperial, Horseshoe and North bowls, which are accessed by the Independence SuperChair, the Imperial Express SuperChair and the TBar Lift.
“Spring is an incredible time to ski Breck’s High Alpine and we are thrilled to extend our season this year, and beyond, and offer that terrain as long as the snow lasts,” said Breckenridge's John Buhler. “With Breck’s notably high elevation and annual snowfall we are well-positioned to provide our passholders and other guests great spring skiing and snowboarding well into May.”
Vail Resorts, which owns the resort, said snowmaking would not be part of the equation during the late-season opening. The company apparently wants to combine the early opening at Keystone – another Vail-owned resort that will get a massive snowmaking upgrade this summer – and late-opening Breckenridge to have bragging rights to the longest season of skiing and riding in Colorado.