Peak 6 at Breckenridge - Opening Christmas

The much anticipated expansion of Breckenridge's PEAK 6 will be opening for it's inaugural 2013-14 season, adding an additional 543 acres, 10 trails, 3 bowls and 2 lifts!

Posted: Fri, December 6th, 2013 by ColoradoSkiResorts.info - updated: 12/23/2013

 


The much anticipated Breckenridge expansion will be opening for it's inaugural season this winter! The official opening date has not been officially released yet but their website indicates the announcement will come early in the 2013-14 season. Breckenridge resort announced on 12/20/2013 that the official opening of Peak 6 will be at noon on Christmas Day (12/25/2013).

Breckenridge received approval from the U.S. Forrest Service and announced it's plans to expand it's terrain just over a year ago, after a 5 year long planning phase. The new Peak 6 expansion will include an additional 543 acres of terrain. Of the new terrain, 400 acres will be services by 2 new lifts and the remaining 143 acres will be hike-in terrain. The expansion increases the resorts size by about 23% and is the first at Breckenridge since Peak 7 opened in 2002.

“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.”

Intermediates (Blue) Bowls

One of the highlights of the expansion are the three new bowls. Two of which are Blue/Intermediate rated! Now you don't have to be an expert to experience the exhilaration of skiing or riding in a bowl above tree-line.

New Trail Map Released

The new 2013-14 Breckenridge trail map was released last month via their Facebook fan page. The new trail map features the new Peak 6 terrain so you can start mapping out your runs before it even opens!

 Download - PDF - Breckenridge Trail Map

Trail Name Contest

Breckenridge held a public contest to name the new runs on Peak 6. Contest winners received a trail sign with their run name as well as two 2-day lift tickets. According to their website, they received over 1,800 submissions from all over the world. Below are the trail name contest winners and their winning submissions:

  • Sanctuary – Katie Gallagher; Denver, CO
  • Epiphany – Michael Casto; Tinley Park, IL
  • ESP – Jeff Berthiaume; Fort Collins, CO
  • Savor – Eric Wagnon; Jupiter, FL
  • Echo – Lane Thaut; Englewood, CO
  • Rapture – Karen Rosasco; Centennial, CO
  • Yugen – Nathan Young; Merrifield, MN
  • Sublime - Karen Galenski; Breckenridge, CO
  • Irie – Garrett Braddock; Fredericktown, OH
  • Chi – Kelsey Turcotte; Lexington, KY
  • Bliss – Katie Odens: Boulder, CO
  • Intuition – Sjoerd Idema; Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Unbound - Ashley McGilvray; Longmont, CO
  • Awakening – Anita Franklin; Broomfield, CO
  • Liberation – Jeremy Carlson; Louisville, CO
  • Foresight – Joseph Stockert; Atlanta, GA
  • Breathless - Kimberly Sands, Denver, CO
  • Wonderland - Kirk McGilvrey; Longmont, CO
  • Nirvana – Michael Matz; Omaha, NB
  • Daydream – Phyllis O’Grady ; Denver, CO
  • Déjà vu – Mark Rosasco; Centennial, CO
  • Euphoria – Rick Hartman; Colorado Springs, CO
  • Wanderlust – Josh Seaton, Rockwell, TX
  • Zendo – Caroline Condon; Breckenridge, CO
  • Lost Horizon – William Vasko; McMurray, Penn.
  • Xanadu - Douglas Childers; Champaign, IL


Opposition to Peak 6 Expansion

The Peak 6 expansion at Breck received some opposition but not enough to derail the project. The Forest Service received a number appeal issues throughout the process. Some concerns included:

  • The effects on animal habitats, including Lynx.
  • Lift downtime due to adverse weather, similar to current issues with Imperial Express lift.
  • Removal of healthy Spruce forest during pine beetle epidemic.
  • Overcrowding of the town of Breckenridge.
  • Improvements needed to existing resort before expansion.
  • Loss of back-country skiing.


You can read more about the progression of the project at the Forest Service's Peak 6 Project website:

http://www.breckenridgepeak6.com/


Peak 6 Trailer Video

Take a look at the Breckenridge Peak 6 promotional video and then let us know your thoughts on this exciting expansion of one of Colorado's most popular ski resorts.

 



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