Earlier here we previewed the pre-season ski season activities at Breckenridge, leading up to the ski resort’s opening day this coming Friday, Nov. 8. The biggest news at Breck this season is the opening of Peak 6 and its 543 acres of new terrain (400 lift-served and 143 acres of hike-to terrain).
The opening day for Peak 6 will be announced early this season (stay tuned here, of course). In the meantime, you can check out and download the latest version of Breck’s trail map here.
But that’s not all… Breckenridge has a whole slate of other pertinent events, activities and programs to look for this season, from both the resort and the town…
First Track Fridays: Breckenridge Ski Resort will offer a new and exclusive opportunity for those of you staying in official resort lodging properties this winter. First Track Fridays will allow those staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings throughout the 2013/14 winter ski season.
One designated chairlift will open early each Friday morning on Peak 9 at Breckenridge, and will be available to skiers who stay over Thursday nights at any of Breck’s official lodging properties (The DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge, Mountain Thunder Lodge, One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort, Crystal Peak Lodge and The Village at Breckenridge).
No special lodging package purchase is required, but participants must be guests of an official Breck lodging property at the times the weekly events occur, and must also hold a valid Breck lift pass in order to participate. Breck First Tracks Fridays will commence once mountain conditions allow this winter, and will occur every Friday throughout the remainder of the season.
Main Street Breck: Beloved Boutique (115 S. Main St.) opened this summer and carries “breezy” women’s fashion at affordable prices, while Ruby Jane (232 S. Main St.), the latest offering from the people behind the town’s popular Valley Girl, offers unique housewares, jewelry, and women’s clothing. The LumberYard Skate & Snow (400 S. Main St.), opened last month, focuses on both the sports and the lifestyle. Newly opened restaurant Oscar’s of Breckenridge (105 N. Main St.) specializes in fresh margaritas and street-style tacos. And, the Blue River Bistro (305 N. Main St.) will see a facelift this fall.
Backstage Theatre: Along with its official new moniker – Breckenridge Backstage Theatre – the town’s performing arts organization recently announced its 40th anniversary season lineup, which will include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Oliver!, The Woman in Black, and more. The season also brings a major renovation (part of a larger Arts District effort) and continued commitment to new play development: upcoming show The 10th focuses on the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and is the first in a planned series of original plays about skiing in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Nordic Center: Construction, using local beetle-kill wood, is underway on the Breckenridge Nordic Center’s new Oh Be Joyful Lodge, which will open for the 2013-2014 winter season. One of two Nordic centers in Breckenridge, the BNC manages and grooms trails on nearly 1,400 acres of old growth spruce forests, aspen groves, lodge pole pine forests and wetland meadows.
Lighting of Breckenridge: The town “officially” transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 7 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, when runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit Adopt an Angel. Events continue all month with the Dew Tour, Santa visits, New Year’s Eve parties, and more.
Dew Tour: The Dew Tour ion Mountain Championships returns to Breckenridge Dec. 12-15 as an Olympic qualifier. This season’s Winter Dew Tour will kick of the 2014 Olympic qualifying season in North America and showcase the world’s top contenders in both snowboarding and freeskiing.
Ullr Fest: For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance which includes the iconic Main Street parade, pond hockey tournament, bar series, the Ullr Dating Game, Ullympics and more, Jan. 5-11.
International Snow Sculpture Championships: Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 20-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. New this year, sign up for photography workshops through Colorado Mountain College. The outdoor art gallery and championships run from Jan. 21 through Feb. 2.
Mountain Mardi Gras: This year’s Mountain Mardi Gras includes a Masquerade Ball (March 1) and Main Street Parade (March 3).
Spring Fever: Spring Fever brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers, music lovers, mountaineers and more, March 22 through April 20.