June 21 is the official-official beginning of summer, but it’s safe to say that summer in Colorado has at least unofficially begun. Another “official” beginning of summer is the opening of the various Colorado ski resorts summer operations, such as Friday, June 13 at Breckenridge…
Breckenridge Ski Resort will open the Breck Summer Fun Park on Friday, June 13 at the base of Peak 8. Situated on the slopes and easily accessed via the free BreckConnect Gondola, the Breck Summer Fun Park features activities for all ages, including the Gold Runner Coaster, Alpine Superslide, Breck Treks guided hikes, 4X4 off-road tours, off-road Segway tours, a climbing wall, mini golf and more.
New this summer are scenic chair rides and access to hiking and mountain biking located on Peak 7 via the Independence SuperChair.
Starting June 13, the Breck Summer Fun Park will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Sept. 1, then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through Sept. 14. Free parking is available in the Gondola North parking lot. Service to the Fun Park via the BreckConnect Gondola or shuttle buses on the black route is also free and will begin starting Friday, June 13 at 9 a.m.
Due to current snow conditions, mountain biking programs and Segway tours will open at later date; hiking programs and 4x4 off-road tours will be limited. Keep checking Breckenridge.com or call 970-453-5000 for status updates on activities. By the way, sledding within the ski area boundary is not permitted.
Fun Park visitors can enjoy dining during the day on the Ski Hill Grill patio located at One Ski Hill Place at the base of the Fun Park. In addition, the T-Bar next door will be open weekends in June, and daily July 1 through Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. until the gondola closes. Sevens restaurant on Peak 7 will also be open daily from 11 a.m. -10 p.m. beginning June 13.
Kingdom Days, June 14-15, kicks of the summer event schedule with a lineup of free activities, including blacksmithing demos, gold panning, historic hikes and more. The annual Outhouse Races, the centerpiece of the weekend, showcases competitors rolling down Ridge Street to vie for the Gold Throne, Silver Moon or Bronze Bucket awards.
Open House on History tours of Breckenridge historic sites are free during Kingdom Days, where you can explore the house of an escaped slave-turned-prominent businessman, pan for gold and more. Call 970-453-9767 to reserve space on guided tours. Visit www.GoBreck.com for all other town event information.