The big news, which we’ve covered here and there over the summer, is the scheduled opening of Peak 6 at Breckenridge this ski season. The projected opening day for Peak 6’s lifts and terrain will be announced early during the winter season as construction concludes and the first flakes begin to fall.
Peak 6 will add 540 acres of skiable terrain, 400 of which will be lift-served. The two lifts at Peak 6, the names of which will be announced at the conclusion of the lift and trail naming contest (click here for more info and to enter; the deadline is tomorrow!), will be accessible starting from Peak 7 or Peak 8.
The emphasis at Peak 6 will be on above-treeline, intermediate-rated bowl skiing with 182 acres of Peak 6 rated intermediate. There will be 163 acres of expert terrain, 143 of which will be an approximately 15-minute hike to the summit of Peak 6 from the top of the upper Peak 6 lift, and 62 acres of advanced-intermediate terrain. According to Breckenridge, the expert terrain in the expansion will be similar to the terrain found in the Lake Chutes.
There will be three new bowls, two of which are intermediate, and ten new trails (names to be determined) below treeline. The new lifts include a four-person fixed grip that provides access from Peak 7 and a six-person high-speed lift with above-treeline access that tops out at around 12,400 feet. Nice!
A ski patrol/warming hut will be constructed and maintained at the top terminal of the Peak 6 lift. No other skier facilities, lodging, and so forth are being considered for Peak 6.
Breckenridge will also debut a new 1,500 foot-long zipline located at the Peak 8 base area. The new zipline will open for the 2013-14 ski season, and is a two-stage, four-line zip with the first stage 500 feet long and the second 1,000 feet.
Riders will zip alongside the Freeway Terrain Park reaching speeds of up to 50 mph. Construction is underway, so go to www.breckenridge.com to find out more about the zip line and the opening of Peak 6 as we get even closer to ski season.