Breckenridge Makes Yahoo’s “Ten Great Mountain Towns” on Yahoo’s Travel Section.

Skier at Breckenridge ResortYep that’s what Yahoo says. If you look at the other towns listed you will notice that these are towns from around the world. Breckenridge is this cool and we’ve known it for a long time. Now that winter is setting in, and we know that it is since we had over a foot of snow recorded at the Breckenridge Ski Area last week and we are looking at another winter storm this week, it makes sense to remind everybody how awesome Breckenridge really is. Look below for some mountain statistics that show just how big and bad Breckenridge Ski Area is. Also remember that A-Basin is open and Keystone and Copper Mountain Open Friday. Breckenridge will be opening next Friday, November 11th. This is what we call saving the best for last.

 

Breckenridge Mountain Stats:

  • Base Elevation: 9,600 feet/2,926 meters
  • Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet/3,963 meters
  • Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet/1,036 meters
  • Lift Capacity: 37,880 people per hour
  • Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2358 acres/954 hectares
  • Number of Trails: 155

Lifts: (30 total)

  • 2 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
  • 7 high-speed quad lifts
  • 1 triple lift
  • 6 double lifts
  • 1 eight-passenger gondola
  • 4 surface lifts
  • 9 carpet lifts

Terrain Classification:

  • Easiest: 14%
  • More Difficult: 31%
  • Most Difficult: 19%
  • Expert: 36%
  • Groomed Daily: 600 acres/241 hectares (29% of total terrain)
  • Bowls: 772 acres/312 hectares
  • Terrain Parks: 25 acres/10 hectares
  • Snowmaking: 565 acres/228 hectares
  • Longest Trail: Four O’Clock at 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

What is your favorite trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort?

A Skier at Breckenridge Ski ResortOh yes, Ski Season is back and although there is really only a couple of ski runs open in the whole county right now the ski jones around the office is building, becoming almost palpable. One is likely to hear talk of imminent snowstorms and epic ski days past drifting from offices and desks all around Breckenridge Grand Vacations. This has us thinking; what are people’s favorite ski runs at Breckenridge. We asked our employees and received some really great responses. Read below to see what our employee’s favorite ski runs are at the Breckenridge Ski Area.

The front bowl is such a unique place, how could it not be your favorite? It is steep and gets snow blown in. Just keep off it on a warm spring day in the afternoon!”
Mike Millisor, President of Breckenridge Grand Vacations

“One of my favorite areas at Breckenridge Ski Resort does involve a short hike but almost always guarantees great snow even several days after the last storm. The Back 9 is accessed off the top of the Mercury Chair or via the top of E Chair. A short walk up a cat track will get you too Broadway and Twin Chutes. Due to the north facing aspect of both runs the snow holds well and usually fresh snow blows into the area every day. Few people venture out to this area so even on the busiest days you can find some untracked snow and solitude on the mountain.”
Rick Tramontana, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Interval International Support Dept Manager

“My favorite run at Breckenridge is 4 O’Clock Run because it brings me down to town at the end of the day and has the best terrain on the mountain! In all seriousness, my favorite run is super secret because I can always find a few turns in fresh snow, regardless of when the last storm was. No matter the time of day or time of year, I usually enjoy the entire area all to myself and get to experience the peace and serenity of nature. It is my own little secret that I have yet to share even with my own fiancé.”
Josh Stuhr, Hotel Manager of the Breck Inn

“Hmm…. cannot give that up however I do like taking the T-Bar up and going skier’s left all the way over to the lower bowl of Peak 7. The snow really is sweet there and real nice chutes in this area you can continue downhill and stay skier left through some cool glades and end up at the American lift right in front of GL7.” Dale Holland, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Maintenance

“I like to ride the Southside on Peak 10 because I can always find powder even at 2 in the afternoon and the lines are never long. There are some great natural drops and some built up jumps throughout the trees that make it super fun! The only drawback is the long cat track at the end, but if you stay skiers left you can make it without having to kick on most occasions.”
Jeremy Crowson, Grand Timber Lodge Housekeeping Manager

“It is difficult to say which ONE trail is my favorite.  I would have to pick two. The first would be Whale’s Tail.  It is on the top of mountain and you can see over to Copper Mountain, Leadville and on a really clear day to Holy Cross in Vail.  It is a wonderful wide open bowl. As for tree skiing, The Burn or Windows is pretty spectacular.” Anonymous

“My favorite trails at the Breckenridge Ski Resort are Double Barrel and Way Out, which are right next to each other. These runs used to be only accessible via a short hike off of 6 Chair. However, it can now also be accessed from a short hike off Imperial Express SuperChair as well. If you hike the summit from the Imperial Express, you stand at just under 13,000 feet above sea level and have amazing views of Summit County and beyond from there!”
Ryan Huff, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Direct Marketing Manager

“I love the Crossfire (not on the map) trees on Peak 10. They are just perfect for me, nice open trees at the top which tighten as you get further down. These generally tend to have snow later in the day as well since not many people are aware of them being there. And no, I will not point out to you where these are.” Rob Ehlert, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Inventory Manager

“My favorite trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort is “Y-Chute”. It has a great view of the Continental Divide and gives a great boost of adrenaline due to the steep grade and the wide open aspect of the Peak 7 Bowl.” Brad Beverlin, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Loan Servicing

Tell us what your favorite Breckenridge ski run is. We would love to hear from you!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Yoga in Breckenridge

Yoga Instructor teaching in BreckenridgeNeed a day off from hiking, biking or skiing the next time you’re in Breckenridge?  Yoga is relaxing, yet still a work-out, so a great option when you want to stay active on vacation, but just need a break from the slopes!

Meta Yoga is the only dedicated yoga studio in Breckenridge, located just one block off Main Street on Ridge Street – across from the Breckenridge Arts District.  They offer a number of inexpensive options for beginners and yogis alike.

If you are visiting Summit County, you may be interested in the $55 “Unlimited 7 Day Pass”, or if you’re just trying it out, try the “Intro to Yoga Pass” for $49, allowing you to attend 7 beginners’ classes.

Drop-ins are always welcome!  For more information or to sign up online, please visit their website at www.metayogastudios.com.

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

Packing For Your Winter Breckenridge Vacation

At almA Girl walking to the chair lift in Breckenridge Coloradoost 10,000 feet in elevation, Breckenridge, CO is considered a high altitude vacation destination. The most common differences between a low altitude destination and a high altitude destination are that the sun is stronger and the air is thinner the higher in elevation you go. When visiting a high altitude vacation destination like Breckenridge, it’s important to be prepared and pack for the elements and the adventures that await you!

During the winter, Breckenridge Ski Resort is known for its impressive snowfall, epic powder days and sunny, blue skies. However, the sun, snowstorms and wind can take a toll on your body, so it’s important to be smart about mountain wear. Here are some suggestions for what to pack on your winter vacation to Breckenridge:

Hat: Did you know that you lose most of your body heat through your head? We recommend a brimmed hat as it will deflect harmful rays from your nose and cheeks.

Sunscreen: Breckenridge has an average 300 days of sunshine a year! With that in mind, be sure to generously and frequently apply at least SPF 25 sunscreen before you go outside, even in the winter. And make sure to bring a sunscreen that blocks UVB/UVA rays.

Eyewear: We recommend both sunglasses and goggles for a winter visit to Breck. Your eyewear should offer UVA and UVB-blocking capabilities. While sunglasses are good for walking around town, ski goggles will also protect your eyes from the wind and chilly temperatures.

Base layers: If you’re going to be out on the slopes or doing something athletic, make sure you invest in a water-wicking base layer. Avoid cotton and go with polypropylene-based undergarments that absorb sweat and wick it away from your skin instead.

Outer layers: It’s a good idea to bring a fleece as well as a weather-resistant coat or jacket.

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free at 1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

Oh Yes! It’s On!! Summit County’s Ski and Snowboard Season Has Arrived

Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort in the fallCan we get a Whoop Whoop for the arrival of Summit County’s 2011/2012 ski and snowboard season!! Starting officially 100 days from the end of the ski season, Arapahoe Basin will start turning the lifts tomorrow at 9 a.m. As always local radio station KYSL will be on hand to get the party started with music, prizes, swag and more.

Usually Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Areas vie for the honor of being the first ski area to open in Colorado but this year they were both usurped by Wolf Creek, a small (but sick) ski area in southern Colorado that got pounded last week with 3 feet (yes, 3 feet) of snow last week. Wolf Creek did close for this week and will reopen on weekends for now so that means Arapahoe Basin will actually be the first ski area to open for continuous operation in Colorado. We know that’s a little nit-picky but we take our skiing and snowboarding very seriously here J

For those of you, who have to have your fix and are planning to come up tomorrow, come early. It gets crazy on opening day and lines can get long. Never fear though the Basin will have the Bar and all of its other services open. According to the resort they will be offering lift ticket discounts with opening day adult lift tickets will be $59; youth tickets age 15-18 will be $49; and child tickets age 6-14 will be $30.

Black Mountain Express will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Skiers and riders can look forward to an 18-inch base on the intermediate High Noon run along with several features in the High Divide Terrain Park. There will be no beginner skiing at this time.

If you are not one those brave enough to fight for this season’s first turns just remember that Breckenridge ski lifts will start turning November 11th and is expecting to have quite a few runs open for their first day of skiing.

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

2 for 1’s and Great Deals at Restaurants in Breckenridge for 10/10/11

Snowy Peaks in Fall in Breckenridge ColoradoBreckenridge officially saw its first real snowfall this weekend leaving a blanket of white covering the peaks all around Summit County. If we weren’t dreaming of skiing and riding before this weekend, we are now!! But hold on… The weather report is calling for awesome fall weather this week with abundant sunshine and temps reaching the low 60’s by Saturday. It is still the shoulder season in Breckenridge so if you are planning on coming up to Breckenridge this week, don’t forget 2 for 1’s at Breckenridge restaurants are still in full effect. Restaurants and shops in Breckenridge and Summit County are offering their best deals of the year. So get some good deals while you can! Ski Season is right around the corner!

We combed the Summit Daily News (the free newspaper you can find all over Breckenridge in the blue boxes) for the best specials this week. See below for this week’s list of 2 for 1’s and great restaurant deals in Breckenridge and where you will find the coupon in the Summit Daily News.

Breckenridge:

  • Blue River Bistro, American – (page 3) 2 for 1 entrees, 3 – 6 pm and 9 pm to close.
  • Hearthstone, American – (page 5) 3 course menu for $29, expires 10/15.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, seafood – (coupon page 7) 2 can dine for $28! Includes an appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 desserts, 7 days a week.
  • Fiesta Jalisco, Mexican – (coupon page 7) 2 for 1 margaritas and beer, Buy 1 entrée get the second ½ price, must present coupon from the Summit Daily News.
  • Mi Casa, Mexican – (coupon page 7) 3 course dinner for $18.95, expires 10/15.
  • Red Orchid, Chinese – (coupon page 7) 2 for 1 Dinners.
  • Burke and Riley’s, Irish – (coupon page 12) Mud Season Special, 50% off liquor and beverages and everything on the menu $6.95 or less.
  • Quandary Grille, American – (coupon page 28) kids eat free, 1 per dining adult entrée.

Frisco:

  • Boatyard, American and pizza – (coupon page 4) 2 for 1 entrees with the purchase of 2 beverages, expires 10.13
  • Kemosabe Sushi Bar, sushi and Japanese – (coupon page 3) 2 for 1 rolls, dine in only, must mention ad in the Summit Daily News.
  • Silverheels restaurant, steak and seafood – (coupon page 3) half price couples with the purchase of 2 glasses of wine, dine in only, must mention ad in the Summit Daily News.
  • Blue Spruce, American, steak – (coupon page 6) $30 for 3 courses and a glass of wine.
  • Tuscato, Italian – (coupon page 7) 2 for 1 dinner entrees, expires 10/13, must present coupon from the Summit Daily News.

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.