It got cold and snowed this weekend. The Mountains got a nice “first dump” of the season. Skiing is just weeks away in Summit County and Colorado as Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Basin will once again battle it out for “first opening” bragging rights. This season along with our usual hope and excitement we have for a big powder season there are some new lifts, restaurants, events and this year at least one quite impressive terrain expansion. Read on for a rundown of the 2017 – 2018 ski season’s biggest updates and improvements.
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge is scheduled to open November 10th this year. The big “new” item this 2017-18 ski season is an updated and improved Falcon SuperChair! The chairlift is being upgraded from a quad to a high-speed, six-passenger lift, offering an easier and faster ride up Peak 10. The upgrade is another of the recent capital improvements at the ski area designed to enhance the guest experience at Breckenridge.
Also, new this year, Breck’s Ten Mile Station is going “Willy Wonka” this ski and snowboard season, adding a “Candy Cabin” offering an array of your favorite chocolates and sweets. It will be the “sweetest” way to keep your energy up as you shred the slopes at Breckenridge this year!
Hands down Arapahoe Basin get the award for best off season improvement this season with the addition of the 1st part of the Beavers and Steep Gullies terrain expansion. A-Basin is currently in multi-year process adding approximately 468 acres of pure insanity just north of the vaunted Pali Face and Alleys. The Beavers and Steep Gullies comprise some of the most impressive single and double black diamond skiing in Summit County and will be open for “hike back” skiing this year. The lifts will be built in the upcoming offseason and will complete the expansion. Don’t wait. This is legendary terrain!
Keystone is adding a much-needed upgrade to one if it’s most important front side lifts, the Montezuma Express. The new high-speed, six-passenger Montezuma Express Lift, will increase efficiency and capacity to popular beginner and intermediate terrain by up to 25 percent. The Montezuma is basically the main lift and this will greatly improve wait times.
Renovation and expansion of Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ, including a new, 190-seat indoor facility. Located at the bottom of where the backside of Dercum Mountain and North Peaks meet, this will convert the BBQ into a true restaurant style foodservice establishment.
New this year at Copper a new chairlift will debut in Copper Mountain’s West Village on Dec. 15. The Kokomo Express lift has replaced Kokomo lift, and will provide ease of access to an abundance of beginner trails on the side of the mountain with the easiest terrain. Unlike the old lift, skiers and riders will board Kokomo Express from within the base area of West Village, providing convenient access right out of the West Village Day Lodge. At the top, guests will be greeted with a brand new lodge hut, Koko’s. The 2,500 square foot building provides seating for 200, restroom facilities, and grab-and-go comfort food, all complemented with a large outdoor deck and sweeping panoramas of Copper Mountain and Ten Mile Range.
So, with snow falling in the Rocky Mountains and more on the way now is the time to start planning your 2017 – 2018 ski adventures and to come and see for yourselves what has changed in Breckenridge and Summit County since the last time you visited.
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If you’ve been to Breck, you’re probably familiar with the potential issues your body can run into when staying and playing at 9600 feet or higher. If you haven’t been here, you’ve likely heard about altitude sickness and might’ve even brushed it off as a myth. It’s real, it’s not enjoyable, and it can ruin your vacation in the mountains. Whether it’s due to dehydration, lack of vitamins, recently being at a lower elevation or even a drink too many the night prior, there are ways to combat difficulty acclimating at almost two miles closer to the sun than sea level. Since the staff at BOB wants your time in your favorite mountain town to be chuck full of fun, we’ve outlined some tips below to help you and your loved ones stay healthy and hydrated to enjoy all that these peaks provide.
Vida-Flo serves as Breckenridge’s best source for quality, quick and accessible altitude sickness treatments right in the heart of town on Main Street. Known as the leading IV hydration clinic in Summit County, this one-of-a-kind hydration station effectively cures altitude sickness, alleviates hangovers and provides essential fluids and nutrients to keep you healthy, hydrated and happy while exploring the mountains. Not only do their treatments work, but they’ll cure your ailments in just 30 minutes or less AND all IV treatments come with complementary oxygen! If that doesn’t impress you, maybe their outstanding membership options or super economical prices will! Stop in today or call Ryan and his staff at (970) 423-6555 for more information.
Another unique spot in Breck that will help you breathe easier is The O2 Lounge on the South end of town in La Cima Mall. This serves as an oxygen bar, coffee shop and internet café in a league of its own, offering 90% oxygen sessions with a choice of four aromatherapy fragrances for 15, 30 or 45 minutes. The oxygen sessions boost blood oxygen levels to help alleviate symptoms such as tiredness, breathlessness, headaches, inability to sleep, dizziness, nausea, jet lag and even hangovers. They also serve Illy coffee, smoothies, teas, hot chocolate etc. and have oxygen machines to rent and also sell portable O2 cans. Visit Guy and Sally and their staff on Main Street or call them at (970) 453-6262 or visit their website at www.theo2lounge.com.
For sleep apnea and more serious symptoms, Alpine Air offers specialized oxygen services to all of Summit County. Select from a wide range of oxygen equipment that can help you catch your breath including: oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, nebulizers, pulse oximeters, respiratory therapy supplies and more. Stop by their offices in Breck on Airport Road or call (970) 453-8423 for more information.
Now that you’re looped in on what resources Breck offers for acclimation assistance, it’s time to pop a multivitamin, hydrate like a camel and get up to Summit County for some serious fun! Don’t forget to book your stay at breckenridgediscountlodging.com for the best deals and accommodations in town!