Breckenridge opens new ski area

20th June 2013, by Abi Butcher

A skier in the Peak 6 bowl at Breckenridge, Colorado

A skier in the Peak 6 bowl at Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge is adding more than 540 acres to its ski area during next season — boosting the resort’s skiable terrain by 23 per cent.

The resort in Colorado, which currently has 2,358 acres at 2,925m, is opening Peak 6 — just north of Peak 7 — some time in the early 2013/14 ski season. The new area will provide an extra 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of ski area that can be hiked to. Two chairlifts will access the new terrain, a high-speed six-pack and a fixed-grip chair.

Breckenridge began work on the “Peak 6” project in 2007, and last August obtained permission from the US Forest Service to start work on the site. Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge, tells us that Peak 6 will feature high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing which is a rare find in North America.

Peak 6 is unlikely to be open at the beginning of the season, however, as construction on the lifts and terrain will stop once the snow starts falling. The opening day will be announced during the early part of next winter season.

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