Ski and Ride Season Takes Off with Two Opening Days Friday, Nov. 12: Breckenridge Ski Resort to Kick Off 60th Anniversary Season & Vail Mountain to Host the Biggest Opening Season in Colorado

11 November 2021
BRECKENRIDGE & VAIL, Colo. — Nov. 11, 2021 – Following the successful kickoff of Vail Resorts’ winter operations at Keystone last month, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain will welcome skiers and snowboarders back to the slopes on Friday, Nov. 12. This kicks off Breck’s 60th Anniversary Season, while Vail will host the Biggest Opening in Colorado throughout the entire opening season.  
On Friday, Breck will officially kick off its 60th anniversary season with skiing and riding at the base of Peak 8 on approximately 50 acres. The free BreckConnect Gondola will begin running for the season at 8 a.m. for access up to Peak 8and the resort will open for skiing and riding off the Colorado SuperChair and 5-Chair beginning at 8:30 a.m. Guests will have access to the Springmeier and 4 O’Clock trails. 
The winter season gets underway in true Breck style with high-energy fun including music from the Breck DJ Cat, free waffles and a celebratory first chair banner break. The resort will celebrate #60yearsofBreck all winter long from Opening Day through Memorial Day.  
“I am so stoked to be kicking off my first winter season here at Breck during the resort’s 60th anniversary season,” said Jody Churich, vice president and chief operating officer at Breckenridge Ski Resort. “We can’t wait to get the party started here on Opening Day at Peak 8, and to carry that energy throughout the season across our Five Peaks and right on through Memorial Day.” 
NEW Freedom SuperChair, Coming Soon 
In addition to celebrating its 60th anniversary this season, the resort will also debut a brand-new high-speed chairlift on Peak 7, the Freedom SuperChair. The new lift is located on the north side of Peak 7 and will run alongside the existing Independence SuperChair to provide another way to access terrain on the popular peak. The new lift will be a game-changer for Peak 7 and the resort’s interconnected, peak-to-peak experience. The new lift is expected to open in early Dec., as soon as terrain on Peak 7 is ready to open for the season. Across Vail Resorts, the company is investing $120 million into capital investment projects this year to transform the guest experience, and another $320 million next year. Terrain expansions at Beaver Creek and Keystone, new lifts, restaurants and more will greet guests this year and next across Vail Resorts’ 34 North American resorts. 
Signature Events Return to Breck 
Following the pause of events in 2020, the Breckenridge community is thrilled to welcome back some of its most cherished winter traditions, including the Lighting of Breckenridge and The Race of the Santas, Dec. 4; the quirky and fun signature festival to pray for snow, Ullr Fest, Dec. 9-12; and the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, Jan. 24- Feb. 2, 2022.  
Thanks to Vail’s industry-leading snowmaking system and over 35 inches of natural snowfall, Vail will open with nearly 80-acres of terrain with access from Gondola One at Vail Village.  Celebrate the season with free music, free food and the official Cutwater Opening Day Après Party at the Express Lift Deck near Gondola One, featuring free Cutwater tastings.  
Throughout the entire opening season, Vail is pleased to welcome back fan favorite events like Revely Vail Nov. 19-Jan. 2, Vail Snow Days Dec. 3-4, and Powabunga Dec. 9-12. In addition to an exciting line up of events, Vail Après is back and better than ever. After a long day on hill, kick back and relax at 4 p.m. every day with Signature Specials throughout Vail’s quaint villages. Memories are made on hill and reminisced about during #VailAprès. This will be an opening season to remember! 
“Excited is an understatement,” said Vail Mountain vice president and chief operating officer Beth Howard. “Thanks to the hard work of our mountain operations team and our significant snowmaking system, we’re able to open a week earlier than last year.”  
Guests will have access to nearly 80-acres of trails on Opening Day from Swingsville and Ramshorn. Vail Mountain will continue to make snow with its state-of-the-art snowmaking system as weather and conditions permit, working to expand terrain and open more trails for guests to explore and enjoy.  
Opening Day Mountain Dining at Breckenridge Ski Resort & Vail Mountain 
As skiers and snowboarders work up an appetite, on-mountain dining will be open at:  
  • Breckenridge – Ski Hill Grill, TBar, Vista Haus and Sevens. 
  • Vail  Express Lift in Vail Village Mountain Plaza, Mid Vail at the top of Gondola One, and Buffalo’s at the top of Mountaintop Express (#4).  
Guests who would like to sit down to dine can book their table through the Time to Dine platform on the EpicMix app–?a convenient way to?book mealtimes, so guests can enjoy skiing and riding without worrying about the lunch rush. Please remember that face coverings are required indoors at all times, except while actively eating and drinking, and proof of vaccination is required to enter cafeteria-style establishments.  
Access to Breck, Vail and Other World-Class Resorts all on one Epic Pass 
Epic Pass products are now on sale for a limited time this early season, offering the best deal in the industry for skiing and riding, offering a variety of options for every type of skier and rider.  In Colorado, Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone will offer over 200-acres of skiing and riding starting this Friday! 
Winter   Safety Protocols
Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain are committed to doing everything we can to keep guests and employees safe. With the core of the?ski and snowboard experience taking place outdoors in vast mountain settings, this season our COVID-19 Safety: Know Before You Go protocols are focused on indoor spaces. Specifically, indoor cafeteria-style restaurants will require masks and proof of vaccination for guests 12 and older this season. All chairlifts and gondolas will be loaded at normal capacity to facilitate guest movement around the mountain. Learn more about these safety measures for the 2021-22 season here.
Early Season & Uphill Access 
Please be reminded that early season conditions exist. Breckenridge Ski Resort and Vail Mountain require skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. For the safety of all guests, please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.   
Uphill access is currently closed at both resorts during the early season due to snowmaking operations and limited terrain. The resorts will provide an update when uphill access is open for the season. Guests are reminded to familiarize themselves with uphill routes and safety guidelines ahead of the season and to always call the resort Uphill Access Hotline before accessing the mountain. For more information on the resort’s uphill access policy, guidelines, designated routes and Uphill Access Hotline number, visit the Mountain Info page at and 


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