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article imageWinter ski season has begun at Vail Resorts in Colorado

By Bryen Dunn     Nov 11, 2013 in Travel
The countdown is over and winter ski season is officially underway in Colorado as skiers and riders took to the slopes on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 when Breckenridge Ski Resort opened for its 52nd season just before 9 a.m. MST.
While cheers and free Ski Hill Grill signature éclairs filled the base area, the resort also offered a tribute to United States military personnel as part of its opening ceremonies and in honour of Veteran’s Day Weekend.
“Friday morning’s festivities were a fantastic culmination of all the events that take place during Breck Opening Week,” said Kieran Cain, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s marketing director. “The ability for us to share the excitement and pageantry of the opening of the season at Breck with our guests and make them part of the celebration is always rewarding, and becomes even more special at the start of such an historic year as this one.”
This season, Breckenridge will have one of its most landmark years ever, as the resort adds over 540 acres to its famous landscape with the new Peak 6 expansion. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, representing a 23 percent increase in the resort’s skiable acreage. This is the most notable ski area expansion in at least the past decade anywhere in the world, and will feature high-alpine intermediate bowl skiing, a rare find in North America. Peak 6 lifts and terrain should open along with the majority of the resort’s upper mountain terrain in mid-to-late December, weather dependent.
Visit the Breckenridge website for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details, the lowest lift ticket prices guaranteed, and more, or call 970-453-5000. Stay connected all season long socially to the resort via Facebook or Twitter.
First Tracks Fridays
Breckenridge Ski Resort will offer a brand new exclusive opportunity for guests staying in official resort lodging properties this winter. The “First Tracks Fridays” program will allow guests staying at official lodging properties of Breckenridge Ski Resort to access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on Friday mornings throughout the 2013/14 winter ski season. Breck First Tracks Fridays will commence once mountain conditions allow this winter, and will occur every Friday throughout the remainder of the season.
About Breckenridge Ski Resort
With five huge peaks, 2,901acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town with awe-inspiring views, there are good reasons why “Breck” is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere. And new for 2013 – Breck welcomes Peak 6, the biggest resort expansion in the last decade. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of their locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination, inspiring a way of life.
Additionally, please note the following Vail Resorts #wintercountdown opening dates below:
-November 22: Vail, Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood Open
-November 27: Beaver Creek Opens
-November 29: Canyons Opens
2013/14 Epic Pass
Ski and ride 26 mountains and four countries on just one Epic Pass – all for US$729. Now, in addition to unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at 12 resorts in the US, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado, Canyons in Park City Utah, and Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, Epic Pass holders also get five free days access to Les 3 Vallées, France, five free days at Verbier, Switzerland, and five free consecutive days at Arlberg, Austria. At just US$729, the Epic Pass continues to be the best value lift product in the industry, paying for itself in just under six days of skiing and riding. Epic Passes are only available until Nov. 24, 2013.
Epic Race
In addition to the Epic Pass, Vail Resorts is also hosting a challenge called Epic Race, challenging Epic Pass holders to ski and ride the 26 iconic mountains in four countries. The reward: The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win a lifetime Epic Pass. The race officially beings Nov. 22, 2013.
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Vail Resorts and Air Canada have partnered and are launching a nonstop winter service flight between Toronto and Vail/Eagle airport beginning December 14, 2013 – making Vail and Beaver Creek more accessible to Canadian skiers and snowboarders.
Another exclusive offer from Vail Resorts for the 2013-2014 winter ski season is Keystone Resort, Colorado, will be running a Kids Ski Free program, giving away more than 25,000 free children’s lift tickets! Keystone is the only resort in the country that offers a Kids Ski Free program.
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