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Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridge has been the most popular ski resort in North America for the past several years. In 2010-11, it boasted an astounding 1.63 million skier visits, making it the most popular ski area in North America. Breckenridge is also highly favored among out-of-state and international travelers. Breckenridge was named one of the top five ski locations in the world by the BBC in October 2006 and was ranked as the ninth best U.S. resort by SKI Magazine in 2008. There's not a better launching point to ski in and ski out than the Village at Breckenridge.
Dercum MountainAt 11,640 feet, Dercum Mountain is home to long green and blue runs perfectly groomed to keep you cruising all day. This is a great place to start for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.
Breckenride Mountain Peaks
Peak 10 is the southernmost peak in Breckenridge, servicing mainly difficult and a good amount of intermediate terrain.
Peak 9 services mostly intermediate terrain, with quite a few beginner runs on the lower part of the mountain, though it can also access expert runs such as Devil's crotch and the Windows hike to terrain that leads down to E-chair on the north side of Peak 9.
Peak 8 is accessed from the Colorado SuperChair, Rocky Mountain SuperChair and the Peak 8 SuperConnect. The lower part of Peak 8 accesses mostly intermediate runs with some advanced runs. The back bowl on Peak 8 can be accessed via 6 chair or the T-Bar.
Both of these lifts can also be used to access the Imperial Express lift which is the highest lift in North America, reaching a peak elevation of 12,840 feet (3,910 m). The 6 chair or the T-Bar also allow access to the northernmost (Peak 7) and westernmost bowls (Lake Chutes), which include some very difficult terrain with slopes up to 55 degrees. The lower part of Peak 7 can also be accessed from the Independence SuperChair which accesses intermediate terrain.
Construction of a new 8-person gondola was announced on March 12, 2006 and the grand opening was January 18, 2007. The eight passenger gondola runs from the downtown Breckenridge transportation center to a mid-station at Shock Hill, then through the Cucumber Gulch Preserve to a mid-station at the Peak 7 base area and ends at the Peak 8 base area. It serves as a base transportation system designed to reduce dependence on buses to get between the town and the northern two peaks. The lift has a maximum hourly capacity of 3,000 people and takes 7 and a half minutes to reach the Peak 7 base area from the transportation center and another 2 and a half minutes to reach the Peak 8 base area.
Breckenrige Ski Lifts
Today, the Breckenridge lift system now includes several renowned lifts such as having the sole double-loading lift in North America and the highest lift in North America.