Breckenridge Opening Day and Colorado Ski Report

Snowmobile at the Peak 8 Base Area in Breckenridge Snow! And plenty of it is falling on Breckenridge and Summit County! The new ski season is off to a roaring start. 49 inches of snow have fallen on Breckenridge so far this year. Wow! That is going to make for an amazing opening week here.

There is currently snow in the forecast for multiple days this week and we are hoping the big, early start continues.

Opening Day was awesome. There was plenty of tasty goodies including Bavarian cream stuffed Nutella éclairs, courtesy of the Ski Hill Grill, Nature Valley Soft Baked Oatmeal Squares, complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks, and other prizes. Hundreds showed up to carve their first turns of the season on opening day.

Currently Breckenridge is sporting an 18 inch base and is offering skiing and riding on Peak 8. There are 5 lifts running and there is skiing on 7 runs comprising a total of 127 skiable acres right now. Open runs include Springmeier, Crescendo and the Park Lane Terrain Park. More is opening every day so check the Breckenridge terrain report for the latest updates.

Breckenridge was not the first ski resort in Colorado to open. There are other areas open and by Friday all four ski resorts in Summit County will be open. Here is the scoop on all of the best skiing around Breckenridge. 

A-Basin was the first ski area to open in Colorado this year and has an 18” base with 6 runs open. Both the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Lifts are open and the Lenawee Face is open which is pretty fun early season skiing and riding.

Loveland Ski Resort has already had 65” of snow this year. That’s what you get when you are at the top of the Divide. Loveland is sporting a 20” base with 6 runs and 3 lifts operating lift 2 with access to the mid station.

Bus on snowey day in BreckenridgeKeystone is open and has a 26” base with skiing on four runs. Expect more terrain to open rapidly as Summit County continues to get more snow.

Copper Mountain is sporting a 22” base and has only seen 14” of snow so far this season. The snow total is coming up even now over in Copper. Copper is reporting 3 lifts operating with 4 runs open for skiing.

Winter is back in Breckenridge and we are off to a great start. Come join in the celebration of winter, strap on your skis and boards and get some!

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Hike of the Week - Sallie Barber Mine.

This week it is starting to feel like fall is giving way to winter. There is snow in the forecast for this week and there is a newfound chill in the air. According to weather reports we are going to see a return to warm sunny weather this weekend and into next week. The fall colors are still vibrant and beautiful so don’t miss these next couple of weeks to get one last hike in before the snow really starts to fly. If you are coming to Breckenridge this week or next and looking for a nice short hike to really see fall colors try the Sallie Barber Mine.

Sallie Barber Mine
Distance: 3 miles total there and back
Rating: Easy - Moderate
Starting Elevation: 10,450 feet
Season: June - October
From the City Marketing shopping center find your way to Main Street. Go south on Main Street for .1 mile to Boreas Pass Road (last stoplight). Turn left on Boreas Pass Road and follow 2.1 miles to Baldy Road. Turn left on Baldy Road and follow for about 1 mile. Turn left on Sallie Barber Road and continue .1 mile to the trailhead.

The hike begins at about 10,450' and wanders through a forest to the ruins of the Sally Barber Mine about 1.5 miles ahead. There are interpretive signs at the ruins that have been placed by the Summit County Historical Society. This mine dates from the 1880's and produced zinc until near the end of the first decade of the twentieth century. The views of French Gulch, one of Summit County's richest mining districts, are spectacular from the mine site. Continue on to the French Gulch Trailhead approximately 2.8 miles from the parking area. Return back to the trailhead following the route you came in on.

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