ResortQuest Breckenridge hit with winter storm.
Ski resort covered in excess of 15 inches of snow.
Breckenridge, Colorado – October 26, 2006. Breckenridge, Colorado is reeling from one of the first winter storms of the season. The storm hit the resort with a vengeance late Wednesday, October 25 and left the area covered in over 15 inches of wet, early season snow. Officials rushed to close Interstate 70, the state’s primary east-west thoroughfare, as hundreds of motorists found themselves stuck and stranded on the side of the road. Highway 285, connecting Denver and Colorado Springs to Breckenridge from a southern route, has also been shut down temporarily. Additionally, the heavy snow shut down all local schools and many across the front range Denver/Boulder area. Even for a high-alpine resort that is accustomed to winter storms, this one shook the county.
Despite the inconveniences, the early storm was a blessing in disguise for the area ski resorts. Summit County, Colorado is home to 5 major ski resorts within a 20 mile radius, including Breckenridge Ski Area, and is largely considered the hub of the Colorado ski culture. With the ski season fast approaching, locals and resort officials alike welcomed the snow with open arms.
ResortQuest Breckenridge offers a complete selection of vacation rentals and lodging package in Breckenridge and Keystone, just steps from all the adventure the mountain resorts have to offer. Guests can choose from deluxe hotel suites, 1-4 bedroom condominium and luxurious private homes in ski-in/ski-out or downtown locations. For more information on ResortQuest Breckenridge and their wide selection of vacation rentals, visit http://www.resortquestbreckenridge.com/
For a limited time, ResortQuest Breckenridge is offering Lift and Lodging packages starting at just $115 a night. Guests can choose from deluxe hotel suites, 1-4 bedroom condominium and luxurious private homes in ski-in/ski-out or downtown locations. For more information on ResortQuest Breckenridge and their wide selection of vacation rentals, visit www.resortquestbreckenridge.com/freeride
As ski season approaches, we're getting flurries in Georgia — in the form of dispatches from the Western ski resorts with what's new and improved on the slopes. Most of the resorts are opening in mid to late November. Getting there will be easier as Delta Air Lines has expanded its service to include 11 ski destinations in the western United States and Canada. Delta has added service to Telluride, Colo., and nonstop service to Steamboat, Colo., as well as expanded service to Aspen, Vail and Denver, Colo.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Bozeman, Mont.; and Sun Valley, Idaho.
The U.S. Ski Team and Keystone have reached agreement on a new relationship that will allow the team exclusive early season training privileges on North Peak. Finding training venues often has been a challenge for the team in the weeks leading up to World Cup races in Aspen and Beaver Creek. The new agreement eliminates the uncertainty of the past and allows the team to consolidate all of its training at one venue.
Ski Area in Colorado is prepared to open early with four feet of natural snow. Several snowstorms have hit the area since Sept. 22 and have piled up as much as 48 inches of snow base. More than a foot of snow fell on the mountain on Tuesday. With just a bit more snow, Silverton Mountain will be able to open for the season.
Montrose Daily Press, 10/20/06
People are waxing skis, sharpening edges and tightening bindings. The recent wet weather has outdoor enthusiasts “juiced” for the upcoming winter season. Jeans Westerner Service Manager Eric Barningham is excited too. He has seen a steady stream of customers recently. They are looking at new snowboards, buying jackets and dusting off old equipment.
Rocky Mountain News, 10/20/06
A proposed ski area northwest of this historic mining town met some resistance Wednesday when county planners declined to support a rezoning request for the site near St. Mary's Glacier. An investor group led by Michael Coors, a descendant of the founder of the Golden brewery empire, wants to open Eclipse Snow Park on about 300 acres of land that must be rezoned for commercial outdoor recreation.
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – October 13, 2006. Beatcha to it! For the first time in six years, a resort has managed to topple Loveland Ski Area in the opening day race. On Friday, October 13, Arapahoe Basin became the first ski resort in North America to open for the season when its Exhibition chairlift began ferrying skiers and snowboarders up the mountain at 9 a.m.. It is the earliest the 60-year-old Summit County ski area has ever opened - and the first time it has won the fierce competition with Loveland Ski Area for the opening-day champion title.
To celebrate this earlier-than-ever opening, ResortQuest Keystone has announced their “Breakin’ in the Basin” lift and lodging packages, offering lodging and FREE lift tickets to Arapahoe Basin from as low as $104 a night!* Located a short 5 mile drive from Araphahoe Basin, and offering a full selection of vacation rentals, ResortQuest Keystone is one of the premier ski destinations offered by ResortQuest, the nation’s largest vacation rental management company. For more information on ResortQuest Keystone and their A-Basin lodging package, visit
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Breckenridge, Colorado – October 4, 2006. Breckenridge has done it again. SKI Magazine just announced the results of their annual resort ranking reader's poll and Breckenridge held strong with a #6 “Overall Best Resort” ranking again last year.
“With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, Breckenridge starts where most resorts end”, SKI Magazine. Although aided by an above average elevation and assisted by below average temperatures and reliable snow conditions, the results represent a major accomplishment for both the town and the Vail Resorts-run resort. Long-esteemed for being on the cutting-edge of the snowboard scene, Breckenridge has struggled against a reputation for being a “beginner’s hill”, with a severe lack of steep, expert terrain.
However, the 2005 – 2006 season saw the birth of the Peak 8 summit lift – The Imperial Chair – which opened up over 400 acres of previously hike-to-only, double-black, expert terrain. Topping out at a massive 12,840 feet altitude, the Imperial Chair ranks as the highest chairlift in North America and gave credibility to Breckenridge’s mountain stats.
“As the highest lift in North America, accessing some of Breckenridge’s most amazing intermediate and expert terrain, this lift is the crowning touch on an already fabulous resort,” Roger McCarthy, chief operating officer for Breckenridge Ski Resort.
In 2007 the resort plans to open the “Breck Connect” gondola, the first gondola in the history of the resort, which will transport skiers and riders from the downtown skier lots to the base of Peaks 7 & 8. With new developments by Vail Resorts Development Group and Gold Point Development slated to break ground at the Peak 7 & 8 base areas in the summer of 2007, the gondola is seen as a drastic improvement to the overall Breckenridge skier experience.
ResortQuest offers a complete selection of vacation rentals in Breckenridge, just steps from all the adventure this mountain resort has to offer. Guests can choose from deluxe hotel suites, 1-4 bedroom condominium and luxurious private homes in ski-in/ski-out or downtown locations. For more information on ResortQuest Breckenridge and their wide selection of vacation rentals, visit HTTP://WWW.RESORTQUEST.COM/VRP/DESTINATIONS/BRECKENRIDGE.
ResortQuest, the leading vacation property management company in North America, provides a one-stop resource for more than 50 premier resort destinations (http://www.resortquest.com/). ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and home rentals in the continental U.S., Hawaii and Canada, based on a portfolio of more than 20,000 vacation rental properties. For more information or to book accommodations, visit http://www.resortquest.com/.