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Breckenridge Plans to Extend Season

Breckenridge Ski Resort announces a plan to extend its winter season through Memorial Day.

The list of resorts battling to stay open the longest in Colorado has just grown by one. For the first time since the mid-’90s, Breckenridge hopes to extend the 2018-’19 ski season well into May. Following a record-breaking start to winter, the resort seeks to keep its lifts running through Memorial Day for this season, and—even better—plan to stay open longer for many seasons to come, should weather and conditions allow it. 

After all, spring is known for its powerful storms that dump on Colorado’s high country, and when combined with the state’s famous sunshine, the months of April and May can quickly become the season’s prime. The original closing date for Breckenridge was Sunday, April 21, but now it proposes to keep lift spinning for an additional 36 days. The extended season will put the ski area in the same closing day ranks as nearby Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Areas.

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Carving down a run on a sunny spring day at Breckenridge, Colo. Courtesy of Elisabeth Biebel, Breckenridge Ski Resort

With Breck’s high elevation, the resort will likely be able to stay open well into May, offering skiing out of Peak 7 and access to advanced- and expert-level terrain on Peak 8 in Imperial, Horseshoe, and North Bowls. 

The 2018-’19 winter season has already had several highlights for the Colorado resort, including historic early lift and trail openings, as well as record-breaking early season snowfall—over 16 feet to date. This extended season proposition would add on one more highlight, making Breck’s current winter season one for the books.