Breckenridge Trail Map

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Breckenridge is one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the country, nay the world. There is some world class skiing here, but mostly there is world class fun. Tons of different terrain, terrain parks, tree skiing, ski school paths, you name it. But because it is so big and so trafficked, it can be difficult to find your way across all the five peaks efficiently and without standing in long lift lines. So we have broken things down verbally to help you with the visual Breck trail map.

Run Colors. Remember that at Breck there are Greens, Blues, Blue-Blacks, Black Diamonds, and Double Black Diamonds. At Vail, there are only Greens, Blues, and Blacks, so be mindful of the difference here.

Base Areas. There are two base areas, Peak 9, which is the base area that the town of Breckenridge is built around, and Peak 8. There are five peaks in all (10, 9, 8, 7, and 6 that just went online Christmas Day 2013). These peaks are numbered up from skier's left to right.

Peak 10. Peak 10 is on extreme skier's right, and it is a tough hill. Blacks and Blue-Blacks only over here, and it can get a bit icy in the latter part of the season from how the wind hits it. Peak 10 is only accessible from via the Falcon Superchair (4 seater), so before you get on this lift, make sure everyone can hold their own on fast terrain. The quickest way here is from the Quicksilver Super 6 Chair at the Peak 9 base, and then just ski over a few yards and take the Falcon up. The only other way is from the top of Peak 9, and you really need to hug Upper Lehman or the skier's right channels or you can miss your access and be stuck at the base.

Peak 9. This is where it all started, and the base area can get very crowded with ski schoolers, loungers, and the general slow zone atmosphere. So if you want to ski all day, do your best to keep away from the base once you leave it in the morning.

There are three lifts from the Peak 9 base area: Quicksilver Super 6, Beaver Run Super Chair (4 seater), and the Peak 8 SuperConnect (4 seater). Be mindful that it is hard work to access the Peak 8 SuperConnect from the base. It is up high enough that it's a really tough walk—especially with kids, so if you are headed to Peak 8, take up one of the other chairs and then ski down to the SuperConnect.

Peak 9 is all blues and greens, with one black run and a couple blue-blacks mixed in. This is an area of the mountain that is great for skiers of any level, so there are typically a lot of skiers on it. Upper Lehman, which is the extreme skier's right side of Peak 9, starts as blue and fades to green and used to be the longest continuous run in all of Breck, until the 4 O'Clock expansion. Damn you, 4 O'Clock.

Peak 8. The Peak 8 base area is fully developed, but it will feel less supported than Peak 9, mainly from age and how the town was zoned. There are about a million different lifts from the Peak 8 Base Area, which you can see from the map. The two big ones will take you to the top, and the Colorado Super Chair is how you get access to the Vista Haus (on mountain dining). Also, this chair is your best access point for getting to the top of Breckenridge via the Imperial Express SuperChair.

Peak 8 has some nice short black runs that are a great place to move up the skiing ladder because they are over quickly and far enough from the chairs that you don't have an audience when you are trying to learn.

If you want to ski over to Peak 7, you have to get to the top of Peak 8, then use Columbine and don't stop skiing until you hit Claimjumper. Then you are officially in Peak 7. Columbine is technically a blue (but really a green traverse where you might be poling a lot if you slow down), but be very careful of skiers coming down the mountain. They have the right of way, so yield to them.

Peak 7. Is pretty great if you ski blues. There is a dedicated chair just for this peak (Independence Super Chair) and there are about a half dozen wide open but quick blues. It is just a ton of fun. Far skier's left is access to Peak 6.

Peak 6. Is the newest part of Breck and required an update to the Breckenridge trail map. To get here you need to grab the 4-person Zendo chair from some of the leftside blues on Peak 7. The Zendo will get you to the Peak 6 base, then off you go. There are more blues here, similar to Peak 7, and access to the Wonderland Bowl. If you are really awesome, you can hike on up to the Serenity Bowl or the Beyond Bowl.

Breckenridge Bowl Skiing. The bowls are up above Peak 8 and 7, with access from three different lifts—Imperial Express taking you up the highest. This is the toughest terrain Breck has to offer and it can be very windy up here and with lower temperatures. If you are cold when you are skiing around on the main mountain, you'll need some extra clothes to go on up.

Snowflake Lift. This is mainly for people who ski in ski out from these condos/homes, but you are welcome to bottom out this green. It is the easiest terrain around.

BreckConnect. This is a godsend for those of us who drive in. A dedicated Gondola that takes you to Peak 8 from the parking lot that is quite a long ways from the hill. It's pretty awesome, and I highly recommend it if you have the means. (Ferris Bueller quote right there, and you missed it.) Even better, the 4 O'Clock run was expanded so that now you can ski almost the entire way down to the parking lots, the bus station, and Four O'Clock road.

Like we always tell people, grab one of those Breckenridge trail maps from those holders in the lift lines so that you always know where you are and what to do. Breck can be a mess to traverse, it's huge, and there are tons of people who ski here, so it's always helpful to know and to find the spots where there are fewer people.

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