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Photos: Wide Open Terrain Highlights Breck's New Peak 6

January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

We dished on the details when Breckenridge Ski Resort opened its new 543-acre "Peak 6" on Christmas, and earlier this month we had the chance to hit the slopes and check it out for ourselves.

For those wondering about the significance of the name "Peak 6," it is simply following a pattern of naming that Breckenridge has used for some time. Peak 6 joins the already existing Peak 10, Peak 9, Peak 8, and Peak 7, so apparently the resort is going backwards down the number line, from left to right on the trail map.

What can you expect from the new terrain? The final numbers from Breck show 182 acres of blue trail access, 62 acres of advanced-intermediate terrain and 163 acres of expert territory. You can access the main Peak 6 Kensho chairlift by taking one of several trails from Peak 8 or Peak 7 to the Zendo chair. You can also access the Kensho lift directly from the top of the Independence chair lift on Peak 7 (see map).

The 6-person Kensho lift is the only one that takes you up to the summit of Peak 6. There is no dining facility at the base of it, but there is a small ski patrol lodge with bathrooms and a few tables. You can bring your own lunch or just pop in to warm up. There is no base-mountain development or restaurants on that side of the resort, so don't head over on an empty stomach.

Breckenridge is known to be subject to high winds, and you can expect no different on Peak 6. On such days, be sure to bunker down in the lift, as it is completely exposed the entire ride up (i.e. no tree coverage to block the wind). This is a good thing in the end, though, as the upper part of Peak 6 is wide open for huge runs that feed down into small patches of trees at lower altitude (see photos). If you're looking for high-alpine bowl skiing, this is the place to find it.

Below the Kensho lift is the aforementioned 4-person Zendo chair, connected by one easy blue run. There is really nothing there for experienced skiers, and therefore those wanting to take laps should continue to use the Kensho lift as opposed to skiing past it down to Zendo.

For advanced and experts looking for a little extra, there are hiking opportunities at the top of Peak 6 that allow access to the Serenity Bowl and the Six Senses. In all, we found the Peak 6's best aspect to be its open terrain that will allow for long, straight runs on powder days.

Already been to Peak 6? Hit us with your thoughts in the comments below.

[Photos: Ryan Dearth]

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