The town of Breckenridge and the mountain in 1961. (image: Breckenridge Ski Resort)

Breckenridge Celebrates 50th Anniversary This Weekend

Breckenridge, CO – Breckenridge Ski Resort is making it a weekend to remember with a huge series of events planned to coincide with the Colorado resort’s 50th birthday weekend this Friday through  Sunday.

Breck’s actual 50th birthday falls on Friday, Dec. 16, 50 years to the day since the resort was inaugurated back in 1961. A series of events will take place on the mountain, and will culminate with a special “Breck Birthday Bash”, presented by the Town of Breckenridge, which will involve a Ski Legends procession, free concert by Los Lobos, champagne toast, fireworks and more on Friday night.

The town of Breckenridge and the mountain in 1961. (image: Breckenridge Ski Resort)
The town of Breckenridge and the mountain in 1961. (image: Breckenridge Ski Resort)

The 2011 Winter Dew Tour also kicks off its national tour during Breck’s Birthday weekend, and the series of events both on and off the mountain are listed below. Budweiser has also caught Breck’s 50th birthday bug and has created a commemorative “Breck 50th Anniversary Ale” in honor of Breck’s Anniversary Season.  Get a commemorative Breck 50th Anniversary pint glass for $2 with any draft beer purchase at any on-mountain bar over the course of the weekend.

Parking in the Gondola Lots will cost $5 during the week (Mon.-Thurs.) and $10 on weekends (Fri.-Sun.) and Holidays; Beaver Run will be $15 daily and $20 on Holidays. Drive up all season long with four or more people in your vehicle and receive a $5 discount on parking at the Gondola Lots, and Beaver Run Lot.

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Breck’s 50th Birthday Weekend Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 16th:

  • 8:00 a.m. BreckConnect Gondola Operation Begins
  • 8:30 a.m.  Base area chairlifts begin operation
  • 9:00 a.m.  EpicMix Photo birthday booth with free photos at Peak 8
  • 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Winter Dew Tour Snowboard SuperPipe Women Semi-Final
  • 9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ski SlopeStyle Men Semi-Final
  • 10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Snowboard SuperPipe Men Semi-Final
  • 1:45 -4 p.m.   Snowboard SlopeStyle Men Semi-Final
  • 2-4 p.m.  Ski SuperPipe Men Semi-Final
  • 4:30 p.m. Gather on Ridge Street outside the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St. for the start of the Breck Birthday Bash
  • 4:45 p.m. Champagne toast and cupcakes outside the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St.  There will also be a special 50th Anniversary beer from Budweiser and free EpicMix photos & free beer if you wear your Vail Reorts season pass.
  • 5:15 p.m.  Fireworks display (visible from around town), followed by a Ski Legends procession to the free Los Lobos concert at the Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave. (400 VIP tickets are available for free during the champagne toast on Ridge Street starting at 4:30 p.m., but everyone else will be welcome first come first serve when the doors open at 5:30 p.m.  This will be a standing room show – no seats.  No outside alcohol or pets allowed. )
  • 5:30 p.m.  Riverwalk Center doors open
  • 6:00 p.m.  Free Los Lobos Concert – Riverwalk. Prior to the concert, the Breckenridge Ski Resort will be presented with a special Proclamation from Gov. Hickenlooper’s office.
  • 9:00p.m.  “Official Dew Tour After Party” at The Liquid Lounge
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Saturday, December 17th:

  • 8:00 a.m. BreckConnect Gondola Operation Begins
  • 8:30 a.m. Base area chairlifts begin operation
  • 9:00 a.m.  EpicMix Photo birthday booth with free photos at Peak 8
  • 10: a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Winter Dew Tour Snowboard SlopeStyle Women Semi-Final
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Ski SuperPipe Men Final
  • 2 – 2:40 p.m.  Snowboard SuperPipe Women Final
  • 3 -4 p.m.  Snowboard SuperPipe Men Final
  • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Nike Chosen contest – Free at Riverwalk Center lawn
  • 8:30 p.m.  Dew Tour Concert: Yelawolf, with opening act The Knux.  Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Riverwalk Center Box Office. All proceeds donated to SOS Outreach.
  • 10:00 p.m.  “Official Dew Tour After Party” with performance by Prime Element, at Three20South

Sunday, December 18th:

  • 8:00 a.m.  BreckConnect Gondola Operation Begins
  • 8:30 a.m. Base area chairlifts begin operation
  • 9:00 a.m. EpicMix Photo birthday booth with free photos at Peak 8
  • 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.  Winter Dew Tour Snowboard Slopestyle Women Final
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Snowboard Slopestyle Men Final
  • 12:30-2 p.m.  Ski Slopestyle Men Final

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