Skiers, rejoice. Breckenridge Resort in Colorado will be opening a new mountain, Peak 6, for the 2013-2014 season. Billed as “the biggest ski resort expansion in North America in more than a decade,” the new mountain will add more than 543 acres of terrain. (400 of the acres will be lift-serviced, and more than 140 acres will be “hike-to-terrain.”) Adding a 23% increase to the resort’s skiable acreage, the expansion is noteworthy because of the altitude.
Not only will it have the highest chair lift in North America, the new peak will have lots of high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing. As one of the country’s most famous ski resorts, Breckenridge already has almost 3000 acres starting at a base elevation of 9,600 feet. A contest was held for fans to name the new trails, and 25 submissions (of 1800!) were chosen. No word yet on the official inauguration date, but the resort’s website has a series of cool videos documenting the project’s progress.