Happy Birthday Breckenridge!

The Colorado resort turns 50 on Friday and plans to celebrate it’s monumental season in style. Check out the schedule of events for Breck’s birthday weekend.

Words: Breckenridge

Breck’s 50th Birthday Weekend is upon us! Breck is making it a weekend to remember with a huge series of events planned to coincide with the resort’s 50th birthday on Friday, Dec. 16.

In honor of the 1961 opening of the resort, 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, and the celebrations will continue throughout the weekend.

The 2011 Winter Dew Tour also kicks off its national tour during Breck’s Birthday weekend, with a slew of competitions and parties planned all weekend!

Breck’s 50th Birthday Weekend Schedule of Events:

FRIDAY, DEC. 16:
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 Resorts 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 4:30pm, but everyone else will be welcome first come first serve when the doors open at 5:30pm. 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, Breck will be presented with a special Proclamation from Gov. Hickenlooper’s office.
9:00p.m. “Official Dew Tour After Party” at The Liquid Lounge

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:
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 rail jam contest – FREE @ 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.
10:00pm “Official Dew Tour After Party” with performance by Prime Element, at Three20South

SUNDAY, DEC. 18
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

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 only $2 with any draft beer purchase at any on-mountain bar over the course of the weekend!

Parking
Gondola Lots will be $5 during the week (Mon-Thurs) and $10 on weekends (Fri-Sun) and Holidays; Beaver Run will be $15 daily and $20 on Holidays. Carpool and Save! 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.

Lodging
Early season deals are now available at DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge with rooms starting from $116 per night weekdays. Offer valid for new reservations only and may not be combined with any other offer. Additional fees and taxes apply. Reservations may be made at Breckenridge.Doubletree.com or 888-355-6318.