If you haven’t gotten your opening day fix yet (and even if you have — ’cause after all, no true skier or rider can celebrate opening days of the season enough), head over to Breckenridge Ski Resort. It cranks up its chairlifts at 9 a.m. Friday Nov. 9 on Peak 8.

But I suggest taking in all the perks before Breck’s bullwheels start turning. Roll out of bed way early on Thursday, Nov. 8, and local coffee shops will duly reward you. But I’m serious when I say the early bird catches the coffee — Free coffee and commemorative Breckenridge mug giveaways start at 7 a.m. and only continue until the mugs last. And these mugs don’t last long.

If you miss out on coffee Thursday, you have one more chance for free goodlies, IF you show up on the Ski Hill Grill Plaza at 8:30 a.m. Friday. This one’s worth getting out of bed for: free cinnamon rolls. They’re Breckenridge Ski Resort’s new signature sweet.

Last year, it was cupcakes. This year, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s signature sweet is cinnamon rolls.

Plus, a complimentary champagne toast, courtesy of Moet & Chandon, takes place at 8:30 a.m. on the plaza. You also have two chances to win a bottle of Veuve Clicquot — and many more prizes — at 8:45 a.m., and for the latecomers, 2 p.m at the plaza. KSMT will be rockin’ the base, while TBar offers drink specials throughout the day and DJ DC spins favorites — and gives a special shout out to honor veterans, as part of Veterans Weekend.

The lifties at Breckenridge Ski Resort are buttering up Ullr big time (and who wouldn’t, after last season) by giving him first chair. He rides up with his new-found buddies from Denver — winners of the “Find Ullr” contest.

And, if you like starting your season out like a roller coaster ride, head over to The Gold Runner coaster, which opens for the season at 11 a.m. Friday.

If you’re driving to Breckenridge Ski Resort, you can park for free in the Airport lot and take the shuttle, or pay $12 Fridays through Sundays (it’s $5 Mondays through Thursdays). The Beaver Lot, which is a short walk away from the gondola, costs $15 daily, $20 on peak days. Carpoolers with four or more riders save $5 in both lots.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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