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.
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.