While Breckenridge’s latest addition, Peak 6, offers some incredible hike-to extreme terrain, one of its major draws is above-treeline blue runs. Breckenridge’s wide-open bowls are typically limited to runs rated black and harder; however Peak 6 opens that high-alpine experience to families who are happy sticking to blues. Check out these tips for skiing Peak 6 with kids, courtesy family travel expert Eileen Ogintz:

1. Mind the weather
Those not used to high alpine terrain will quickly discover that visibility can drop quickly when it gets windy, cloudy, or snowy. If it’s the first time for bowl skiing, venture out on a nice, sunny day.

Breckenridge includes a huge mix of terrain for families of all levels, and it’s an easy place to explore. Photo by Liam Doran

Breckenridge includes a huge mix of terrain for families of all levels, and it’s an easy place to explore. Photo by Liam Doran

2. Bring snacks
Light snacks and drinks are available at the Peak 6 warming hut. Still, stash some goodies in everyone’s pockets for that extra burst of energy on the traverse back to Peak 7.

3. Be prepared to explore
Don’t let the sway of Peak 6 pull your family too far from Peaks 7-10. The other 2,893 acres includes 8 magic carpets for beginners and one run – Four O’Clock – that is 3.5 miles long. Overall the mountain includes a huge mix of terrain for families of all levels, and it’s an easy place to explore.

Read the original story or check out Eileen’s Breckenridge trip diaries at TakingTheKids.com.

Eileen Ogintz is considered a leading national expert on family travel and is often quoted in major publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times as well as parenting and women’s magazines on family travel.

Winter or summer, Breckenridge lets families reconnect or split up to explore their passions. See activity ideas, fun for under $20, and family lodging deals at GoBreck.com.

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