Full press release:
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — March 7, 2014 — Breckenridge Ski Resort officials announced today they will extend the resort’s ski season by one additional week, from Monday, April 21 through Sunday, April 27, due to a deep snow pack and terrific conditions that can be expected at Breck’s elevation in the spring. In January, Breck was the snowiest resort in the U.S. and has received more than 28 feet of snow so far this season.
During the past two years Breck has extended their regular season with extra weekends tacked on, and with this year’s significant snowfall, resort officials made the decision to include the extra weekdays as well.
“It’s been such an amazing season for snowfall in Breck that even with a month and a half to go in the regular season, we are confident that we will be able to offer terrific conditions in the extended week,” said Pat Campbell, executive vice president and COO at Breckenridge Ski Resort. “This additional week will be a great way for us to thank our loyal passholders, our locals, and our destination visitors, who now will have the option to book their spring vacations the week after Easter as well.”
Breck will open three of the resort’s signature peaks during the extended week, Peaks 6, 7 and 8, with Rip’s Ride, 5 Chair, Colorado SuperChair, T-bar, Imperial SuperChair, Independence SuperChair, Zendo Chair, and Kensho SuperChair all slated for operation. In past years’ extended seasons, only terrain on Peak 8 was open. This year’s package will give guests another chance to be able ski or ride Breck’s newly-added terrain, Peak 6, during the final days of its inaugural season.
Passes & Tickets
Skiing during this extended week will be free for 2013-14 Vail Resorts season pass holders, whose passes will still operate during the extended week. In addition, Breck will offer a specially-priced, $66 lift ticket for purchase at the ticket windows.
Breckenridge, CO Powder Forecast
Sam Collentine | OpenSnow
For this weekend, a good dose of snow will fall across the highly elevated areas of the Pacific Northwest while moderate to heavy accumulations take aim at Utah and Colorado. Another blast of cold air, accompanied by light snow, will move through the Upper Midwest leading to quiet weather and seasonal temperatures in the Northeast. Bluebird skies will then move into the West on Saturday and Sunday providing a beautiful weekend of spring skiing.
Total accumulated snowfall, according to the American GFS, through Sunday night. Source: WeatherBell.com
Northwest and Lake Tahoe
Rain and highly elevated snow levels will headline the Northwest this weekend. Fresh powder will be abundance in the highly elevated areas on Friday before things quiet down through Saturday. Tropical moisture will then move into the region on Sunday with snow levels again starting out higher especially the further south you go. Look for British Columbia to come away with the highest totals come Monday morning. Lake Tahoe will look much of the same as increasing clouds move into the region on Sunday. As of right now the main precip will move into the region on Sunday night and into Monday morning. This will not be a big snowmaker but it will be nice to soften things up after a warm weekend. Larry and Brian will have all the details throughout the weekend in the Northwest and Tahoe Daily Snow.
Utah and Colorado
Utah and Colorado will see moderate to heavy accumulations through Friday leading to a beautiful bluebird weekend. Thursday night will look to bring up to a foot in the favored locations for Utah providing a very good powder day on Friday. Snow levels will start out high but will lower into Friday morning. 4-8 inches will be the most likely totals on Friday morning with up to a foot in some locations. As for Colorado, snow will quickly pick up on Friday morning and will move into all areas throughout the day. By the afternoon hours the snow will most likely cut-off for areas west of the divide and pick up along and east of the divde. The last chair Friday and the first chair Saturday will be the best time for fresh powder turns. Saturday and Sunday will then be dry and mild with spring like skiing. Evan and Joel will break it all down in the Utah and Colorado Daily Snow.
The main area of energy (vorticity) will push through Utah late Thursday and into Colorado early Friday. One other interesting piece of weather to note will be very heavy rains and possibly snow for the southeast late Thursday and into Friday morning. Source: TwisterData.com
Upper Midwest and Northeast
The Upper Midwest will see another blast of cooler air on Saturday accompanied by light snow showers. The snow will stay contained to the northern reaches of the region as the main push of energy stays in southern Canada. Temperatures will drop quickly as this system moves through on Saturday and it will quickly warm up as it departs on Sunday night. The Northeast will be in for a mostly mild and dry weekend with a slight chance for snow late Sunday night. Temperatures will be mild through most of the weekend ahead of a quick cool down on Sunday. This will quickly move through with any accumulations limited to northern New England. Andrew and Brian will have all the details in the Upper Midwest and New England Daily Snow.
The temperature anomaly, or the departure from the long-term average, as of Saturday. Temperatures will be cooler in the Midwest and Central US while mild temperatures park across the West and East. Source: WeatherBell.com
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Red Bull and Snow Park Technologies have teamed up to create the first ever double pipe consisting of two halfpipes built side-by-side. This will be the first ever snowboarding event of its kind and it will take place at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado on March 19th-23rd, 2014.
The two pipes will be 180 feet wide, 550 feet long, and 22 feet tall with a 4 foot wide spine located in between each pipe. This will make it the largest halfpipe ever built. It will allow the snowboarders to jump from pipe to pipe while utililzing all the specific features. They will include rails, wallrides, and all other unique features yet to be announced. They will be judged on creativity and overall use of the course. The full event schedule, list of riders, and format will be announced in the coming days.
The event will air on NBC, Saturday April 12th at 2pm EST, as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. It will also be FREE to attend.
For full event information head over to Red Bull's official event page.
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