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Skiing: Winter reservations up in Breckenridge

Lodging community recaps strong summer performance

Winter reservations in Breckenridge are pacing ahead of last winter.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Tourism in the high country continues to climb back from the deep  recession, with the Breckenridge Chamber reporting that 2012 summer occupancy and average room rates both climbed in tandem for the first time since 2008.

For now, Breckenridge is outpacing some other resorts in terms of winter reservations, 16 percent ahead of last year at this time, according to Scott Fortner, marketing director for the Breckenridge Resort Chamber.

Fortner said the encouraging trend can partly be attributed to the town’s status as a mature resort that offers plenty of activities along with skiing and snowboarding. Group business has also been increasing, which helps push occupancy rates up, he said. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Celebrating snow

Gotta go with it!

One of the first dustings of winter came in October, portending a snowy winter.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s been a dream ski season in Summit County, and while some of us are ready to break out the flip-flops and bikes, I decided to celebrate winter one last time with some of the best archived snow shots at Summit Voice.

A classic mid-winter view of the Continental Divide, with sunset colors that only come in the heart of the season.

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Skiing: Earliest-ever T-bar opening at Breckenridge

November storm cycle delivers the goods in Colorado

By Jenney Coberly

It’s been an amazing early ski season so far here in Summit County.  I was skiing in powder at Breckenridge this morning and couldn’t resist taking a short video.  I had to shoot it from the base, however, because it was snowing too hard to take out my camera up on the mountain.  That’s a problem I’ll be happy to deal with any day!

Breckenridge just reported on its Facebook page a couple of hours ago that the resort plans to open the T-Bar tomorrow (Nov. 17), the earliest the T-Bar has ever opened in the resort’s 49 year history.

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