Use this guide to find the best runs and local spots on Peak 9, part of Breckenridge Ski Resort. With multiple restaurants, chair lifts and terrain ranging from beginner to expert, Peak 9 has everything required for an awesome day of skiing and riding.
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Your First Time:Peak 9 is perfect for first time skiers and riders. Before hitting the hill, consider booking a lesson. Ski and ride school is a great experience and teach you good techniques, mountain safety and help you get a feel for navigating the mountain.
Local tip: Adjacent to Beaver Run is a beginner Poma Lift where you can practice the basics before testing your skills on the higher mountain runs.
For Beginners:The Quicksilver SuperChair is the best lift for beginners on Peak 9. Exit to the left at the top of the lift and take the green run, Silverthorne, which winds under the lift. This run is long, wide and perfect for practicing turns. One you are feeling confident, hit one of the many the tree trails bordering the run.
Local Tip: If you have kids with you hit the Haunted Forest to practice your tree skiing! This fun, extra wide tree trail is filled with cool sculptures and obstacles to ski through. Adults are welcome when accompanied by their kids!
For Intermediate:Peak 9 has a number of great intermediate blue runs. Gold King is a long blue run that runs along the ridge towards Peak 8. To get to Gold King, hop on the Beaver Run SuperChair. Exit to the right then keep your speed up as you pass the Overlook Restaurant and hit the cat track to the left of the two man chair lift. Gold King is a long, groomed blue run with opportunities to cut through the trees or attempt a few moguls.
Local tip: You can also access Gold King from C-chair lift. While this 2 seater lift is not as quick as Beaver Run SuperChair, it typically has a shorter lift line and drops off closer to the top of Gold King.
Running parallel to the Gold King run are the black diamonds Peerless and Volunteer. If you are looking for long mogul runs, Peerless is the best. Volunteer is located to the far skier’s left and is typically less crowded as most people do not follow the cat track all the way to the end. This run is half groomed, half moguls and is great for people of varying ability levels to ski together.
Local tip: Stick to the skier’s right side of Volunteer and look for the short tree run where Gold King merges. This short detour snakes through the trees and drops you back off on Gold King towards the base of Peak 9.
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For Extreme:“E” does not officially stand for extreme, but there is no question the E-Chair has the best extreme terrain on Peak 9. To access E-Chair from Peak 9, stay to the skier’s left side of the Overlook restaurant and take either Devil’s Crotch or Mine Shaft. E-Chair can also be accessed from Peak 8 by taking Frosty’s Freeway.
Local tip: Take a hike from the top of E-Chair on a late season powder day and put down fresh tracks in the Windows. This area is more sheltered from wind and not as visible from the lift making it a hidden gem.
Best Après:The best place for après-ski snacks and libations is Coppertop Bar at the base of the Beaver Run SuperChair. Gather with friends and family over a plate of nachos and craft beer while listening to live music and watching the sun set behind the mountain.
Local tip: Once a week during winter season there is free beer tasting from 4 – 7 pm by the Pub at the Hub inside Beaver Run. Check the schedule so you know when to stop in and sample the latest products from local Colorado brewers.
Photo Credit: Anna Stonehouse