Imperial Express is now open!

This past Saturday, February 5th, the Breckenridge Ski Resort opened the Imperial Express lift. Topping out at 12,840′, it is the highest chairlift in North America. Thanks to social media, I found out last Friday that ski patrol was planning to open Imperial around noon on Saturday. After getting my kid off to the Breck Bombers weekend lessons and running a few errands, I set my sights on getting up on the t-bar by late morning. Although the lines looked long for the Independence Lift at the base of Peak 7, I quickly advanced through the singles line and was on the chair in under 10min. After a couple of laps in the front bowl, I rode the t-bar and skiied down to the base of the Imperial Express lift. Not suprisingly, there were about 300 others who had the same idea. I waited in line for about 45mins, and then the lift operator finally loaded the first chair, to the hoots and hollers of many stoked skiers and riders.

Even though I was about the 15th chair, the front of Imperial Bowl was getting tracked very quickly, so I decided to ski over the ridge and drop in to Whale’s Tail. What a great decision that was. ┬áMy skis were met with consistent shin-deep powder for a couple dozen turns, before I traversed over to Peak 7 and skiied Art’s Bowl. Easily my best day of the year.

Just seconds after I dropped in on Whale’s Tail.

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