FREESKIER Fest rocks Breckenridge; draws top name pros and huge crowd
As you may recall, FREESKIER Fest set the party bar mighty high in the 2015-16 season, bringing skiers together for raging good times in places like Boston, Denver, Aspen, Breckenridge, Crested Butte and beyond. The festing was so, so good that forgoing another party tour in 2016-17 was simply out of the question. We wasted little time before getting the proverbial party steamroller back up to speed; said steamroller just rumbled through Breckenridge—one of our favorite ski towns and thereby a perennial stop on the party tour—and if you weren’t there… well, you missed out, big time.
Yesterday, launching from our HQ outside of Boulder, CO and traveling by way of our brand spankin’ new, spaceship-like vehicles (the Range Rover Evoque, by Land Rover, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport), our squadron made its way up to Breckenridge. Stoke was high knowing that a foot-plus of snow had graced the ski resort over the past handful of days. That meant great skiing opportunities for us, (schwing!), and it also meant skiers with a penchant for cutting loose would be out in droves.
We set up shop at Cecelia’s Night Club—our preferred venue for clubbing in the famed Colorado ski town. With a promise of free beer, music courtesy of Wick-It The Instigator and a tram-load of awesome prizes and giveaways, it wasn’t long before the place was absolutely jam-packed.
A who’s who of skiing athletes and industry VIPs joined in on the fun, as expected. Notable athletes on site included the winningest X Games skier of all time, Tanner Hall; four-time X Games gold medalist, Sammy Carlson; living legend, Candide Thovex; film star and slayer of backcountry lines, Sean Pettit; big-mountain assassin Lexi duPont; Norwegian big air and slopestyle stunner, PK Hunder; stars of TGR Films, Johnny Collinson and Todd Ligare; backcountry aficionado, Amie Engerbretson; Michelle Parker, Tanner Rainville, Ahmet Dadali, Colter Hinchliffe, Marcus Caston, Joffrey Pollet-Villard and many more.
Amid all of the dancing and celebrating, we even managed to host a rap battle; the winners of said battle were showered with free ski gear, including a shiny, new pair of K2 Pinnacle 95s.
We also dished out more swag, party favors and free beer than one could possibly imagine.
By the end of the night, piles of snow were stacking outside of the venue, across town and also across the ski resort. As folks parted ways shortly after 2:00 a.m. they did so with high hopes for a powder-filled Friday.
— Jess (@The_Jessicak) December 7, 2016
All told, it was a wildly successful, super-fun affair. We’re always honored to post up in Breckenridge with some of skiing’s very best, alongside hordes of eccentric locals. From here, we carry on to Crested Butte and Telluride, where we’ll be hosting a couple of swanky après soirées. And it won’t be long before another edition of FREESKIER Fest is upon us; stay tuned for info on that, coming soon.
For those interested in shredding at Breckenridge in the near future or later in the ski season, we’ve compiled the essential local beta for you, below.
Local Beta: Breckenridge Resort
Ski: “Breck” is well known for its world class terrain parks, specifically Freeway and Park Lane. Whether it’s massive jumps, the 22-foot superpipe or the plethora of creative jibs, rails and bonks, these parks have everything you need. Those looking for steeper terrain and challenging big-mountain offerings will find the goods on Peak 6 (this zone was brand new for the 2013-14 season), the Horseshoe Bowl and the terrain off of the Imperial Express chair.
Eat: The Overlook Restaurant provides Insta-worthy views from the top of Peak 9 and guests can enjoy a local favorite: hot and flaky Harvest Turkey Pot Pie.
Drink: The T-Bar, located at the base of Peak 8, is the ideal on-hill happy hour venue. Kick back on the patio with a beer and some appetizers (pretzel bites with charred poblano queso, anyone?) and watch skiers throw down in Breck’s Park Lane and Freeway terrain parks.
Stay: If you’re looking for luxurious digs, One Ski Hill Place is your ticket. The hotel, located at the base of Peak 8, features two bowling lanes, a restaurant, two movie theatre rooms, a spa and aquatics center and more. The DoubleTree by Hilton, near Peak 9, is also a great option, as well as the many condo options in the Village at Breckenridge.
What’s new at Breck: The Pioneer Cross restaurant opens this December, at the top of the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7. The 490-seat eatery will offer everything from soups to international cuisine, and will overlook the expansive Summit County.