Breckenridge opens for the season Friday; price hike coming next year

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Breckenridge opens for season

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — The chair lifts are up and running at Breckenridge ski resort. The mountain officially opened for the season Friday morning.

This year will be the last before hitting the slopes at the popular ski resort will cost you more of your money.

“Just a lucky day to be in Colorado and be here,” said Cheyenne Gapinski, skiing with her 12-year-old daughter Augustine.

A mountain full of luck on Friday the 13th.

Beautiful weather, fresh power and hundreds of people ready to hit the slopes on this November opening day.

“This is right on time for Breckenridge,” said Ashley Smith, Senior Communication Specialist for Breckenridge Ski Resort. With the wait and the preps finally over, now begins studies on traffic flow and parking in the town where ski tourism is key.

Skiing doesn`t come cheap. A day lift ticket costs nearly $160 dollars and next year it will cost even more. To raise millions annually for transit improvements Breckenridge voters recently approved a new admissions tax on day lift tickets which will raise prices by 3.5% or by up to about $6.

“It’s just kind of trade off for what you love to do,” said local Lubos Hlahulek, skiing with his wife and five year old daughter.

For many families season passes are the way to go.

But whether you’re a mountain regular or shred it up just a few times a year, “It’s just so much fun being up on the mountain having that breeze go by,” said Gapinski.

Most say time spent in the crisp Colorado air is worth every penny.

“Every day I’m out here it’s worth it,” said Ullr.

The new admissions tax on day lift tickets goes into effect this summer and will effect ticket prices during the next ski season.