Breckenridge Resort will have a new 22-foot superpipe in its award-winning Freeway Terrain Park on Peak 8 this season, and it will make its debut live on NBC during the Winter Dew Tour's stop Dec. 16-19.
The new superpipe adds more lineage to Breckenridge's long history with snowboarding and freestyle skiing. The resort first hosted The World's over 25 years ago, but at last season's Dew Tour stop some of the world's top snowboarders, including Shawn White and Louie Vito, skipped the event. They felt it wouldn't be productive to their efforts to make their teams, because the old pipe wasn't up to Olympic standards.
"Breckenridge has long been known for having one of the best parks and pipes for as long as I can remember," says 2010 Dew Cup Tour champion J. J. Thomas. "Now with a 22-foot halfpipe on site, it's going to be amazing. It puts them back on top."
Master pipe builder Nick Simon, whose task it is to build the superpipe, says he's stoked.
"This is like a dream come true," said Simon, who has been with the resort for 11 years. "We work hard to keep our parks top-notch, and this allows us to take it to the next level. We're not only boosting the caliber of the halfpipe, but the entire terrain park."
It's the second superpipe in Summit County. Copper Mountain added a 22-foot pipe last season.
"With a superpipe, Breck has solidified its place in the snow industry as the pinnacle of freestyle snowboarding and skiing," said two-time XGames Gold Medalist Steve Fisher. "As a resident and a Breckenridge team rider, I won't need to travel anywhere else to train anymore. I'll only need to travel to compete."
Breckenridge is planning to open for the season Nov. 12.