10th Apr, 2012

Now Comes Breckenridge Real Estate in the 1970s

Peak 9 opened at Breckenridge Ski Resort in 1971. Breckenridge Colorado real estate at the bottom of the mountain surged in popularity overnight.  Tremendously diverse, the features of Peak 9 make the mountain fun for all skill levels:  steep terrain, speed trails, tree skiing, massive moguls, beginner trails, and moving carpets.

The culture of Peak 9 Breckenridge CO real estate morphed to serve increasing numbers of visitors.  Luxury ski homes and condominiums filled in the forested foothills at the bottom of Peak 9.  Today buyers can find historic Breckenridge homes, ski-in chalets, condominiums, and townhomes at Breckenridge Peak 9.

Picking up where we left off in a previous posting, “Breckenridge Ski Resort and Real Estate in the 1960s,” we echo information by Janice Kurbjun posted in the Summit Daily News (11/27/11).”When Peak 9 opened in 1971, lift operators loaded the A lift with Coors kegs to do the final load test.  That is just an example of what makes Breckenridge what it is – a laid-back resort intertwined with personalities of all types.”

Aspen Ski Corporation purchased Breckenridge Ski Corporation at the beginning of 1970 and dedicated millions of dollars to future trails and chairlifts.For the 1971-72 ski season when Peak 9 first opened, Breckenridge added two new chairlifts and 200 acres of new trails.  The resort had only a handful of trails in the southern portion of the Ten Mile Range.  Back then, Peak 9 was called Royal Tiger Mountain and Peak 8 was known as Breckenridge Mountain.  The Inferno trail was added before the 1975-76 ski season.

Everything had grown since the opening of the ski area in 1961.  The number of skiers increased from 17,000 to 271,213 by the year 1972.  Prices rose from $4 to $6.50.  There were already 58 ski instructors to fill the demand. Art Bowles, a snowcat operator employed since 1961, became the general manager in 1976.

As the decade rolled on, skier visits multiplied.  The 1975-76 season experienced 500,000 visits.  By the 1979-80 season, there were 750,000 visitors.  Prices increased regularly.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation purchased Breckenridge Ski Corporation in 1978.  The buyer invested the huge profits from the tremendously successful movie “Star Wars” into building Colorado’s first alpine slide and first summer tourist attraction.

The Summit Daily article tells how Kevin Ahern, the Breckenridge Ski Patrol director, grew up in the community at the time Breckenridge was transitioning between its beginnings as a mining community to a recreation and ski area.  The changes made by the Aspen Skiing Corporation transformed the town into a “full-blown ski resort,” he fondly recalls.  Large numbers of investors actually helped turn the ski area into a world-class adventure.

Ahern described Breckenridge as the best thing in the world for himself and his siblings.

For information about buying real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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