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Breckenridge Epic Discovery opens for summer on June 9 with ziplines, alpine coaster and more

By: Phil Lindeman, The Summit Daily
June 8, 2017 Updated: June 8, 2017 at 11:05 am
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Activities at the Peak 8 Fun Park at Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo by Carl Scofield, Vail Resorts.

So long, Breckenridge Fun Park. Say hello to Epic Discovery.

On Friday morning, Breckenridge Ski Resort welcomes the first batch of guests to its brand-new, state-of-the-art theme park in the mountains, aka Epic Discovery. The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Sept. 4, with a bonus weekend from Sept. 8-10. Adult admission is $82 (7 years old and older) and children's admission is $57 (3-6 years old), and both grant all-day access to more than a dozen alpine-themed activities, from the classic Gold Runner Alpine Coaster to the new Expedition zip line on Peak 7 and Alpineer Challenge Course on Peak 8.

"For Breck, and all of our guests across Vail Resorts, this is about getting our summer guests into the forest," said Kristen Petitt Stewart, communications director for the resort. "When you're skiing you're always in the natural environment, but for summer in the past, you've been sticking around the base area. This will help people get into the White River National Forest."

The Breckenridge Epic Discovery is modeled after similar projects at Vail Mountain — home to the first collection of Vail Resorts-owned ropes courses and zip lines — but that doesn't mean they're all cut from the same cloth, according to resort officials. Each Epic Discovery hub is designed to include elements from the surrounding towns and U.S. National Forest land. At Breck, that means local wildlife like deer and mountain goats, ecology like the high-alpine wetlands of Cucumber Gulch, and the area's long, storied mining history.

"The thing that differentiates this from Vail or Tahoe is that our interpretive opportunities are about Breckenridge, specifically," Petitt Stewart said. "We worked with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance to talk about what makes us unique, about our particularl slice of the national forest and town history, because that is what sets us apart from the others."

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