Breckenridge Ski Resort turned 60 years old this ski season! The resort had its official birthday on December 16th, 2021, making the remainder of the 2020/2021 season especially momentous. To celebrate the milestone, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance opened a new exhibit on December 16th called “60 Years of Breckenridge Ski Resort History in 60 Objects.”
This unique exhibit tells the story of how the resort came to be over the years using various artifacts.
“It was important for every object to have its own story,” Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Executive Director Larissa O’Neil told the Summit Daily. “… We just felt like we could do a neat job of doing a display that wasn’t chronological, that wasn’t along a timeline, that was just a funky collection of things that together tell this complete history in a unique way.”
The display, which has been in the works for a year, is the product of cost-cutting initiatives during the pandemic with the recognition that a major community milestone was approaching.
The alliance owns around half of the pieces, while the other half was donated by members of the community. The pieces include a variation of clothing, advertisements, materials from the resort’s future over the years, trail maps, and more. More notable objects include skis from ski racer Jean-Claude Killy, and snowboards that highlight the fact that Breckenridge was the first major resort to allow snowboards.
The exhibit will be open for the duration of the 2021-2022 ski season and can be viewed on the second floor of the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St.
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