April 25, 2013

Breckenridge Facts

  • Town folklore suggests that the town of Breckenridge is named after President of the United States James Buchanan's Vice-President, John Cabell Breckinridge (spelt differently).

  • Originally a gold mining town, Breckenridge's population plummeted to 51 people by 1870 as a result of hard times for mining brought on by the Civil War.

  • Breckenridge's ski resort opened in 1961.

  • The town of Breckenridge is only 40 miles from Leadville, Colorado, another 19th century mining town, and former home of the 'unsinkable' Molly Brown who survived the Titanic.

  • According to the National Climactic Data Center, winds reaching 60 mph can be strong enough to uproot trees.

  • A snow cat weighs 20,000 lbs.

  • The verb, 'to spackle' is thought to come from the German noun, spachtel, which means putty knife.

  • The half-pipe as an event in ski and snowboard competitions has origins in skateboarding and surfing.

  • The first half-pipe built for a snowboard competition was built in 1983.

  • In 1986, Breckenridge was the first resort outside of California to allow the construction of a half-pipe on their resort grounds for a competition.

  • Although most mountains provide training, there is no state-issued license required to drive a Snowcat.

  • It can be a 14+ hour drive from SPT headquarters in Verdi, Nevada to Breckenridge, Colorado. Much of the drive is spent on I-80 in Nevada, which retraces a lot of the historic California trail that gold-seekers traveled by in the 19th Century Gold Rush.

  • In 1976, the Winter Olympics were held in Austria, but they were initially supposed to be held in Colorado. However, the city of Denver turned down the opportunity to host the games, and is the only city to have done so.

  • Snow weight varies depending on water content.

  • Lighter, dryer snow can weigh as little as seven pounds per cubic foot; however, wetter snow can way upwards of twenty pounds per cubic foot.

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