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Imperial Express Superchair at the Breckenridge Ski Resort

The Highest Chairlift in North America 

In the winter of 2005, the Breckenridge Ski Resort debuted the Imperial Express SuperChair, the highest chairlift in North America.  Reaching an elevation of 12,840 feet, the Imperial Express reaches within 100 vertical feet of Breckenridge's renowned Peak 8 summit.  From here, advanced skiers and riders can access to over 400 acres of black, double black and extreme terrain, previously accessible by a 45 minute hike.     

“As the highest chairlift in North America, accessing some of Breckenridge’s most amazing intermediate and expert terrain, this lift is the crowning touch on an already fabulous resort,” said Roger McCarthy, chief operating officer for Breckenridge Ski Resort.  The Imperial Express SuperChair serves a trend toward increased backcountry use by many skiers and riders, by allowing those with little or no backcountry experience a controlled option to seek out adventure on the mountain.

From the top of the lift, advanced and expert level skiers and riders can challenge themselves in Art’s Bowl, Peak 7 Bowl, North Bowl, Whale’s Tail and the resort’s in-bounds extreme terrain known as the Lake Chutes.  Advanced-intermediates can ski Imperial Bowl, located directly beneath the lift.  New this year will be the addition of Snow White, 150 new acres of steep, above timberline chutes located just beyond the Lake Chutes.

To access the Imperial Express SuperChair at Breckenridge Ski Resort:

  • From Peak 9: Take the Peak 8 SuperConnect and then follow Frosty's Freeway to Chair 6
  • From Peak 8: Follow Frosty's Freeway to Chair 6
  • From the top of the Rocky Mountain SuperChair, take T-Bar and the follow Lone Wolf or Nut Trail to the Imperial Express SuperChair

Imperial Express Chairlift Facts:

  • Imperial Express Peak Elevation: 12,840 ft.
  • Base of Imperial Express Chairlift: 11,901 ft.
  • Vertical Rise: 939 ft.
  • 2.7 minute ride time
  • 2,714.8 ft. in length
  • 9 lift towers
  • Lift capacity of 600 people per hour, upgradeable to 1800 people per hour
  • 15 chairs, upgradeable to 45 chairs

Panoramic Views Include:

  • The town of Breckenridge
  • Baldy Mountain
  • Quandary Peak
  • Ten Mile Range
  • Lake Dillon
  • Keystone Ski Resort


More Information:

Breckenridge Ski Resort Information Page


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