Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Breckenridge Resort Chamber are teaming up to officially welcome summer with a kickoff event the weekend of June 15-17, the two organizations announced today. The weekend before summer begins on June 20th, the mountain community of Breckenridge kicks it off with a three-day celebration of events that honor Breck’s diverse history, with the signature Kingdom Days festival (featuring the legendary Outhouse Races), the Blue River National Repertory Orchestra concert series, and the Breck Town Party, as well as the official opening of the Summer Fun Park at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The Breckenridge Summer Fun Park is back and better than ever this summer, opening June 15th at the base of Peak 8 of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Uniquely situated on the slopes, the Breck Summer Fun Park will feature activities for all ages including the Gold Runner Coaster, Alpine Superslide, Breck Treks guided hikes, 4X4 off-road tours, pony rides, climbing wall, mini golf and more. The Fun Park will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through Sept. 3, and then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through Sept. 16.  Free parking will be available for guests in the Gondola North parking lot. Free shuttle buses will begin service from the gondola lot staring June 15, and the BreckConnect Gondola will start running with FREE service on Saturday, June 16 at 9:00 am

Fun Park visitors can also enjoy dining during the day on the spectacular Ski Hill Grill patio, conveniently located at One Ski Hill Place at the base of the Fun Park.  Sevens restaurant, on Peak 7, will also be open daily beginning June 15th, from 11 a.m. -10 p.m. for both lunch and dinner.

Kingdom Days, June 16-17, brings a robust lineup of free activities including blacksmithing demos, gold panning, historic hikes and more. The annual Outhouse Races, the centerpiece of the weekend, showcases competitors rolling down Ridge Street to vie for the Gold Throne, Silver Moon or Bronze Bucket awards. “Open House on History” tours of Breckenridge historic sites are FREE during Kingdom Days – explore the house of an escaped slave-turned-prominent businessman, pan for gold and much more. Call (970) 453-9767 to reserve space on guided tours.

Beat the summer heat and enjoy the Breckenridge mountain nights; buy 4 nights and get the 5th night FREE all summer long. Visit www.breckresorts.com for the latest deals including fun park packages for all summer! And if you are already thinking about next ski season,book before July 31st and save 30% off lodging for the 12/13 ski & ride season, rooms available for only $104 a night.

For full details on all events taking place in Breck this summer, including new programs for kids, jeep tours and more, and to purchase your Fun Park tickets online, visit www.Breckenridge.com.

Stay connected all year long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge or @breckenridgemtn on Twitter.

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