Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features an astronaut’s view of Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, which located about 80 miles west of Denver.
The resort is made up of more than 100 trails on the eastern side of Tenmile Range, a portion of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Even though this photograph was captured on May 1, 2021, snow is still covering the trails. The Tenmile Range retains snow at higher elevations into the summer months.
In the years since its first peak was opened to skiers in 1961, Breckenridge Ski Resort has expanded to nearly 3,000 skiable acres, 34 chair lifts, and 191 trails. North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be described as the northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea, and to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean. Because it is on the North American Tectonic Plate, Greenland is included as part of North America geographically. North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the Earth’s land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is the third-largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory