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Breck E-Chair

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I can't seem to find a map of this area... the map on their sight says see E-chair insert but I can't find it anywhere.  Can anybody help me with this?  Thanks in advance.beercheer.gif

post #2 of 14

Whatcha wanna know?  I can explain it to you as the web map doesn't have it.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Well I know there all these runs like devils crotch, mine shaft, windows, etc. but the I'd like to know where they actaully are in relation to the chair. 

post #4 of 14

On the actual, physical trail map for Breck, the E-Chair insert is located on the back.

post #5 of 14

The E Chair goes up the face with the chutes diagonally and spans most of the chutes. They are all pretty easy to access from the top. You just traverse the ridge where the chutes start until you find the one you want - I don't even know most of the names - just go down the one that looks appealing on the ride up. Unmarked slots in the trees often hold the best snow anyway. You can also access an amazing steep glade called Thread the Needle off the left side of Volunteer - it's separate from the E Chair chutes but is on the same face so I always associate them - there's also something called Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in there somewhere. These can be hard to find so nobody ever skis them. Not on the map, but the entrance is marked with a little postcard and some ropes behind a tree on Volunteer. cool.gif

 

Here's a pic. The thin diagonal line is the chair. The run off Volunteer would start a little to the left of this photo. And of course the Windows are a short hike (correction: traverse with hiking at the end depending on how far you go) to the right:

 

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Edited by LiveJazz - 11/15/11 at 2:15pm
post #6 of 14

You don't have to hike into the windows, you can ski into them skiers left of the top of the chair.  There are many lines in there.  As you come to the bottom, you can either take the high traverse out or ski the creekbed to the bottom.  The creekbed is often skied down to dirt and rocks, and can be a pretty nasty goat track out, so I almost always look for the traverse out.

 

starting from skiers left, you have Toms.  It divides just after the roll-over with Toms Baby being the line to the left.  It is steeper.  To the right is toms proper, which crosses the chair in its bottom section.  This almost always has a dirty diaper with lots of rocks because of the scraping of boarders and intermediate skiers without the skills to ski it.  I almost never ski Toms, but often ski Toms Baby.

 

Skiers right of Toms is Endeavor.  It is almost always bare at the rollover, or bare enough to want to avoid it or find another entrance.  The better entrance is by going through the trees skiers left of the snow fence.  It can be pretty intimidating as it is steep and tight, but generally it is worth the short bushwhack, as the snow is pretty good.  Right of Endeavor is Devils Crotch.  The entrance at the top is almost always a challenge, as the right side is a bunch of rocks and the left has shark finned bumps of large magnitude.  You've got to work your way from the left down to the run on the middle.  It's a bit of puzzle working it out.

 

I almost never ski Devils Crotch, but almost always take the traverse right after the fore mentioned bumps/rocks to either Mineshaft, a run right of Crotch, or Mine Crotch, a narrow tree shot between the two.  Mineshaft generally has some nice snow in it, but watch the rocks at the end of the traverse and on the right side near the top.  The run splits half way down, take whichever looks best.  Also be careful on the traverse, as it can be a bit of a goat track that has rocks and can pitch you into the woods.

 

Ive skied eye of the needle only once.  It generally doesn't have enough snow to make it pleasant, and even after a dump, it can get scrapped down to roots and rocks in short order.  That being said, it is very challenging.  A very tight, very steep run with little room for error.  It ends with the beginning of Mr. toads wild ride, which is more of the same.

 

E chair is some of the best skiing at Breck, particularly when the wind is howling or it is storming.

 

Mike

post #7 of 14

some good info^^^
 

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

You don't have to hike into the windows, you can ski into them skiers left of the top of the chair.  There are many lines in there.  As you come to the bottom, you can either take the high traverse out or ski the creekbed to the bottom.  The creekbed is often skied down to dirt and rocks, and can be a pretty nasty goat track out, so I almost always look for the traverse out.

 

 

Coverage was decent last year with all the snow, but the creek bed out was still not something that I wanted to do again- it wouldn't be so bad if you could stay on one side, but it seemed to cross over much more than I would have liked.  

 

I like some of the terrain off E, but last year it got wind hammered at times and definitely had some spots that were pretty scoured if you went at the wrong time/place.  The nice thing is you can get a good idea of the conditions on the chair up.
 

 

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info guys, so I guess I'll find it on a map once I get there.  What are the possibilities for conditions in the first week of april?  is it also usually really busy then?  I'm guessing super steep moguls like the stuff there would suck if it's really icy and there's gapers sliding all over the place.  Then again I might be one of those gapers myself as I'm coming from the land of sucky skiing, Wisconsin.    

post #9 of 14

I've only been to Breck twice, but both times the runs off E-Chair were noticeably less crowded than most other parts of the resort (other than some of the expert terrain that a lot of people don't even realize exists there, of course).

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by chickenonabun View Post

What are the possibilities for conditions in the first week of april?  is it also usually really busy then?  I'm guessing super steep moguls like the stuff there would suck if it's really icy and there's gapers sliding all over the place.  Then again I might be one of those gapers myself as I'm coming from the land of sucky skiing, Wisconsin.    



April is one of the best months to ski in CO, especially at a high altitude area like Breck. Still very good snow, few tourists, and even most of the locals have switched to summer mode and don't crowd the slopes on weekends. 

 

 

Regarding that goat track back from the Windows, I once had a snowboarder friend fall ass-first into that creek and get stuck there. Priceless. rolleyes.gif

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thats great to hear!

post #12 of 14

^ Also, those specific chutes are north-facing and stay in good shape for a long time.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post



April is one of the best months to ski in CO, especially at a high altitude area like Breck. Still very good snow, few tourists, and even most of the locals have switched to summer mode and don't crowd the slopes on weekends. 

 


Yes, I still fail to comprehend why there are awful lines in November to ski a paltry number of icy snowmaking runs, but come April when almost all runs have

deep snowpack with great mild  weather there is almost NO ONE skiing.

 

 

 

The E chair has a lot of the best terrain at Breck.  It may be a slow double but really delivers the goods.

 

post #14 of 14

Normally, April offers the chance to do some great skiing with much lighter crowds than earlier in the year- mid week you often feel like you have the mountain to yourself some places.  The one caveat this year is that the first week of April is Easter, so there may be a few more families around.

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