I have skied all of 3 days at Breckenridge.
Once in '90. (mid-week in January)
Once in '91. (mid-week in January)
Once in '93. (mid-week in March)
I vowed after each day that I would never return and while I broke my promise in '90 and '91, I have remained faithful to my '93 vow. I took to heart the "3 strikes and you are out" adage. Now for some history...before my first day at Breckenridge in '90 the buddy that I went with had probably skied a total of 2 or 3 days at Breck and told me "it's always windy and icy here and full of beginners.": Well, what was I supposed to think when my first day there would be described as "windy and icy and full of beginners"? When I came back the next year, I had an open mind and thought I was probably influenced by my pre-conceived notions. I was staying at a condo in Breck and after skiing a day at Keystone (which was great) and a day at Copper (which was great) I figured I would give Breck a second chance on Day 3. While I spent most of the day lapping Lift 6 and the Boneyard, I came away underwhelmed again because Peak 10 was again worthless (wind-scoured) and Peak 9 was either (a) flat or (b) a mess of bodies on their first trip ever to Colorado. While I concede that my sample size was horribly deficient, I now had pretty deep feelings about what Breck had to offer, especially compared to the other Summit County locales. As they say, time heals all wounds and two years later I was ready to forgive the past and spend my hard-earned dollars on another day at the Breck. Lo and behold, even though I thought I would do things differently due to the mistakes of the past, it was still the same ole clustermuck...Peak 10 was hard and icy. Peak 9 was flat and full of out-of-control skiers. Peak 8 was really the only place to ski and even that was fairly limited. 3 days spread out over a four-year period...3 negative experiences. Why would I ever go back when I have had nothing but positive experiences at Copper, Keystone and A-Basin? In addition, whenever I share my Breck experiences, everyone I talk to agrees with me...their experience has been the same!?!
Twenty years have passed. I have done a lot of skiing at a lot of different places during that time and every one of those trips far exceeds what my experience at Breck was. However...Breck has changed. Peak 7 was added. And now there is even Peak 6. Lots of people talk favorably about their days at Breck (though there are also a number who vocalize exactly what my thoughts are based upon my 3 days in the early 90s).
But here's the thing, I'm now in my mid-40s (Level 7) who only gets to ski about 4-5 days a year. Does the current version of Breck even have something for me? I just can't imagine spending one of my few opportunities on the slopes at Breck when there are so many places I would rather be (Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, Telluride, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, etc. etc. etc.). Please tell me if I am wrong.