Breck is a first class resort for experts, if everything is open. Most of the best skiing is on the upper lifts, the T-bar, Imperial and the 6-Chair.
I ended up on Tom's Baby for my last run on the North Slope of Peak 9. Oh Baby! Close to 1,000 ft of super steep moguls, not a good place to catch an edge and tumble down the bowling alley.
The tree skiing on the North side of Peak 10 is very good! Fun Stuff.
Lots of nooks and crannies and pitches to explore off the 6 chair, that would take some time to learn.
Many of the good runs had long fall lines.
The lift system will take you there, but It's very confusing for a first timer.
I only skied Vail one day 15 years ago, but to my recollection, Breck is a completely better mtn for steeps compared to Vail, but not considering the Vail bowls on a powder day.
The bottom line, Breck does not have that rugged, natural atmosphere, because there is so much development and so many lifts. It's easy to give it cheap shots for that - but for the experienced skier who likes the pull of gravity - you can find it there! I have a place to stay near there and I look forward to getting back there and learning the mtn, it is going to take some time.
Maybe it was because I hit A-basin on the wrong day the day before, but as I texted my ski buddy, "I'm so ashamed - I quit at 1"! At Breck I wanted to keep going to the last lift, but reluctantly quite at 3:30 because of travel plans.
I skied the Basin on Saturday and had a complete blast and thought the conditions were primo considering how long it has been since we've gotten significant snowfall. The line at Pali was about 5 minutes most of the day and I was dodging rocks and stumps but that's the Basin in Jan every year.