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Extreme/Expert Runs in Breckenridge, Vail, or Beaver Creek?

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I'm going on a trip to colorado with 2 days in vail, and one day each in breck and the beav. I've been to vail and beaver creek lots before, but I have never been to breck. I am familiar with almost all of the EX/double black/difficult runs in all 3 places, I am just looking for the best ones. I also want to know if there is anyway I can hit the Peak 6 EX runs, lake chutes, and other doubles on all 5 peaks in Breck in 1 day. I have been on one run in the stone creek chutes at beaver creek, but I know there are numerous other chutes and entrances for that run, does anyone know the best chutes to try on Stone Creek Chutes? Thanks

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I'm not that familiar with the Stone Creek area -- I've only skied it one day and the lines we took were pretty short so m not the best guide there.

At Breck it is possible to ski all 5 peaks buy frankly you'll be better off focusing a bit more. If you want to hit all 5 your best bet is to take a lesson so not only will you cut the lines, but you'll also have a guide to take you to the best lines. tgeres also the question of efficiently skiing the lines to maximize the amount of terrain you ski. I'm also not familiar with you skills and the snow conditions may also suggest your progression into the mountain.

That being said, I'd probably start at the base of peak 8 with a warmup down an intermediate run like Dukes. Nest, head up the Colorado chair, Chair 6, and Imperial Chair and take the traverse and hike to the top of Peak 7. Ski the ridge and take the Dunes run and ski to the bottom of the Kendo Chair. Next hike to the top,of Peak 6. Traverse all the way south, with the sidestep up and he short hike to the top of 6.5. You can either take the easier line down the north chute or pop over the top into the slightly sketchier nose depending on snow. This is one of the longer steeps in summit county.

Next, traverse through thentop of Ore Bucket and work your way to the base of peak 8 again. Up the Colorado, 6, and Imperial chair again and back to peak 7. You don't have to go to the top. Either ski whales tale and traverse left onto the ridge of peak 7 well above the narrow or take the high traverse onto peak 7. Ski your pick of lines on the other side of the Dunes. Generallym the lower you go,Netherlands steeper it is with the steepest lines being Tele and Sadies, but Magic Carpet and Y Chutes are longer.

Back to the base and repeat the lifts. This time departing the top of Imperial,mike to the top of Peak 8. Traverse around to the Lake Chutes. The easiest line is the big chute (Zoot Chute), but you always dodge the rock bands in the steeper chites before that (Crazy Ivan's). If you are really rowdy, you could attemp the nose but it is a no fall line as if you fall you will be shreded in the rocks around you.

Presuming you are hiking with alacrity. Ski to the bottom of the 6 chair. At the top of the 6!vhair. Take the traverse over the ridge. You can ski the ridge down and drop into contest bowl, or hop over the bridge and into or hop over the ridge and drop into Horseshoe bowl. Ski either line, but don't drop below the Vista house as you need to take the traverse and drop below the 6 chair to the bottom of E chair.

There's tons of lines off of e chair. Some have snow, some are nasty bumps ruined my scraping snowboarders, some are scraped down to dirt roots and rocks and some are sublime. A guide can really help here.

After exploring this area, defund your way to the Mercury chair. There's some short steeper lines in parts of Peak 10, but the long flat runout ruins it for me, so I rarely ski anything on peak 10!oyher than the burn. But it can be really good. Just watch the exit Chites as the are steep, generally are down to dirt, and merge with a flat busy runout that drains a lot of traffic.

Mike
post #3 of 6

The sequence and possibility are depended by wind, new snow and crowd.

 

Too strong wind, will close Peak 6 & 7 or Imperial Express, at least, open delay. Could at the morning, or the afternoon. Maybe you have to wait for reopen some chair for 1 or 2 hours, could be closed at all in the rest of the day.

 

If new snow in the night, the bowls will not be open before10:00 to 10:30 AM, until they finish the security check about avalanche.

 

Maybe you could from the left to the right on the map.

 

1. Get bus to the base of Peak 9.

2. Beaver Run Super.

3. Sizzler + Upper Lehman to the base of Peak 10. Warmup.

4. Falcon Super. Take D-Black trails on the very left of the map. The 4 S-Black trails on the left of Falcon Super are groomed normally. 

 

If 3 times on the left D-Black, plus once for the right of Falcon Super (S-Black, Mogul), it could be 1.2 hours from step 2.

 

5. Back to the base of Peak 10, follow Red Rover, relax, get on Peak 8 SuperConnect.

6. Pass Frosty's Freeway, reach E-Chair (low speed chair).

7. 3 times for E-Chair. (I like it, but low speed.)

 

50 mins

 

8. Peak 8 SuperConnect(upper half) , + 6-Chair(low speed chair), get a rest, :)

9. Change to Imperial Express.

10. EXs on the left of Imperial Express, you have to hike up 5- 10 mins to reach the ridge. 3 times.

 

1 hours

 

11. Back into the warming hut on the top of 6-Chair.

 

20 mins for energy bar and water.

 

12. Imperial Express, go into the right, no hike needed. Down the bowl, pass Peak 7, reach T-Bar.

13. T-Bar. 7mins

14. Down to Imperial Express, 3mins.

15. Imperial Express, 4mins. Continue to the right down bowl.

 

2 hours, for 3-5 times.

 

If possible, on the top of Peak 7, down through The Dunes(I don't know) to get Peak 6. Save 15 mins.

 

16. Peak 6. 1.5 hours.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the info. I'm now thinking breck might be even more fun than vail or the beav.
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Originally Posted by jgiblin415 View Post
 

 I also want to know if there is anyway I can hit the Peak 6 EX runs, lake chutes, and other doubles on all 5 peaks in Breck in 1 day.

Well it's possible, but why bother.  I have done this with people who needed a tour of Breck's steeper terrain for future consideration,  but not to ski the steepest terrain the mountain has to offer. There really isn't anyting steep on Peak 7 below the top of the Independence Chair.  There is some fun (moderately steep bumpy terrain) on the south side of Peak 10.  That's fun in Spring (corn) conditions and fun on a big dump day,  but not terribly steep.

 

Focus on the top of peak 8.  That's the t-bar terrain and the Imperial lift.  That puts all the Lake Chutes in play (assuming patrol has cleared them to open) the front bowl and all the bowls north of the top of the Imperial lift through the gate on peaks 7 & 8. That's more than a days worth right there.

 

If you want to get into some trees and steep runs with bumps go into the valley between 8 & 9 and ski the stuff off E-lift.  It's rare that you see a 5 minute lift line there and round trips are 15-25 minutes depending on how far out you travel or whether you are in the trees or on the trails.

 

Peak 6 has some fun bowls below the top of the lift. For the most part that terrain is slightly less steep than the bowls off Imperial. There are also some tight tree lines accessable w/o hiking. The hike to terrain on Peak 6 is alot like the Lake Chutes.

 

You would barely scratch the surface on all that in 2 days of intense skiing.  

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Originally Posted by jgiblin415 View Post
 

I'm going on a trip to colorado with 2 days in vail, and one day each in breck and the beav. I've been to vail and beaver creek lots before, but I have never been to breck. I am familiar with almost all of the EX/double black/difficult runs in all 3 places, I am just looking for the best ones. I also want to know if there is anyway I can hit the Peak 6 EX runs, lake chutes, and other doubles on all 5 peaks in Breck in 1 day. I have been on one run in the stone creek chutes at beaver creek, but I know there are numerous other chutes and entrances for that run, does anyone know the best chutes to try on Stone Creek Chutes? Thanks

The "best" runs all depends on what you like?  (steeps, powder, trees, chutes, cliffs, other, etc.)  I've ski the Vail/Summit region every year for the last 25 and can give tips with more background.  Have you skied expert level runs at other ski areas?  I ask because Vail/BC has almost no expert terrain.  Breck has some so be careful if it's new to you. 

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