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post #31 of 51
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LOL. I meant they should call it "devil's shaft"! In any case, if you can get someone to show you the way, that would be best. There's a more-open path that is a good plan; one time I went in there without realizing that there's a certain path, and I ended up bushwacking and taking 20 minutes to get out. My group was pretty concerned by then.

 

Toilet Bowl is fuuuuuuun. Low angle, so it's hard to get into too much trouble. Says me. The trees on the other side of the Northstar are also fun, but I think there's less of a clear path than there is in Toilet Bowl.


What happened to you is exactly what happened to me the first time going down Needle's Eye, I went to the skiers right and ended up grabbing trees and slowly letting myself down the whole run. Easily took over 30 minutes due to the length and steepness of the run. Quick question, I've skied the Zute chute on lake chutes a few times, and was wondering how the peak six extreme terrain compares to it in difficulty, and fall danger.

 

This (and the fact that it was in the wrong direction from where I was headed) was exactly why I didn't check out Needle's Eye when I skied by it. Never been in there; solo consequential tree skiing; running late to meet with friends. It felt like I'd be tempting fate.

 

So, to be honest, I've only hiked Lake Chutes once, and Peak 6 twice. There's a lot of good skiing that doesn't require hiking, and I'm a slow hiker, so I get self conscious about being in the way. I've been told that if you turn right at the top of Peak 6 (Beyond bowl), it's similar to  Whale's Tail. This matched my experience yesterday. If you turn left, I've been told it's more like Lake Chutes. My one run on that side was late in the day, flat light, and again I was alone and it was the first time I'd skied that area, so I chose a seemingly safe spot in the cornice and gingerly dropped in. In Lake Chutes, I *think* the run I took was 9 Lives, but I'm not sure - it was a few years ago, when I was a much less competent steeps skier. Anyway, I'm not the best to opine on these runs - @habacomike @MastersRacer ?

post #32 of 51
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It's on my bucket list of places I have to visit someday!:yahoo:

Even though I had skied most of the major mountains in CO, before this year I had never skied Breckenridge.  Now I have seven days there, three in Feb and four in March and I fell in love with the place.  During those two months Breck seemed to consistently have the best snow conditions of all the Vail Resorts in Eagle and Summit counties.  Negatives:  I did see some large crowds at the base of Peak 8 on several days, but I just stayed out of the base areas and lift lines were very tolerable everywhere else higher up on the mtn.  The green circle runs around the base of Peak 9 are full of fast moving low skill people and a prime area for collisions.  Again, the fix is to spend as little time there a possible.  Positives:  the high alpine open bowls above Peak 6 and Imperial retain better quality of snow than the back bowls of Vail.  There is good advanced bumps and/or glades from almost every upper mtn lifts such as the t-bar, 6 chair, e chair, the superconnect, and falcon.  I saw significant fresh snow on three of my seven days there.  I enjoyed excellent spring conditions there twice in late March.  The mountain has a lot of fun variety and seemed to often be in the path of the limited number of storms that swept through CO this year.  The only knock I can think of is the that because of the high elevation it's not a fun place to visit for just a short three day visit.  By the time you start to get adjusted it's time to go home.  But with this year being a less that robust snow year in CO, that same high elevation really helped in preserving the snow compared to many other mountains. 

Pretty much all the terrain is steeper than depicted in my photos below.

 

The bowl to skier's right off Peak 6 Kensho chair: 

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The bowl to skier's right off Peak 6 Kensho chair with North Chute and other hike to trails in background.

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Skier's left off Imperial lift to Whale's tail:

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The hike-to terrain of the Lake Chutes above the imperial chair:

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Psychopath off 6 Chair .

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The bumps on Mustang trail on Peak 10:

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Heading into Needle's Eye in the E chair area:

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The Windows Glade, also off E chair.

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post #33 of 51

"The Windows" are generally considered an area, with each line being numbered or in some cases named. Each of the lines has something special to offer. This is probably exceptionally nitpicky; it's just jarring to see the entire area referenced in one picture. Um. This may not make sense outside of my head. Normally I'd see a picture like that captioned "Window #2" or something. In fact, I suspect that's either 2 or 3.

post #34 of 51
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*blink* I just skied past the sign for Needle's Eye yesterday. And, nice try, no, I'm not sharing them. The people who told me would slit my throat in the middle of the night! Or more to the point, they wouldn't share any more goodies with me. Oddly enough, I've never skied Needle's Eye.

 

Okay, one - Minecrotch is a tree run between Devil's Crotch and Mineshaft. I still say they should use the reversed combination of names ... 

 

Toilet Bowl is definitely one of my favorites.


I've always heard the run between Devils' Crotch and Mineshaft called Minedump.

 

Avoiding Needles Eye if you are not skiing with a partner is a wise decision.  It is not an area you want to go into by yourself and get hurt. 


Edited by skiwithjohn - 4/7/15 at 10:09am
post #35 of 51

I am bringing a group of 20 people from the Chicago area to Breck next week, April 11-18.  I'm hoping they get to experience Breck at its best when the place is empty.

 

Closing week is my favorite time at Breck.  No one is there, no lift lines and you often get blessed with some awesome spring corn and/or some major dumps of snow.  Some of my best powder days at Breck have been during the last week of the season when I was working there all winter.

post #36 of 51
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The bowl to skier's right off Peak 6 Kensho chair: 

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Actually skier's left.

Drift off to the right from here for nice tight trees.

 

Nice post.

post #37 of 51

This was my first Big Rocky Mountain ski experience back in 1982.  Even as it was back then I'd take it as someplace I could be happy skiing exclusively (when not too crowded) for the rest of my life.  There really isn't anything this resort doesn't serve up frequently.  There may be bigger, steeper, deeper, wheatever-er..  but this place, especially now with the expansions and chairs along with the tbar going to the summits Y2K version seems to have some of everything for everyone.  I've only been fortunate enough to get to ski about a half dozen Rocky Mountain resorts and I would ordinarily pick a new place each time I get to travel out that way... but if I had to pick one of the ones I've already got a hat from to go to next on any given day it would be Breck..

post #38 of 51
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Actually skier's left.

Drift off to the right from here for nice tight trees.

 

Nice post.


Are you talking about the trees towards the bottom of Wonderland?  They are pretty good and very few people ski them.

post #39 of 51

Both Lake Chutes and Sixth Senses have no fall zones and wide open steep chutes. Both can be scoped out from their respective lifts. I don't usually ski no fall zones as I'd rather live to ski another day and I don't like mandatory air. I have hiked a lot more on Peak 6 than 8 as of late because it seems to get abused less since it has more acreage. On any given powder day you can ski the far north boundary of Beyond and get good lines up until lift close. The out is not much fun with the funnel into the long traverse. @bounceswooshexperienced an alternate route out (possibly to her chagrin) that landed us in Wonderland. A great place to end up on just about any day.

 

I don't really understand the dissing of Breck, but I'm happy to have people think it is too busy with too long a lift lines. I can show you plenty of steep although I may choose to meet you at the bottom of it. Sunday was a glorious sunny day and I never waited in line. Top or bottom; I didn't go to base of 8 or 7 which I agree are usually busier but they also don't draw me for their terrain. Kensho has surprisingly short and/or quick lines even on powder days.

 

If you commit to a hike, you can get uncrowded steep or wide open moderate terrain on 8, 7 and 6. The hikes are trivial but they weed out 99% of those that were on the lift in the first place. If you can't breath you can't hike and it takes a long time to get your breath back, so don't lose it in the first place. Just remember: slow and steady wins the race. And most that hike don't bother to go to the extremes of the hike to terrain. They just put their skis on, slide to an open spot and jump in.

post #40 of 51
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@bounceswooshexperienced an alternate route out (possibly to her chagrin) that landed us in Wonderland. A great place to end up on just about any day.

 

I like to explore =) I just need to stop sacrificing pants. It was surreal to be standing at that spot in the rock "traverse" and realize that, in a resort I ski all the time, I was standing at a spot where the view was completely unfamiliar. Very cool.

post #41 of 51
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Actually skier's left.
Drift off to the right from here for nice tight trees.

Nice post.


Are you talking about the trees towards the bottom of Wonderland?  They are pretty good and very few people ski them.

Yep, I am.
post #42 of 51
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I like to explore =) I just need to stop sacrificing pants. It was surreal to be standing at that spot in the rock "traverse" and realize that, in a resort I ski all the time, I was standing at a spot where the view was completely unfamiliar. Very cool.

 

I was beginning to wonder if you enjoyed the whole experience when you were mentioning bad decisions you had made that day in another thread. :o) While you saw me in my Arctica pants that day, I used to ski in Carhartt Shoreline pants all the time. I got them for work as a coach. They have double layers where needed and are bombproof. Unfortunately they only come in black.

 

I'm glad you liked the new perspective. This is a spot I found one day that at the time was new to me:

 

I think this is may actually be looking back at the traverse we came across on.

post #43 of 51
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I like to explore =) I just need to stop sacrificing pants. It was surreal to be standing at that spot in the rock "traverse" and realize that, in a resort I ski all the time, I was standing at a spot where the view was completely unfamiliar. Very cool.

 

I was beginning to wonder if you enjoyed the whole experience when you were mentioning bad decisions you had made that day in another thread. :o) While you saw me in my Arctica pants that day, I used to ski in Carhartt Shoreline pants all the time. I got them for work as a coach. They have double layers where needed and are bombproof. Unfortunately they only come in black.

 

I'm glad you liked the new perspective. This is a spot I found one day that at the time was new to me:

 

I think this is may actually be looking back at the traverse we came across on.

OK, I give. Where are you standing?

post #44 of 51
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I was beginning to wonder if you enjoyed the whole experience when you were mentioning bad decisions you had made that day in another thread. :o) While you saw me in my Arctica pants that day, I used to ski in Carhartt Shoreline pants all the time. I got them for work as a coach. They have double layers where needed and are bombproof. Unfortunately they only come in black.

 

I sometimes do exaggerate for effect. I come from kind of a "fish story" family. Our #1 rule in storytelling is, "Who's telling this story, anyway?" Never let facts get in the way of a good story!

post #45 of 51
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OK, I give. Where are you standing?

 

Wonderland, pretty far along the rope line from the gate and down a little. I was looking for the dramatic shot. The prominent chute is on Peak 5, the north edge of the ravine that is 'permanently closed'. I think the shot is deceptive for a couple reasons: 1) you don't see the continuity to the ski area and 2) I'm in a spot you wouldn't normally go unless you huck the rock in the picture, but then you wouldn't be looking that direction. :-)

post #46 of 51

Here is a photo from late March 2015 of the Six Senses area when I climbed up Peak 6.  Some photos I posted earlier in a Breck trip report thread showed three friends skiing in the area of the far North Chute a few days later.

This might be wonderland or close to it.  This is a one foot snowfall on Presidents Day 2015, skier is Fatbob:

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I can't tell if that is wind blown snow or if those are tracks. Is that line worth searching out?

post #48 of 51
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OK, I give. Where are you standing?

 

Wonderland, pretty far along the rope line from the gate and down a little. I was looking for the dramatic shot. The prominent chute is on Peak 5, the north edge of the ravine that is 'permanently closed'. I think the shot is deceptive for a couple reasons: 1) you don't see the continuity to the ski area and 2) I'm in a spot you wouldn't normally go unless you huck the rock in the picture, but then you wouldn't be looking that direction. :-)

 

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I can't tell if that is wind blown snow or if those are tracks. Is that line worth searching out?

Whoops. Meant to quote that.

post #49 of 51
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I like to explore =) I just need to stop sacrificing pants. It was surreal to be standing at that spot in the rock "traverse" and realize that, in a resort I ski all the time, I was standing at a spot where the view was completely unfamiliar. Very cool.

I accidentally found that alternate exit out of Peak 6 as well last year.  It was... fun... and technically challenging...

post #50 of 51
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I can't tell if that is wind blown snow or if those are tracks. Is that line worth searching out?

 

It isn't in a location that is hard to get to, per se. I just happened to stop to scope out lines and saw the view was a good one so I took a picture. Usually you'd be looking down the hill at this point.

If you follow the rope line from the entrance in the snow fence all the way to the skier's left until the rope ended, you'd be at the rocks in the middle of the picture. Most people don't go that far along the rope, I guess. When I skied there last week coming from the other direction, people had been skiing the pitch between me and the rocks; we were the first in recent times to come from the other direction (exiting Beyond Bowl), though. While it was a fun excursion it had it's challenges (rocks) so apart from avoiding the funnel and the beginning of the exit traverse, it was unnecessary to come from that side to ski that pitch. 

 

Did I answer your question? :-)

post #51 of 51
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Did I answer your question? :-)

I think you did. Thanks.
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