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Breckenridge Peak 9 Hike to terrain

post #1 of 8
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Guys, 

 

Can anyone lend some advice for the hike to terrain above peak 9.  It looks like fun. 

 

My wife and I will be bringing our touring setups with us in Feb and if we get some snow, would love to make the hike.  Maybe even if we dont. 

 

What can we expect as where to start the hike?

 

When we get to our destination(s), what type of terrain are we looking at?  

 

Any runs we should look out for that are your favorite?  Anything suck?

 

Twin Chutes look like a blast, so do windows.  Am i right or am i right?

 

Anyone want to head up there with us during the second week of Feb?

 

Thanks peeps

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Originally Posted by mreillynj View Post
 

Guys, 

 

Can anyone lend some advice for the hike to terrain above peak 9.  It looks like fun. 

 

My wife and I will be bringing our touring setups with us in Feb and if we get some snow, would love to make the hike.  Maybe even if we dont. 

 

What can we expect as where to start the hike? The hike starts right above the top terminal of the Mercury Chair.  It's a 15-30 minute hike to the end of the cat track road depending on your physical ability.

 

When we get to our destination(s), what type of terrain are we looking at? Mellow-pitch, mostly wind-blown terrain above treeline and steeper terrain with more consistent surface conditions as you drop into and below treeline.  The steeper turns are only a few hundred feet of vertical.  

 

Any runs we should look out for that are your favorite?  Anything suck? Twin chutes are my go-to if I hike all the way up to the end of the groomed cat track. 

 

Twin Chutes look like a blast, so do windows.  Am i right or am i right?  For the upper Windows, just hike to the left bend in the road at the bottom of the steepest portion of the hike and traverse in from there.  You'll be able to tell where the road ahead travels above treeline from this bend, and there will be tracks heading into the woods. 

 

Anyone want to head up there with us during the second week of Feb?  Possibly, depending on my schedule.

 

Thanks peeps

post #3 of 8

I am not a snowboarder but I imagine it is much easier in snowboard boots. I have been there and it is not fun in ski boots, steep climbing in ski boots. I would concur that the wind can make the snow feel like sand blasting your face.

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@cmsummit is twin chutes generally a bump run or is it more just varied crud on a non powder day?

post #5 of 8

Peak 9 Hike-to-Terrain is usually a nice break from the rest of the resort as it usually sees relatively light traffic and can get away from the crowds on the other above tree-line areas and hike-to-terrain.  Partially because its off on its own and most people overlook it compared to all the lift-access terrain on 6,7, & 8.

 

The hike is relatively easy as they run a snowcat on the track up to treeline.  As said, its about a 15-20 minute hike up at a reasonable pace, less than 10 minutes to the windows entrance before the steep pitch up to a point where you can click in and traverse out on skis.

 

The Windows accessed from the hike is similar to the Windows lines accessed from the gate at the top of E Chair, just less traffic.  The lower portions in the area where lift accesses and where it gets tighter can be bumped-up.

 

Twin Chutes is fun and often filled in with nice wind-blown snow.  It reminds me a lot of Boundary Chutes off the T-Bar.

 

Overall, nothing crazy steep.  Above tree-line nice wind-blown snow than can fill in nicely in areas depending on the snow/wind.  Area receives little traffic, especially on the days after a storm.   The downside and part of the reason it does see a lot of traffic is it takes awhile to recycle around between the hike, the run-out through the ravine/stream in the bottom of Windows, and the return up E-chair.

 

The lower run-out in the trees can be kind of nasty in low-snow/thin cover conditions if there is open water, ice patches, and logs/roots/rocks. I wouldn't recommend if you aren't comfortable with kind of a bobsled like run in fairly tight trees.

post #6 of 8

I would recommend it for the pleasant hiking experience and not so much for the downhill reward. The further you go, the more the valley floor rises and cuts down your vertical.

 

I hiked Peak 6 to Beyond Bowl when it first opened about a week ago and that was phenomenal.

 

In addition to 6, 8, and 9, there is also hiking from the top of Peak 10 that is not shown on the trail map.

post #7 of 8

Peak 10 hiking above the lift is back-country, outside of the ski area boundary.   Peak 6,7,8,9 hiking is still within the ski area boundary.

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Peak 9 Hike-to-Terrain is usually a nice break from the rest of the resort as it usually sees relatively light traffic and can get away from the crowds on the other above tree-line areas and hike-to-terrain.  Partially because its off on its own and most people overlook it compared to all the lift-access terrain on 6,7, & 8.

 

The hike is relatively easy as they run a snowcat on the track up to treeline.  As said, its about a 15-20 minute hike up at a reasonable pace, less than 10 minutes to the windows entrance before the steep pitch up to a point where you can click in and traverse out on skis.

 

The Windows accessed from the hike is similar to the Windows lines accessed from the gate at the top of E Chair, just less traffic.  The lower portions in the area where lift accesses and where it gets tighter can be bumped-up.

 

Twin Chutes is fun and often filled in with nice wind-blown snow.  It reminds me a lot of Boundary Chutes off the T-Bar.

 

Overall, nothing crazy steep.  Above tree-line nice wind-blown snow than can fill in nicely in areas depending on the snow/wind.  Area receives little traffic, especially on the days after a storm.   The downside and part of the reason it does see a lot of traffic is it takes awhile to recycle around between the hike, the run-out through the ravine/stream in the bottom of Windows, and the return up E-chair.

 

The lower run-out in the trees can be kind of nasty in low-snow/thin cover conditions if there is open water, ice patches, and logs/roots/rocks. I wouldn't recommend if you aren't comfortable with kind of a bobsled like run in fairly tight trees.

 

That's a great description.

 

And I agree on the ravine runout. It's a major pain and not fun at all, especially on spent legs. A snowboarder friend of mine lost it and went butt-first into that stream one time and got stuck. Which was kind of hilarious. But still. Be warned. :D 

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