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can a green/blue skier avoid breckenridge flat areas?

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i've read you need a good guide to avoid those dreaded breckenridge flat areas. are there some runs to completely avoid and others to stay with or between to keep a good pace without so much arm work :)?

 

as always, thank you for the advice!

post #2 of 6
The only bad area I can think of at Breck for being flat is the run back to the base of peak 9. It's where all the greens come together.

Oh and I think sawmill between peak 8 and 9. I made a wrong turn in there and did have to do a bit of poling to get out.

Most of the blues at Breck aren't horrible. If you stick around them you should be good to go. I like Peak 7 for a nice hour or two of blues. Keep your speed near the bottom and you can make it all the way back to the lift.
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There are two places at Breck where intermediates would realistically get stalled. One is traveling from Rocky Mountain Chair (can also get here from Colorado Chair) on Columbine past Dukes to Northstar and beyond to Claimjumper and Peak 6/7; the other is traveling from Peak 8 to Peak 9 along 4 O'clock/Sawmill/Crosscut.

 

The only alternative t on the 8 to 9 transfer is to take Frosty's Freeway to E Chair. This has its own problems as Frosty's is usually slick and definitely black by Breck standards. The only way to avoid the Dukes to Northstar stretch of Columbine is to ski to the bottom of Peak 8 and take the Gondola to Peak 7 then hop on Independence Chair.

 

To me your best bet is to get thee to the gym and start doing dips and get those flabby weak shoulders and triceps in shape. :)

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 To me your best bet is to get thee to the gym and start doing dips and get those flabby weak shoulders and triceps in shape.

 

i almost spit up my chocolate malt on that one :D.  that's how i've been working my girly-man 54 yr old upper arms for the trip.  thanks for the tips, guys!!

post #5 of 6

Trying to get from Peak 10 back over to Peaks 9 and north can be a bit of a pain too, as you have to traverse a lot of that big Peak 9 runout. Not really a place you'd truly get stalled/stuck, but it's flat, slow and boring, with no alternatives. 

post #6 of 6

I agree with all of the above posts.

 

On the Breck trailmap avoid all of the runs where the trail is dotted, regardless of the color of the trail.  So, sections such as Flapjack, Lower Sawmill, Wanderlust, Columbine, Barton Breezeway - they will all require a bit of poling work.

 

But really, its annoying but not that bad.  And some of those runs, such as Columbine are really not practically avoidable if you are skiing around Peak 8.

 

Enjoy yourself and have fun.  Skiing requires a little exertion and you can have an extra beer at the end of the day to reward yourself for having to navigate yourself on the flat sections.

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