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Which Peak for strong intermediate @ Breck?

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Planning a quick trip to Breck after New years weekend. I'll be tagging along with the wife on a biz trip and we will be skiing at Breck. I'm a black diamond skier and will definitely sneak a way for some Imperial lift runs if the conditions are good. But where to ski that will give me some challenge and not intimidate the wife? She likes the Soalr Coaster lift at Whistler and last year had fun on The Sunshine side of Steamboat. (One O'clock, High Noon and even Buddy's Run are no problem.) She even skiied Rolex but the steeper it gets the more tentative she gets. Peak 7 seems to be boring, what about Peak 8?
post #2 of 15
America is a nice blue/black.
post #3 of 15
peak 9 is great but peak 10 also has some awesome blue/black runs such as centenial (i think thats what it is called) i ran that last year, great falline, great run. Id reccomend peak 10 for what you described. You'll love breck it's awesome. I went last year now im jealous i wish they had the new imperial lift there when i went
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Originally Posted by Toadman
Planning a quick trip to Breck after New years weekend. I'll be tagging along with the wife on a biz trip and we will be skiing at Breck. I'm a black diamond skier and will definitely sneak a way for some Imperial lift runs if the conditions are good. But where to ski that will give me some challenge and not intimidate the wife?
Peak 10 is probably best. All the runs end up at the Falcon Chair so you can always meet up there. So you can ski whatever difficulty you want and the wife can take an easier route. Or you can both ski together for most of the run and then you can turn down something tougher like "Grits" near the bottom. Peak 8 is another option as there are some easy blacks that are right next to blues. There are also a number of runs that are half groomed such as Dukes and Cresendo.

Getting from Peak 10 to Peak 8 is easy by riding he "Interconnect" lift. You can get from Peak 8 to Peak 10 by sking down to and then riding up the Beaver Run chair then over to the Falcon Chair.

Steve
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the great tips. Can't wait to ski some of that CO snow you've been getting out there this year.
post #6 of 15
I was just at Breck for the 1st time on Monday and given you're requirements I agree with the others on Peak 10. I'm an upper intermediate myself and also REALLY enjoyed chair 6. The runs on chair 6 are mostly labeled black, but can be handled by a strong intermediate and they meander through some very well spaced trees. Imperial Bowl itself can also be handled by a strong intermediate in the area directly under and close to the right and left sides of the lift. The farther left you go from the lift(looking up from the base) the harder it gets and there is some very difficult skiing in that area.
post #7 of 15
i would have her/ski with her on peak 9 and you ski peak 10. there's a lot of different levels of blues to choose from there and those peaks both come down to the top of quicksilver lift.
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Originally Posted by skicougar
i would have her/ski with her on peak 9 and you ski peak 10. there's a lot of different levels of blues to choose from there and those peaks both come down to the top of quicksilver lift.
Be sure to bring your cell phones. That's a recipe for losing your wife for the day. Maybe that's good...

Steve
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by breckview
Be sure to bring your cell phones. That's a recipe for losing your wife for the day. Maybe that's good...

Steve
Naw, I like to ski with her. She usually conks out or gets cold by mid-afternoon and then I can go find the steeps for an hour or so. breckview, I copied and printed one of your posts from a previous thread about lift lines and chairs, but hopefully lift lines won't be an issue Jan. 6th - 8th. Will probably ski one day at Beaver Creek, most likely Saturday, since we fly back Sunday night. If we leave the slopes by 2:30PM, do you think we are safe getting back to DEN for a 6:30PM flight?
post #10 of 15
I like the 6 chair runs. There is a nice variety of runs
and most are not too difficult. The views from up top
are awesome. Peak 10 is nice. Cimmaron is a black that
can have very nice snow. On Peak 9, Columbia, American,
Peerless (usually bumped) and Volunteer are good intermediate
runs. Lehman is decent if there is enough snow. It has some nice
sidewalls that are fun.
post #11 of 15
I just completed the return portion of that trip Toadman(from Dillon) and I would allow yourself 4.5 hrs to be on the road from Breck and flight departure. This assumes you're returning a rental car and I would Deduct 30 minutes from that if not.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Toadman
since we fly back Sunday night. If we leave the slopes by 2:30PM, do you think we are safe getting back to DEN for a 6:30PM flight?
Short answer: no. Could it happen? Yes. Is it "safe" to assume that it will? No. Pay attention to the weather & road conditions Sunday morning. Also pay attention to the skiers on the slopes on Sunday - suprisingly, "perception" can be good for this - if it's somewhat crowded and it seems like there's a lot of "non-tourists" around, probably best to leave a little earlier (like, aim to be out of the parking lot no later than 2). Pad that by another 30 minutes if the roads don't look like fun. Remember, you can always stop at a watering hole or shopping area in Denver if you get out early, but you can't part the sea of traffic (unless your name is Moses ) if you're late.

Another way to gauge the number of folks who be will clogging up I-70 getting back into Denver on a Sunday afternoon is to pay attention to I-70 coming west out of the tunnel on Friday night/Saturday morning (just look up the hill if you're in Silverthorne/Dillon). That can be a good indicator on how many cars will be coming back on Sunday afternoon (remember that while the cars spread themselves out coming into the mountains on Friday night, Saturday & Sunday morning, they ALL go back at the SAME time: Sunday afternoon).

Honestly, if you want to maximize the skiing time on Sunday, I would highly recommend skiing A-Basin on Sunday (or Loveland, but you can ski A-Basin on the same lift ticket as Breck/Keystone/Vail). It's closer to Denver and you skip the tunnel - from there, I would say that 2:30 would actually be a "safe" departure time, and you might be able to push it to 3:00 or 3:30 even (if you're feeling lucky and the roads are fine). I'm a weekend Summit County skier - usually ski Breck and sometimes Keystone on Saturday, but Sunday is always A-Basin - primarily for this reason (the traffic sucks).

J
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Toadman
Naw, I like to ski with her.
Me too. My wife is a good skier and the info I provided is what we often do.

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but hopefully lift lines won't be an issue Jan. 6th - 8th.
Lines won't be an issue.

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If we leave the slopes by 2:30PM, do you think we are safe getting back to DEN for a 6:30PM flight?
I leave Breck 3 hours early for a flight out of DIA. But on Saturday and Sunday afternoon there's a lot of traffic back down to Denver. I don't know exactly how long it is because I avoid it like the plague.

Steve
post #14 of 15
Pretty much what everyone else said.

Sounds like Peak 10 fits the bill the best, but.......

Look at the terrain from directly below the T-Bar (northstar ?) over to Cresendo. There are a few blue/black and easy (short) black runs there and a good combination of groomed, bumped and half and half. This is a great spot on the mtn to split for a short time so each can ski "their" fun terrain and connect up without getting lost.
post #15 of 15
If your wife finds the runs off the Sunshine lift at Steamboat comfortable and fun (they are really easy blues) than I reccomend you start off on Peak 8 at Breckenridge first as the runs are similiar to those off the Sunshine lift at Steamboat. She would like the runs off Chair 2 at Loveland also, as they are also similiar in difficulty to those you mentioned at Steamboat. A-Basin has some nice runs off the Exhibition chair (their green runs are the same difficulty as the blue runs on Peak 8 at Breckenridge and off the Sunshine lift at Steamboat).
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