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Breckenridge Bowls

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Guys,

I am going to Breck in the middle of January. I am an intermediate skiier...I can ski blues and most blacks with no problems.

My buddy really wants to ski the bowls at Breck...Contest Bowl, Horseshoe Bowl, Cucumber Bowl. I know the new lift will get us up there. I see that these Bowls are double blacks...is this because of the steepness, or bumps, or rocks...or combination of all? I really want to do this with him...but don't want to die in the process either. I have never really skiied deep powder...but it sounds really fun. I have mostly skiied groomed runs...and some occassional bumps.

One other queston...does the new lift stop half way up? I see a building there on the trail map...or do you have to ride it all the way up near the Impreial Bowl.

Please give me as much info as you can...and which bowls may be the most fun.

Thanks as always.
post #2 of 12
Check the Resort&Travel thread and do a search. Plenty of threads on Breck over there.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...t=breckenridge

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ighlight=breck
post #3 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spaceace414
I have never really skiied deep powder...but it sounds really fun.
You'll hate it and won't understand why anyone likes it.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I am guessing that was some sarcasm there!
post #5 of 12

Exactly

Quote:
Originally Posted by vinn
You'll hate it and won't understand why anyone likes it.
If you do get powder try and ski in others tracks, alot more fun, and good practice. (I do have a season pass...)
post #6 of 12
Only Imperial Bowl was open when I was there in mid Dec, but the area under and immediately to the left and right of the lift can be handled by an advanced intermediate(ME) with no problems. The farther left you go in the bowl(looking up from the lift base) the harder it gets.
post #7 of 12
The terrain there is, in my opinion, pretty gentle. It helps that it's wide open, too. If the snow gets deep (which it can), you'll want to have some idea of how to ski powder to be up there. But, the good news is that there's not a lot of vertical, so even if you flail your way down, it won't take all day.

jgiddyup is right. If you hike or traverse a long way for your turns, you can get to some pretty sweet... er... steep stuff.
post #8 of 12
Skiied Contest, Horseshoe, and Imperial Bowls on Monday (12/26). Snow conditions were outstanding. Blustery winds were a bit annoying on the lift, but seemed to do a good job of blowing snow into the bowls. Personally, I think the additional terrain is excellent, with good pitch and a lot of open space. (Another 6 inches in the last day or so should add to the fun when I hit it again tomorrow.)

I used to do the 45-minute hike to get to this terrain. Now I can get there in 3 (not counting the wait in line). And while I'll miss the adventure of hiking, it's pretty sweet to be able to get there quicker and do more laps.

The building you see on the trail map is most likely the Patrol HQ. It sits at the top of Chair 6, and the bottom of the new lift. The two lifts are not connected.

Be warned that this season, though it's just a 2.3 minute ride to the top, the new chair lift has only 15 chairs. They're spaced very far apart. I'm guessing that was a way for them to check things out in the first season of operation. There is an option to upgrade to 45 chairs in the future. The end result is that the line might not move as quickly as you expect. (Maximum capacity = 15 chairs x 4 people per chair/4.6 minutes per chair lap = 13 people per minute.)

Your other option to get to some of the higher terrain is the T-Bar, which is always an exciting ride if you've never done it before, especially if you like the lift bloopers from the old Warren Miller films.

As for the terrain itself, it does have a little bit of everything, steeps, rocks, and bumps. But I don't think it's the kind of place where you have to worry too much about dying. Though it might be challenging, if you ski blues and blacks, you could probably ski any of the bowls you mentioned, though perhaps not gracefully. (If you're coordinated enough to get up the T-Bar, you're probably coordinated enough to get yourself back down.) The major danger areas are pretty easy to avoid if you're paying attention.

Hope that helps ...
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies...I do appreciate it.

SSH's comment about "you will want to have some idea how to ski deep powder" concerns me just a bit...but I will do some reading on skiing powder. I am sure there is plenty of info on this site.

Sounds like I am in for a fun trip...and dying not being an option is pretty good!
post #10 of 12
Scott- if you thought it was good on Monday, you should have been up there on Tuesday and today. Fresh tracks off of chair 6 and in Imperial in the afternoon! The wind was pretty fierce at times, however.

By the way, for Spaceace- Horseshoe, Contest, and, and Cucumber Bowls are best accessed directly from the T-bar, not the new Imperial lift (although you can get into Contest bowl pretty easily from the top of Chair 6, which also gets you to the bottom of the Imperial lift). When conditions are good these bowls are pretty "easy" for a double black, but when there hasn't been new snow in a while, it may not be the best place to try if you are not comfortable on ungroomed black terrain. The pitch is mostly in the mid-30 degree range. The real hard stuff up there are the Lake Chutes, which still require a short climb to the summit and a long traverse across the ridge of Peak 8.
post #11 of 12

Skis & powder

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spaceace414
Guys,

I am going to Breck in the middle of January. I am an intermediate skiier...I can ski blues and most blacks with no problems.

My buddy really wants to ski the bowls at Breck...Contest Bowl, Horseshoe Bowl, Cucumber Bowl. I know the new lift will get us up there. I see that these Bowls are double blacks...is this because of the steepness, or bumps, or rocks...or combination of all? I really want to do this with him...but don't want to die in the process either. I have never really skiied deep powder...but it sounds really fun. I have mostly skiied groomed runs...and some occassional bumps.

One other queston...does the new lift stop half way up? I see a building there on the trail map...or do you have to ride it all the way up near the Impreial Bowl.

Please give me as much info as you can...and which bowls may be the most fun.

Thanks as always.
All kidding aside, you will have alot more fun skiing powder with a wider ski. I am talking about the width of the ski underfoot. If you don't have a ski 80 to 90 ish underfoot try and demo one for a day. Don't sweat it, skiing powder isn't that difficult. You may want to get your friend to take a trip up the t-bar first, that way you'll get a practice run first.
post #12 of 12
I'll let you know what it's like after I'm there tomorrow!
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