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TR (pics): Breck (12.2.06)

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Met up with dawnhill at the Morrison parking lots on Saturday morning and drove up. We were trying to figure out where to go and settled on Breck. Both of us had been there only a couple of times, so we said, "What the heck, we'll go exploring."

While the air temperature was a decidedly chilly 1F, the sun made it nice. We took the Beaver Run Chair up. The higher we went, the colder it got. Even with the sun, I was glad of the layers I had on. The mountain looked very empty, and we had a cruising warmup off Beaver Run. We did some laps off the Mercury chair - there was nice soft ungroomed snow right under the chair all the way down.

A morning fog right above the mountain created an awesome rainbow aura around the sun:


Since we didn't know the mountain at all, we asked a few of our chair-mates, and heard that Chair 6 had good stuff. So we headed in the general direction. Saw an opening for Devil's Crotch and took it. It was steep but fun. The top part was interesting -- bumpy with really soft snow intermingled with icy patches -- and some thin coverage here and there. The bottom was all soft and fun. The E chair was closed, so we took the catwalk to the Peak 8 Supperconnect mid-load. From top of that we skied down to Chair 6 and the terrain there looked awesome -- great-looking deep snow with nice pitches. We did several laps there. Psychopath had great terrain, but the gully about halfway down was icy with bare spots. Adios and E/W Snowbirds were great!

Then they opened Imperial Bowl. After waiting in a short line for a long time, we headed up:


While it looked great from the bottom, on closer view, the bowl actually had lots of bare spots with rocks and tufts of grass sticking out. Only the stuff on either side of the lift was open.

Unknown skier in Imperial Bowl:


We had to follow the rest of the tracks down, and even then I managed quite a spectacular yardsale. I was maching it down when quite suddenly I came upon some rocks with no time to change direction, and predictable results ensued. Skis meet rocks. Skis stop. Skier doesn't. Skier meets rocks. Other than a painful meeting of my knee and a rock, I was fine. The bottom half of Imperial Bowl was sweet. While it was good skiing, the wait in the lift-line was too long for us to try it again.

We hit Hombre on the way down, and it had some of the best snow of the day. After lunch we headed over to Peak 10. By this time the clouds had moved in with a light snow falling. Visibility was shot to hell, and we gingerly made our way to the Falcon chair while trying to avoid the many bare spots on the catwalk. Cimarron was okay (pretty icy in spots), but the catwalk at the bottom was a killer. Plus the flat light made it hard to see any of the dips or rolls. Centennial was in much better shape -- good snow (had been groomed maybe a day or two ago) with good visibility near the trees. I was absolutely beat by then and we called it a day a little after 2.

All in all, it was a great day. I have to say, on my two previous visits, I'd disliked Breck -- I thought it was crowded and flat. But this trip changed my mind. The stuff off Chair 6 and E were great -- I could be happy lapping those for a while. And the stuff off Imperial looked great. And the snow was great -- even a few days after the last storm we found great powder under 6.

And dawnhill is a great skier and ski-buddy. The fearlessness and enthusiasm with which she launched into stuff made for a great day. A ski day with her is highly recommended!
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
All in all, it was a great day. I have to say, on my two previous visits, I'd disliked Breck -- I thought it was crowded and flat. But this trip changed my mind. The stuff off Chair 6 and E were great -- I could be happy lapping those for a while. And the stuff off Imperial looked great. And the snow was great -- even a few days after the last storm we found great powder under 6.
Wow. Something positive about Breck! Glad you had a good time! And, most of the good stuff isn't open yet. Much of the good terrain is kinda hard to find. What's easy to find are flat easy groomers. So people tend to ski them instead of searching out the good stuff. Same thing with above treeline terrain. People tend to go where everybody else goes which tends to be the easiest line down. But those of us who know the mountain go to very specific lines.

For example, in Horseshoe Bowl, if you go right down the middle like most people it's a fairly boring 35 degree pitch usually slightly moguled. But If you traverse left about 200 feet, you'll hit "Lulu" which is 42-45 degrees, too steep for moguls to form and usually a one-fall pitch. Then at the bottom of Lulu you traverse way left and there's a another pitch of 40+ degree glades that you can hit that drops you into the runout. That's one of about 10 lines I take in Horseshoe bowl, none of which are going right down the middle like 90% of people do.

I'm sure all mountains are like that but I think Breck is the worst because the challenging terrain is harder to find and mixed in with the easier stuff exactly unlike Copper.

For example, there's a gate off of an easy blue, Volunteer, that drops into "Needle's Eye" which is a fairly long north facing pitch of 40-50 degree glades. I'd bet that 99% of the people who visit Breck don't even know it's there and yet it's about 100 acres of really challenging terrain.
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Good report Faisal and Breckview I agree with what you say!

I like Breck very much and there's a certain character on this board who goes by the name "Uncle Louie" that has shown me excellent stuff there that's 20ft off the groomers that I wouldn't have found otherwise.
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Good report Faisal and Breckview I agree with what you say!

I like Breck very much and there's a certain character on this board who goes by the name "Uncle Louie" that has shown me excellent stuff there that's 20ft off the groomers that I wouldn't have found otherwise.
I have been thinking of a "theme day" during LG3....the "those of you who think Breck is flat and boring....ski with me day".

As Breckview accurately states...there is a TON of terrain inbounds that most never see because they ski right past it. Needles Eye/Windows/Lake Chutes and Stylehung (unofficial name) and a couple of short shots at the bottom of one run that NO ONE skis. That's what makes Breck fun!

Faisal....glad to hear Dawnhill can turn em
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I have been thinking of a "theme day" during LG3....the "those of you who think Breck is flat and boring....ski with me day".

As Breckview accurately states...there is a TON of terrain inbounds that most never see because they ski right past it. Needles Eye/Windows/Lake Chutes and Stylehung (unofficial name) and a couple of short shots at the bottom of one run that NO ONE skis. That's what makes Breck fun!
Methinks you're going to have to give me a tour over Christmas! :
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Methinks you're going to have to give me a tour over Christmas! :
Consider my arm twisted....as my S/O would say....."It's just what I do".
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post
Consider my arm twisted....as my S/O would say....."It's just what I do".
The "Voodoo" that "You Do" is make people better skiers:

Breck is a great hill and Uncle Louie can show it and ski it like no one else I know

I should probably say this in another thread, but I nominate "Uncle Louie" for ESA instructor and he's never done more than give me a a few tips here and there.
post #8 of 10
Hey UL, be sure to show Faisal the good stuff over on Peak 10... especially if there's some thigh-deep snow like when I was in tow behind you.
post #9 of 10
I hereby invite myself on this tour of the hidden goods!
Thanks for sharing the fun yesterday, Faisasy. It was a good time!
post #10 of 10
Thank you all for your kind words (see.....paying people helps)I guess, seeing as it's the last LGC event(s) this season ....we should go out with a bang.....plan on the tour of tour folks....this ones gonna be a blast.
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