Friday at Breckenridge was my seventh day in a row skiing Summit/Eagle County.
My status at this point:
- Energy level - exhausted. I wasn't sleeping well at night - maybe because of the altitude and/or all of the beers and cocktails that kept appearing in my hand.
- Knees - shot.
- Feet - left little toe in a lot of pain when making left turns - not sure why; right turns OK.
- Result - see video, expertly filmed by SkiMerlin, below.
I believe this was filmed on Grits, a bump run that comes out from under the Falcon Superchair. Fortunately, this was my only mishap of the day.
I was glad to ski with SkiMerlin for a second day. He has skied Breck for many years and knows the mountain well. This was my first time at Breck and it was great not having to study a map trying to find my way around. SkiMerlin really wanted to take me to the bowls accessed from the Imperial Express Chair. Unfortunately, the wind was blowing very hard and the one ride up the Imperial chair and run down (which was very hard and scratchy) were all we felt like doing. I had heard great things about these bowls. I hope to come back on a powder day to ski them in all of their glory.
We spent a good amount of time skiing runs off of the Peak 9 North Slope/E-Chair. We skied Devil's Crotch a few times, Mine Shaft and the run under the lift line, which was very similar to Magic Mountain's Red Line. The snow conditions on Friday (hard packed with a little powder on the sides of the trails) were very similar to the conditions typical for VT. For you Breck skiers that have never been to VT, this is what classic VT skiing is all about.
Peak 9 North Slope
SkiMerlin on Devil's Crotch
We also spent time skiing the runs accessed from the Falcon Superchair. My favorite run of the day was the glade run called The Burn. The trees were nicely spaced and there was still some soft snow to cushion the hard bumps. I also liked the bumps under the lift line here. There was a good amount of soft snow on the sides of the run and in the troughs.
We quit around 3:00 PM and had a few beers out on the deck in the warm sun near the gondola - the perfect finish for a fun day.
Some tracks of the day's runs (The GPS shut down for some reason about mid-day)
I skied A-Basin from 8:30 AM to Noon on Saturday. One of my ski club pals was nice enough to drop me off at A-Basin at 8:15 and pick me up at Noon to take me to the Denver airport for our 3:00 PM flight. This and Loveland are great places to ski for a half-day on your way to and from the airport.
A-Basin is a relatively small mountain that caters to locals. During the morning, I did not meet anyone from out of state. The parking lot was full by 11:00 AM but I never had more than a two minute wait in the singles line on any of the lifts.
Lining up for the chair at 8:30 AM.
A-Basin had not received snow in a long time so the ungroomed runs were very hard in the morning. I took a couple of runs in the Montezuma Bowl but, while it looked inviting from afar, it was too crusty for me.
A new lift was recently built to provide access to the Montezuma Bowl, greatly expanding the terrain at A-Basin. I would love to come ski here on a powder day. It reminded me a little of Vail's Blue Sky Basin - big wide open bowls flowing into the trees. Prior to the new lift, I was told that this area was a favorite of back country skiers. I wonder how they feel about the new lift.
My favorite run of the morning was on the front side off the Pallavinci Lift, called Pali Main Street. This is a very steep and narrow run that had some nicely shaped bumps to fling myself around.
Tracks of the morning's runs
Thanks for the fun morning A-Basin!
Edited by liv4ski - 2/14/2009 at 03:24 pm