Originally Posted by mmascolino
"You'll also have to intermingle with more of the resort guests on these runs so that can pose a challenge to beginners and low intermediates."
Agree, with all in the post, but especially the crowding issue. My kids and I really like the runs at Breck, though we also really like the back mountains at Keystone. Always seems to us that the schools move further up the hill (8 and 9) later in the day. At all points, but especially the lower half of 9, you have to be ready for some pretty unexpected moves (they will happen) and rounding bends in the trees and finding clusters of riders/skiers spread all over the snow. This has only been a problem for my youngest who likes to bomb down the hill, unless kept under control (lots of yelling to slow down and "watch it" still work with a 10 year old tho -- multiple paraphrasings of the "code" is a good idea too ). Breck does do a pretty good job with what i call the "courtesy patrol" and signage to let you know you are coming into areas with lots of learners on 8 and 9.
8 and 9 blues are not particularly steep, as already stated, i always thought some of the blues at Keystone were narrower and steeper in stretches. 7 is even less steep to me, and as I stated a nice early stop as it is less crowded then 8 or 9, really easy to cruise down in groups, and all in all very low stress. We even saw a moose and her calf crossing one of the runs last year from the chairlift, guess that was a little more stress for those very close by -- not in the code but it appears all ceded right of way to the moose below them.
For 9 the runs to the left as you go down the hill are a bit steeper and less crowded I believe, but no real evidence to back that up. This year as my kids feel their comfort zone expanding more we are expecting more time on ten and up the T Bar runs, but more likely in Jan/Feb.
All in all if you are spending 14 days or so in Summit, and have Epic passes, have a great Opp to start easy at Breck, drive or take the bus over to Keystone and even A Basin later, and of course go over the pass to hit Vail on at least one day. Though we will likely hit Breck 10-20 times from November till April, would not like to ski it every day for 14 days. The other Epic pass locations give you great variety, and the views (as stated by several) are great from the peaks at every resort. Enjoy