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Dumping on Breck. Who is skiing?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I have been diligently watching the snow reports and breck has gotten 2 feet in the last two days and 41" in the last week. To top it off its still snowing. I stead of skiing  I have been sitting here studying for and taking finals, so who has been up there that I can vicariously live through? 

 

Jake

post #2 of 24

I'm in the same boat, except I'd be happy just to get to the frozen hardpack in North Jersey, PA, or VT. It's killing me to try and focus on finals when all I can do is dream about my next trip out west!

post #3 of 24

Scheduled to be there Jan 8 -15 !  Hope the dump continues!!!!  Got some new BG's I want to be on!!!

post #4 of 24

I was there yesterday with 14" reported.  The top of 6-chair was fantasticly deep and light.  The wind and blowing snow was a bit tough at times,  however.  Unfortunately,  the crowds on 6 and E were large enough to make it aggravating.  The steeper stuff under E was skiable,  but you had to watch for rocks.  If this keeps up,  that stuff may be really good by Christmas.

 

AM.

post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

^^ did u head up to the t-bar or imperial.I imagine they probably had whale's tale and stuff closed for avy control thou

post #6 of 24

We skied over to the t-bar,  but seeing the crowd in line,  we decided to skip it.  That's the thing I don't like about Breck.  The stuff I like to ski is poorly served by lifts.  I guess it keeps the runs from being crowded,  but I don't like waiting 20+ minutes in lift lines.

 

AM.

post #7 of 24

I think Copper has been a better bet of late as it is steep enough to keep speed in "thigh" deepness....

 

 

Either way it sounds like Summit County is the place to be this year.

post #8 of 24
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I think Copper has been a better bet of late as it is steep enough to keep speed in "thigh" deepness....

 

 

Either way it sounds like Summit County is the place to be this year.


Copper is the place to be because it's a better mountain than Breck and more importantly I haven't waited in one lift line for one minute yet this year.  I skied from bell to bell yesterday and skied into every chair and skied fresh untouched lines most of the day.  Thank you Epic Pass!!

post #9 of 24

I skied Breck yesterday and today.  The snow was fantastic Saturday and pretty good today; both days were windy and cold, and this morning there was this crazy sleet thing going on that turned goggles from transparent to barely translucent in under a minute. I was riding the lift with my head lowered and my mitten covering the lens, and even so, just getting off the lift made a mess of my goggles.  Lift lines looked pretty bad, but I do the lesson pass so I cruised past them (and got some verbal abuse from folks in the line once ... classy).  My thighs were so burned from Sunday that I only skied a half day today, then took the dog snowshoeing.  I think the best snow I skied on Saturday was Joker in Contest Bowl ... but due to the wind / visibility, I didn't hit the T bar or Imperial.

post #10 of 24

Er, burned from *Saturday*.

post #11 of 24
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Copper is the place to be because it's a better mountain than Breck and more importantly I haven't waited in one lift line for one minute yet this year.  I skied from bell to bell yesterday and skied into every chair and skied fresh untouched lines most of the day.  Thank you Epic Pass!!


I know. I know.  My teenager talked me into Colorado Passes this year,  'cuz none of his friends ski WP or Copper.  I tried to tell him that's because his friends don't know any better.  Oh well, ... at least I've got A-Basin through June!  I may have to "put my foot down" next year and just say,  "no!" 

 

We've had WP/Copper passes for years,  and I already miss them.  Mary Jane is a daytripper's panacea.  Now,  rather than hiking to the edge of the parking lot and skiing down to the lift,  I have to park in the boondocks,  catch a bus to the gondola,  ride the gondola to the base,  then (finally!) catch a chairlift up the mountain.  I spent more time riding contraptions than snow! 

 

AM.
 

post #12 of 24

Skied Copper on Saturday and Breck yesterday.  Sorry I didn't see you Dave, it was too good to do much looking around on Saturday!  I got untouched tracks in Kaboom, a completely virgin run down Buzzard's Alley, and thigh deep crud in So Fine.  It was fantastic.

 

Yesterday at Breck was quite good as well, but the much larger number of visitors means there was fewer deep (or even loose) lines to find.  We had an absolutely spectacular run through Lulu's before they closed the T-Bar because of icing.  I skied Eye of the Needle for the first time, and even with all of the snow, it was starting to get back down to rock in a couple of places.  But at the end of the day, we were getting pretty close to untracked runs through a special place on the 6 chair.

 

The secret to Breck?  The unlimited lesson pass.  Your ticket to lift lines that approximate Copper's.

 

Mike

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post

I skied Breck yesterday and today.  The snow was fantastic Saturday and pretty good today; both days were windy and cold, and this morning there was this crazy sleet thing going on that turned goggles from transparent to barely translucent in under a minute. I was riding the lift with my head lowered and my mitten covering the lens, and even so, just getting off the lift made a mess of my goggles.  Lift lines looked pretty bad, but I do the lesson pass so I cruised past them (and got some verbal abuse from folks in the line once ... classy).  My thighs were so burned from Sunday that I only skied a half day today, then took the dog snowshoeing.  I think the best snow I skied on Saturday was Joker in Contest Bowl ... but due to the wind / visibility, I didn't hit the T bar or Imperial.


Yeah, I was there Sunday morning as well. The snow was great...if you could see it! I took my goggles off on the lift and covered my face with my gloves. The wind was howling and blowing the freezing rain/sleet into my face. I stayed on Peak 7 and did a few runs...the last run I was blasting away, goggles got covered, and then hit a big powder stash that I didn't see. After finding my equipment, I decided to go and finish my "honey-do" list back home.

post #14 of 24
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Skied Copper on Saturday and Breck yesterday.  Sorry I didn't see you Dave, it was too good to do much looking around on Saturday!  I got untouched tracks in Kaboom, a completely virgin run down Buzzard's Alley, and thigh deep crud in So Fine.  It was fantastic.

 

Yesterday at Breck was quite good as well, but the much larger number of visitors means there was fewer deep (or even loose) lines to find.  We had an absolutely spectacular run through Lulu's before they closed the T-Bar because of icing.  I skied Eye of the Needle for the first time, and even with all of the snow, it was starting to get back down to rock in a couple of places.  But at the end of the day, we were getting pretty close to untracked runs through a special place on the 6 chair.

 

The secret to Breck?  The unlimited lesson pass.  Your ticket to lift lines that approximate Copper's.

 

Mike


I made few runs under the bee till it got tracked out and then headed down Looking Glass which had 2 tracks in it then hit a few runs under Sierra (where to be fair I did have to wait about 3 or 4 minutes) and then was first into Copper Bowl when they dropped the rope.  Stayed back there the rest of the day as they just kept opening new terrain that hadn't been opened yet this yearbiggrin.gif

 

There was no one back there....I was riding Mtn Chief when patrol set off of humongous slide way skiers right of Mtn Chief....Iron Mask I think....huge slide...watching it come down was fun.

 

Copper Bowl was the gift that kept on giving Saturdayicon14.gif

 

post #15 of 24
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Yeah, I was there Sunday morning as well. The snow was great...if you could see it! I took my goggles off on the lift and covered my face with my gloves. The wind was howling and blowing the freezing rain/sleet into my face. I stayed on Peak 7 and did a few runs...the last run I was blasting away, goggles got covered, and then hit a big powder stash that I didn't see. After finding my equipment, I decided to go and finish my "honey-do" list back home.

 

Definitely a good day to ski in or near the trees - less wind, better visibility, and better definition.  I think the visibility might have improved in the afternoon, but I'd already bailed by then.
 

post #16 of 24
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The secret to Breck?  The unlimited lesson pass.  Your ticket to lift lines that approximate Copper's.

 

Mike

      ^^ how does this work? Do you have to be with the lesson group or do u just get a ski school ticket

       and then ski on your own and not have to be  in lines? 
 

post #17 of 24

 

oh man ! it was great !

 

i was up there last wed thru sunday. friday it started really coming down, you couldnt see 100 yards up the mountain and it was around 3" to 12" deep depending on how high you were on the mountain.

 

i didn't think to check the board for bears as it was a me and dad trip but it was great ! 

 

considering i usually ski less than 10 days a year, a real powder day; i usually dont catch but i caught one this year ! i hope everyone elese catches one this year.

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

The secret to Breck?  The unlimited lesson pass.  Your ticket to lift lines that approximate Copper's.

 

Mike

      ^^ how does this work? Do you have to be with the lesson group or do u just get a ski school ticket

       and then ski on your own and not have to be  in lines? 
 



The former.  If you have some form of season pass, you can get an unlimited lesson "rider" for it.  The unlimited lesson pass costs about the same as two lessons.  "Unlimited" is a misnomer - it's Thursday through Sunday excluding blackout days.  Once you have all this set up, you pick up a lift ticket in the morning and line up at 9:45 for the lesson.  Lessons go all the way from never-ever to some fairly tough terrain, but yes, you will be skiing with a group and an instructor, and you may or may not like the pace or terrain choices of the rest of the group, and you'll be limited by the ability of the weakest skier in the group.

 

I like it because:

* I still want pointers

* I like skiing with a group of people whose abilities roughly match my own

* I like having a "tour guide" to show me all the best spots on the mountain

 

Sometimes I do get into a group that's slower than I want to go, or doesn't hit the terrain I want to do, etc.  One of the nice things about the pass is that you have the opportunity to get to know the different instructors, students, etc, and can often get a pretty good read on the class ahead of time, and choose accordingly.  And since you can attend so many lessons, if any given one isn't as great as you'd like, at least you didn't pay the full price of the lesson.

post #19 of 24
The price has been rising. I think I paid $239 this year. One of my buddies did not renew until a month ago and the price had risen to $320. I doubt it is still available, but it will most likely be back next season.

If you don't want instruction, you can ski with the level 9 group which is primarily composed of locals wanting to cut lines. I prefer a bit of instruction, so I generally look for the level 8 group unless it is too big then I'll go with the 9's.

Mike
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I skied Copper on Saturday and while I was limited in the terrain I could take the little rippers into we still had lots of fun in it. Let me tell you, watching 12 5&6 year olds really have some fun in powder that is hip deep on them really brings the play like quality back to skiing.  And when they look up at you covered in snow from the latest soft fall one can't help but laugh.  But, I was slightly jealous of some parents out playing in Copper Bowl.  wink.gif  biggrin.gif

post #21 of 24

No one got any pictures?

post #22 of 24
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I skied Copper on Saturday and while I was limited in the terrain I could take the little rippers into we still had lots of fun in it. Let me tell you, watching 12 5&6 year olds really have some fun in powder that is hip deep on them really brings the play like quality back to skiing.  And when they look up at you covered in snow from the latest soft fall one can't help but laugh.  But, I was slightly jealous of some parents out playing in Copper Bowl.  wink.gif  biggrin.gif



Said parents are really appreciative of your effortsbiggrin.gif  

 

I took Alex back there on Sunday......she's a champ but not quite ready for that terrain in those conditions.  

 

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No one got any pictures?



 Too much fun to stop for pics!  Actually, we did some video of the kids skiing but that's not what you're looking for (nor am I at liberty to post video of other people's kids). 

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Skied Copper on Saturday and Breck yesterday.  Sorry I didn't see you Dave, it was too good to do much looking around on Saturday!  I got untouched tracks in Kaboom, a completely virgin run down Buzzard's Alley, and thigh deep crud in So Fine.  It was fantastic.

 

Yesterday at Breck was quite good as well, but the much larger number of visitors means there was fewer deep (or even loose) lines to find.  We had an absolutely spectacular run through Lulu's before they closed the T-Bar because of icing.  I skied Eye of the Needle for the first time, and even with all of the snow, it was starting to get back down to rock in a couple of places.  But at the end of the day, we were getting pretty close to untracked runs through a special place on the 6 chair.

 

The secret to Breck?  The unlimited lesson pass.  Your ticket to lift lines that approximate Copper's.

 

Mike


I made few runs under the bee till it got tracked out and then headed down Looking Glass which had 2 tracks in it then hit a few runs under Sierra (where to be fair I did have to wait about 3 or 4 minutes) and then was first into Copper Bowl when they dropped the rope.  Stayed back there the rest of the day as they just kept opening new terrain that hadn't been opened yet this yearbiggrin.gif

 

There was no one back there....I was riding Mtn Chief when patrol set off of humongous slide way skiers right of Mtn Chief....Iron Mask I think....huge slide...watching it come down was fun.

 

Copper Bowl was the gift that kept on giving Saturdayicon14.gif

 


 

Yeah, I was going to call you on this earlier, heh. I was lapping Sierra early, then went over the back -- got a couple untracked on Blackjack (probably missed the first rope drop due to this, but it was fun), skied a few under Mtn Chief, then managed to be about fourth down when they opened the stuff next to Six Shooter. By then, I was really hungry, so I went up and over Union Peak (more untracked). Did they keep opening to skier's left around Copper Bowl after that? I need to get your number in my phone; ski-ra and I exchanged some voice mails, but he was over on the front side, east, and I wanted to hang around the back since I had read they'd be opening up.

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