Monday, March 5, 2012

Skiing Breckenridge Colorado

The first day of our ski vacation took us to Breckenridge, Colorado. We are staying in Dillon Colorado which is a central location to many of the Summit County ski resorts. We booked through A1 Vacation Rentals, for a very reasonable price for the week. The drive out this morning only took about 20 minutes to get in the parking lot. There was a $5 parking fee next to the Gondola in town. Lift tickets were $111 a piece, I go a discount using my National Ski Patrol Card. The snowpack so far this year in Colorado is 75% of average for this time of year. Luckily for us most of the snow fell in the last few weeks allowing Breck to open up 100% of their terrain. The weather was fantastic, blue bird skies with an air temperature of 30 degrees in the morning. We did our first few warm-up runs on Peak 8, mostly using the Colorado Superchair and the Rocky Mountain Super Chair. The snow was groomed and fantastic. The runs here had a decent pitch and were long enough to get the legs warmed up. Our first 4-5 runs had us scoping the views of the distant mountains rather then where we were skiing. We ventured off to Peak 7 for one run, most of the runs here are blue squares but still fun. Next we ventured up to the T-Bar and Imperial Express Super Chair. These lifts access some of the more challenging terrain at the mountain. There are multiple bowls here to enjoy, and that we did! The snow-up top was windblown but still soft and easy to turn on. The views up here were amazing, worth the trip up there for sure. After 4-5 runs we decided to take a break and grab lunch. The afternoon took us to Peak 9 and 10. Peak 10 was our favorite, offering many long and steep black diamonds. This Peak didn't seem as crowded as the rest of the mountain. After 12,537 feet of vertical skiing we decided to call it quits and walk around in town. This place has a perfect mountain town vibe and the skiing is great. If your looking for a big mountain with tons of terrain variety, look no further then Breckenridge Colorado.

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