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Old 03-30-2008, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Breck Review

So i just got back from Breckenridge and I have to say I was pretty happy with the whole experience.

The lines weren't as bad as some people made them out to be. I probably actually "WAITED" in line 6 or 7 times over the course of 3 straight days on the mountain, and even then it was never more than 4 or 5 minutes max. The peak time was between 10 am and 1 pm, so any time before or after was great with no waiting.

The weather was pretty warm on tuesday and wednesday, so the snow wasn't in great shape, but on Thursday I didn't manage to catch some fresh snow and cooler weather.

One thing I couldn't believe was the outrageous price of food there. Unfortunately, I didn't have the ability to bring food with me, so I was forced to buy the Breck food. The average lunch cost about 30 dollars for my girlfriend and I, which included 1 big piece of pizza, a banana, 2 gatorades, and a water!!!! Ridonkulous.

Overall, it was an awesome trip and enjoyed everything the mountain and the town had to offer.
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Every time I have been to Colorado I have avoided Breck. I heard too many bad things about the place and I am not impressed with the trail setup. But I have to say that the worst crowds that I have experience in Colorado are in Cooper, it gets very crowded. But as far as expensive it cannot more expensive than Beaver Creek, well unless you go to Aspen.

It took me a couple of times in Colorado to figure out that Loveland and A-basin are incredible resorts and you don't have to deal with all the crap from the mega resorts like (crowds, prices, parking, and nasty tourists). Keystone is a favorite of mine I love the setup of the trails there plus they offer night riding.

I am glad you had a good time.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i pretty much make it a point to never eat on the mountain at any resort in colorado. the prices are just outrageous, and i'd much rather shove a couple granola bars in my pocket to tide me over until it's time to hit the local watering hole for some beer and apres. the reason the lines weren't bad at breck is because you were there in the middle of the week, and i envy you for that. keystone is also one of my favorites...if you can be one of the first chairs up in the morning, you are practically alone on the far back peak until 10 or 11 in the morning when everyone starts showing up or figures out how to get back there. the runs there are nice and long and a bit of a hike is usually rewarded with some nice snow.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Breck has a nice golf course to play in the summer...other than that I don't get up there much...
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Breck lines etc.

To get the good lines at Breck you need to be selective. If you head over to Peak Seven you can get some great runs with fewer gapers because it is more of a pain in the ass to get over there. Dependent on your expertise, great lines are to be had at the top of Peak 8 in the various bowls. If you are into bumps, you can try Peak 10, and while you are over there, pockets of residual powder can often be found in the glade area known as The Burn. Even the more tourist infested Peak Nine can give you some kewl lines if you bear over to boarder left runs like American, Peerless, Gold King and Volunteer.

Food on any mountain is very expensive as you have to pay for them hauling everything up to the top of the mountain with no trucking services available. As was suggested before, stash some munchies in your pack and take advantage of the facilities to warm up, enjoy the spectacular views and inspect the plumbing without dumping a lot of cash for them to cook for you. If you can get past the cost, however, they do a good job with food at both the Peak Nine Restaurant and at Vista Haus at the top of Peak 8.

The town of Breckenridge is the great for apres riding with killer bars and restaurants in an authentic 19th century setting, and there are great lodging options both slopeside and in town.

I promise, I don't work for the Breckenridge resort, but that is the place where I learned to ride so the mountains there hold a special place in my heart. And though I really like the runs at Keystone (especially for night riding), Beaver Creek and A-Basin, I'll always return to what I still feel are my home mountains at Breck.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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peak 9 and 10 are where it's at. the burn is probably my favorite spot on that whole mountain. on a powder day, venturing to the double blacks on the south side of peak 10 can't be beat if you don't mind a bit of a treck on the way back to the chair.
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