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Old 12-19-2011, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Just got back from my 10 days in Summit...

As we all know the season is seriously lacking snow compared to the record breaking amounts of last season at Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin. I took my December trip anyways, had some new gear to try out and was anxious to ride! For the 10 days I was there, the best we got between the 3 resorts was 1-3", the rest of the days were sunny. Not exactly favorably conditions because who doesn't love that white powder (besides Charlie Sheen ba dum tss)? As far as coverage there is enough terrain open to have fun.

A-Basin is nice because there aren't many people, but right now there are literally like 5 runs open. 2 at the top funnel into one and then at the bottom is splits to 3 that meet right back up to the one lift.

Keystone has a good bit open, the A-51 terrain park is in full swing if you like bigger features. I ventured in but didn't feel like killing myself because I needed to start with the Incubator (beginner) section which isn't even close to done yet. As far as runs there is a good bit IMO, the backside is open as well which has some nice long runs with steeper sections on the blues. Night riding as far as I know all of those runs are open. I never felt limited or crowded.

Breckenridge has Peaks 7,8, and 9 open. There is a good bit of terrain but being so spread out it felt limited. Where I would normally take this run to get to this I had to actually figure out different routes to get there because of the lack of snowfall. The Dew Tour was going on so that was fun to watch at least. I think due to that going on, Breck was more crowded. You could definitely tell all the efforts went towards making the Dew Tour perfect rather than opening more runs.

At all the resorts there would be random rocks and tops of the small trees sticking out but to sum it up, there is plenty to ride to still have fun. I wouldn't buy a day pass but if you have a season pass it's a nice warm up to dust those cobwebs off. If you didn't plan a trip already where you can't get your money back then I would wait or head south to WolfCreek. I'm still hoping for that nice winter storm to really dump before I return in mid January. C'mon Ullr!!!

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Old 12-19-2011, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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tl;dr: sentence structure and spacing. re-edit and I'll happily read.
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appreciate it, broski. Jealous of your trip. I'd kill to spend 10 in summit right now.
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I just spent the past 14 days working Dew Tour. Can't wait to ride for fun tomorrow! Peak 7 here I come.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I just spent the past 14 days working Dew Tour. Can't wait to ride for fun tomorrow! Peak 7 here I come.
Looking forward to peak 7 that much, huh? I could've sworn there was better terrain in Summit county than peak 7.
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sweet review. thanks for that. Im goin to Co for a week the second week of Jan.

I dont mind not riding in 10ft of freshies, but i really wish all those hills were 100% open
kinda sux booking a trip in advance and not getting to explore the entire terrain.

3 weeks to go, cmon Snow Gods
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You should have hit up Vail or Beaver Creek (if they are on your pass?) last week - they at least got a few inches of new stuff, plus Vail has over 1000 acres open (eventhough its mostly groomers and still only about a 1/5 of their entire acreage... but better than 5 runs at A-basin).
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I plan on checking out Vail on my blackout date in Breck this January with my Epic Pass. I can go to Vail any day for $50, but I have to pay $50 for a day pass on that blackout date in Breck. So it's like why waste it on Breck where I will be the rest of my vacation? I don't believe Beaver Creek is included at no cost on my Summit Value Pass but it was just convenient to go to those 3 resorts. 2 minutes to Keystone, 15 minutes to A-Basin, and 30 minutes to Breckenridge.
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Looking forward to peak 7 that much, huh? I could've sworn there was better terrain in Summit county than peak 7.
Oh definitely... but we are hurting for snow bad all groomers. Not much open.. peak seven has the most amount of rollers which I think are fun to play on. Then there's the park.. other than that the mountain sucks.

Crowds are really starting to get bad for xmas break. If I count I saw three people eat shit hard for serious and at least 4 people get taken down in stretchers and an ambulance ride.. then I got hit by someone who couldnt stop in a congested speed check zone and messed me shoulder so I called it a day. Eh I still had fun tho. I love my board.
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