A day on Peak 6


02/18/2014 | By Roman

Almost  any condo in Breckenridge is within 150 feet of the free bus system.  I stay at a ski in lodging in Breckenridge, where I can literally ski to my door, and Summit Vacations has 43 ski in / ski out or ski in / walk to lift properties in town), but,  like the guests at many of our ski in / walk to lift properties,  and our other shuttle to lift properties, I walked about 100 feet to the nearest bus and caught the bus to the Gondola.  The Gondola dropped me off at Peak 7, where I rode the Independence Chair.  From there I took the single black, expert run, Ore Bucket, to ultimately get to Peak 6 (keep going left at every opportunity).  I immediately dropped into 8 inches of untracked fresh powder in this glades run.  The snow is just getting better and better.  A glorious based is being put down by Mother Nature, covering any rocks or obstacles.  Here is a picture of Ore Bucket, with patches of powder still available on the sides of the run.



I finally made it to the top of Peak 6 to see some views, but just barely.  I was able to snap a few pictures, as the wind as the winds kicked up quite suddenly.  In the few minutes that I took a few pictures, the ski patrol closed off the skier’s right side of the Peak 6. 



You can see the Continental Divide in the distance; the line of snow capped mountains.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, the rain or snow that falls east of that divide, ultimately flows to the Gulf of Mexico.  The rain or snow that falls on this side of the Divide, the western side, ultimately flows to the Pacific.

 I skied down blue, intermediate run, Elysian Fields.  The top was wind blown and crusty, but after a few hundred yards, the snow turned into beautiful powder and packed powder.  From here I skied into the blue, intermediate run, Reverie,  where trees provided cover from the winds.  With the howling winds, I decided to leave my further exploration of Peak 6, to a less blustery day.

 I skied back to Peak 7 and made my way over to the T-Bar, where instead of riding up, I choose to ski down, down the infamous Toilet Bowl.   It is an un-official, tree run.  I would not recommend doing it without a ski instructor, (they will be happy to take you there, if they feel you can handle it).   The Toilet Bowl flushes out just above

Rip’s Ravine, a children’s adventure area.  Adults cannot go into the kid’s adventure areas without a child accompanying them. 

 Most kid’s adventure areas are green runs for kids, but black runs for adults.  Funny how that is.

 Coming out of the Toilet Bowl, I headed down to the Colorado Super Chair, where I headed for Mach 1.  Mach 1 is a short, very steep mogul run, double black diamond, where they often times have mogul competitions.  The Olympics had me stoked. 

 I skied this run better than I ever have in whole life.  I skied it non-stop,  gracefully, (not racing) in almost perfect form.  The epic quality of the snow gave me the confidence to ski it as good as I possibly could.  The snow cover is just fantastic.

 It also does not hurt that I have a quiver of top notch skis.  Today I was skiing on what are becoming one of my new favorites, the Nordica Patron.



I love the graphics, but even more important is how they handle on the snow.  They are a top rated powder ski, but they perform all over the mountain, and in all conditions.  I really like the trend to the fatter, longer skis, mini snowboards, if you will.  You can rent these very skis at one of our affiliate partners, Christy Sports.  They have, 9 locations throughout Breckenridge, with the main one at the Village, at Maggie Pond, just across from the Quandary Bar and Grill.  You can reserve these skis, or any other top demo, or any basic ski or snowboard equipment from our home page, and get a Summit Vacations discount when you do.  Please reserve your skis a week in advance.

 From the bottom of Mach 1, I easily turned my tip rockered Nordica Patrons down the catwalk that follows Sawmill Creek past the C Chair and down to the Beaver Run Chair.  I took the Beaver Run Chair and dropped down into Briar Rose, an easy blue, intermediate run.  Just past the new CJ’s  Cabin kid’s adventure area, is an opening on the right, which widens into a lovely glade that drops down into Upper Lehman, another blue, intermediate run.  

 This glade was just heavenly.  It was still untracked in many areas.  Although the top of the snow had started to crust up just slightly, my skis plowed through that small layer, like it was nothing, and into the foot of fresh powder beneath, as I made my turns through that glade.

I cruised Upper Lehman past Ten Mile Station and onto the Mercury Chair.  From the top of the Mercury, I cruised over to the Devil’s Crotch, a double black diamond, expert mogul run.  Well, Mach 1 was my inspiration.  With the confidence of this epic snow, and my trusty Patrons, I dropped out of the winds and into the Devil’s Crotch.

 The top of the run was wind blown and crusty,  I did see a chunk of blue ice, which I easily avoided.  After turning on a couple of windswept, hard, crusty moguls, the snow once more became deliciously delightful, and

WHOOOHOOOO………

 Another epic  non stop run for me.  Again, better than I have ever done it before, gracefully turning on every bump (well I did traverse a bump) on two occasions. Ha ha, but essentially skiing up a bump to slow down, and then turning on the very top of the bump, where only the boot/ski area of your skis is on snow, and then skiing down that bump and up another bump to slow down, turning on the top of that other bump and repeating the motion all the way down.

 The Snow is fantastic and the best is yet to come.  March and April are in my opinion, the best months for a ski vacation.  The snow has accumulated, and still will, and it starts to get warmer and sunnier.

 You still have time to get in on the fun.

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