There was no fresh snow on Friday, April 10, 2015, so I decided to sleep in a little. My friend Chuck and I caught the 10:26 bus going up to Peak 8. It was another glorious blue bird sunny day in Breckenridge and the ski resort was reporting 181 runs open, out of 187, with 28 of 34 lifts operating, and 303 inches of snow for the season, so far.
We rode up the Colorado Super Chair and warmed up on Springmeier, a blue, intermediate run, before turning onto Crescendo, another blue, intermediate run, but with moguls on one side. The sun had softened up the snow and conditions were perfect; soft, forgiving corn snow, under sunny, blue skies. The snow was so good that we took a few more runs there before tackling the more challenging Rounders, a single black expert run. Rounders was also full of delightful corn snow and we were having a blast. Then we headed up to Chair 6, which usually has great snow. We weren’t disappointed. We skied down West Snowbird, and then over to the double black diamond, expert Contest Bowl, making our turns through the forgiving corn snow.
Contest Bowl was fantastic…. it usually always is. We decided to take some turns on one of my favorite runs, if only because of the name. Upper and Lower Psycopath ski runs are single, black diamond expert runs…. but they obviously had not been groomed in a while because the moguls were as big as Volkswagons, and Psycopath was a lot more difficult than the double black diamond, expert Contest Bowl, on this day. We were both worn out by skiing over and around those big moguls, so we were hesitant about skiing down Lower Psycopath, but it was groomed at the top, so we went for it.
Well, the bottom part of Lower Psycopath had even bigger moguls than the ones on Upper Psycopath. Well, we got our exercise in on that run, this day. We then rode up the E chair and cruised down to the Peak 8 super connect to make our way home. We couldn’t help but admire the great snow cover on Peak 8, as we stopped by the entrance to Tom’s Baby and Inferno, to admire the view.
The next two days, Apr 11 & 12, I headed to Vail for their spring fling. Although the town of Vail is 1600 feet lower than Breckenridge, the upper part of the mountain still had some great snow. We skied Blue Sky Basin, the back bowls, and all over the mountain.
I’m looking forward to this weekend, and skiing Breckenridge once more this season, and it looks like another storm is coming in. They don’t call our county, Summit, for nothing; it’s at the top of the Continental Divide, and April is a fantastic month for a ski vacation.
April is Colorado’s Best Kept Secret….. the snow is still great…. and the skies are sunny and blue, and April is our second snowiest month, and like a week ago, 2 feet of powder can often fall on the top of our Colorado mountains, on any day in April.