Another Epic Powder Day at Breckenridge
Here is the snow report as of Saturday morning, 1/11/14:
Last 24 hours: 10"
Last 48 hours: 16"
Last 7 days: 33"
Total Season Snowfall: 151"
I was hoping to experience the newly opened Peak 6 today (Friday, 1/10/14), but we had another storm, blizzard like conditions with a high wind advisory, so when we got to the top of the Independence Chair, we discovered that any lifts above timberline were not open.
Visibility improved once we dropped into the blue, intermediate Pioneer Trail and had trees on both sides of the run. If you read my last blog, then you know that I love skiing powder and freshly falling snow. My Rossignol Experience 98’s cruised through untracked powder as we headed towards the base of Peak 8 and onto the Rocky Mountain Super Chair.
After that warm up, we tackled the untracked entry into the single black diamond mogul run, Little Johnnie’s. I struggled at first, but then found my rhythm and the whooping and hollering started. So much fun skiing untracked and freshly packed powder. Great cover so far on these two runs…. Silky smooth on my Rossi 98’s.
We headed up the Colorado Super Chair and cruised the single black diamond access run, Frosty’s, and into the single black diamond expert lower Psycopath ski run. Whoohoo….. the powder was so amazing.
However, there was some slickness under the powder at the bottom of the run where it converges with lower Boneyard, and Southern Cross, just before the entry to the E Chair, which we rode up. Looking down on the double black diamond expert mogul run, Tom’s Baby, we saw it still had scrapingss in that one stretch. Coming down on skier’s right, it is so steep in that section, that in 25 years of skiing there, I have never seen that area without scrapings. But it looked to be in very good shape on skier’s left, coming down.
How did Tom’s Baby get its name. Here is a quote from ColoradoProspector.com,:
“The largest crystallized gold nugget unearthed in Colorado history was discovered in 1887 near Breckenridge by miners Tom Graves and Harry Lytton. The nugget became known as "Tom's Baby," because Graves would carry it around wrapped in a blanket. Originally the nugget weighed 13 lbs., 7 oz., but when it was rediscovered in a bank vault after years of misplacement, it had shrunk to less than 9 lbs. It is now safely on display at the Museum of Natural History in Denver.”
From the top of Peak 9 we cruised through the packed powder and freshly falling snow on Briar Rose, a mellow intermediate blue run, until we saw an opening in the trees, past CJ’s cabin, where we dropped into the trees between Briar Rose and Lower Lehman. The foot deep powder was delightful as we floated through that glade.
I would not advise you to ski the trees unless you are an expert skier and are familiar with the terrain. I would recommend taking a private lesson and I would be happy to recommend excellent ski and ride instructors (you can call me at 970-453-2779 or email me at email@example.com for recommendations. The trees can be dangerous with obstacles hidden just below freshly fallen snow.
Somewhere I miscalculated, and we wound up on what was very nostalgic terrain for me. We got below the Falcon chair and ended up on the Frontier run, an extremely mellow beginner run.
It is the run that I used to take beginners on, for their first run after going up the chairlift the first time. The terrain coming off the Quicksilver Super 6 Chairlift is, in my opinion, one of the best areas for beginner skiers to learn. It is a large, plateau like area, that drops off in 3 places. When Frontier comes back into Silverthorne, the run underneath the Quicksilver Chair, it’s best for beginners to work their way across the Silverthorne to King’s Way, the easiest way down.
We then proceeded to the Falcon Chair on Peak 10, all single black and double black terrain, where we found the most untracked powder. We skied Crystal, Centennial, Doublejack and Bronc and the trees in between
Doublejack and Bronc. Bronc had the best snow; we were still able to ski untracked foot deep powder the second time we skied it. Bronc may be the most difficult single black run on the mountain; it is short, but very steep.
After our last run down Bronc, where you will need to get some speed at the bottom to get back to the Falcon Chair, there is a locals’ trail that goes off to the right (out of bounds, but clearly marked) that goes through the trees and down to the homes and condos in the Warrior’s Mark and Broken Lance and Columbine area (Our Tomahawk Lane and Broken Lance properties are there).
There are numerous side trails that drop off from this trail. After the trail comes close to the highest homes in Warrior’s Mark, side trails drop to the left that lead to the green beginner run, Lower Lehman, that runs down to the Beaver Run and Quicksilver area.
We rode the Quicksilver and skied down to the Peak 8 Superconnect to catch the 4 O’Clock ski run to ski home. Another epic day!
And if you want to try the Rossignol Experience 98”s, or any Rossignol skis, our equipment rental affiliate partner, Ski Butlers carries the full line of Rossignol skis, and will deliver them to your condo, with sizes below and above to make sure you have the right fit.
Their award winning service does not stop there. If you have an equipment problem while skiing, they will be there, on the hill, within an hour of your call, if not sooner, to fix any problem.
Make sure to ask for the Summit Vacations discount, or book your equipment from them on our website (Reserve your skis from them a week before your arrival to get the discount).
Wishing you outstanding outdoor adventures every day of your visit to Breckenridge!