All of the Breckenridge and Peak 10 pictures were taken on June 24, 2014, so it looks like the 4th of July Bowl tradition will continue this year.
Just below the summit of Peak 10, is a bowl called the 4th of July Bowl. It is called that because you can usually ski that bowl on the 4th of July. It has become a tradition to ski it on the 4th. A couple of years ago I decided to check it out.
I have a 4 wheel drive vehicle so I started driving past the Beaver Run chairlift on a dirt jeep trail that is open in the summer. It's always a lot of fun to drive or hike up terrain that I ski down in the winter. This jeep trail goes up the easiest way down from the plateau that the Quicksilver Chair takes you to… past the horse stables and Ten Mile Station and then all the way past where the Mercury and Beaver Run chairs end, and up along the dirt jeep trail that goes up past Billy's Bowl and beyond to within a mile of both Peaks 10 and 9. I parked my vehicle off to the side, and began hiking up the trail to the summit of Peak 10. There is a zig zag trail that goes up past a weather station on the ridge, and then along the ridge to the summit of Peak 10.
I just wanted to check out the scene and the tradition, but when I got to the summit, I immediately regretted that I did not bring my skis with me. It looked great. A big wide open bowl of snow…. it would have been a lot of fun to ski down the bowl… but it was a fun hike, anyway.
So that is the tradition… I would say that there were about 50 skiers who hiked up there that day.
So if you are coming to Breckenridge to celebrate the 4th of July, don't forget to bring your skis and join the tradition of skiing the 4th of July Bowl, on the 4th of July.
They say that people first come to Colorado in the winter, for the skiing, but once they experience a summer in Colorado, they want to move here. The summers are wonderful here…. cooler than most other places in the country. And it is so beautiful here in the summer…. with all the greenery, and colorful flowers, and flowing streams, and gorgeous mountain scenery.