by: Craig - 31st March 2010

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Hike-To Terrain, Apres Ski
Weekend Crowds

Full review

Breck is still my go-to resort when I head down the I-70 corridor. Even with marginal conditions I enjoy my time there. First of all, their high terrain is awesome! And so easy to access. It's a quick 15-20 minute hike from the top of Peak 9 to access the Back 9 and Twin Chutes which are usually great pow even two days after a storm. The best is the 5-minute hike to the top of Peak 8 from the Imperial Express. On powder days, that is where you want to go FIRST! They have some great expert terrain up there and it's so easy to get to. If you're willing to take a few hikes, Breck's terrain quality goes way up! The best lift-served terrain is off of the T-Bar, Chair 6, and Imperial Express. From Imperial you can access the high side of Peak 7, look for Ore Bucket, that's a winner. The T-Bar gives you access to the middle section of Peaks 7 & 8 which are all nice steep runs. But if you're not keen to the T-Bar lift, you can head to the other side of Peak 8 and use Chair 6. Chair 6 is an old double lift and can get really crowded on weekends, but the terrain is great. You can hit the trees and there are some nice drops there, all blacks. Once you're done on the mountain (and I know you skied until 4pm), you can head into town on the Gondy. There are some great bars in town. I certainly recommend hitting Blue River Bistro for their amazing happy hour deal: 2 for 1 appetizers and martinis. And $2 Deschutes on tap. This is a bistro, so all their appetizers are fantastic, and their martinis are top notch. After Blue River, I'd recommend hitting The Brown or for a more divey destination, ULLR's. If you can manage to go mid-week at Breck, you will have a great time zipping around the mountain. But the weekends bring hoards of people from Denver so if the conditions are good, chances are you're waiting in long lines all over.
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