Great Town, Good for Families
Flat Terrain in Spots
Visited on 02/15 - powder day! 6 inches overnight and the snow continued throughout the morning. Made for nice skiing, though the weather was pretty brutal at times. To be honest, I now understand why opinions on this mountain are so divided. Novice and casual skiers/riders will love Breck - the intermediate terrain on Peaks 7 and 9 is pretty wide and flat for Western blue slopes. Advanced-intermediates should look forward to stepping up to some of the black runs - Crystal, Centennial, American, Peerless, Volunteer, Shock, Callie's Alley, and Spruce are all within the reach of anyone who can carve a parallel turn and comfortably carry some speed. Peak 7 is almost all wide, lazy, rolling blue cruisers and was clearly designed as an area for families. True experts will likely find Breck a bore unless you're OK with skiing the E-Chair and Imperial Express all day (and Imperial isn't always open). When Peak 6 opens next year, it may give experts more hike-to options.
The town is great. A lot less snooty and fake than Vail or Whistler (not to mention considerably less expensive), easier to walk than South Lake Tahoe, and better for singles and couples than Keystone. I recommend staying somewhere within walking distance of downtown and basing yourself here, even if you prefer to do your skiing/riding 30 minutes up the road at A Basin or Copper.