Beautiful - Nothing Like It

by: 40yrskibum - Apr 5, 2013

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 2
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Views, E Chair, Very Busy Town i.e.- Plenty of work for the ski bum

    Cons: Avg. storm 2-5 inches, Mostly S/E facing windpack, Midwest locals who think they're rad

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Apr 1, 2013


Full review

For the annual visitor, Summit County can't be beat - It's an Excellent all around experience. I've never seen such a bunch of happy, giddy tourists anywhere, in such large numbers - and they come back year after year - for decades. But this review is intended more for the seasoned ski bum planning on spending a whole season or several seasons here. As a long time ski bum, I've spent 3 here and this is my experience: If you're from New York, Chicago, Great Lakes Region - or anywhere Midwest - This is for you, 'cause that's where EVERYONE here is from. Oh, and don't let me forget Texas too. It's a great introduction to the Mountains and ski town living. However, due to insignificant storm totals, constant wind, lack of North Facing terrain - i.e. dry, light, powder, lack of mid-winter backcountry touring options due to sketchy Continental snowpack, i.e. wind, wind, and more windloading,- Powderhounds will be jonesing and dissapointed. If you are expecting regular 2-4 foot San Juan, Wasatch, or Jackson Hole style dumps w/ overhead face shots, go elsewhere - because it just doesn't happen in Summit County. But, if you're in your 20's and heavy into Freestyle, This is the place to be. Park Lane and Freeway offer up huge air and the Kids up here Rip - on any terrain in any condition. Just when you think you're a pretty good skier, you will be promptly schooled by this generation. It's awesome, humbling and inspiring. The "Kingdom of Breckenridge" is exactly that. It's Disneyland. Where colossal mansions fit for Kings rise in the foothills and court jesters abound in town. While transplanted locals call it an "authentic" mountain town - Breck is far from it. Other than some the original Victorian architecture intact, It's The Big City in the mountains where you are more likely to be mingling with Long Islanders and Chicago ans, than Leadville miners, and where high rise condo/ apt. buildings abound that feel more like old New York than "a small mountain town." I tell most people if you're from the Big City, you will love Breck. If you come from wild places in the West that are more Wilderness oriented, it might not be for you. If skiing is your main focus, Southwest Colorado will offer up much more snow, the most challenging terrain, better backcountry options and solitude. If you are drawn to a thriving International resort town, plenty of nightlife and the busy hustle-bustle atmosphere, Breck will deliver. But no matter who you are, the amazing surreal views and the magic of this place will draw you back again and again, snow or no snow, that's for sure. It's a very unique place, and I am glad to have experienced it.

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