Great snow, awesome runs open
Expensive, lift lines were horrid
Today we continued our early season ski adventure by going to Breckenridge. Breck has a special place in my heart, because it's the first resort I ever skied at out West. That was six years ago, and now Breck is a different place.
First off, we went to park in the parking lot next to the gondola for peak 8. WRONG. It was $10 to park there, so we ended up heading a mile or two to the airport road free skier parking. We took the shuttle then shelled out a whopping $50 for a half-day pass. Today was turning out to be expensive. But would it be worth it?
We loaded the peak 8 gondi and headed up. We were startled to see the lift lines...it was incredible! There had to of been 500 people in line at the SINGLE quad chair servicing the two open runs. We waited in line at least 25 minutes for our first chair. We thought for sure that we were going to be upset with the day.
The lift line started to pay off a bit when we got on the snow. We skied the run to skier's right of the lift and found the snow to be very soft. The run was also plenty wide open so you rarely had to worry about other skiers or riders. This was a big upgrade over Keystone yesterday. We got back down and stood in line for another 20 minutes to catch the next chair. We were getting upset with the long liftlines.
The next run we skied was the run to skier's left of the lift. The snow was terrible on it, completely icy and washed out. Once we got to the bottom quarter of the run, it was not so bad, but for the majority of the run it was terrible. We opted to continue skiing the original run we hit.
We got in the lift line, and for the next 4-5 times, we waited an average of 20 minutes each time for a chair. We stayed on the run to skier's right of the lift because it had better snow conditions, and plenty of fun little natural features to jump off and play around on.
Around 3pm, we managed to lap the same run very quickly as the lift line died down. The snow started getting hard and icy, but it was still plenty worth it. We had fun jumping, sliding, and popping over all the little rollers and jumps along the run. And with the lift lines finally dying, so did the congestion on the run.
Overall, the day started out a little sketchy with the huge lift lines and high prices. But as the day went on and things got less busy, it got even better. Plus, we were there to ski, and Breck had amazing early-season conditions. It ended up being the best day out of the two (the weather certainetly helped), and overall one of the best groomer days out West.