Fabulous snow in Breckenridge

9th February 2011, by Dave Watts

Roger from Vail Resorts has problems in a tree well

Roger from Vail Resorts has problems in a tree well

Breckenridge averages 300” of snow a year. This has been a bumper season and it has almost hit its 300” average already. I arrived on Sunday evening and it was snowing.

The snow continued throughout Monday and until around 9am Tuesday morning. So on Monday we wallowed in powder and skied delightful groomed blue runs that had 2 or 3 inches of powder on top – and because the tree-line here goes right to the top of most groomed runs, visibility was good.

We concentrated on Peaks 7 and 8. When the avalanche control was finished mid-morning we headed up to the famous bowls, where we enjoyed light virgin powder for turn after turn in Horseshoe and Conquest Bowls.

Tuesday saw us exploring Peaks 9 and 10, including great tree skiing off both amid around a foot of fresh fluffy snow. The clouds lifted in early afternoon to reveal fabulous views to Keystone and Copper Mountain, and of the highest bowls in Breckenridge accessed by the Imperial Express chair.

We headed up Imperial and traversed across the huge bowl above Peak 7 to reach a fabulous descent in delightfully light powder. This bowl would be off-piste in Europe and you’d be at risk from avalanches if you skied it. But here in the US bowls like this within the ski area boundary are avalanche controlled and closed if there is danger – if they are open, it means you can ski them safely in the knowledge that avalanche danger has been controlled.

Next stop: Beaver Creek – watch out for a report from there.


Dave’s visits to Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Vail were arranged by Crystal Holidays

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