Run of the day at Breck: Spruce Feb. 27, 2013

Are you the type of skier or snowboarder who really enjoys the more challenging groomed runs? Do you like to carve fatty turns on steep, untouched corduroy? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then today’s “Run of the day” is just what you are looking for.

Spruce is located on Peak 8 at Breckenridge ski resort and is classified as a single black diamond run. This challenging groomer provides a little something for everyone from an advanced intermediate to an expert skier or snowboarder.

The terrain

Spruce is groomed pretty much every single night. This gives skiers and boarders fresh corduroy on a daily basis. Get there early to have the trail to yourself and enjoy laying into your turns as you descend over each roller and headwall. This trail is a true adrenaline rush! Beware of the blind rollers and the narrow exit of Spruce as the trail can become quite popular later on in the day.

Best stashes

Corduroy on Spruce
Spruce is looking nice.

If you’re looking to take a break from the corduroy look to skier’s right, about halfway down, near the lift towers. There will be plenty of unsettled snow here. The terrain here is likely to have leftover fresh snow with tons of little moguls and trees to pop off. If you stay right under the lift towers, the pitch gets steeper and the trail gets narrower. This is likely to be where the best snow is and you can even find some freshies here days after a storm.

Getting there

The best way to access Spruce is via the Colorado Superchair on Peak 8. This lift takes you directly to the top of the trail, which runs right down the lift line of Colorado. The best time to hit Spruce is early in the morning, when you will find the trail empty. After all, what’s better then having a steep cruiser that has been freshly groomed, all to yourself?

Spruce is yours for the taking. Go get it!

–Chris Burton