Run of the day at Breck: Wirepatch Mar. 16, 2013

Wirepatch sign

Are you an intermediate skier looking to challenge yourself on some more technical terrain? Maybe you’re an advanced intermediate looking for more variety on the slopes? Check out Wirepatch, today’s Run of the day at Breck.

Terrain

Top of Wirepatch
The top section.

This run is classified as a blue and it is located on Peak 7. As far as the blue runs go, Wirepatch is on the more advanced side. This is because of the top section that is more technical than the rest of the run. This section features a fairly steep pitch through un-groomed snow and loose trees. It provides a nice introduction to some light mogul and tree skiing. Wirepatch is a great place for intermediates to learn something new and for the more advanced skiers and riders to warm up or work on their technique. Also, look for those leftover powder stashes here.

This section ends quickly and the rest of the groomed run is full of rollers and fun corners that bank around numerous tree islands. Starting off narrow at the top, Wirepatch becomes wider and wider as you descend and eventually it opens up to be one of the widest runs on Peak 7. This allows you to carve fatty turns across perfect corduroy all the way down.

Wirepatch
The lower section of Wirepatch.

Best time to go

The best time to go to Wirepatch is in the earlier part of the day, especially if you’re after the untouched corduroy. Getting first tracks down this run is like a dream. Carve turns as big as you please on this widening, empty trail. I have also found Wirepatch to be quite nice in the afternoon, when the spring sun heats up that top section turning it to soft mashed potato-like snow. When it comes to bump skiing, snow like this is where it’s at.

Getting there

You can access Wirepatch via the Independence Superchair on Peak 7. This trail runs on the skier’s left side of the chair. Wirepatch merges with Monte Cristo near the bottom and that is your route back to the base area.

Be sure to get out there and test your skills on Wirepatch.

–Chris Burton