Four perfect days in Breck for pro’s, bro’s and others in the know
You know who you are. You’re the girl up before the sun, smartphone crowing with snow reports. You’re the guy who sleeps in his base layers for quick roll-out-n-go when there’s a foot of fresh powder forecast. You shamelessly take stock in the phrase “no friends on a powder day.”
Sound familiar? Then these are your four perfect days:
Set up camp at the DoubleTree by Hilton — hot tubs, ski storage, heated garage, dogs are welcome and it’s at the base of Peak 9.
Take the lift less traveled and hop on the Falcon SuperChair at the base of Peak 10. Ski black and double black diamond laps until your heart’s content. Score some steep thrills carving through trees and untouched stashes along The Burn.
Head over to Peak 8 and stop for lunch at Ski Hill Grill (try the Epic Mountain Burger.) Flip on the GoPro and hit Park Lane’s rails, boxes, and jibs. Or test your edges in the 22-foot Freeway Terrain Park superpipe.
Check the newspaper and see what’s going on around town. Trivia Night at The Motherloaded or $1 drafts, pool and foosball at The Dredge are a good time. Want to chill at the hotel? Grab a pie to-go from Fatty’s or Northside Pizza.
Your friends call you to see where the best lines of the day are. You’ll tell ‘em – - right after you lay down your own fresh tracks. If this is you, early-day laps on the T-Bar are a must. Get your fill of steep and (snow gods willing) deep floats down Contest, Horseshoe and Cucumber bowls.
Spend the afternoon exploring the many faces of Peak 9. You’ll see why locals love to lap 6-Chair. Explore the hike-to terrain off the Mercury SuperChair and maneuver the infamous Windows or Twin Chutes.
Après at the T-Bar at the base of Peak 8. Try the spicy margarita and order the gigantic nachos. Spend some time soaking in the hot tubs back at your hotel and rest up for tomorrow.
Daylight Donuts opens at 6 a.m. — perfect for first chair aficionados. Munch bear claws and sausage rolls on the gondola, exit Peak 7 and head up Independence SuperChair. It’s time to experience Peak 6. The biggest ski resort expansion in North America in more than a decade delivers 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to.
Spend the afternoon playing in Peak 6’s three new bowls and enjoy the expansive views of Summit County.
Back in town, stop by the Breckenridge Distillery tasting room to sample award-winning spirits and pick up souvenirs. Reward yourself for a break-through day on the mountain with a night of live music at Three20South.
Grab a build-your-own breakfast sandwich or burrito from Quandary Grille. If you’re up for it, enjoy a reprise of your favorite Breck terrain park, bowls or tree runs. Legs need a break? Treat yourself to a starlight sleigh ride, snowmobiling or dogsledding adventure.
Restore inner peace with a specialty massage from Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa.
– Lisa Pogue