Breck’s Black Diamond Groomers

Black diamond groomersBreck’s Black Diamond Groomers

Think diamonds are just for girls? Not at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Here, the diamonds are black, and they’re for absolutely everyone who wants a challenge. With over 50 percent of the resort’s trails made up of single and double black diamond runs, Breck is a paradise for lovers of expert terrain. And for those of us who love cruising fresh corduroy, Breck has plenty of steep groomed runs to keep us epically entertained.

Imperial Ridge – Peak 8

For an experience you can’t get anywhere else, hop on the Imperial Express SuperChair, the highest chairlift in North America. Enjoy the breathtaking views from 12,840 feet, and then follow Imperial Ridge – the only groomed double-black trail at Breck – down the spine of the mountain.

Pika and Upper Four O’Clock – Peak 8

If you’ve always been tempted to ride the T-Bar but aren’t quite ready to tackle Horseshoe Bowl, breeze down Pika and Upper Four O’Clock. At the top of the T-Bar, turn right to rip down Pika. Turn left to find pick up Upper Four O’Clock, and trace the contour of Contest Bowl as you carve your way back down to the Vista Haus.

Spruce and Rounders – Peak 8

Spruce plunges down Peak 8 right underneath the Colorado SuperChair. When you’re ready to show off your slalom turns, Spruce puts you center stage. If skiing right under the lift isn’t your thing, follow Pathfinder to Rounders for a little more solitude.

Amen and Adios – Peak 8

The terrain served by 6-Chair is one of the most popular places on the mountain and for good reason. The runs are challenging and fun. Most of them are left au natural, but Amen and Adios are periodically groomed for your shredding pleasure.

Rendezvous – Peak 8

Heading to Peak 9 from Peak 8? Rendezvous is the steepest way down. This trail dives under the Peak 8 SuperConnect and spits you out right at the base of E-Chair.

American – Peak 9IMG_0263 copy

American is the place to channel your inner ski racer. Let your edges slice through the snow as you carve your way down the mountain, and don’t worry if you can’t keep up with the local ski team members who practice here.

Volunteer – Peak 9

Race past the Overlook Restaurant to get to the top of Volunteer. Don’t let the mellow top section fool you – the double fall line that starts halfway down keeps things spicy.

Shock – Peak 9

Short, sweet, and steep, Shock is a great shortcut from Peak 9 to the mid-load of the Peak 8 SuperConnect.

Crystal, Centennial, Double Jack, Bronc, and Cimarron – Peak 10

If long, steep groomers get your adrenaline pumping, Peak 10 is calling your name. These trails will thrill you as you rack up plenty of vertical feet run after run.

On clear nights, turn your gaze to the resort to see the twinkling headlights of the groomers getting Breck’s epic black diamond terrain ready for another day full of amazing skiing and riding. Grooming patterns change often, so be sure to check out this interactive map in order to get the low-down on which runs were groomed the night before, and then hit the slopes early to get first carved tracks on that smooth and sparkly diamond corduroy.

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