This season, we were doubly excited to head up to Breckenridge for Spring Break. In a new progression to Breck's long history, the resort added over 540 acres via the opening of Peak 6. Why is this important? From a historical perspective, this is the largest and one of the most notable ski area expansions worldwide in the past decade. For us, Peak 6 adds 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain. More importantly, a new, high-alpine, Intermediate bowl opened up for skiing – pretty tough to find in other places, usually it's all expert. And, while the terrain is mostly expert and extreme, there are also plenty of options for the Advanced Intermediate.
Our first day up, we were amazed to sit on the Zendo Chair and see that the mountain just kept going up and up. To my untrained eye, none of it looked particularly Intermediate, but rather steep and difficult. When Munchkin struggled getting off the lift and down a steep, short slope down to the bottom of the Kensho SuperChair, I decided to call it a day and ski only the bottom portion of Peak 6 with the kids. (Having my brother-in-law break his leg the day before made us extra cautious as well.) Plenty beautiful, with tougher options along with some tree skiing, even on these basic Intermediate runs. The next day, I called in the cavalry and sent Laima up with the kids, so we could get some video from the top as well. They not only survived, but enjoyed the trip down immensely.
Video of our first visit to Peak 6
After looking at the video and hearing their stories, I'm confident that I can ski the top next season, including some of the hike-to terrain at the very top. I'm looking forward to working on my skiing skills at the beginning of next season, then trying them out on this new-to-me terrain.
Disclaimer: A lift pass was provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.
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