How many times can you say it? Breckenridge was heaven today. The upper mtn temps were 20’s and 30’s, with fresh snow. Today’s group was excellent. Welcome Mike, Jim, David, and Fred. And of course welcome David, Kady, Lion, Rich, Ed and Bill.
Richard skiing the Boundary Chutes well
The focus of the day was on World Cup terrain skiing. What are some of the elements? Be AWARE of the surroundings, but have a laser focus on your path. Set a corridor, and ski it. No matter what. And keep your core strong (Hara, Chi, Saki Tondon). Hand/Arm position is solidly (adverb 😉 in front of you. If it gets behind you… you have spilled your energy. Refocus on your line, and move in the direction you wish to travel. If your skis should get deflected, that is OK, keep moving in direction of your intended line. Don’t focus on getting the deflected ski redirected, keep moving. Next, Next, Next.
|March 11, 2007|
Our tour today took us to some great Boundary Chute terrain as a warm up. The following run was taking a leap into Whale’s Tail. About 6-10″ of snow had been deposited in pockets. Then we traversed to great snow on Magic Carpet (great snow), to Sadie. Fun, steep fun!
How do you top that??? Some new terrain. Hike up to the summit, then skirt the Lake Chutes. Getting ready for later. Snow White welcomed us with about a 6 ft Cornice. Below lay fantastic snow. Oh baby!
Then back to 6-Chair for a loop into Horseshoe. The first run with bumps, and it was already lunchtime.
Mike getting into Snow White
After lunch, let’s go hike. We stepped the ladder to the summit once again. We had a few different entry point options in the Lake Chutes. Easy Street, Crazy Ivan, and the Zoot Chute. It was the first time for a few of us. What a thrill to be up there. It is an absolute must for the expert skier. I doesn’t matter who you are, it is a thrill.
On the way down the lake boundary, we found some manky snow. Heavy and thick. It was time to hit the windows. Even at 2:30 there was light and dry powder/packed pow in the windows. Window 2 & 5 were prime time. Lots of snow, no stumps. Good fun skiing.
I like skiing with those who have never really “Skied” Breck before. Breck has a reputation as a great family mountain (which it is). Short steep runs and lots of flats. Well, I will tell you. That rep is quickly being discarded by those who have been skiing with those in the Level 9 and BME clinics.
Huh? Scoping out Crazy Ivan. Fred made the drop!
In the lesson we tend to talk enough to introduce a few key concepts, offer feedback, and catch your breath. There is tons of skiing to be had by the participants. Any of my fellow skiers are certainly welcome to comment below.
Enjoy the day’s video
I am looking forward to skiing with you all in April. Primo spring skiing will be had!
to your sliding success,
2 thoughts on “March 11, 2007 Breckenridge Sunday in Paradise”
Jonathan, it was great to ski with you today. Perhaps we will be able to do so next weekend! I thought the conditions were incredible today, and I had one of my best days skiing the steeps yet.
I am jonesing right now watching this. It is still 75 and it is almost midnight in PHX. I hate spring…