The last day of January 2013, will be a memorable one for many Breckenridge Ski Resort skiers and riders. Fifteen inches of snow fell over a two-day period, and Horseshoe Bowl remained closed the first full day of the dumpage (Jan. 30). That meant serious face shots Thursday, Jan. 31, when ski patrollers opened Horseshoe Bowl in the early morning.
Accumulated snowfall, plus winds that worked just right to blow more of the fluffly white stuff into the bowl, meant plenty of knee-deep turns.
The snowfall will also allow ski patrol to open Imperial Express SuperChair this weekend. North America’s highest chairlift (12,840 feet at the top) provides access to Peak 8’s Whale’s Tail, as well as upper Peak 7 terrain. Patrollers haven’t committed to an exact day and time of the chairlift’s opening, but ski resort officials will announce it on their Facebook page as soon as they know.
Thursday’s pow fix reminded me why I live here. I could simply roll out of bed at 8 a.m., put my helmet on, over unbrushed hair, and follow the fresh tracks.
I could show up alone and find a friend to ski with for the day — when taking laps on T-Bar or Chair 6, it’s easy to pair up with a like-minded powder lover.
And best of all, I skied knee-deep — and sometimes deeper — powder in Horseshoe Bowl, with all eight of my “laps” delivering light, fresh powder. Sure, a few runs involved trusting my skis more than seeing, since it was still snowing, but the sun peeked out several times so I could scout out fresh tracks and tear into the bowl. By afternoon, the sun decided to hang out.
For those of you betting I hit rocks while making turns in the bowl, you bet wrong. Yeah, my skis took a little scrape here and there as I explored terrain I knew to be a little sketchy, but my actual lines through Horseshoe left my skis completely unscathed (and I am known to “push the boundaries,” so to speak, in pursuit of completely fresh tracks — and today was no exception).
The fresh-track possibilities outlasted my energy and time allotment (12:30 p.m.), so there are still more to be found — especially when Breckenridge Ski Resort opens Imperial Express. So get out there!