Thursday, November 18, 2010

The best way down isn’t always the easiest way up.

Last weekend, Breckenridge Mountain opened up for the season. It’s always an exciting day when the lifts start running, and ski season officially begins. You can feel the excitement in the air of hundreds of eager skiers and riders ready to hit the slopes. But sometimes it’s getting away from those other skiers and riders, and making your own trail with friends that has the best reward…. Even if there are no chairlifts involved!

After taking a few runs on Peak 8 with nice groomed trails and long lift lines, a crew of us (some OM’ers and some friends) decided we wanted to check out the unopened Breck terrain of Peak 10. We were lucky enough on Saturday to even drive up to the Falcon Chair, which gave us a head start on our hike. Putting one foot in front of another while battling our way up Peak 10 and sweating in our multiple layers despite temperatures in the teens, we climbed around 1000 vertical feet in an hour to get to some untouched snow… POWDER, if you will! J That’s every skier and rider’s dream in early November! Every step of the climb was worth it, when you looked down at the untouched run with no one on it, knowing that you were about to be floating on top of the powder on the way down.

It was so amazing that we wanted to repeat the experience on Sunday (before we watched who was going to get the coveted W between the Bills and the Lions). When we tried to drive up to the Falcon chair again, we found snow guns in our path. The way up wasn’t going to be as ‘easy’ as the day before, but we didn’t let that get in our way. We took a different route, and hiked up to the Peak 9 restaurant to hit some more new snow. Different and more difficult route up, but with another amazing way down. See for yourself:

Here’s to looking forward to more hikes up the hill and more powder on the way down! Can’t wait to see you all on the slopes this winter and get some runs while talking about what Outdoor Mindset is up to!


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