Hi all and thanks in advance for any info you can share.
1 - Driving
Routed up 285 this coming Thursday (currently in Santa Fe) which looks to be a lovely drive - if it weren't in a blizzard. Time estimated at 5.5 hours where I-25 to I-70 is 7+, but I'm considering the long way due to the snow. Driving an AWD SUV, with decades of winter driving experience so I don't wish to be overly cautious, just choose what will in fact be the fastest route. If anyone has experience with the 2 routes, would appreciate the inside local road knowledge.
2 - Skiing
Staying right in town, will have 2 almost certain to be big powder days Fri and Sat. I'm an expert skier with about 100 big powder days under my belt, I only no longer do the type of chutes where if you miss a turn you'll die, and honestly my avalanche education is weak. Expert Breck skiers (and shredders): death chutes aside:
- what is the steepest, sickest, most fun terrain to hit with 2 powder days at breck?
- any info on avalanche, after a foot or 2, do they generally close areas to bomb, or, what info do you look for / terrain to avoid on avy days? as the whole mtn will be fresh should be no reason for me to go out of bounds, but would like to hit the best bowls, hikes, areas if anything to share
- getting started, i'll be on south main street. which lift(s) do i take to get out of the beginner area and quickly to the blacks, any particular lifts to seek / avoid, areas to center on?
thanks very much for any help
i'm really looking fwd to the snow (2 days at breck + 3 at vail)