4.04.2011

Insider Tips for Spring Skiing in Keystone, CO

Insider Tips are written by the expert team at our ResortQuest Ski and Sport shops! Thanks Frank E.!

The last 7 days in March brought 50, YES, 50 INCHES, of fresh new snow to the
Breckenridge area and 48 INCHES to Keystone!!! And with the latest storm that has rolled through Spring skiing in Breck and Keystone is more like mid-winter conditions! Keystone
received 11" since yesterday (April 3) and over 39" inches in the past 7 days! Shout out for Spring Powder Days!

And with the end of the season approaching ResortQuest is offering some incredible lodging deals including the Spring Fever Buy One Get One promotion.  Stay two nights, pay for just one night, stay three nights, pay just two nights, and so on.

So where are the best runs right now at Breckenridge and Keystone Ski Resorts?
Learn more about the Breckenridge Ski Resort including maps and descriptions and learn more
  • BeginnersBreckenridge - Check out the Silverthorne run.  This casual green cruiser on Peak 9 can be accessed from the Quicksilver lift.  It is perfect for skiers and riders that are looking to take it easy and not have to worry about ending up on a more advanced trail.  It goes to the base of Peak 9 where you can stop in to the Quandary Grill on the Main Street Station plaza for a quick bite to eat before heading back onto the slopes. See lodging next to Quicksilver KeystoneGet on Schoolmarm.  This is a very long green run that winds its way across Keystone Mountain and will give you a sweet, easy way to get down the hill.
  • IntermediateBreckenridge - Loaded with nothing but mellow blue runs, lower Peak 7 is the perfect place for intermediate skiers, or as a warm up for advanced and expert snow riders before getting on the black and double-black runs.  For the wider, easier blue runs try Wirepatch and Lincoln Meadows.  If you want something a bit more challenging we recommend Northstar, Claimjumper or PioneerKeystone – When you are ready to step it up a notch give Wild Irishman a go.  With the option of hitting bumps on one side of the trail and groomers on the other, the choice is yours as to how aggressive you want to be. 
  • AdvancedBreckenridge - For snow riders that want to challenge themselves without going overboard we recommend checking out Chair 6.  Lines can be a bit long right after the opening bell, but it is worth the wait.  There is a broad expanse of single-black runs that will keep you on your toes without getting too hairy for most people.  When you get off the chair head hard left and go to Way Out.  This run skirts the ski area boundary and is frequently un-tracked.  Steep and fun!  Keystone – Head back to the North Peak and hit Cat Dancer.  With lots of bumps your legs will burn, but in a satisfying way.  
  • Expert Breckenridge - For those that are ready for the ultimate Breckenridge challenge head up the Imperial lift and head over to Upper Peak 7.  This stout traverse weeds out all but the most die-hard skiers and boarders, but is absolutely worth the effort.  This terrain provides nothing but double-black terrain and will open your eyes to the joys of serious snow riding.  As you get farther over you will hit Whales Tale, which takes you right down the guts of the bowl.  You might have to go back to lower Peak 7 for a well deserved break. Keystone – One of the best parts of Keystone Resort is its fabulous tree skiing.  They pulled out all of the stops when it came to creating beautiful gladed runs that go on forever.  Some of the best of these are in the Black Forest on The Outback.  Runs include Bushwhacker, Badger and The Grizz.  These are for experts only, but if you qualify, definitely check these out.  WEAR A HELMET!
Need some great skis for a great price?  Check out our ResortQuest Ski and Sport Shop- We have great gear at great prices with experts fitting you for your day of skiing! Get to Breckenridge and Keystone for Epic Spring Skiing!

2 comments:

Ryan said...

To the Expert section for Keystone I would have to add North and South Bowls. North Bowl is my favorite with some of the best trees in Summit County while South Bowl is a bit more wide open (at least up top). With the five dollar cat rides (must have cash)or a super easy five minute hike from the top of the Outback Express Lift, it weeds out most people while still being easily accessible. At Breckenridge, quite a few of us in the ResortQuest office have been really digging the hike up through the access gate directly above the Falcon Chair on Peak 10. It's a bit of a hike at around 15-20 minutes but the rewards are well worth it. If you drop looker's right, that area is called the Ballroom and has spectacular tree runs and tends to hold some sweet stashes well after a storm. There is a really nice cornice to boost if you drop looker's left although I'd probably consider a buddy and a beacon in that area, particularly on a warmer day. Enjoy the late season powder!!!

Adam Devine said...

I just got in after an early morning of making powder turns. 6 chair delivered as usual with mid shin to knee deep snow. The line did get long, but E chair had no line and great snow in the windows and under the lift line. For advanced snow riders I highly recommend these areas.