A Mecca for the Park & Pipe Set
Over the past few years, Breckenridge has turned itself into a terrain park mecca. Given the number of pro skiers and riders that call the Summit County area home, this isn’t surprising, but what’s most impressive about Breck’s parks is the way they’re laid out. There’s a very clear, very obvious delineation between the beginner (small), intermediate (medium), advanced/expert (large), and pro-level (you current on your health and life insurance?) parks. This strategy is not only safer for all involved, but also serves to help all the non-professional skiers and riders progress at a reasonable pace; in other words, you don’t have to worry about going from a five-foot flat box set flush in the ground to a 40-foot single-barrel handrail ten feet off the ground. Progression is the name of the game when it comes to Breck’s parks.I’ve never been accused of being the sharpest edge on a board, and I’ve hit some big ol’ park features in my day, but even on a perfect spring-day with soft, cushy landings, I was ready to hit the monster three-jump line in the Freeway terrain park. Don’t quote me on this, but I’d estimate the first jump at around 50-55 feet (15-16 meters), the second jump slightly bigger, and the third jump at something nuts – minimum 70, maybe closer to 85 feet (21-25 meters). Nevertheless, the features are well built, well maintained, If you think you can throw down in the park, head to Breck. You’ll know where you stand almost instantly.