|Struck Gold at Copper! Louise Hudson getting first tracks in the Enchanted Forest at Copper Mountain on April 14|
Photo credit: Simon Hudson
Day 1 and 2:
One Ski Hill Place, Breckenridge
Breckenridge: Bob Winsett
With an incredibly high altitude of 12,998 feet (3,963 metres), the skiing at Breck is vast and varied with 34 lifts serving its 2,908 acres. The towering peaks of the "Fourteeners" (surrounding mountains all over 14,000 feet high) ensure that Breckenridge has fabulous snow all season. And because of the huge accumulation this winter - 435 inches so far - Breck is extending its season until April 27. Over the next two weekends, the Spring Fever concert series combines skiing all day with live music and dancing in the late afternoon sunshine.
Glade skiing at Breckenridge: Carl Scofield
Copper Mountain Village: Tripp Fay
Creating the half pipe at Copper Mountain: Tripp Fay
Gorgeous Glades at Copper Mountain: Tripp Fay
Turns out my snow-dar was spot on, too, as I managed to head straight to the locals' caches for first tracks in the Enchanted Forest and also Union Meadows the first morning. These areas stayed soft and light for two days and on day three I woke up to pow-duroy: my word for a light layer of powder atop groomed corduroy snow. What a fabulous way to end the season!
I'll send you links to my Breck and Copper articles for The Dallas Morning News in early fall. By the way, I have now skied 42 days this season, which I think might be a record for someone living in South Carolina!
Copper Mountain: Tripp Fay