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Seis de Mayo at Breckenridge was great. @Doug Briggs gave us an outstanding tour of his home mountain helping us make the most of our 4.5 hrs on the hill. I really enjoyed seeing how the layout will operate in late spring conditions, which will hopefully be a regular thing in future seasons. There was a ton of acreage open for skiing, basically most of Peak 6, 7, and 8 with a tremendous snow base and NO people.

The base of Peak 7 is a key entry point for the late spring ski operations at Breck. Instead of accessing it with the Breck Station Gondi, a shuttle bus is used. Parking is free at Breck station, just steps from the bus pick-up spot.pugski base peak 7 breck.jpg
This is the view from a groomer below the Kensho chair on Peak 6. Trail traffic was VERY light on May 6, 2019 and the snow was very good in many places, esp on groomed runs.
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Emily Lovebug was in groomer heaven at Breck.
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George's Thumb, the snowfield in the center accessed by the Imperial Chair, was probably our favorite offpiste run of the day. Nice spring snow and no competition for it.
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We took a few rides on the Horseshoe Bowl T-Bar.
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Doug is a great skier and generous tour guide, here finishing up George's Thumb.
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Doug and @Tricia discussing Breck's magnificent high alpine terrain open for May skiing.
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Em, Phil, Tricia, Doug and @P-Ute above Horseshoe Bowl.
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Tricia breezing down George's Thumb.
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Jim, Doug, Tricia and Phil at 12,800' summit of Imperial Chair. Beautiful Dillon Reservoir in background.
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P-Ute and I had some great afternoon runs off the Kensho chair on Peak 6 in wonderful soft spring snow.
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Emily loved George's Thumb!
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Emily's last day of the season and she enjoyed every minute of it.
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P-Ute on George's Thumb. The six of us had the whole mountainside to ourselves.
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View of Sixth Senses hike-to terrain above Kensho chair. It was open and we saw a few folks going for it.
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Two shots of Phil in action.
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The view that inspired the SS Pugski make-over. Very cool!
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It was a blast to get some ski time with Phil and Tricia, who are often very busy facilitating fun for the rest of us.
Ski on everybody!
 
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^^^ Great post about Breck, thanks @Jim Kenney. I've been wondering how Breck has been with the new late spring operations.

I'd love to read a May skiing at Breck vs. A-basin thread with thoughts from those that have skied both. (It probably makes sense as a separate thread rather than buried here.) I suspect many others will be interested and it would be a useful resource for those searching for this information as they are considering pass choices.
 

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@Doug Briggs is a former world cup racer. It was a privilege to ski with him today. Here is a short sequence of him in action when he had no idea I was taking his photo. Doug, help me, what part of the mountain was this on? Was this that rough chunky snow in Horseshoe Bowl?

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^^^ Great post about Breck, thanks @Jim Kenney. I've been wondering how Breck has been with the new late spring operations.

I'd love to read a May skiing at Breck vs. A-basin thread with thoughts from those that have skied both. (It probably makes sense as a separate thread rather than buried here.) I suspect many others will be interested and it would be a useful resource for those searching for this information as they are considering pass choices.
Good idea. I may try to do a quick report on your question, Breck vs. A-B in late season, but I'm going to be quite busy next few days after spending three days goofing off in CO.
In a nutshell:
I just skied A-B on Sat and Sun, May 4 and 5. It was great, but very busy with a lot of trail traffic in certain sections of the mtn (including a bunch of fun PugSkiers). Lift lines remained generally quite tolerable. However, I just did Breck on Monday, May 6 and it was pleasantly DESERTED. Would A-B have been deserted too? Maybe a local can tell me? Comparing what's available at both areas, they both may have similar total open skiable acreage at this point of the season and both have some excellent terrain variety for May (A-B is essentially 100% open/Breck has Peaks 6, 7, and 8 open), but I'd say A-B has more advanced terrain open, Breck has more intermediate runs open.
Parking was pretty hectic at A-B, but available at A-B on Sat and Sun. At Breck on Monday the parking was free, convenient, and no hassle. Although, you must catch a shuttle bus from the free parking at Breck Station Gondi lot to ride to base of Peak 7 to start skiing. Both were very fun and I enjoyed experiencing the contrast between the two. I was amazed at how much snow is left in the Colorado mtns this May:yahoo:
 
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Many thanks to @Jim Kenney for the pics! They are awesome! I rarely get pics of me skiing!


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Regarding Breck vs AB in the late spring this is the first year with Breck open so late but since AB is much more convenient I would say AB will always be more crowded. Not many people want to go all the way to Breck, park and take the bus to the hill. AB has more of a "scene" at the base as well. The terrain at A Basin is more varied, in aspect and features but the Breck bowls are hard to beat. They are massive and hold great snow conditions. The sustained steeps at Breck are just extremely fun.
 
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Uh Oh, I was asked to clean up some extra thumbnails in JK's post and now I can't see any of his pics. I hope he can fix it. :(
 

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Many thanks to @Jim Kenney for the pics! They are awesome! I rarely get pics of me skiing!


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Regarding Breck vs AB in the late spring this is the first year with Breck open so late but since AB is much more convenient I would say AB will always be more crowded. Not many people want to go all the way to Breck, park and take the bus to the hill. AB has more of a "scene" at the base as well. The terrain at A Basin is more varied, in aspect and features but the Breck bowls are hard to beat. They are massive and hold great snow conditions. The sustained steeps at Breck are just extremely fun.
People are also in the habit of thinking Breck is closed and going to the Basin by default. And next year, plenty of people on the Epic pass won't have A Basin.
 

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People are also in the habit of thinking Breck is closed and going to the Basin by default. And next year, plenty of people on the Epic pass won't have A Basin.
Its gonna be very interesting to see what happens next year.
 

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I botched this initial posting, the photos showed for a while, but then dropped. Here we go again.:P

Cell phone photos from Cinco de Mayo, A-Basin and Seis de Mayo, Breckenridge.


Emily, Breck
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Gary, the Beavers
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Jimmy, Zuma
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Ken, Zuma twice
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Mark, Zuma twice
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Mary, Zuma and Beavers
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Paul, Zuma
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Phil, Zuma, Pink Boots!
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Phil, Breck, friendly PugSki lurker.
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Rachel, Zuma twice
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TonyS, Zuma twice, seconds before his incident. Love the close-up!
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Tricia, Breck, queen of the spring.
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Thanks Jim, for the photos.
Thanks Phil and Trish for too much to mention.
Thanks Christy for the Loveland tics and the new grill. (No grease stains this year.)
Thanks Mdf for a good day at Mary Jane.
Happy birthday Betsy. You did well on your new knees.
It was great to see everybody.
Good friends, good skiing, good alcohol.
I had a good week.
Now, on to summer.
 

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I botched this initial posting, the photos showed for a while, but then dropped. Here we go again.:P

Cell phone photos from Cinco de Mayo, A-Basin and Seis de Mayo, Breckenridge
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Just photoshop the snowboarder out and you've got a great wall shot.
She caused your crash right? Figures, she's in grey-blue, you're red.
 

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You were missed @James , although I did find someone else to ski till closing a few days. And I sort-of did a circle this year. Pretty mis-shapen, but I got all the way around. Hope you are healthy next year.

Oh yeah, and for the bread. Store-bought just wasn't the same.:huh:
 
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Thanks Jim, for the photos.
Thanks Phil and Trish for too much to mention.
Thanks Christy for the Loveland tics and the new grill. (No grease stains this year.)
Thanks Mdf for a good day at Mary Jane.
Happy birthday Betsy. You did well on your new knees.
It was great to see everybody.
Good friends, good skiing, good alcohol.
I had a good week.
Now, on to summer.
Gary, as always you made things so much better just by being there, and your grilling is on par with Glenn.
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