Breckenridge

October 21st, 2005 by

Number 01

While resorts all over the world are upping their park and pipe game, Breckenridge has always been – and continues to be — a step ahead. Breck offers a staggering five terrain parks and two halfpipes, each catering to a different ability level. Park Manager Eric Armfield and the crew at Breck work tirelessly, year round, to make Breck’s park the best built and best maintained in the world. If you’re a beginner, or you’re teaching your SoCal girlfriend how to jib,head over to either the Eldorado Park or Trygve’s Park for a smattering of jumps, rails and boxes. If said girlfriend wants to learn how to ride pipe like“that Justin Dorey hunk” she saw at the X Games, then head her over to the13-foot high Country Boy halfpipe.

If you’re a Summit County local or a tourist with some skills, Park Laneis where you (and the rest of the park rats) will most likely spend sunny days. With six medium jumps and over 20 boxes, rails and jibs allowing for uniquelines to be taken every run, Park Lane has plenty to offer the discerning park user.

But where Breck really shines is its expert terrain park, Freeway. Freeway is not for the feint of heart. It boasts jumps upwards of 80 feet, huge railsand an 18-foot, perfectly cut superpipe. Freeway draws a Who’s Who of pro skiers — often Simon Dumont, Colby West, Peter Olenick, Jossi Wells and Sarah Burke, to name a few — for early season training. Breck’s combination of seemingly endless sunny days, tenacious park staff and staggering park variety put it in a class above most.

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