|17-02-09, 05:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Need Advice on Winter Park, A-Basin, and Breckenridge
I am a powder hound from Iowa who goes out to Colorado at least once or twice a winter. Being a snowboarder I’m getting further away from the park scene and getting more serious every year about backcountry freeriding. I’m coming to Colorado this month strictly for freeriding any chutes, glades, and bowls I can get my hands on. I have narrowed it down to five options. Three of them are resorts and the other two are Snowcat trips. So please don’t bombard me with resort VS. snowcat replies. I already know that a snowcat trip would be much better. All I’m looking for here is a comparison between the specific places that I mentioned. Hopefully there are some natives online here that can help me make the best decision.
If I go to a resort which of these three places would be the best backcountry/boundary experience? Winter Park’s Alphabet Chutes and Waterfall? Or would I be better off going back to Breckenridge and hitting Peaks 7 & 8? I am also considering A-Basin’s Upper East Wall. But this one also looks like it would require the most hiking. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
I may just end up treating myself to a snowcat day-trip instead. In which case, I would like to know who offers the best runs between Steamboat Powdercats and Chicago Ridge Snowcats at Cooper?