Roy Kullby: Breckenridge Ski Resort should improve what it has first
The Peak 6 discussions brought out some very important issues about access from Peak 8 to (or back to) Peak 9 as well as the upkeep of Peak 9 which Breckenridge Ski Resort management has totally ignored for years and years. Industrialists would call it egregious “deferred maintenance.” On Feb. 14, I wrote Pat Campbell, Breck Ski Resort’s COO, pointing out that the resort had spent millions on getting its guests from Peak 9 to Peak 8 via the Peak 8 Connect, but have done absolutely nothing to provide a decent way back Peak 9, the Maggie, QuickSilver and all that Peaks 9 and 10 have to offer.
For these many years past, and at present, there are only two ways from 8 to 9: Frosty’s Freeway (now designated a black run) to the superannuated two person “E” chair or via 4 O’Clock to Lower Sawmill, skiing past the also extra super-annuated slow-as-molasses-never-open-anyway two person “C” chair only to then face maybe 100 yards of skating, poling or “hunching” to get to the slope leading back to Peak 9 Base. A real pain in the you-know-what !
How much would it cost to grade that short stretch from its present 1-3 percent uphill to a 1-3 percent downhill slope so that guests could at least pleasantly coast that 100 or so yards instead of having to skate, pole, walk or hunch? Not as much, I’ll bet as the Peak 8 Super Connect costs just to run for a month.
I spent 12 years as a guest services volunteer; my first 10 at Keystone and my last two at Breck. The single most common question I confronted at Breck was: “How do I get back to Peak 9?” Standing at the top of Peak 8, I never felt real comfortable about the alternatives I had to offer depending on the unknown ski skills of the guests asking the question. It would greatly behoove Breck Resort to spend a lot less money improving the northern area of Peak 9 and its relationship with Peak 8 than chasing multi-million dollar unproved “pie-in the-sky” projects like Peak 6 to the exclusion of keeping up and improving what it already has.
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