Another year, another bout of punishing weather at the Breck Five Peaks.
We haven’t had much luck timing the conditions at this event. Last year’s race course had to be modified due to cold and wind, which was so punishing we were just happy to reach the finish. It was kind of a bummer because we were looking forward to the cool tour up and down the five peaks of the massive Breckenridge ski area.
So when the date for this year’s race approached, we thought we’d finally get our nice day up high at Breck. But wouldn’t you know, the forecast steadily deteriorated, and we once again found ourselves challenged by weather. We were skinning uphill in blowing snow at full effort, with our goggles on, wearing multiple jackets and multiple buffs to protect any exposed skin.
Weather aside, the race was still really fun. The course is interesting and challenging, the ski descents are fun, and they had 130 teams of two, so we were never out on the course alone.
Tomorrow is the Power of Four here in Aspen, and we’re hoping for better race conditions.
But if you look at the weather forecast, I’m not sure we’ll be so lucky. More on that next week.
Looks pretty fierce. Imagine being the lift operator at the Imperial Ridge quad!
And wouldn’t you know, they clocked 90 mph winds in Aspen during the Power of Four on Saturday!