Steep terrain set to open at Breck’ |

Steep terrain set to open at Breck’

Nicole Formosa
Vail, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” If you want to be among the first to ski Breckenridge’s new expert terrain, you’ll most likely have to be in the right place at the right time.

The mountain has the OK to open the Snow White area off Peak 8, but only time will tell when ski patrollers will actually drop the rope on the 150 acres of steeps.

“It’s a day-to-day assessment right now based on weather,” resort spokesperson Nicky DeFord said

Because the Vail Resorts mountain has been anticipating the opening of Snow White all season, ski patrollers have already finished the preliminary work, like determining how to evacuate a hurt skier or rider from the area, DeFord said.

Snow White’s seven steep chutes are adjacent to the Lake Chutes. To get there, skiers and snowboarders have to take a short hike from the top of the Imperial Express SuperChair.

“Snow White provides users challenging terrain and offers a unique experience that lift-served terrain cannot,” Forest Service Dillon District Ranger Rick Newton said in a press release. “We feel we’re opening this terrain in a manner that is light on the landscape and environment while meeting Breckenridge’s goal of offering a quality, expert skiing experience.”

Beaver Creek Mountain also opened a small patch of expert terrain this season. Stone Creek Chutes, located on the eastern edge of the mountain, is 180 acres.

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