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what happens when you get 15 people in one house for one week to go snowboarding at Breckenridge? unfortunately, this is not a rant on cramming people into a house, there was no Real World-type drama, but rather an awesome awesome trip with a ton of new friends!

First you have to transport all the people and gear:

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After settling in,

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you get to riding!

Top of breck

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you can even go on a (dangerous, don’t go without avvy gear) hike to find fresh powder with a friend

Last peak

after a hard day of riding, you can relax with your choice of electronic distraction

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or take in some snow sculptures

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Breck was a ton of fun, I highly recommend it as one of the great places to go rent a house for a week and ride, ride, ride until your heart’s content. They have something for everyone including difficult bowls, small and large parks, and plenty of long trails across several peaks to satisfy your snowboarding needs. We did cheat a little, though – I was hiking out of some powder (ridiculously hard work) and was winded but recovered quickly thanks to a couple hits of canned oxygen. I underestimated how useful it was – but now I’m a believer.

The comment about the hike to find fresh powder is a real one. we made the mistake of going to the backcountry without proper avvy gear. this is a newbie no-no. you need to have two big things to go out there: proper equipment and knowledge of avalanche emergencies. we lucked out this time, but I’m going to look for avalanche courses and the proper equipment to be ready for the next backcountry experience – maybe even pick up skiing so I have an excuse to get one of those sweet split boards we saw in all the shops.

speaking of shops, I couldn’t post about Breck without a big compliment for the Underground Snowboard Shop. This place is a very unassuming shop located in the heart of Breck village and it is a gem. the guys who work there are very very knowledgeable about everything they sell and they are passionate about making each rider’s experience a great one. they are patient with complex boot fittings, generous with solid advice, and really easy to talk to – they didn’t push you to buy things and were surprisingly genuine. I went in to get my Boa boot laces un-kinked and they did that repair for free – and I ended up buying a bunch of stuff from them in return. if you’re in Breck and want/need some new gear, these guys will be able to tell you everything you need to know.

you can see more photos from the trip here.

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