Colorado has long been the Mecca of man-made snowboarding obstacles, i.e. pipes and parks. Thanks to a series of potent early season storms, most resorts here have been open for well over month, some almost two months. This past weekend Breckenridge opened their pipe for season. And while there are no shortage of frozen tubes in the area, this one has long been regarded as the premier pipe. With first stop of the Grand Prix contest tour just days away, a lot of riders were in town to join the locals for the first session in what JJ Thomas called, “The best Breck pipe ever.”