Every winter snowboarders flock to Breckenridge to experience the vast expanses of both natural and manmade terrain. This, of course, includes the halfpipes, which have been renowned as some of the best in the world thanks to Breck’s complete dedication to maintaining the best pipes possible. It should come as no surprise that Best Pipe award went to Breckenridge in this year’s Resort Poll.
It takes a lot of time and energy to make a great pipe, as constant upkeep is required to maintain the transitions and snowpack. This is why Breck employs three pipe cutters and a team of snowmakers and park crew (all of whom ride the pipe on a daily basis) to maintain its four halfpipes. Head pipe cutter Brad Hoerter says, “From management to snowmakers to cutters to park crew, it takes everyone to make a great product, and everyone involved takes pride in the Breck tradition and is passionate about the product.” This attitude is evinced in the fact that the pipe is cut every single night so that every rider can start with a clean slate in the morning.
Breck’s commitment to keeping its pipes in perfect condition for the riders is why top pros such as Chad Otterstrom, Ryan Thompson, and Mike Casanova all choose to make Breck their home base. Brad adds that one of the best things about Breck is that, “You see amateur riders rubbing shoulders with the top pros on any given day. The interaction between everyone creates a great scene.” If you have yet to experience the perfection of the pipes at Breck, we suggest you book your ticket, as this year they’re guaranteed to be as good as the last.
2006 Resort Poll Top Ten Pipes
1. Breckenridge, Colorado
2. Mammoth Mountain, California
3. Park City, Utah
4. Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
5. Copper Mountain, Colorado
6. Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
7. Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
8. Stratton, Vermont
9. Squaw Valley, California
10. Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon