Twenty-five years of snowboarding history give the edge in Breckenridge vs. Keystone supremacy battle
Although Keystone was about a decade behind most other Colorado resorts -- and two decades behind Ski Cooper and Berthoud Pass (RIP) -- Adamson pointed out that those days were both well before her time and well before the area was under the Vail Resorts umbrella, and that the mountain is now a snowboarder's paradise with a superpipe, the A51 Terrain Park, three jump lines, sponsored riders like Andreas Wiig, and some of the best natural terrain in Colorado.
Kristen Petitt, the PR rep from Breckenridge, cut Adamson's spiel short to point out that, ahem, Breck is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a snowboarding mecca this year.
Breck hosted the World Snowboard Classic -- "The Worlds" -- at the end of that first season, in 1986 (the year I started snowboarding, for anyone keeping score), and it's been the best mountain for snowboarding in Colorado ever since, as far as she's paid to be concerned. Petitt went on: Breck has hosted the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour for two years running, has five terrain parks on the mountain this season, and sponsors the likes of Steve Fisher, JJ Thomas, and Mike Cassanova.
Just because both resorts are owned by the same company doesn't mean the rivalry for Summit County supremacy has died down, apparently: Get a few drinks in these PR people and they'll go to war for your snowboarding dollars. Decision? Breck, hands down. But I'll be doubling back by Keystone this season for another look -- it's been a long while -- at Adamson's urging.
In the meantime, here's a 24 year-old clip from The Worlds to help put some perspective on Breck's claim to its snowboarding roots. For those of you bitching that Breck's 18-foot superpipe can't hold a candle to the new Olympic-sized 22-footers, get a load of that ditch they were riding in 1986! We've come a long way, baby.