Breck’s 4th of July Bowl 7/5/09
05 Jul, 2009
Snow above 10,000 feet does stick around in the summer and it’s not hard to ride every month of the season if you are willing to hike or drive to find it. At the top of Peak 10 in Breckenridge is what’s known as 4th of July bowl, a riding location that consistently has year round shredable snow with 4WD access. Today was the day to finally enjoy the leftover snow from this season.
I left Steamboat early this morning to meet friends in Frisco and head to our summer shred destination for a day of on-snow shredding. We weren’t sure how far we could make it up (last check the road wasn’t driveable to the top yet) but we were ready to ride whatever snow we found.
Our crew consisted of Lauren, Adrian, Scott, Eric and myself. My truck was the designated vehicle to suit the 4wd road and unfortunately Scott and Eric took the back of the truck for the bumpy rock climbing ride up to 12,000 ft (or more). When we arrived we found more people up there, some hiking to the top of peak 9 to ride down and others hitting the tube that knew our buddy Xavier (MIA for the day).
We made it to the snow, beautiful views from up there.
In the summer, a rail yard gets set up for the riders that come to enjoy it. Some people bring up their own rails and others leave rails for the community to enjoy. When we arrived we found a couple small jumps, a log and a tube to play with for the day.
So I’m not a rail rider, I hit the occasional box rail and I’m still learning to get better at rails. The tube today I managed to hit a couple times and actually not to bad. I tried a frontside boardslide the first time and that was a learning experience. Lauren got this shot of me on the tube.
I caught a sequence of Lauren on the tube and turned it into an animated photo. Any shot where someone is smiling at the end is always fun to catch.
Adrian’s ollie over the log jib, the fisheye makes his horrorscope look insanely rockered
Scott went off the jump, foot planted the log and rode away from this shot
Scott’s 180 over the pole in the ground
Finally at the end of the day, Scott ollied over Adrian in what looks like a tail tap of Adrian
One of the hazards of riding in the summer is the quick weather changes at high elevations, even where I live at 7,000ft the storms roll in quick and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a thunder/lightning storm. Today the thunderstorm came in and started to rain, snow, and hail plus thunder and lightning over head so we went to the back of the truck for a 5 person bonding experience. Eric’s iphone kept us occupied with internet access for most of the waiting period. After waiting some time, we couldn’t see the clouds getting lighter so we decided to head down the mountain. Better safe than sorry.
Luckily for all of us, my truck decided to let 4WD go back in and we were able to make it down in one-piece
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The back of the truck, Eric riding it out with all of our gear and smelly boots.
It was definitely a great way to spend the day, back on snow doing something that I love and being with fun friends, meeting new friends as well. Definitely hope for more summer shred adventures soon!