Breckenridge is a popular Ski and Snowboarding destination in Summit County, Colorado. This quaint town not only boasts the largest area of terrain in Colorado for Skiing, but also consists of a main street with shops and restaurants, a river-walk, many seasonal events, and serves as a home for a sizeable local community. Skiing is what it is most recognized for though. This popular winter sport is enjoyed by many people in the Denver area as it is only a short hour and a half drive to the nearest ski resort. A lot of locals will buy a season pass and go up every weekend to enjoy the snow. This last weekend, the weekend of the 17th of January, I went up to hit the slopes as well. The event of course was enjoyable, and the weather was beautiful, but this time I was able to observe an aspect of skiing that I have never keyed into before. Most of the time I think of the process through which one actually goes skiing as fairly simple and mindless. However, I realized this time that skiing is a fairly complicated activity, which involves quite a bit of planning and organization. Even the process of simply getting up the mountain is a well-thought out machine.
The process starts when you enter the mass of people surrounding the chair lift. Each group forms its own massing and slowly filters into wide lines roped off and branching out from the lift.
Once in the appropriate line your group waits your turn until you reach the main branch and begin alternating into the main branch with the other lines.
Once in the main branch your group moves forward to the lift, sometimes adding in singles if there is enough room, and wait at the line marked “Wait Here.”
At this point, your group waits until the chair just passes by you to pick up the group in front of you. When the chair passes you, you quickly move up to the next line marked “Wait Here.” Once your chair approaches, you then look back over your shoulder and sit down when it reaches you.
If everyone makes it safely on the lift, you ride the chair to the top, discuss with your group which direction you will head when you disembark, and then leave the chairlift.