Planning a West Coast Shred Trip
Jana K. Hoffman
In just two weeks I will head to Philadelphia International Airport and hop a direct flight to Denver International, just an hour and 40 minutes from Breckenridge, Colorado. The anticipation for West Coast pow increases by day and is only amplified every time I peek at weather forecasts and snow reports. I, along with my sister and our boards in tow, am heading to shred Breck for five blissful days and for the perfect start to the 2010-11 season.
I eventually found myself hovered over my MacBook at a local coffee shop (I needed to borrow Internet) scrolling through flight options and pouring precious minutes over the best times and days. I’d like to regress and say that this was the first time I’ve ever booked a major trip like this.
I’ve already begun compiling a mental list of the things I need to pack. I purchased a sweet Rome Escort board bag with plenty of space for first layers, gloves and other items that I’d prefer not to take up space in a suitcase. Words of wisdom I recently received: “Check your board but not your boots.” Good advice; if the airline loses your luggage (knock on wood that doesn’t happen), at least you have your own pair of boots. Demo a board at the mountain and make the airline pick up the tab.
In the meantime, I’ve begun creating a Breck playlist and picked up some new gear including a waterproof Oakley hoodie and a Burton neckwarmer. Weather forecasts tell me the temps are in the negative degrees so I need to be prepared. I was given a sweet, lightweight flip-style video camera as a gift to capture the trip so stay tuned for some sort of montage or footage.