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BUILD Only a handful of pipes on the planet can match Freeway when it comes to size, speed, and smoothness. Sure, the X Games pipe is longer, but it’s only cut once a year—and then only for pros.
CRED Nine-year veteran Brad Hoerter handles daily pipe-cutting duties and spends six hours every day sculpting transitions with a Zaugg Pipe Monster. Hoerter regularly hops out and drops in to test his handiwork—in the middle of the night with no light except the moon and stars.
NATURE There’s a reason Breckenridge isn’t known as a powder paradise—it’s sunny nearly 300 days a year. Combined with an elevation of 10,000 feet and an average winter temperature just around 20 degrees, the sunshine ensures Hoerter’s hard work stays perfectly shaped from first chair to last.