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Blue Sky Basin - Trees

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey Gang,

 

I have been living in Colorado for close to three years and have never made it over to BSB. My first year here was the awesome snow year, but I stayed in the bowl areas at Vail and didn't cross over to Blue Sky. Last year was so bad I never even went to the back side.

 

This year I want to go over there and try some trees...but my experience with tree skiing is pretty limited. I don't like "tight" tree skiing. The tree area at Shangri La is pretty fun and more my style. Where would I go over at Blue Sky to find tree skiing like this? I will probably be going by myself, so I am afraid to venture out too much without some advice.

 

Thanks for your help.

post #2 of 11

Most of Blue Sky have open glades. Try Big Rock Park and the ones off Pete's Express, 

post #3 of 11

Any particulair reason you want to learn tree skiing at BSB? As much as I dislike Keystone it does have some fantastic tree skiing although that may be a little tighter then you want.

 

Beaver Creek also has some great aspen glades. If you can go during the week Breck also has some good trees for learning down beside the T-bar

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

Any particulair reason you want to learn tree skiing at BSB? As much as I dislike Keystone it does have some fantastic tree skiing although that may be a little tighter then you want.

 

Beaver Creek also has some great aspen glades. If you can go during the week Breck also has some good trees for learning down beside the T-bar

 

Well, if you're going to talk elsewhere, try Shadows at Steamboat. 

post #5 of 11
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Well, if you're going to talk elsewhere, try Shadows at Steamboat. 

That's quite a ways from Denver though. I was trying to keep it in the I-70 corridor. Even though BSB does have some good terrain it's such a PITA to get there and has a comparituively long lift line when you can find just as good terrain else where in Vail or at other resorts. 

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have the Epic Local Pass...so I do want to ski at places on my pass.

 

I have tried some trees at Keystone before, but yeah...a little tight for me right now. I guess it doesn't have to be BSB, but I was told there was some fun trees there...plus the fact that I have not gotten over there yet. I will certainly take a PTO day hit it when it is not busy. I know how crazy it gets there on the weekend.

 

I have also never made it to Beaver Creek...so I will look into that as well.

 

Thanks for the feedback! Just looking to get better and enjoy more terrain.  :-)

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Spaceace414 View Post

Hey Gang,

 

I have been living in Colorado for close to three years and have never made it over to BSB. My first year here was the awesome snow year, but I stayed in the bowl areas at Vail and didn't cross over to Blue Sky. Last year was so bad I never even went to the back side.

 

This year I want to go over there and try some trees...but my experience with tree skiing is pretty limited. I don't like "tight" tree skiing. The tree area at Shangri La is pretty fun and more my style. Where would I go over at Blue Sky to find tree skiing like this? I will probably be going by myself, so I am afraid to venture out too much without some advice.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Ski trees in threes. Just sayin' . . .

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Even the glades area at BSB?

post #9 of 11
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Even the glades area at BSB?

Yes.

 

Can't say I'm all that familiar with the area in question but you say you have little experience in the trees but you're searching out trees.  Keeping a partner or two in sight is very solid advice.

 

Have fun, ski safe =)

post #10 of 11

Although tree wells aren't really a concern in Vail it's always a good idea to ski with a partner. Colliding with a tree can lead to some serious injury. Additionally the bowls at vail are so large it's hard to sweep everywhere. Two years ago a firend lost a ski during a powder day near closing time. Patrol started their sweep and missed our group of six people and we where on a relatively open slope. Patrol does their best but there is simply to much terrain back there 

post #11 of 11

BSB has lots of groomers too.  I suggest that you ski them just to scope out BSB before proceeding into the trees.  There is wide variation in runs some with dense and others with widely spaced trees

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