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Going to Steamboat and Vail for two days each, so not too much time to search. Can anyone recommend 'easy' groomed blacks at each location for advancing intermediates? Thanks!

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At Steamboat-- Westside isn't too steep; it's not groomed every night I don't think, but often enough. Also, See Me/See Ya--they are pretty short.

Also Storm Peak Face I don't think is bad either--depending on if there is a strong wind and which direction, it can get kind of blow off.

I'm an intermediate skier and consider those not too steep. Hopefully one of the locals will chime in.

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Welcome to Epic.

 

Check the grooming report at Vail- I don't think any of the blacks are groomed daily and some are rarely/never get groomed, but the ones that do get groomed tend to be on the easier side.  FWIW, Vail is a very large mountain, so many of the blues are on a grooming schedule (i.e. multiple times per week, but not daily) so it is worth checking the grooming report if that is what you are looking for.

 

Where do you normally ski?  Something to remember is that each mountain rates their terrain relative to what they have.  i.e. some of the harder greens at places like A Basin and Vail might be considered a blue at Breck (although the parts of Breck have some steep double black) while some mid west blacks might be a blue at Vail. 

 

Neither Vail nor Steamboat has a ton of super steep terrain, so both tend to be good places for advanced intermediates and advanced skiers. 

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At Steamboat you can pick up a printed grooming report at the gondola, they last a couple hours before they are gone. One is also posted on the wall at the top of the gondola. And they are listed on the website. As noted above, the blacks are not groomed every day. Have fun!

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Last time I was at Vail (couple years ago) they had a groomed strip running into the back bowls.  So you can dance in and out of the natural terrain to practice your advanced skills without committing.

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Vail will typically have 1-3 black runs groomed each day.   They do not groom them all the same every day.  That being said, the black runs that do get groomed are on the easier side and should be skiable by anyone who is comfortable on harder blues.  The black runs ski like blue when they are groomed.

 

Frontside, periodically groomed: Riva Ridge, Northstar, Gandy Dancer, Blue Ox, Rogers Run, Ouzo

 

Backside, periodically groomed: The Slot, Headwall, Yonder, Emperors Choice

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Vail will typically have 1-3 black runs groomed each day.   They do not groom them all the same every day.  That being said, the black runs that do get groomed are on the easier side and should be skiable by anyone who is comfortable on harder blues.  The black runs ski like blue when they are groomed.

 

Frontside, periodically groomed: Riva Ridge, Northstar, Gandy Dancer, Blue Ox, Rogers Run, Ouzo

 

Backside, periodically groomed: The Slot, Headwall, Yonder, Emperors Choice

 

 

 

Welcome skidream and some combination of the runs listed above as well as Berries has been groomed every time I've been there (about 25 days). 

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Going to Steamboat and Vail for two days each, so not too much time to search. Can anyone recommend 'easy' groomed blacks at each location for advancing intermediates? Thanks!

In reality those would be blues.  I saw someplace the other day that seemed to have "blue diamonds."  What have we come to?  Thank god for Cannon and Alta and MRG.

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One groomed black at SB that comes to mind was Dropout...it was groomed the day my 1st yr noob wife and i skied it and she made it down fine. Just check the grooming report as people suggested, as once you commit there isnt a bailout. 

 

if there is new snow, id also recommend getting to the top of Sunshine and skiing the easy trees off Sundial down to Morningside. Its not steep, or long...definitely not groomed, but is pretty fun for a first time foray into trees. Just wouldnt do it alone, as there is some tree well danger...

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