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Beaver Creek/Vail Trip 1st week of January Intermediate/Expert Ski Runs

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I am staying in BC for 4 days, Jan Sunday 4 - Thursday 8, just after New Year's, so hopefully a bunch of the crowds will be gone.  I am planning on skiing at BC for 2 days and 2 days at Vail.  I am an advanced/expert skier and my wife is an intermediate skier.

She did a bunch of blue runs at Taos last year plus a couple of low level black runs.

I am wondering what are some of the better blue runs for her to ski at both resorts. 

 

I am looking for expert runs to ski at both.  I know about Stone Creek Chutes, Birds of Prey and Royal Elk Glades at BC.  Are there any other runs I should be hitting up that will test me?  I have hiked and skied Kachina Peak and Highline RIdge at Taos and have hiked and skied Headwall and Casper Bowl at Jackson Hole.  Just to give a reference to my ski ability.

I have heard that Vail is not as steep as BC, is this true???  

What are the to do runs at Vail?? I have been hearing about Blue Sky Basin, Back Bowls, Highline Express Lift, Northwood Express Lift and runs under Gondola Run. 

 

I am also interested in fun runs as well, where my wife and I can both ski together.

 

Thanks for your help with my requests.

 

Hope we all have an epic ski season.

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There are a ton of blue runs at both areas so I'm confident you'll find some you like.  At Vail, there are some nice blues in the back bowls and blue sky which I highly recommend.  In particular the blues off of Pete's lift are great.

 

Regarding expert runs neither BC nor Vail have much top level expert stuff (like you'd find at Taos/Jackson).  But there is a ton of advanced terrain which a lot of experts enjoy.  The areas you listed above are correct except there's nothing all that hard under the gondola.  At Vail, I'd focus on BS and the back bowls. 

 

BC's chutes are unlikely to be open in early Jan.  They are very steep but short.  BC is more about the glades and long bump runs.

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The expert skiing at Beaver Creek is really about long (relatively) steep bump runs.  You can try to do a Talons Challenge -- find the list of runs that make it up (basically all of the black and double black runs off of Birds of Prey, Grouse Mountain, and Larkspur chairs).

 

At Vail, there isn't much in the way of steeps.  In Blue Sky, you've got Lover's Leap/Iron Cross (short but relatively steep).  Look for Ghengis Khan in China Bowl.  Out in Outer Mongolia, there's a steep line (Red Square??).  The Northwoods area has some short drops and short steep shots.  There's Prima Cornice.  And Prima itself can be a challenge because of the length of the bumped up section, size of the bumps, and chopped up nature of them.

 

In Sundown bowl, if you go as far skiers right as possible it does get steeper.  You lose a lot of elevation getting over there though.

 

Mike

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