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Beaver Creek and Vail

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Myself and 6 mates from New Zealand are visiting BC and Vail in February

I skied at both six years ago with a friend who just liked to sit on the groomers all day and we didnt really get off them ,due as much to the lack of fresh snow

This time we're looking for something a little more challenging; trees,steeps etc at these resorts

Where do we head,will we find what we want?

We're all very capable and adventurous skiers ,and are looking for a bit of advice on where and how to ski the resorts

We're always on the first lifts up in the mornings and stay until the last lifts close

We've got two days at each,after a couple of days at Breckenridge before heading to Aspen as part of a larger 23 day tour of Utah and Colorado

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At Beaver Creek some of the steeper glades are Stone Creek Chutes which you access from over past the Drink of Water and Rose Bowl lifts near summit of the mtn, Royal Elk Glades off the skiers left from top of Grouse Mtn, there are some good bump runs off Grouse, you can check out the steep race course trails beside the Birds of Prey lift, fun bumps off skier's right of Larkspur lift too.

At Vail there is Prima Cornice for steep glades and nearby bump runs like Prima.  Some of the back bowls like Teacup and Sunup/Sundown have pretty steep faces with good vertical, lots of glades in Blue Sky Basin which you may enjoy such as Champagne Glade and Lovers Leap.

Some of above terrain discussed here:



These two pictorials also have links to trail maps:



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