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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by chaulong View Post


We are comfortable with maybe 90%/95% eastern resort trails.
The reason why I have to commit so early is because of air tickets.

Snow condition and trails will be No.1 factor.
Glades and diamond double diamond trail is what we are looking for.

Then maybe food lol

First of all if you have never skied out west there are a few pieces of info that may help .

 

New England trails that are marked black could be marked blue out West . Quite a few double blacks out west have cliffs you won't see

in New England. 

I'm guessing you haven't skied a lot of deep snow ? You may want  to rent fat skis ,particularly for the mostly ungroomed Back Bowls

in Vail which may or may not be open towards Christmas. 

Vail's Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin are great. Plenty of gladed ski runs in Blue Sky. The Bowls have glades in some areas . 

 

Good luck with your powder hunting.  I ski vail about 30 days yearly so if you need any info ,pm me. 

post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by Jimmypowder View Post
 

First of all if you have never skied out west there are a few pieces of info that may help .

 

New England trails that are marked black could be marked blue out West . Quite a few double blacks out west have cliffs you won't see

in New England. 

I'm guessing you haven't skied a lot of deep snow ? You may want  to rent fat skis ,particularly for the mostly ungroomed Back Bowls

in Vail which may or may not be open towards Christmas. 

Vail's Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin are great. Plenty of gladed ski runs in Blue Sky. The Bowls have glades in some areas . 

 

Good luck with your powder hunting.  I ski vail about 30 days yearly so if you need any info ,pm me. 

Thanks for the info.

 

Like I said, the only concern is the probability of back bowl and Blue Sky Basin. Will they be open during my trip? So far no sign at all. :(

post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by chaulong View Post
 

Thanks for the info.

 

Like I said, the only concern is the probability of back bowl and Blue Sky Basin. Will they be open during my trip? So far no sign at all. :(

 

This thread has some good speculation on that. It's been a pretty good but not spectacular early season snow year, so I'd give 50/50 odds that they'll be open by mid-Dec.

http://www.epicski.com/t/143985/vail-back-bowls#post_1944717

post #34 of 34

Surprised this didn't show up here yet - some of the Back Bowls have opened!

 

https://vimeo.com/147664681

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