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Vail Game-Plan

post #1 of 11
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I'm going up to Vail Monday and Tuesday. I've never been there and I'm looking for the best places to find some powder. Forecast is looking pretty good!

I skied Crested Butte the last 2 days and anything that was not north facing was solid, even with 6" of fresh on top. The north facing terrain, especially Tocalli Bowl and the glades on the north face were awesome!

So for Vail, are the back bowls all south facing? How about Blue Sky? What should my game plan be to get the best powder?

Thanks,

Mike

post #2 of 11
the bowls are south facing but blue sky is north facing. china bowl and blue sky are easy to get to so they get tracked pretty quickly. The further out you go the longer the powder last but also the more work to get there (weird how that works, huh?)
post #3 of 11
My usual plan.. especially if the weather isn't great... straight up the gondola at opening, down into Game Creek Bowl, hit Ouzo glades until it's skied out, then back up to Wildwood and drop into Windows etc, then think about moving out to Blue Sky.
post #4 of 11
The best plan: get on a plane and fly to SLC, then head to Alta straght away. Waaaay more snow there.
post #5 of 11
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The best plan: get on a plane and fly to SLC, then head to Alta straght away. Waaaay more snow there.
I skied Alta/Snowbird Saturday and half of Sunday. It was good, but not all that much different than conditions in CO. Highlands is reporting 14" today.
I like Alta, but you have to admit, it's kind of flat.


In Vail I would hit Blue Sky first, then flip over to the front and hit the north facing runs off of 10 & 11. Snag Park, Prima/Pronto/Log Shoot, Highline.
post #6 of 11
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I like Alta, but you have to admit, it's kind of flat....
BWAHAHAHA! The irony....a disussion about Alta "flat" in a thread about Vail. Credibility....going, going, gone.
post #7 of 11
Different strokes for Different folks!
21" at Ski Cooper Monday,
Can't have it all but a-lot is Good!
post #8 of 11
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Different strokes for Different folks!
21" at Ski Cooper Monday,
Can't have it all but a-lot is Good!
Seeing this brought a smile to my face.

A few years back during a trip to Vail, we hit Ski Cooper on a 20" powder day. To date, it's been my best ski day, and I'm sure my kids would say the same.

We now hit Ski Cooper on every trip and really enjoy our days there.
post #9 of 11
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BWAHAHAHA! The irony....a disussion about Alta "flat" in a thread about Vail. Credibility....going, going, gone.
Totally true....try posting someting that tries to the answer the question asked and your cred will surely improve.
post #10 of 11
My game plan for Vail is that I ususally drive past the exit and go to Beaver Creek.

Seriously though, if you skied there Monday and Tuesday, chances are you had a couple good powder days. Hope you had fun.
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BWAHAHAHA! The irony....a disussion about Alta "flat" in a thread about Vail. Credibility....going, going, gone.
I'm just ribbing ya! Alta's not nearly as flat as Vail!
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