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Vail questions: skis/bowls

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I'm an east coast skier headed to Vail in March and I'm a Vail virgin (though I've skied out west a fair bit before). First: rent or bring skis? I've got a pair of Fischer RX8's that I love, but I'm not sure they're wide enough for the soft/crud/powder I might meet. Wife has Atomic carvers. If rent, anyone got recommendations for economical places?
Second: are the bowls in-bounds friendly? Meaning, can I ski alone there? My wife may not want to ski the natural all that much, so could I just drop in and count on finding my way and seeing enough people to feel comfortable? I would NEVER ski out of bounds alone, but at any regular resort I'd ski almost anywhere by myself if necessary. Being more of an east coast skier, I'm a bit pysched up but also psyched out by the seeming "wilderness"of the bowls. Thoughts?
post #2 of 10
RX-8s are great skis for their mission, but I found them to be a handful in crud -- really have to stay on top of them. In contrast, a good crud ski will not only make life easy, it can make crud a lot of fun to ski. So my advice would be to buy or rent a different ski.

I don't think you'll have any problems in the bowls. Have fun!
post #3 of 10
I don't know much about your specific skis (read none) but you can rent at any number of places down in Denver which would be more economical than Vail if you're going to be flying into Denver anyway. The bowls are all inbounds and well patrolled (as long as they're open) so skiing them alone isn't a problem. Some of them are pretty wide open and some more treed so there's lots of variety. Most have at least one run or swath groomed so your wife can do that while you go into more interesting areas.
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Take your skis and rent in Vail if you get a big powder day. If you rent in Denver and conditions change or you have any problems, your stuck.

Most of the bowls are intermediate terrain with variable conditions.
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
Take your skis and rent in Vail if you get a big powder day. If you rent in Denver and conditions change or you have any problems, your stuck.

Most of the bowls are intermediate terrain with variable conditions.
Depends on where you rent, there are business with locations both places. Check your baggage charges as well to help you decide on whether you should take your skis at all.
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Most of Vail is intermediate terrain with variable conditions.
Fixed it.....
post #7 of 10
Vail Bowls have both intermediate and advanced terrain. There's shots in Sundown bowl that will challenge most people. Genghis Khan and Rasputin's Revenge have good pitch, and a few cliff shots.

The east side of China Bowl is intermediate.

Your RX8's will be fine on front-side groomer days. But, you may prefer something wider on a big mountain. Vail gets ample fresh snow.

Personally, I'd rent a pair of wider skis (Mantras, Gotamas or Watea 95's) for the trip. Daily rentals are a pain. You can ski the wider skis every day, regardless of conditions, and take full advantage of snow days.
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Second: are the bowls in-bounds friendly? Meaning, can I ski alone there? My wife may not want to ski the natural all that much, so could I just drop in and count on finding my way and seeing enough people to feel comfortable? I would NEVER ski out of bounds alone, but at any regular resort I'd ski almost anywhere by myself if necessary. Being more of an east coast skier, I'm a bit pysched up but also psyched out by the seeming "wilderness"of the bowls. Thoughts?
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I haven't needed it for myself, but I did have to call for another guy in Blue Sky Basin two weeks ago. The bowls are large. If you are hurt, call them. That said, you can ski most of the bowl areas on your own, but try to follow someone in the sketchier areas!
post #9 of 10
I've skied Vail for years on skis that are 68mm underfoot, and on some deep snow days (over the knee - I'm short though). There are heaps of rental places at Lionshead for example, but get there early (or book ahead) on a powder day if you want a popular ski in a popular size.

You will be fine in most of the back bowls, but there are some parts (around the bottom) where you might want to exercise a little caution if you aren't sure where you are going, especially in low vis/flat light. I'd be more careful in Blue Sky Basin though, there isn't a lot of traffic in some of the treed areas.
post #10 of 10

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I was at Vail last year for the first time. The place blew me away. I am not a back country skier. The bowls are very accessible and friendly at Vail and are very much inbounds. incredible skking.

I brought my RX-8s and my Head IM 77s. I did ski the Fischers at Vail in six inches of pow and got along fine. A bit more work when it turned to chop, but oh so quick if you have the legs. The Heads were a better ski for the terrain, but I think a big fat soft ski would have been so less work.

Going to Big White next week and plan to take both pairs, but will rent a Pow ski to try at least one day.
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