Vail is the mecca of bowl skiing. No other mountain I have skied has anywhere near the level and quality of the bowl skiing that Vail has. I had been to Vail several times many years ago but today was my first skiing the Blue Sky Basin. I spent most of the day here and fell in love with it.
The snow in the bowls was mostly crusty and hard during the first part of the morning. By 11:00 AM, with the sun shining strong and temps in the mid to high 30s, the snow softened. Skiing the soft bumps in the trees on Champagne Glade and Resolution was a blast. Runs like Steep & Deep, Little Ollie and Heavy Metal are a combination of steep chutes, bumps and tight trees. There was still a lot of deep, somewhat soft powder on these runs, especially in the trees to skier's left of Heavy Metal.
Around 1:00 PM, I met a guy on the lift who was enjoying these runs as much as me. We skied the rest of the day together, racing after each other through the bumps and trees. We were disappointed when the lifts closed at 2:30 PM in the Blue Sky Basin.
This was the hardest day of skiing I have had this season, skiing 35,000 vertical feet and over 55 miles (lift rides included).
I tried to capture the vastness of the bowls in the pics below. I hope you enjoy them.