Yesterday Sam and I skied the back bowls of Vail. For those who don’t know, the back bowls are infamous with skiers all over the world. Predominantly made of black and double black runs, the bowls are always a challenge, even for the most advanced skier. The 10 back bowls are steep, tree lined, with glade runs and meadows. We also skied Blue Sky Basin which has a shallow vertical drop with more gladed runs and wildlife too!
Over 6 inches of fresh powder fell the night before, so we dropped the kids at ski school in Lionshead and made our way to the back bowls. Both Sam and I have new Rossignol skis which are designed for powder days and we just cut through the snow like butter. The winds picked up and blew against us making for a slow descent into China Bowl. Blue Sky Basin was pretty crowded, if you can say that, with everyone seeking fresh powder to make new tracks. The wind revealed sheets of ice for a few runs so we kept to the valley and the trees for a more sheltered experience.
After a quick pit stop at Two Elk Lodge, we made our way through North Woods into the valley below. An older Brazilian skier was WALKING down the blue run so we stopped to help her. She said skiing in the powder was too hard and she was afraid of falling. So we talked her into jumping back on her skis and helped her down to her family waiting at the bottom. She was so grateful for our help and we waved goodbye, glad that she was safe.
Check out the video of our day, skiing and smiling together as we explored the back bowls of one of our favourite mountains in the world.
Vail, like nothing on Earth.