A Guide to Vail’s Back Bowls and Beyond, From Mellow to Hard Core
If it’s your first time to Vail’s infamous back bowls, you are in for an experience of a lifetime!
In the 1870s, wildfires on the backside of future Vail Mountain left a wide, relatively treeless expanse stretching across five drainage valleys. Known as “bowls,” they provide modern skiers and snowboarders stunning unobstructed areas for fun. There’s nothing quite like carving through their famed fields of powder after a big snowfall or their mashed potatoes on a bluebird spring afternoon. Keep an eye out, and you may spot a charred trunk, a relic of the fires. The most visible trunk jutts up beneath the Orient Express/Chair 21. READ MORE