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Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby mewithout14ers » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:15 pm

hey everyone! I've been snowboarding for a while with the summit pass but this year I just got an epic pass so I can explore Vail! What are all of your guys' favorited places and runs to shred there?
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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby climbingaggie03 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:15 am

I like the blue one with that really cool steep part

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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby pills2619 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:43 am

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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby RoanMtnMan » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:50 am

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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby ajkagy » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:53 am

climbingaggie03 wrote:I like the blue one with that really cool steep part


steep and vail...those two words don't go together :lol:
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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby mtngoat » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:01 am

Everyone's terrain preferences will vary and the only advice I can offer is...

...if it is a weekend, and snowing...drive another 10 minutes and go to Beaver Creek. Usually more powder and fewer people....oh, and free parking :-)
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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby climbingaggie03 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:15 am

ajkagy wrote:
climbingaggie03 wrote:I like the blue one with that really cool steep part


steep and vail...those two words don't go together :lol:


true, I think vail is the only place that I'm a double black skier on tele's

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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby MuchosPixels » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:53 am

Hi, the best area if there is good snow is under and around chair 10 (Highline) and Chair 11 (Northwoods). Prima is a good run also. The original back bowls are also nice but snow conditions vary wildly depending aspect. If you dont choose carefully you can end up on very crusty snow areas. Generally the best stuff in on Northeast and East facing aspects back there.

Vail gets SUPER crowded but even so you can find some solitude and good snow all the way out to Siberia and Mongolia (too bad its not that steep) and Blue Sky.

Get up very early and wait for first chair and get as far and away as possible from mid-vail.

Most of the frontside is criss-crossed by catwalks that are a nightmare in the afternoon.

Beaver Creek offers some of the best sustained steeps of the i70 resorts on Grouse Mountain and also Birds of Prey. They can get wicked icy though so a lot of people dont go on them. The rose bowl area gets good snow and the Centennial Run down the middle of the resort is a classic.

Breckenridge is not to steep on its slopes below treelike but Peak 10 is a must and Imperial Bowl and peak 7 bowl is a must if conditions are right.

This a shot of Peak 7 bowl and beyond
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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby Dan_Suitor » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:10 am

A few of my favorites: Little Ollie, Riva Glade, Hairbag Alley, Shangri-La Glade, The Red Lion, The Tap Room, and some unnamed hidden spots :-D

Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby Chicago Transplant » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:50 am

Like any good local, I would never post my "real" favorites :P

But these are some good spots that I don't mind sharing with you...

Frontside: Highline/Blue Ox, Prima/Prima Cornice/Pronto and decent cruisers off Chair 2 like Berries and Pickeroon
Bowls: Yonder/Over Yonder, OS, Shangri-La and Red Square
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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:38 pm

MuchosPixels wrote:Get up very early and wait for first chair and get as far and away as possible from mid-vail.

Like Wolf Creek, or maybe the Wasatch? Depends how early you want to get up.
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Re: Favorite Vail runs/areas

Postby RenoBob » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:48 pm

"I just got an epic pass"
Forget Vail, too crowded, over rated, crappy snow.
I hear Keystone's the place for steep and deep.....
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