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January 15, 2014

In years past, it seems like every “epic” powder day of ski season occurred mid-week, when I’d be forced to watch the swirling flakes from my office window and whine that I’d rather be skiing.  So far, (knock on wood) this season has been a little different, with perfect powder days on the last two Saturdays.

On Saturday Vail reported 10 inches of new snow, so I headed to Vail with a friend in hopes of catching first chair.  We were obviously not the only ones with this plan, as a bluebird Saturday powder day attracted record crowds to the mountain.

Monday's Vail Daily newspaper published this picture of absolutely ridiculous lines for Vail's Blue Sky Basin and Teacup Bowl chairs.

Monday’s Vail Daily newspaper published this picture of absolutely ridiculous lines for Vail’s Blue Sky Basin and Teacup Bowl chairs.

My friend and I outsmarted the crowds (I may or may not have referred to us as “line ninjas”) and managed to avoid the day’s long lines.  While the masses rushed the Back Bowls and stood in line for upwards of 45 minutes, we opted to ski on the front side and only waited in a few short lines all morning.

Vail powder day

Like I’ve mentioned before, local knowledge really pays off on busy days.

And did we miss out on all the delicious powder by foregoing the Back Bowls?

Chair 10 powder day Vail

Nope.

Did we miss all the great steeps and more extreme terrain?

Vail Extreme Terrain

Nope.

Did we fry our legs skiing knee-deep powder and soft bumps?

Vail powder day

Heck yes.  And did I mention that it was a sunny, bluebird day and pretty warm?  It was skiing perfection.

At one point, suffering from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) about the Back Bowls, we took a run down China Bowl.  Only to find ourselves waiting in a 30-minute line.

China Bowl Lift Line

It was up and right back to the front side for us!  I do have to say, however, that the wait was worth it for the gorgeous views once we got back to the top.

Vail views

Ahhh…

Vail Views

It was the kind of day when I couldn’t help myself from exclaiming (loudly) how great it was every few turns.

Vail Powder Day

I don’t think there’s much more to say here, so I’ll leave you with some photos that tell the story much better than I ever could.

Vail Powder day views

Trees on Vail powder day

Vail Powder Day

Vail Bluebird Powder Day

Vail Bluebird Powder Day

Vail Bluebird Powder day

So, have I just motivated you to book your trip to Vail?

P.S.  Happy birthday Stanley!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2014 11:42 am

    It looks so beautiful, great pictures!!! The traffic on 70 was AWFUL on Saturday and now I know why!

    • January 15, 2014 12:40 pm

      Thank you! Yep I heard horror stories in the lift lines about traffic on I-70. Made me even more glad than usual that I live where I do 🙂

  2. January 15, 2014 12:03 pm

    Worst crowd was parking on the frontage road..Did laps on chair 17 in the back with no line in addition to the front side.

  3. January 28, 2014 8:27 am

    Hey– love this post! I love reading other CO bloggers– glad to see you had a great powder day! 🙂

    • January 29, 2014 4:03 pm

      Thank you! And thanks for commenting so that I could discover another Colorado blog! It’s definitely fun to read what others around here are up to – and usually a source of some fun ideas and destinations!

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