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Andrew Couperthwait came to Vail and all he got was this lousy face shot.

Andrew Couperthwait came to Vail and all he got was this lousy face shot.

Last year, more than a million people skied Vail. Most came for the miles of consistent groomers, but those in the know headed to Prima Cornice, Lover’s Leap, and the dozens of 35-degree shots for steep untracked powder. How can there be powder with all those skiers? Simple: Vail is enormous. The Back Bowls encompass 3,000 acres, and you can spend a week exploring the trees. Throw in a rowdy party scene and a snowfall advantage over most Colorado resorts (hello, cloud seeding) and you’ll see why the place has such a huge following.

MARQUEE ROUTE: Below Chair 10, and as bumpy as a Mini Cooper lot, HIGHLINE is a Western mogul classic. Too jarring? Take Chair 4 from Mid Vail and drop off the back side onto knee-friendly FOREVER, in Sun Down Bowl.

OFF BROADWAY: Head to Two Elks Lodge from Chair 14 and drop into DRAGON’S TEETH, where cliff bands range from five to 20 feet.

FRONTSIDE FIRST: Vail’s Frontside is 1,600 acres of mostly intermediate terrain. But don’t let that fool you: Sprinkled throughout are plenty of expert chutes, gullies, and bumps.

POWDER DAY: Take the 8:30 A.M. Vista Bahn chair to Chair 3, and burn a 30-degree warmup lap down Game Creek Bowl. Then head east, farming the 3,000 acre that compose Vail’s seven back bowls. You’ll hit Blue Sky Basin—645 acres of gullies, rock drops, and glades—by 10 o’clock, right when they ring the bell.

THREE DAYS LATER: Three words: Blue Sky Basin. Prevailing westerlies wind-load a long, corniced ridge in Pete’s Bowl. Ski Steep & Deep, a treedotted
chute near the top. Or head farther down the ridge, drop the six- to 10-foot cornice on Iron Mask, and sniff out powder stashes that load in the trees below.

PARK AND PIPE: Accessible via Chair 6, the Golden Peak Super Park packs tabletops, rails, tree
stashes, log jibs, and a superpipe with 18-foot walls into 1,000 vertical feet.

BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS: A run down the Minturn Mile (it’s actually about five miles) will dump you on the doorstep of the Saloon Bar, eight miles
west of Vail. You’ll only rack up 850 vertical, but the treedotted powder fields and creek-luge make up for the teensy drop. (Avy info:

WEATHER: Westerly and northwesterly storms favor Vail, which averages nearly 68 inches in March—its snowiest month— and 311 inches between November and late February.

APRÈS: Grab a Tecate on Los Amigos’ sunny trailside deck and watch end-of-day gaper carnage on Pepi’s Face. At Vendetta’s, Bud and Fat Tire
are always flowing.

FUEL: Down an egg, meat, and cheese Mountain Stuffer at Blizzard’s (in Vail Village) and you won’t need lunch till midafternoon.

UP ALL NIGHT: If it’s a mixed-drink night, head to Samana, on Bridge Street, where DJs and a dance floor coexist with Miamilounge

DIGS: Single beds at the no-frills Roost Lodge in West Vail run between $59 and $129. has four-day ski-and stay
deals for cheap. Or check


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Vail Snow Daze

EVE 6 and a few other more well known bands, like the Barenaked Ladies, are playing free shows in Vail this week and weekend.

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Andreas Hatveit gets ready for a crazy game of Twister. Freeway 8 superpipe, Breckenridge.


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Rebecca Selig, Vail

Vail, Colorado: Nine Inches of Powder

Need proof that winter isn't over yet? Here are shots from Vail this weekend—when nine of inches of snow fell on Friday night, dawning bluebird Saturday and Sunday. The best part: After skiing powder, you can take a shot of Limoncello from an ice luge at the top of Vail's Blue Sky Basin.

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Vail Resorts Announces EpicMix

On Monday, Vail Resorts announced a location-based mobile and web app, called Epic Mix. The company's Interactive Director, Mike Slone, sat down with us to discuss check-ins, pins, and where digital experience collides with a typical ski day.

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The small to zilch lift lines—even during spring break—are a welcome change, along with the epic backcountry access, newly opened Tunnel Face (another nod to persistent poaching creating change), and no sign of Vail-tude.