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Skiing in Vail, Colorado is exciting for a number of reasons. However, perhaps the most popular of those reasons is that they offer more slopes any another ski resort in North America. Vail Mountain is divided into three distinct skiing regions: the Front Side, Back Bowls, and Blue Sky Basin. Each is unique and offers a new skiing experience that you can enjoy.
The Front Side is what might be considered the main part of the mountain, or at least the area you can see when you arrive. This area of the mountain can take up an entire day in itself. There are 127 trails on the Front Side that are continually groomed, just as the rest of the mountain is. You will find a range of slopes from the 1,006 acres of beginner and intermediate slopes to 671 acres of advanced and higher level ski terrain. There are even several terrain parks, including Golden Peak, where you can try your hand at jumps and even a superpipe. That means that the Front Side of Vail Mountain is one where skiers of all levels can spend the day and have a great time.
The Back Bowls are probably for the more adventurous skier. Many ski mountains have a bowl area, but few have seven bowls like Vail Mountain does. They seven bowls span a six mile area filled with light, dry powder snow that can be waist deep in places making for an exciting skiing experience for all who dare to head back that way. The bowls have a number of cliffs and terrain so that the whole thing can act as a terrain park for the freelancer in your group. As big as the bowls are, they still only make up a total of one third of the total ski terrain on Vail Mountain.
For the really daring adventurer, there is the Blue Sky Basin. It is perfect to get that extra thrill. Blue Sky contains the back country type terrain you might expect on a helicopter drop on a backcountry ski trip. It is a whopping 645 acres that are serviced by four lifts. The entire thing is nestled into two miles of wild mountain wilderness. The slopes are marked by rustic signs that can guide you to obscure and isolated slopes that will seem as if you discovered them on your own. The Blue Sky Basin is a great way to get a feel for what back country skiing is like. If you get cold back in the Basin, you can always stop in to Belle’s Camp where you can get warm by a fire, and if you bring food you can even cook it there in true back country fashion.
Vail Mountain is a total of 5,289 acres of ski terrain serviced by a whopping 34 lifts. Among those acres, there are three distinct regions of the mountain you can enjoy. The Front Side, the Back Bowls, and the Blue Sky Basin so that skiers of any level on any day can get the ski experience they are looking for.