The Back Bowls have an experts-only reputation, but some runs are perfect for adventuresome intermediates—especially if they’re using the latest ski and snowboard technology. “Equipment advances such as wider skis have made the bowls more accessible,” Wellbaum attests. Some starter advice:
> Much of China Bowl, including Chopstix and Poppyfields, is gentle, intermediate-level (blue square) terrain.
> The Slot is groomed regularly, so it’s usually buffed and perfect for intermediates looking for a black-diamond challenge.
> Check the daily grooming report for runs that have been groomed on a "surprise" basis, which may include Jade Glade, Emperor's Choice, Morning Thunder. and Bolshoi Ballroom.