Vail's Back Bowls

Back Bowls Aren't Just for Experts

Despite their reputation, some runs are perfect for adventuresome intermediates.

December 15, 2020

The steep, and often corniced, west wall of China Bowl is a favorite among expert skiers.

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.


Filed under
Show Comments