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Freeride skiing at Vail

Freeride Lines for Powderhounds at Vail Mountain

Hunt for powder even days after a storm on these hidden off-piste runs.

Freeride Skiing Easy, Moderate

Freeride skiing at Vail
Freeride skiing at Vail Photo: Jack Affleck


Vail can be a dream for powder skiing and riding, with storms hitting frequently from late December through early April. On the morning of a powder day, you can’t go wrong skiing anywhere on the mountain, really. Just hit the main lifts early and get to the upper mountain or the Back Bowls as efficiently as you can.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that your trip to Vail will line up with a storm, and even if it does, most runs get skied out by the crowds just hours after opening. Luckily, this huge mountain has a lot of hidden spots that are slower to get tracked. You can still find powder turns days after a storm if you know where to look, and these hard-to-reach freeride lines are great places to start.

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