Guidebook

Freeride Lines for Powderhounds at Vail Mountain

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

Description

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.

Minturn Mile
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Minturn Mile

Vail
662 m
29 °
N
3 m
3.1 km
One of the most famous off-piste routes at the resort.
Moderate
Private
Faro Glade

Faro Glade

Vail
231 m
28 °
S
0 m
0.7 km
A short tree shot and a great warmup on a powder day en route to the bowls.
Easy
Private
The Wildwoods
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The Wildwoods

Vail
108 m
24 °
N
0 m
0.4 km
Short tree run in the Avanti area.
Moderate
Private
Over-Hard
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Over-Hard

Vail
88 m
19 °
N
0 m
0.4 km
Short tree shot down to Mid Vail area.
Moderate
Private
Mid-Vail Trees
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Mid-Vail Trees

Vail
126 m
25 °
N
0 m
0.5 km
Short tree shot down to Mid Vail area.
Moderate
Private
Christmas Trees
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Christmas Trees

Vail
238 m
22 °
NW
0 m
0.8 km
Great gladed powder run down Mountain Mop.
Moderate
Private
Chair 11 Line
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Chair 11 Line

Vail
256 m
27 °
N
0 m
1.0 km
Long gully, epic on powder days.
Moderate
Private
Eastwood
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Eastwood

Vail
103 m
19 °
N
7 m
0.5 km
Solid treeline that holds snow for weeks after a storm.
Moderate
Private
Wow Woods
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Wow Woods

Vail
351 m
30 °
S
0 m
1.0 km
Huge treeline with plenty of options.
Moderate
Private
Wow Ridge
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Wow Ridge

Vail
205 m
26 °
S
0 m
0.5 km
Wow Widge
Moderate
Private
The Wizard of O.S.
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The Wizard of O.S.

Vail
291 m
36 °
E
0 m
0.9 km
Epic tree skiing in Sun Down Bowl
Moderate
Private
Way Over Yonder
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Way Over Yonder

Vail
165 m
27 °
W
0 m
0.5 km
Some incredible tree skiing in Sun Up Bowl.
Moderate
Private
Shangri La La
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Shangri La La

Vail
259 m
23 °
S
0 m
0.9 km
China Bowl's worst kept secret.
Moderate
Private
Orient Rope Line
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Orient Rope Line

Vail
191 m
27 °
SE
0 m
0.5 km
Hidden gem in China Bowl.
Moderate
Private
Divide and Conquor
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Divide and Conquor

Vail
334 m
24 °
N
0 m
1.2 km
This isn't much of a secret, but it can be really good, and the huge amount of terrain can stay good pretty long into a powder day.
Moderate
Private
Mozzie's Bowl
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Mozzie's Bowl

Vail
363 m
29 °
W
0 m
1.2 km
Find powder days after a storm.
Moderate
Private