Syndicate guide to shredding stateside. Vail Colorado
Vail has won best Ski resort in the world more times than you have had hot dinners. Famed for its back bowls and it’s tree runs with it’s super light pow it has always been my favorite place to ride in the world.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea due to it being the man but at the same time the man provides the fastest newest chairlifts which means no lift lines. Heated streets and pavements leading up to the gondolas which have wifi. You are welcomed with mini waffles for breakfast as you arrive. Go for lunch at 10s at midstation and there bloody hair straighteners and choice of products in the toilets. There’s too many fur coat shops for me in Vail village around the posh places to eat and ice rinks art shops ice sculptures and cowboy hats but the other side of all this is the mountain and the locals who stay there and love it. Head to Vendettas for a slice and a beer for apres. Go to the George for pool and shots. Hit up any independent coffee shop or sandwich place for more reasonable prices or go to the little diner for the best pancakes or omelettes for breakfast.
When we rode Vail this year it was always on a powder day. After spending 3 seasons there local knowledge pays off the back bowls are over 6000 acres and feature huge long open faces. A bit of a traverse will lead to sick tree runs. A hike over the back and you can do the Minturn mile riding back country to an old mining village and hitch hiking back. Our usual ride home is again back country through west Vail trees. About 4/5 miles all the way to the hot tub in the house unless you get lost which is usually. Vail mountain has it all. There are cliff drops in the trees some runs the only way in is to drop a cliff to get the goods. You have plenty of groomers to burn . Gondy laps at Lionshead are always untracked on a powder day as everyone heads over the back. This leaves us with hitting up back flip ally then naturall hips down born free before hitting nice open tree runs at bwana. With Vail now home of the Burton US open you can watch it at end of feb (if there the month before head down to Aspen for the X games) theres a super pipe at Gold Peak park as well as your usual array of rails and kickers. Nothing in comparison to Keystone or Breck but at the same time you are too busy getting the good stuff in the back bowls and trees to worry about it. Yes it’s corporate but this is the reason you can ride all of the above resorts under one pass. The name of that pass covers America and covers our adventures. EPIC!