Powder Hound

Powder Hound

Do you chase winter storms across the country trying to hit the freshest powder available? Vail has some of the best runs out there and we’re giving you the local’s insight on which reign supreme.

Top Black Runs

With so many advanced runs available on two world-class mountains, it was hard for the local’s to pick their favs.

Vail Mountain:
• Yonder in the Back Bowls
• Riva
• North Star

Beaver Creek Mountain:
• Royal Elk Glade
• Ripsaw
• Under the Grouse Mountain Chairlift

Top Runs for Moguls
If you like hitting the bumps, the Vail Valley has some excellent mogul runs for you:
• Highline
• Blue Ox
• Prima


Powder Stashes you might be missing

While it took a little cajoling, we finally got some of the locals to dish on their favorite powder stashes. Here is the insider’s scoop:

• Larkspur Bowl
• Stone Creek Chutes
• Wapiti
• Anything through the trees- specifically the ones below China Spur in Blue Sky Basin

Photo courtesy Mamie’s Mountain Grill

Places to Eat On-Mountain

As Powder Hounds, it takes a lot to get you off the mountain, and sometimes fueling up for the rest of the day isn’t enough to get you to pop off those skis. We’ve got you covered with some of our favorite on-mountain dining spots.

Grab a quick bite to eat at Two Elk located on Vail Mountain. You can fuel up with chili and burgers and then get back out on the slopes.

If you’d like to rest your legs and enjoy the sunshine, Mamie’s Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek has a fantastic outdoor patio where you can grill your own steaks, burgers, or chicken. Sit in the sun and enjoy some Colorado craft beers while you chow down on lunch.

Don’t Miss This One Thing

Make time for Outer Mongolia and Siberia Bowls at Vail Mountain. Not everyone ventures this far to the east in the Back Bowls, ensuring powder stashes stay for a few days after a storm.

Local Tips

Arrive to the lifts at least 30 minutes prior to the posted start time to get a spot in line amongst the locals. Consider accessing Vail Mountain from Golden Peak (Riva Bahn, chair 6) and you’ll miss the crowds at the more popular access areas of Vail Village (Gondola One) and Lionshead Village (Eagle Bahn Gondola or Born Free Express).