Vail isn’t considered a particularly steep mountain, so it’s an ideal ski resort for an intermediate skier or snowboarder. Intermediates can comfortably navigate all over the resort’s 5,289 acres, including the famous Back Bowls. Trails are groomed daily—sometimes even mid-day. Nearly 30 percent of the mountain features blue-square terrain, and the resort’s frontside offers many long, sustained top-to-bottom intermediate groomers.
Just above Lionshead Village, intermediates will find iconic intermediate runs like Born Free, Bwana and Simba. In Game Creek Bowl, Showboat is a great run for working on arching parallel turns. Off the Mountaintop and Wildwood Express lifts at Mid-Vail, you’ll find several well-groomed intermediate runs, like Whistle Pig, Cappucino and Christmas. And off the Northwoods Express lift, don’t miss the Northwoods run, which is another wide-open groomer. If you’ve never been, Vail’s Back Bowls are an absolute must, if only just for one run and to take-in the resort’s wide span. Of Vail’s seven bowls, China Bowl offers the friendliest terrain for intermediate skiers and snowboarders.