Photo: Daniel Milchev/Vail Resorts
In celebration of the 52nd NFL Super Bowl, we have highlighted our favorite stripe of bowls: the kind you ski down! Sure, our bowls may not come with record-breaking passes, exhilarating plays and bone-crushing hits, but bowl skiing is epic in its own way. Offering everything from open powder fields to steeps and moguls, bowls are where devoted skiers and snowboarders know they can find blue-chip terrain.
Here are top resorts for super-bowl skiing, i.e. where the bowl skiing is super:
The Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands is true treat for those who want to earn their turns and views. From the top of the 12,392-foot peak, which requires a 25- to 45-minute hike, skiers and riders are rewarded with incredible views of the famous 14,000-foot Maroon Bells and a collection of steeps pitches and glades.
From the top of 11,166-foot Lone Peak, experts have three aspects to challenge themselves on: north, south and west. Each of the six bowls come with its own unique features, ranging from tight, technical chutes and steeps that funnel into hero powder fields to see-forever snowbound slopes.
Breck’s Peak 6, 7 and 8 provide experts with the lion’s share of bowl options, ranging from lift-accessed or hike-to double-black and extreme-rated steeps. However, intermediates can enjoy blue-rated, bowl-style skiing from the new Peak 6.
The four above treeline double black-diamond bowls at Copper Mountain round out the resort’s varied terrain offerings. Families and groups with challenge seekers have an exhilarating array of steep powder runs to choose from in Copper Bowl, Union Bowl, Spaulding Bowl and Resolution Bowl.
Jackson Hole is renowned for its steep, technical skiing, but it also has a fair share of open bowl skiing in its six expert bowls. Advanced skiers will enjoy the snow fields of Rendezvous Bowl, Cheyenne Bowl and Bernie’s Bowl, while the more extreme-minded will appreciate the pucker-worthy challenges in Casper Bowl.
Offering five hike-to and snowcat-accessed bowls, Keystone is the perfect place for advanced intermediates to test their bowl-skiing or -riding mettle.
With the addition of Canyons to its ski boundary, Park City Mountain Resort now boasts 10 bowls, which offer an array of double-black steeps and powder fields along the upper reaches of this massive resort.
Famed in hardcore skiing and snowboarding circles, the hike-to North Bowl rewards with often untracked, plentiful powder and double-black terrain. Technical entrances into the bowl, long vertical descent and plenty of steeps and options to drop cliffs make the North Bowl a true challenge.
Telluride’s Black Iron Bowl is a haven for advanced to expert skiers and riders looking for just about every type of challenge. Revelation Bowl, on the resort’s backside, is a prime venue for intermediate to advanced intermediate skiers looking to test out their powder skills in the wide-open terrain.
Spanning roughly 3,000 acres, Vail’s seven world-famous Back Bowls are some of the most scenic and easily the most popular bowls in the world. Whether you’re cruising around the intermediate-friendly Game Creek Bowl or exploring the remote Outer Mongolia Bowl, skiing the Back Bowls on a bluebird powder day is a coveted experience.
For a variety of high-alpine, scenic bowl skiing, Whistler Blackcomb is a top pick. Whistler Mountain’s seven bowls range in terrain type from intermediate to expert. Blackcomb Mountain also has its share of bowl skiing in Jersey Cream Bowl and Lakeside Bowl.
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Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.