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Apparently there’s some big sports matchup happening this Sunday in California. While plenty of you will be glued to the television, eating wings, drinking beer, and placing bets on two teams you didn’t have much of a vested interest in until this weekend, die-hard powder hounds will be seeking another kind of bowl.
Yup — we’re talking snow bowls!
These are the bowls you should be skiing while everyone else is parked in front of the game, losing money, and downing empty calories. You’re welcome.
Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands in Colorado — Start your day with a hike from the summit chair up 12,000 feet to the top of Highland Bowl. It’s a haul, but worth the hike. “The views are incredible, and I have never skied a descent that is as long and consistently steep as this massive bowl,” Evan Reece, the co-founder of Liftopia, told us. “In addition, the winds constantly ‘refill’ the bowl, which means the snow is great many days after the last snowfall.”
Kachina Bowl at Taos — Once only accessible by foot, Kachina Bowl is now accessible by the Kachina Peak chair. The new lift means the people at Taos are now spread out across more terrain, making it even less crowded and more fun to explore.
Liberty Bowl at Big Sky Resort, Montana
Not only does Liberty Bowl — accessible from the Lone Peak Tram — provide a killer view of three states, but the 6-mile-long run starts out in a killer black diamond bowl before it empties into a gorgeous forest.
Spaulding Bowl at Copper Mountain, Colorado
Spaulding Bowl is part of “The 12’s,” a group of ski runs with elevations in excess of 12,000 feet. Spaulding Bowl is on top of the Storm King T-Bar, right above the Spaulding Glades, which offers some of the best tree skiing in the entire state.
Devil’s Castle Bowl at Alta Ski Resort, Utah
Because Alta gets more than 500 inches of snow each year, its bowls are some of the most powder-licious in the country. It takes a bit of a ski-skate to reach Devil’s Castle from the Sugarloaf lift, but we promise it is worth it. This bowl catches some of the deepest powder you’ll find outside of the back country.
All of the bowls at Alpine Meadows (part of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows)
Alpine Meadows has a phenomenal number of hike-to bowls that tend to not be crowded, including the Estelle Bowl, the Beaver Bowl and the High Traverse. “If you are willing to do some walking, you will be rewarded with amazing terrain and views,” Liftopia’s Reece said.
If you’re staying at the Resort at Squaw Creek on the Squaw side of the mountain, make sure to visit the Sun Bowl at the end of the day. True to its name, this bowl soaks up the rays all day, making it feel like spring skiing all year round.
Empire Bowl at Deer Valley, Utah
Expert skiers should not miss the Empire Bowl for some truly sweet and double black bowl skiing.