Vail’s Legendary Terrain: Blue Sky Basin

Mar. 21, 2017

What makes Blue Sky Basin Legendary?

For those who haven’t experienced Blue Sky Basin yet, what are you waiting for? A guest & locals favorite, Blue Sky Basin provides a skiing experience like nothing else on Vail Mountain.  It is where you will truly find nature, where you will feel small on our huge mountain.

To put things in perspective, Blue Sky Basin is located a whole 7 miles from Vail Village! After much deliberation and planning, Blue Sky Basin opened in 2000, and provides a backcountry type experience of mostly open meadows and glades.  Blue Sky Basin encompasses two more unofficial Back Bowls, Pete’s & Earl’s, named after Vail’s founders. If you’re looking to grab lunch in Blue Sky Basin, there are 2 restaurant options available.  Belle’s Camp offers sandwiches, beverages and more, or feel free to bring your own food and take advantage of the grills in place.  The Dawg Haus, located at the bottom of Chair#39 offers gourmet hot dogs and craft brews.

How to Get There

Note: there are multiple way to get to Blue Sky Basin – here are the most direct. Refer to the trail map for alternate routes.

Via Gondola One: Exit Gondola, ride Chair #4, then follow Sleepytime Road all the way to Blue Sky Basin and Chair #37

Via Eagle Bahn: Exit Gondola, ski to Chair #2, take Mid-Vail Express to Chair #4, then follow Sleepytime Road all the way to Blue Sky Basin and Chair #37

If you like…

Feeling like you are WAY out in the Rockies.

Gladed, yet open terrain with trees perfectly spaced.

Extreme skiing, with an off piste feeling.

Grab & go lunches & craft beer.

…You’ll love Blue Sky Basin

■ Cloud 9: It’s called Cloud 9 for a reason.  This usually groomed trail provides perfectly spaced trees and a euphoric skiing experience.

◆ Lover’s Leap: Are you up for the challenge? On Lovers Leap, located directly and lookers left below the Skyline Express Lift (#37), expert skiers will find pleasure in navigating a large cornice that drops into a steep field providing hundreds of vertical feet of exhilarating turns.

Photos/Video from Blue Sky Basin

Looking out to Pete’s (left) and Earl’s (right) bowl.

View of the Back Bowls & Gore Range from Blue Sky Basin


Chair #37, with Lovers Leap below.


Grilling out at Belle’s Camp.

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