Vail’s Legendary Terrain: Northwoods

May. 22, 2017

What makes Northwoods Legendary?

One of the most popular areas of Vail Mountain, Northwoods offers easy access to some of the best terrain on Vail Mountain. This area can be ridden all day! The lift ride is quick, is the first to open, and the last to close for the day. Speaking of lift rides (pending Forest Service approval), Chair #11 will be upgraded to a six pack for the 2017-18 season, reducing wait times and increasing uphill capacity by 25%. For the early morning powder seekers, Northwoods is the place to go. It offers terrain of varying steepness and difficulty, and suitable for all types of skiing, whether you enjoy the open fields of Northstar, or the tree skiing in Snag Park.

How to Get There

Access Northwoods Express (Chair #11) from Mid-Vail, via Mountaintop Express (Chair #4)

If you like…

Excellent front side terrain for all ability levels.

Secluded vibes, yet easily accessible terrain .

Pristine tree skiing and intermediate groomed terrain.

Powder stashes galore.

…You’ll love Northwoods

● Timberline Catwalk to Flapjack: While Northwoods doesn’t have a vast range of beginner terrain options, Timberline Catwalk offers guests one of Vail’s very best views in to the back bowls, over to the impressive Gore Range and across the front side of Vail Mountain. So if you’re a new or modest skier, don’t miss this one of a kind view and easy, rolling groomer.

■ Northwoods: The central  trail on one of the most beautiful and wooded areas on the mountain, Northwoods lives up to its name. Tucked away in a thick grove of trees, the Northwoods’ areas namesake run is the perfect lap for any intermediate skier looking to explore the trees.

◆ South Rim: South Rim is a short, but steep pitch just below the top of Chair #11. Be aware, South Rim is not for the faint of heart.  Either choose to make your turns down the open field or through the loosely spaced trees to skiers left.  Continue to ski the Chair #11 liftline for some of the most fun expert terrain on the mountain.

Northwoods on Social Media

Here are a few of our favorite social media posts and shots taken in Northwoods.




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