Pristine aspen meadows, wide open runs and breathtaking views of Bear Mountain. These are only a few of our favorite features of the West Bowl zone.
West Bowl is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Those new to the backcountry will love West Bowl for its mellow terrain, which offers a comfortable and engaging environment to practice backcountry basics — such as skinning technique and summit transitions. Experienced backcountry skiers and riders love West Bowl for a couple laps to warm up their legs before heading over to tackle the bigger terrain found on Bear Mountain.
If you haven’t heard about the mouthwatering free bacon yet, well then you’re in for a treat. The Perch is conveniently located at the foot of West Bowl and Meat Hill, providing the perfect home base to regroup, warm up, and enjoy a tasty strip of meaty goodness before heading out to tackle more trails, or before the skin back to the base area.
This skin track is the main access from the Base Area to the Perch. From the Perch, you may continue upward and onward to the summit of West Bowl.
Meat Hill is a good elk hunting zone during our off season, which is where the origin of its name came from — but it also goes hand in hand with our bacon station located at the bottom. Start from the Perch and take this skin track to the summit of Meat Hill. If you’re new to uphill travel, Meat Hill is an excellent place to learn and practice your skinning skills.
Lost in the Woodwards
Named after co-founder, Jeff Woodward, Lost in the Woodwards is an alternate route to accessing the West Bowl summit that branches off of the West Bowl skin track and provides a nice escape from the wind on breezy days. Albeit slightly longer than West Bowl, this route is beautiful in the morning as it weaves through tall aspens. Keep an eye out for a hunting blind along this skin track, and a small thermal spring that trickles year round!
A wise hobbit once said, “Not all those who wander are lost.” We invite you to wander through the aspens of this magical area of Bluebird.Hang a left off of the West Bowl Skin Track shortly before the Perch, this beginner friendly route offers quick access to the Shire and the summit of Meat Hill.
The journey has only just begun. Exit the Shire skin track and rejoice in low angle north facing turns, quick laps, and great beginner tree skiing.
We can almost smell the bacon from the top. This wide open area is great for skiers and riders who are new to the backcountry. The short climb and shorter vertical drop allows for quick hit laps, so that you can keep lapping and perfecting your skills all day long.
The best views of Bear Mountain are from the summit of West Bowl, with some great photo ops with your partner or squad. On the way down, you’ll enjoy open bowl skiing at the top with a mix of well spaced aspens towards the bottom.
The Hundred Acre Woods
Let your inner child come out to play on this tree run. Low angle aspen skiing off the beaten path allow for easy cruising.
The Whumphing Willows
Unlike the aggressive Whomping Willow near Hogwarts, our trees are relatively stable and harmless — just don’t get too close, as they don’t move. The Whumphing Willows is a short, steep shot from the summit of West Bowl emptying into open aspen trees.
- Save some energy for the skin back to the base area. On tired legs, the skin track might feel like it goes on forever.
- Stop by The Perch to warm up and enjoy some good company in between laps; sometimes we have bacon available, too.
- First time at Bluebird? Start with The Shire and Meat Hill before working your way over to West Bowl.
Stay tuned as we feature more areas of Bluebird Backcountry.