Blue Sky Basin has been home to many happy skiers and riders for the past decade. January is the 10-year birthday celebration of the back bowl.
Vail founders Pete Seibert, Sr., and Earl Eaton included Blue Sky Basin in Vail's initial Master plan, when the mountain was developed in 1962. It sits to the south of Vail's legendary Back Bowls. The outermost area of Vail Mountain offers intermediate and expert skiers and riders a variety of moguls, glades, tree skiing, cliffs, and ridges with a distinct backcountry feel. Fresh tracks and secret stashes are everywhere on powder days. Relax down at Belle's Camp, surrounded by Mount of the Holy Cross, the Sawatch Mountains, and Ten-Mile Range.
"From the rustic lift houses and buildings to the phenomenal gladed skiing and snowboarding and expansive views, Blue Sky Basin is an experience unlike anything else on Vail Mountain," said Vail's Chris Jarnot, "It's a privilege to be able to pay tribute to Pete Seibert, Earl Eaton and all who were involved in the development and opening of Blue Sky Basin 10 years ago."
The Ute Indians were the first to discover it, as they were the only real inhabitants of the Eagle River basin, or what is now the Vail Valley. Other tribes referred to the Utes as the "Blue Sky People." Both the Ute name and Colorado's brilliant blue skies inspired the name Blue Sky Basin.