Alpental Back Bowls

LEGENDARY LIFT-SERVICED TERRAIN

  • ACRES OF TERRAIN Icon
    523
    ACRES OF TERRAIN
  • ACCESS GATES Icon
    2
    ACCESS GATES
  • FEET OF VERTICAL Icon
    1,800
    FEET OF VERTICAL

Get A Back Bowls Pass

A specific Back Bowls Pass is required to access the Alpental Back Bowls and Backcountry. To get a pass please visit Alpental Patrol at the top of Edelweiss Chair. You must sign the release of liability to get a Back Bowls Pass.

Be Prepared For Wild Terrain

The essentials for entering the Alpental Back Bowls.

  • Our Pro Patrol team is here to help. If you haven't ever been and are ready to venture into the Back Bowls, please do not hesitate to ask for a tour. They can show you the basics of navigating this terrain, how to use the high traverse, and answer questions.

  • Do not enter the Back Bowls through either Nash Gate or Elevator Gate without having the essentials in your backpack, and knowing how to use all of it well.

    • Shovel
    • Probe
    • Avalanche Transceiver (beacon)
    • First aid kit
    • Food & water
    • Extra hat, gloves, & flashlight/headlamp
  • Alpental locals know to turn it on when you put it on, and not to turn it off until you take it off. Be prepared! If there's a chance you might ski or ride in the Back Bowls or backcountry, always have your beacon turned on and checked before leaving the car.

    We also have a beacon check at the top of Edelweiss Chair.

  • Never enter the Back Bowls alone. Go in a group or find a partner and always remain in visual contact with each other.

  • The Alpental Back Bowls and Backcountry beyond should only be accessed by experienced expert skiers and snowboarders. However, even the most experienced riders can find extremely challenging terrain in the Back Bowls. If you feel something is above your ability level, it is your responsibility to make the wise judgment and inform your group.

    You should realize that your actions affect not just yourself, but also every other member of your party and potentially any other winter enthusiasts who may be required to help in the case of an accident.

  • The Alpental Back Bowls and Backcountry beyond should only be accessed by experienced expert skiers and snowboarders. However, even the most experienced riders can find extremely challenging terrain in the Back Bowls. If you feel something is above your ability level, it is your responsibility to make the wise judgment and inform your group.

    You should realize that your actions affect not just yourself, but also every other member of your party and potentially any other winter enthusiasts who may be required to help in the case of an accident.

  • Before heading out the gates, always make a basic route plan with your partner or group. Plans can change, but if you always remain in visual contact and regroup often on the way down you can reduce the risk of losing a member of the group.

The Alpental Back Bowls and Backcountry can be the highlight of your day, but it can quickly become just the opposite. Preparing yourself for skiing or snowboarding in this wild terrain is essential to your safety, and the safety of others.

More Hazards & Risk

Our Back Bowls terrain is rugged. This area is not managed or controlled for avalanches to the same extent as terrain in the developed ski area and includes more hazards and increased risk. This risk — complete with hazards such as large cliffs, terrain traps, obstacles, changing snow conditions, creeks, and holes — requires respect, knowledge, and preparation.

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