Primer Bowl is a short, open run located just to the south of
Lift 9 between
Patrol Bowl and
Snow depth is generally excellent on this run, particularly towards the top, because of wind-drifted powder from the
other side of the divide. The short run can be substantially steeper on a good snow year because the drifted snow near the
top projects away from the underlying terrain.
Snow quality in Primer Bowl is commonly good. It's high up (top is around 12,700 feet), shaded from the
afternoon sun, and refreshed by frequent wind drift. However, as in many areas of the Ridge at Loveland,
sastrugi or breakable
windcrust can set in on occasion. In the event the wind as reduced snow quality, careful observation of the snow from the
chairlift can often lead to intelligent route selection. On many occasions in Primer Bowl, there are areas of good snow,
even if the bowl is generally windpacked.
Primer Bowl is just south of
Lift 9, and it's a logical choice for an early morning run.
It can get tracked out fairly quickly because it does not require a hike. However, you'll probably be getting fresh tracks in
Wild Child or
Field of Dreams at noon, so
save those ski runs for later.
Primer Bowl empties out into the open spaces of Our Bowl.