Behind the Scenes
Benjamin interviewing pro skier and avid stand up paddler, Steven Nyman, during the GoPro Mountain Games. Credit: Michael Brown. Courtesy: Adventure Film School.
I’m convinced. The GoPro Mountain Games has got to be Vail’s best kept secret. I’m not exactly sure how or why I didn’t know about this epic weekend of emerging sports, gear giveaways, and rock and roll, but I’m sure glad I know about it now.Read More»
One of the best loved areas in Vail, Blue Sky Basin is known for its beautiful views and endless glade skiing. We were lucky enough to get back there in August 2013 and experience this beautiful spot in all its summer glory. See any spots you recognize from winter?
Jump inside the cat and learn about the operation that grooms over 1000 acres nightly. This video combines info about Vail’s grooming machines (called snow cats), the operators, and new technology with beautiful time lapse photography.Read More»
Cat operators, Brett and Mike, work through the night preparing the mountain for blissful skiing.
Do you ever wonder what happens after the last lift stops and the sun sets on another great day of skiing? Does the mountain turn silent and still as the day comes to a close? As we found out today, that is hardly the case.Read More»
Oct 5, 2013 – In the midst of heavy snow late yesterday afternoon, Vail’s snowmaking team was able to turn on the snow guns for the first time this season. Conditions have to be just right in order to make snow, with temperatures at least down to 30 but ideally under 20 degrees. The wet-bulb temp, or actual temperature relative to the humidity in the air, is also a major factor. Fortunately everything came together to blow snow throughout the night into the afternoon today. Snow will be made on Golden Peak throughout October and then expand to Front Side side runs in anticipation of our Opening Day, November 22nd.
Pictures of snow being made on Golden Peak this morning:Read More»
The evening snowmaking crew starts trickling in to the labyrinthine complex of mountain ops buildings at 3:30pm to change into uniform. Set at the base of Vail, this mix of offices and warehouses is home to the small army of men and women that keep this mountain going day in and day out.Read More»