A Short History of Grooming Snow

Mar. 31, 2015

032015_Vail_RivaRidge_RicMorenoContro (1)Riva Ridge is groomed at least once a week

Vail has been at the forefront of modern day snow grooming right from the start. Even though flattening snow into a compacted surface to allow easier and faster travel has been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years – mainly by having horses haul heavy farming rollers – it wasn’t until the 1950’s, right here in Colorado, that snow grooming began as we know it today.

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Get to Know John Donovan: Vail Resident, Business Owner, and Ski Instructor since 1963

Mar. 31, 2015

Get to know Vail's Instructors

The Vail Ski and Snowboard School is renowned for its excellence, and the cornerstone of that reputation is the instructors themselves. From ex-NFL players to former Olympians to long-time Vail locals, in this series we introduce you to just a sampling of this widely diverse group of expert skiers and riders.

John Donovan is originally from Chicago, Illinois and used to instruct and later supervise Golden Peak Childrens Ski School, ages 7-teen. Now he leads ski tours of Vail Mountain five days a week.

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Vail’s Trail Names: Part 1

Jan. 28, 2015

Ever wonder how your favorite area or trail at Vail got its name? Here are a few often-asked for explanations behind the trail signs…Pete Seibert Earl Eaton Vail

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Vail’s Trail Names: Part 2

Oct. 1, 2012

Part 2 in our series explaining the stories behind some of the most asked about trail names in Vail! And in case you missed it, here’s Part 1. 

historic vail trail names

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The Spirit of Vail (VIDEO)

Sep. 25, 2012

Young or old, skier or snowboarder, from near or far, those who love the mountains share something in common… a feeling that is difficult to put into words. While looking at footage from the past 50 years at Vail, similar shots kept jumping out at us. When combined into one video, they show that while the equipment, the town, and the mountain have changed, the reasons that people love to visit Vail have remained the same.

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Southern Ute Indian Tribe performs snow dance in Vail

Jun. 12, 2012

After 524 inches of record breaking snow the year before, Winter 2011/2012 was getting off to a slow start. It was late December and powder days had been scarce in Colorado and most other parts of the country. Hardcore skiers and riders were getting restless. It was time to call in reinforcements.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Vail Snow Dance

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