Skiing and Snowboarding Tips

5 Tips to the Ultimate Ski Trip

Aug. 8, 2018

Vacations can be stressful, especially when you’re the one doing all the planning. Rather than spending your time worrying about the details, read these tips for the ultimate ski trip ahead of time and you’ll be ready to kick back and enjoy your time on the slopes.

1. Make a game plan before getting on the mountain

Group skiing groomed terrain in Vail, Colorado.

Vail Mountain spans 5,289 acres, and while that makes for a lot of enjoyment to be had, it can be overwhelming to explore. We’ve taken the legwork out of planning your day on the mountain with three all-encompassing trail guides. Based on your skill level, these guides enable you to focus on making memories and racking up vertical feet – sans any stress.

Explore Vail’s Trail Guides as a BeginnerIntermediate or Expert

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Vail’s Legendary Terrain: Northwoods

May. 22, 2017

What makes Northwoods Legendary?

One of the most popular areas of Vail Mountain, Northwoods offers easy access to some of the best terrain on Vail Mountain. This area can be ridden all day! The lift ride is quick, is the first to open, and the last to close for the day. Speaking of lift rides (pending Forest Service approval), Chair #11 will be upgraded to a six pack for the 2017-18 season, reducing wait times and increasing uphill capacity by 25%. For the early morning powder seekers, Northwoods is the place to go. It offers terrain of varying steepness and difficulty, and suitable for all types of skiing, whether you enjoy the open fields of Northstar, or the tree skiing in Snag Park.

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6 Tips to Take Your Skiing to The Next Level

Dec. 13, 2016

Make that Break Through & Take your Skiing to the Next Level!

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By Janet Lawrence

So you’ve been skiing a while, you’re doing pretty darn well, but you want more! Maybe you need to keep up with a friend, spouse or your 8 year old child. Maybe you just want to ski tougher terrain, get off the bunny slope, jump a cliff. Whatever your motivation, here are a few tips to help you get there.

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Mountain Preparedness

Nov. 10, 2016

See our guide to preparing for your trip to the mountains.

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2016-17 Gear Guide

Oct. 12, 2016

Group skiing groomed terrain in Vail, Colorado.

Whether you’re an expert who revels in knee-deep powder in the Back Bowls or a casual skier who cruises the groomers, you’ve got to be ready for a variety of conditions on the mountain. Don’t risk having a bad time just because you didn’t bring the right gear along – our Ultimate Gear Guide is here to help you make the most of your trip. 

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Top 5 Reasons to Take a Lesson

Sep. 6, 2016

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Whether it’s your first time on snow or you are a seasoned skier looking to find the best terrain on the mountain, spending a day with Vail’s ski and snowboard professionals will help you make the most of your time on the mountain. See our Top 5 Reasons why taking a lesson with the Vail Ski and Snowboard School will be the best decision of your ski vacation. 

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Snow, By Any Other Name

Mar. 15, 2016

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By Janet Lawrence

Snow is snow, right? Not quite. Much like each snowflake is unique, our snow collectively takes on many different forms. It can change from day to day, morning to afternoon, top of the hill to base area. Learn the snow lingo, what you can expect from each kind and how to ski it like a pro with my glossary of snow conditions!

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