Skiing and Snowboarding Tips

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


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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Guide to Spring Skiing

Mar. 3, 2016

Sun-filled days, endless blue skies and temperatures that make you feel spoiled—spring skiing in Vail is an experience all its own. The snow is soft, the vibe is laid-back and the après scene takes on a new energy. If winter skiing is all you’ve known, get ready to enjoy the mountain in a whole new way as you close the season out in style.

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5 Tips to the Ultimate Ski Trip

Feb. 15, 2016

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

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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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Experience Terrain Based Lessons

Feb. 8, 2016

In Vail, CO

At Vail our lessons aren’t just for beginners learning art of the Pizza Vs. French Fries. We believe in being life-long learners, and we take that belief to the slopes. With offerings like our Max 3 Lesson and our terrain based learning approach, you can perfect your technique, become a master mountaineer and conquer all the terrain Vail has to offer.

Our Max 3 experiential lesson is considered to be the Masters Degree of skiing. Even the most experienced skiers will walk away from this day on the hill feeling more well versed skiing on all types of terrain, reading conditions, learning about their gear and how to combine their knowledge to have an incredible experience on the hill, no matter what the conditions are!

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Keeping your kids safe on the hill – Learning, Living, Loving THE CODE!

Sep. 8, 2015

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To keep your kids safe on the hill you can use a mix of: the wisdom your mom shared when you were 5, a little common sense, some strategies and tricks Instructors use, and yes, the Skier’s Responsibility Code. The Code could use a more enticing name to grab our kids’ interest to be sure. It could be the “do these things and get to ski again tomorrow Code”. Too long? Maybe, “The Code Taylor Swift skis to”, or the “I-Code”, “The Everything is AWESOME Code”. In any case, if we learn, model, and teach our young skiers the Code we will all safely enjoy sliding around on our gorgeous mountain together for many family ski vacations to come!

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Vail Gear Guide

Sep. 1, 2015


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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