Skiing and Snowboarding Tips
New to skiing or snowboarding and visiting Vail for the first time? The mountain’s size can initially be intimidating, and while the ski runs are a bit (or much) longer than what one would encounter at other ski areas, there are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably, enjoying views and groomed terrain while exploring different areas.
Here is an example mountain tour for the beginner level skier or snowboarder. Follow each step below over one full day or several days. The outline below will give you an enjoyable cruise as well as picturesque views of the entire frontside of the mountain.
Read on to find out where to go!
With nearly 5,300 acres of world-class skiing and snowboarding terrain, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with a day or eight at Vail. But for intermediate skiers – those who enjoy mostly green, blue and some black runs – the size of the mountain offers a giant learning environment with dozens of runs to develop skills and gain confidence while working up to the steeps, deeps and bumps of Vail’s vast terrain.Read More»
One of the most common questions parents ask us is: “At what age can my child learn to ski or snowboard?”
We sat down with Mark Raymond, General Manager of Training and Quality for Vail Ski and Snowboard School, to get his take. As a father of a 5-year-old and an instructor since 1992, Mark is very familiar with what it takes to teach young ones to ski.Read More»
Mountain Top Express Lift (#4) got a major upgrade this summer, converting it from a 4-passenger to a 6-passenger high speed chair. With these great early season conditions, we were able to open it for the 2013-14 ski season this morning, bringing us to over 650 skiable acres here at Vail with more terrain opening every day.Read More»
A few quick tips from Vail Ski Patrol to make sure you stay safe while you’re having fun on the mountain!Read More»
Author Gates Lloyd is the Lionshead Adult Location Manager at the Vail Ski and Snowboard School. Originally from Pennsylvania, he has been enjoying the Colorado Mountains since 1987. In addition to his duties at Vail, Gates enjoys working with other instructors as an Examiner with Professional Ski Instructors of America – Rocky Mountain.
Packs are great when you’re going out of bounds, out for a picnic or out with your kids. But there are days when I’m skiing and don’t want to carry a pack. On those days, I go light with select items in my jacket. An added benefit to being prepared for whatever the day brings: most of these items have a significant social value: share them with a friend or someone you’d like to be a friend.Read More»