Skiing and Snowboarding Tips

Tour Guide: A Beginner’s Day on the Mountain

Oct. 4, 2014

vail_overeasy_meghangruszynskiNew to skiing or snowboarding and visiting Vail for the first time? The mountain’s size can initially be intimidating, and while the ski runs might be longer than what one would encounter at other ski areas, there are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably. So click into those skis, strap into that snowboard and get ready to enjoy the views and groomed terrain while exploring the mountain.

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An Intermediate Skier’s Guide To Vail

Oct. 2, 2014

Intermediate-skier-guide-Vail

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.

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How to use your ski poles

Oct. 1, 2014

Vail ski instructor tips

“How do I use my poles?” is a question we get from many of our guests and the answer is not as easy as one might think. Ski poles have many uses when skiing and the following will give you a simple idea of just how you can use them to your advantage.

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Top 10 items to bring skiing or snowboarding

Sep. 30, 2014

top items to bring on the slopesPacks are great when you’re planning to grill on one of Vail’s decks 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.

So here they are, my advice for the Top 10 Items To Bring Skiing or Snowboarding:

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At what age can a child learn to ski or snowboard?

Sep. 28, 2014

One of the most common questions parents ask us is: “At what age can my child learn to ski or snowboard?”

ski school age 3 - 6We 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.

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How to keep kids warm on the slopes

Sep. 23, 2014

Keeping kids warm skiing

Brrrrr. It’s cold out there! You might think of keeping the kids indoors on chillier days here in the mountains, but if we prepare our kids well they can still have a wonderful day skiing on some of the lightest, fluffiest snow of the season!

Here are some tips for dressing and caring for you kids on the slopes on those colder days:

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5 Reasons to Come to Vail November thru mid-December

Sep. 11, 2014

Vail opening
You want in on a little secret here in Vail? We LOVE early season. What’s “early season” you ask?

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