Trails and Terrain

Vail Opening Day 2013

Nov. 19, 2013

Pics and video of Vail Opening 2013

Vail opened for the season Friday, Nov. 22! With a mix of great early season snowfall, colder temperatures and the hard work of our mountain operations crews, we were able to open both the Lionshead and Vail Village base areas for opening day 2013. Pics and video of the day below!

11/23/2013: TERRAIN UPDATE

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Thanksgiving week in Vail

Nov. 15, 2013

November skiing Vail

Time to head outside after feasting on Thanksgiving! This year, we are happy to have a full plate of activities available at Adventure Ridge.  Read on for details about mountaintop activitites, terrain updates, Ski and Snowboard School openings, and on mountain dining options!

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Early Season Tactics for Snowboarding

Oct. 1, 2013

Early season snowboarding

Snowboard instructor

Guest blogger Jason Schetrompf is a snowboard instructor with Vail Ski and Snowboard School.

Our enthusiasm for snowboarding can sometimes get the best of us this time of year. With the season fresh and the snow coverage not yet at mid-to-late season levels, I feel it would be good to discuss some tactics for – both riding and decision making – that will ensure that your season is long and filled with many days of shredding.

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Vail’s Top 10 Carving Trails

Aug. 29, 2013

Vail Ski School top trailsAuthor Jason Schetrompf is the Location Manager for the Adult Ski and Snowboard School at Golden Peak. Originally from Pennsylvania, he has been enjoying the Colorado Mountains since 2006. In addition to his duties at Vail, Jason enjoys working with other instructors as an Examiner with American Association of Snowboard Instructors – Rocky Mountain.  He also spends time writing articles and instructional manuals for PSIA/AASI – National.

Does your mouth water with the thought of skiing or riding on wide-open, groomed runs where you can carve clean arcs on pristine corduroy? Here is a list of the top 10 trails across Vail Mountain for choice groomed terrain to practice your carving skills.Connor Walberg Palmer Hoyt Vail groomer

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Vail’s Top 10 Iconic Trails

Aug. 17, 2013

Looking to explore Vail Mountain this winter? Here’s our list trails – some historic, some just crowd favorites – that top long time Vail skier and rider must-do lists season after season.

Vail's Front Side runs

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Vail’s Top 10 Spots for Expert Skiers and Riders

Aug. 2, 2013

An expert skiers' guide to VailAuthor and local Drew Rouse is originally from Annapolis, Maryland but grew up coming to Vail each winter. A regular in Vail and Beaver Creek’s video and photo shoots, he is also part-owner of Grace Skis.

Part 1: THE BACK BOWLS (…of course)

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Featured Vail Bike Trail: Grand Traverse

Jul. 9, 2013

Connecting Eagles Nest to the familiar winter Patrol Headquarters, the 4.9 mile Grand Traverse trail weaves hikers and bikers through Game Creek and Sun Down Bowls providing varying sections of forest and wide open single track. Learn more about biking this classic Vail trail with great views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

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