Trails and Terrain

China Bowl now open!

Nov. 29, 2014

Back Bowls open for the season It has already been a season to remember – and we’re only 8 days in! Between the six feet of snow in the last three weeks and the incredible work of our mountain operations team, we are now happy to report that China Bowl is now open. That brings us to 3,642 acres of developed skiable terrain – the most available in the country!

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Vail Opens Back Bowls for Thanksgiving

Nov. 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Vail Back BowlsPhoto by Andrew Taylor

Skiers and snowboarders have even more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday at Vail with High Noon Express Lift (#5) opening today, providing access to terrain in Sun Up and Sun Down bowls. We’ve received more than 30 inches of snow since Saturday, and more than six feet in the past three weeks, making for fantastic conditions across the mountain! 

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An unbelievable start to the season

Nov. 25, 2014


We’ve received over 2 feet of snow since this latest round of storms started Saturday night, making for some of the best early season conditions Vail has ever had! The powder has been light and soft and the skiing and riding have been unbelievably good. New terrain is opening daily so stay tuned for big terrain announcements, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Hiking & skinning Vail Mountain: a message from USFS and Ski Patrol

Nov. 14, 2014

Information for hiking and skinning up Vail MountainWith over 3ft of new snow this week and opening day approaching Nov. 21, more and more people are strapping on their skins and snowshoes and heading up the mountain. Your cooperation with Vail Ski Patrol and U.S. Forest Service’s guidelines for safely skinning and hiking up Vail Mountain are what make the opportunity possible.

A few key pointers:

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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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Blue Sky Basin in Summer

Apr. 27, 2014

One of the best loved areas in Vail, Blue Sky Basin is known for its beautiful views and endless glade skiing. We were lucky enough to get back there in August 2013 and experience this beautiful spot in all its summer glory. See any spots you recognize from winter?

Vail Back Bowls Summer

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Vail Ski Patrol’s 10 tips for hiking and biking on Vail Mountain

Apr. 23, 2014

Vail’s Ski Patrol exchanges ski boots for hiking boots as they maintain and monitor the mountain in the spring, summer and fall. Here are their tips for staying safe during your summer adventures on Vail Mountain!

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