Feb. 23, 2016



This year the Burton U.S. Open will kick-off the week long event with the return of its Junior Jam. The kids competition will return after being absent from the Snowboarding Championship’s schedule since 2009. The Junior Jam has turned out no shortage of notable snowboarders, with alumni including Pat Moore, Hannah Teter, Luke Mitrani, John JacksonMikkel Bang and Jake Blauvelt. To learn more about this year’s Junior Jam and the up-and-coming riders that will compete this Tuesday, March 1, read the full story at


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Greens to Blues: Becoming a “Ski Family”

Feb. 15, 2016

We all remember that magical day on the slopes when it finally clicked. You connected turns, felt in the flow and changed your favorite color from green to blue. It’s a story we all share. Mathew Fortune had one of those days with his “aha moment”—a moment realized during a day spent taking a private family lesson with one of Vail’s top–notch instructors.

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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

Group skiing groomed terrain in Vail, Colorado.

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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The Perfect 4 Days in Vail

Feb. 4, 2016

Vail_blog_imageVail truly is like nothing on earth. Discover what makes this the perfect place for making memories by experiencing the perfect 4 days in Vail. There are a myriad of lodging options, such as the iconic Lodge at Vail, the first hotel and cornerstone of Vail Village. Plus, the Lodge is just steps from Gondola One, the fastest and most advanced gondola of its kind, complete with free Wi-Fi and heated seats. You could also choose to make your home base The Arrabelle at Vail Square, located at the bottom of Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. The stunning Arrabelle offers a luxurious, old-world charm and countless amenities to make you feel right at home. Whether you are on the mountain or in the village, you are mere steps away from all Vail has to offer.
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Day 1

Priority #1 after you check in – get on the mountain! Whether this is your first or 50th ski trip, prepare for one of the most exhilarating days of your life. Start the day off with one of our ski guides to help you get familiar with our 5,289 skiable acres. Our world-class pros offer beginner, intermediate, expert and private instruction, so you can choose the level that fits you best.
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Celebrate the Holidays with Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

Dec. 18, 2015

The holidays are the most magical time of the year and Vail is a perfect place to be.  The town comes alive during the season!  The snow covered Vail Mountain as a backdrop and the quaintness of Lionshead Village make every day here picture perfect.

Start creating memories that will last a lifetime with all the holiday activities that Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is offering this year.  From photo opportunities with the Ski Patrol Rescue Dog to s’mores to movie nights to mulled wine they are sure to keep you busy when you are not on the mountain.  Of course, Santa will be making a few appearances too.

Vail Marriott is a wonderful home away from home this month.    Welcoming visitors with warm hospitality, Vail Marriott is ideally situated just a three minute walk from the Eagle-Bahn Gondola.  They offer complimentary ski / snowboard valet and if you didn’t bring your gear they have you covered with rentals conveniently available at the resort in Charter Sports.

A hit with all guests is the breakfast buffet at First Chair, a great way to fuel up for all the fun each day has in store.   For a quick bite, apres ski or night cap stop in to Avalanche Pub located in the lobby.  Make sure you check out the incredible Bloody Mary’s they are serving up, one even has a cheeseburger with it!

The holiday events for you and your family are from Friday, December 18th through Friday, January 1st.  For times and locations, visit

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5 Reasons Moms Love Vail

Dec. 17, 2015

Family vacations at Vail are full of magical moments that are sure to make lasting memories. Recollections of skiing or riding down Vail Mountain, ice skating in one of Vail’s quintessential villages and building snow castles are shared by both the young and young at heart.

But even the most charmed vacations can leave mom feeling a little maxed out. Between packing, dressing the kids, schlepping equipment, preparing breakfast and coordinating various schedules, mom needs a vacation within a vacation! And Vail offers just that. Vail Mountain offers the perfect mix of family adventure, exploration and solo pampering, all while taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges, to ensure that mom gets the perfect travel experience she wants with the relaxation she needs.

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A Picture Perfect Holiday: Experiencing the Holidays in Vail

Dec. 10, 2015

Colorful lights bouncing off snow-covered hills, ice skaters twirling to holiday tunes and townspeople sipping toasty drinks around warm fires. If you think this only exists in postcards, think again.

While we’re known as a world-class ski town, we have more than meets the eye. Our village comes alive during the holiday season, brimming with magic and good cheer. Alongside storybook decorations, Vail village offers a series of popular holiday events, not to mention hundreds of well-dressed shops and art galleries to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone (or yourself!). Join us this holiday season for our signature events sure to warm everyone’s holiday spirit. Some family members might even mistake this mountain village for the North Pole!


Vail Family Holidaze


This family festival brings an extra heap of holiday magic to the Yuletide. Set in Vail’s already iconic setting, Holidaze hosts an array of outdoor events like concerts, skating, paper lantern-making and cookie decorating to celebrate the holiday season. Held from mid-December through the end of the year, all events are free and open to the public.

See a full list of Holidaze events.

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