Behind the Scenes

Vail’s Trail Names: Part 1

Jan. 28, 2015

Ever wonder how your favorite area or trail at Vail got its name? Here are a few often-asked for explanations behind the trail signs…Pete Seibert Earl Eaton Vail

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Vail grooming schedule

Jan. 23, 2015

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh corduroy sliding beneath your skis. That’s why we groom over 100 trails over the course of the week here at Vail.

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What’s it like to be an Instructor at Vail’s Kids Ski and Snowboard School?

Nov. 1, 2014

kids ski instructor

Being a kids ski and snowboard instructor can seem like the most fun job ever – ripping around Vail Mountain with a small platoon of aspiring Lindsey Vonns, endless hot cocoa – but it can also take a lot of energy and patience.

So what makes a great kids ski and snowboard instructor? We spoke with Vail Kids Ski Instructor, Janet Lawrence, to get the story on why teaching kids to ski has become a lifelong passion.

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Mowing the runs at Vail Mountain

Oct. 8, 2014


No, it’s not a joke. We really do mow the runs at Vail Mountain.

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Vail Mountain Cleanup 2014

Jun. 18, 2014

Vail summer cleanupIt’s probably happened to all of us at some point: that moment when you watch your ski pole/glove/car keys/ski pass/cell phone/credit card drop headlong into a snow bank as you ride up the chairlift, never to be seen again.

…or will it? 

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#VailBen Dispatch 2: GoPro Mountain Games, Vail’s Best Kept Secret

Jun. 15, 2014

GoPro Mountain Games Adventure Film SchoolBenjamin interviewing pro skier and avid stand up paddler, Steven Nyman, during the GoPro Mountain Games. Credit: Michael Brown. Courtesy: Adventure Film School.

I’m convinced. The GoPro Mountain Games has got to be Vail’s best kept secret. I’m not exactly sure how or why I didn’t know about this epic weekend of emerging sports, gear giveaways, and rock and roll, but I’m sure glad I know about it now.

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#VAILBEN DISPATCH 1: Back In Colorado

Jun. 5, 2014

 

My welcome party at Denver International Airport.

My welcome party at Denver International Airport.

As we drove up I-70 on Monday afternoon, it all came flooding back. There was the unreal green; the crisp, dry air; those fairy tale waterfalls. I was going to be spending the summer in Colorado for the first time in almost a decade. I couldn’t stop from grinning.

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