During Vail’s first few years, there were no grooming machines. Instead, teams “groomed” by doing the “Vail Two-Step” (pictured here), earning them a lift ticket in exchange for their dance steps. Grooming has changed leaps and bounds since the ’60s, with new innovations to ensure world-class conditions. Vail boasts the most groomed terrain on the planet, covering more than 1,200 acres each night. This year, we aim to increase groomed terrain by 20%, covering 9,000-11,000 acres per week! Not only can our new machines sculpt the perfect slope, but they also shape half-pipes, terrain parks and snow tube parks for a variety of winter adventures.
Imagine this: you are having that picture-perfect day on Vail Mountain with bluebird skies, spectacular views of the Gore Range and Holy Cross, fresh snow and your family at your side, all while catching the very next chair going up the hill on nearly every chair lift you approach – getting you around the mountain as quickly as possible. Thanks to Epic Mix Time, you can make this dream a reality.Read More»
At Vail Mountain this season, we have a goal of increasing the weekly grooming acreage by 2,000 acres per week. Historically, we have averaged between 7,000-9,000 acres per week of grooming, so we are aiming to boost that to 9,000-11,000 acres per week, an increase of 20 percent.Read More»
Did you know that you can ski free the day you fly into Vail/ Eagle Airport, slip into cozy slippers during your ski day or ride a gondola to dinner? Check out these hidden gems in Vail that you won’t want to miss this season.
Demo the best. Did you know that Vail Sports offers a test fleet of high-performance demo skis and a Try-Before-You-Buy Program? If you are shopping for new skis for the season, stop by Vail Sports in Lionshead Village or Vail Village where you can sample the season’s hottest new demo skis.Read More»
WOW what an opening day at Vail! With recent snowstorms bringing over a foot of snow in the lead up to opening day and over 1,150 acres of open terrain, it was already clear that it was going to be a good one. Then the snow started falling at 8am and didn’t let up throughout the day, making for fresh powder and soft groomers all day long.Read More»
With all this early season snow and opening day approaching Nov. 20, 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.Read More»
Another snow storm has been rolling through Vail since yesterday evening, bringing 5″ of snow at the 5am report with flakes continuing to fall steadily through midday. Photos from this morning in Vail Village and Lionshead by Andrew Taylor.Read More»