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Then and Now

Jan. 20, 2016

Grooming

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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.

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Grooming

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Maximize your mountain experience at Vail with Epic Mix Time

Jan. 11, 2016

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.

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Increased Weekly Grooming Acreage at Vail

Jan. 4, 2016
Night grooming on Vail Mountain, Colorado.

As the Senior Director of Mountain Operations, I am beyond excited to share with you a project that I am very passionate about and that our entire mountain operations staff has worked diligently on to research and implement.

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.

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Vail Insider–Did You Know?

Dec. 11, 2015

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.

Great early season powder at VailDemo 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.

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Opening day at Vail – and it’s a POWDER DAY!

Nov. 20, 2015

daniel milchev opening day vailWOW 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.

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

Nov. 18, 2015

Information for hiking and skinning up Vail MountainWith 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.

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November 11 snow!

Nov. 11, 2015

Snow in Vail Village November 11

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. 

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