Ski and Snowboard School
By Janet Lawrence
You, the parents, and we the ski instructor team, have so much in common! We want exactly the same thing. We want your child to have the BEST ski experience ever. We want your kids to be safe, capable, happy skiers. The most important thing your child’s instructor wants to know is this: what is your biggest priority? What do you most want to happen for your child in the course of their lesson?Read More»
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.
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
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.Read More»
At Vail our lessons aren’t just for beginners learning art of the Pizza Vs. French Fries. We believe in being life-long learners, and we take that belief to the slopes. With offerings like our Max 3 Lesson and our terrain based learning approach, you can perfect your technique, become a master mountaineer and conquer all the terrain Vail has to offer.
Our Max 3 experiential lesson is considered to be the Masters Degree of skiing. Even the most experienced skiers will walk away from this day on the hill feeling more well versed skiing on all types of terrain, reading conditions, learning about their gear and how to combine their knowledge to have an incredible experience on the hill, no matter what the conditions are!Read More»
Vail 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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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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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.Read More»
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.Read More»