Ski and Snowboard School

Tour Guide: A Beginner’s Day on the Mountain

Mar. 4, 2014

vail_overeasy_meghangruszynskiNew to skiing or snowboarding and visiting Vail for the first time? The mountain’s size can initially be intimidating, and while the ski runs are a bit (or much) longer than what one would encounter at other ski areas, there are plenty of runs where beginners can cruise along comfortably, enjoying views and groomed terrain while exploring different areas.

Here is an example mountain tour for the beginner level skier or snowboarder. Follow each step below over one full day or several days. The outline below will give you an enjoyable cruise as well as picturesque views of the entire frontside of the mountain.

Read on to find out where to go!

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At what age can a child learn to ski or snowboard?

Jan. 15, 2014

One of the most common questions parents ask us is: “At what age can my child learn to ski or snowboard?”

ski school age 3 - 6We sat down with Mark Raymond, General Manager of Training and Quality for Vail Ski and Snowboard School, to get his take. As a father of a 5-year-old and an instructor since 1992, Mark is very familiar with what it takes to teach young ones to ski.

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Learning to ski or snowboard as an adult

Jan. 12, 2014

“Am I too old to learn to ski or ride?” The short answer: No.

Learning to ski as an adult

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Early Season Tactics for Snowboarding

Oct. 1, 2013

Early season snowboarding

Snowboard instructor

Guest blogger Jason Schetrompf is a snowboard instructor with Vail Ski and Snowboard School.

Our enthusiasm for snowboarding can sometimes get the best of us this time of year. With the season fresh and the snow coverage not yet at mid-to-late season levels, I feel it would be good to discuss some tactics for – both riding and decision making – that will ensure that your season is long and filled with many days of shredding.

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How to use your ski poles

Oct. 1, 2013

Pole planting tipsAuthor Guy Sedillo is the Training and Quality Manager for the Vail Ski & Snowboard School at Vail Village. Originally from Southern California, he has been enjoying the Colorado Mountains since 1993. In addition to his duties at Vail, Guy enjoys working with other instructors as an Examiner with the Professional Ski Instructors of America – Rocky Mountain.

“How do I use my poles?” is a question we get from many of our guests and the answer is not as easy as one might think. Ski poles have many uses when skiing and the following will give you a simple idea of just how you can use them to your advantage.Vail ski instructor tips

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Vail’s Top 10 Carving Trails

Aug. 29, 2013

Vail Ski School top trailsAuthor Jason Schetrompf is the Location Manager for the Adult Ski and Snowboard School at Golden Peak. Originally from Pennsylvania, he has been enjoying the Colorado Mountains since 2006. In addition to his duties at Vail, Jason enjoys working with other instructors as an Examiner with American Association of Snowboard Instructors – Rocky Mountain.  He also spends time writing articles and instructional manuals for PSIA/AASI – National.

Does your mouth water with the thought of skiing or riding on wide-open, groomed runs where you can carve clean arcs on pristine corduroy? Here is a list of the top 10 trails across Vail Mountain for choice groomed terrain to practice your carving skills.Connor Walberg Palmer Hoyt Vail groomer

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How to look better skiing

Aug. 26, 2013

Vail instructor's guide to looking good skiingAuthor Rick Rauch is the Training Manager for the Vail Ski and Snowboard School at Lionshead. Originally from Wisconsin, he has been enjoying the Colorado Mountains since 1985. In addition to his duties at Vail, Rick enjoys working with other instructors as an Examiner with Professional Ski Instructors of America – Rocky Mountain.

Some of you may be disappointed that this post is not about skiwear fashion or salon visits. Instead this is a blog about the most common question we get from skiers that visit the Vail Ski and Snowboard School: “How do I improve my form and look better when I ski?”

How to look good skiing

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