Ski and Snowboard School

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

Sep. 28, 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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Early Season Tactics for Snowboarding

Oct. 1, 2013

Early season snowboarding

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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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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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10 Easy steps to get your kids to Ski School

Jul. 1, 2013

Vail kids ski schoolBefore we get into the 10 easy steps, let me begin by saying thank you. Thank you for bringing your children on a ski vacation to Vail, Colorado. It is a daunting task with many details to be organized; gloves, goggles, and assorted cold weather clothes to be packed; and how about just getting the kids through airport security. That said the suggestions below will make things a little easier, and hopefully a little less stressful. 

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Telemark Workshops

Dec. 26, 2012

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Written by guest contributor Joe Schmitt, “Vail’s Nordic guy”.

Whether you’re a snow boarder, skier or new to the whole downhill thing you should give Telemark skiing a try. Telemark is where it all started thousands of years ago and has made a huge resurgence in the last decade. This season the Vail Resorts Nordic School is offering three coed workshops for all levels Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd and Mar. 2nd.

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What lesson is right for you? A sampling of the Vail Ski and Snowboard School’s 2012/2013 season offerings

Dec. 25, 2012

advanced snowboard lessons

Whether you’re taking your first turns on the hill or are an advanced skier or rider looking to improve your skills, the Vail Ski and Snowboard School has lesson packages to suit every level. 

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