Ski and Snowboard School

Get to Know John Donovan: Vail Resident, Business Owner, and Ski Instructor since 1963

Mar. 31, 2015

Get to know Vail's Instructors

The Vail Ski and Snowboard School is renowned for its excellence, and the cornerstone of that reputation is the instructors themselves. From ex-NFL players to former Olympians to long-time Vail locals, in this series we introduce you to just a sampling of this widely diverse group of expert skiers and riders.

John Donovan is originally from Chicago, Illinois and used to instruct and later supervise Golden Peak Childrens Ski School, ages 7-teen. Now he leads ski tours of Vail Mountain five days a week.

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The best gift a parent can give

Mar. 29, 2015

Skiing together as a family

My parents were geniuses, and they gave me some of the very best gifts parents can ever give. The family ski vacation is high on that list. It may sound silly or superficial but don’t underestimate what you are giving your kids when you take them to the mountains with you.

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Get to know Ben Donnelly: An Adaptive Snowsports Instructor

Mar. 25, 2015

Ben
The Vail Ski and Snowboard School is renowned for its excellence, and the cornerstone of that reputation is the instructors themselves. From ex-NFL players to former Olympians to long-time Vail locals, in this series we introduce you to just a sampling of this widely diverse group of expert skiers and riders.

Ben Donnelly is from Hollis, New Hampshire and teaches out of the Golden Peak Adaptive Ski School.

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Vail’s Top 10 Carving Trails

Jan. 30, 2015

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 use your ski poles

Jan. 27, 2015

Vail ski instructor tips

“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.

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Tour Guide: A Beginner’s Day on the Mountain

Jan. 4, 2015

New to skiing or snowboarding and visiting Vail for the first time? The mountain’s size can initially be intimidating, and while the ski runs might be longer than what one would encounter at other ski areas, there are plenty of places where beginners can cruise along comfortably. So click into those skis, strap into that snowboard and get ready to enjoy the views and groomed terrain while exploring the mountain. (Click here for the Intermediate guide and here for the expert guide)

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Have a Gold Medal First Day of Ski School

Dec. 12, 2014

How to prepare for ski school
We at Vail Ski School KNOW, that first day of vacation can be a challenge. We very much appreciate that you could be toting less gear and taking your family to some nice beach, where your “après” drink could have a cute little umbrella standing in it. But NO! You are one of us! You are a skiing family!

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