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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2014-2015 Epic Pass Works at Niseko United Japan

Feb. 26, 2014


Announcing today a new exciting partnership with Niseko, Japan  that will further add to the resorts you can ski or ride with the Epic Season Pass. Five complimentary consecutive days at Niseko United are available for new and renewing 2014-2015 Epic Season Pass holders and Vail Resorts employees! Read on for more details…

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A Quick Lap Through the Golden Peak Terrain Park

Feb. 24, 2014


Vail’s Golden Peak Terrain Park offers features for more advanced snowboarders and skiers.

With the Burton US Open just around the corner, The Terrain Park Crew has been working around the clock to get everything prepared for the event.

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Video: Behind the Scenes of Vail Grooming

Feb. 17, 2014


Jump inside the cat and learn about the operation that grooms over 1000 acres nightly. This video combines info about Vail’s grooming machines (called snow cats), the operators, and new technology with beautiful time lapse photography. 

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Nighttime Cat Operations

Feb. 12, 2014


Cat operators, Brett and Mike, work through the night preparing the mountain for blissful skiing.

Do you ever wonder what happens after the last lift stops and the sun sets on another great day of skiing? Does the mountain turn silent and still as the day comes to a close? As we found out today, that is hardly the case.

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6 Ways to Have the Best Powder Day at Vail (and Avoid Lift Lines!)

Feb. 6, 2014

It’s no secret – when the snow report is good, skiers and snowboarders flock to Vail for the miles of trails, light snow, the Back Bowls, and Blue Sky Basin. You might have seen pictures on social media of lift lines on powder days that can look big and scary.  Fear not – we’re here to help you avoid pinch points, pick a route without lift lines, and get the most out of that new snow. Here are the top 6 ways to make the most of a Vail powder day.

Gondola One before opening last Friday. A full gondola maze like this takes about 8 minutes to clear.

Gondola One before opening last Friday. A full gondola maze like this takes about 8 minutes to clear.

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Video: Contagious happiness on a powder day at Vail

Feb. 3, 2014

It snowed 34 inches over the last few days of January 2014 in Vail. On the second day of the storm, the 5am snow report was 21 inches. Watch as athletes and photographers have fun in the powder. 

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