What’s it like to be an Instructor at Vail’s Kids Ski and Snowboard School?

Oct. 27, 2015

kids ski instructor

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.

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Snow day in Vail

Oct. 23, 2015

Vail Snow Andrew Taylor Snow piling up on Wildwood Express Lift (#3). P: Andrew Taylor

With opening day approaching Nov. 20, we were excited to see snow piling up around Vail today!

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First snow of the season

Oct. 22, 2015

snow at vail buffalo's webcamScreen grab from the Buffalo’s webcam taken at 8:15 a.m.

October 22 UPDATE: Snow is falling at Vail! Watch the live webcams for accumulation throughout the day – more snow in the forecast through tomorrow.

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A Short History of Grooming Snow

Oct. 1, 2015

032015_Vail_RivaRidge_RicMorenoContro (1)Riva Ridge is groomed at least once a week

Vail’s grooming operations are unrivaled. With more cats in our fleet than any resort in the nation, the most groomable acres on the planet, and the sheer number and uniqueness of trails groomed, we take grooming very seriously – always have.

Vail has been at the forefront of modern day snow grooming right from the start. Even though forms of “grooming” snow have been practiced in Europe for hundreds of years – mainly by having horses haul heavy farming rollers – it wasn’t until the 1950’s, right here in Colorado, that snow grooming began as we know it today.

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Vail Fall Trail Update

Oct. 1, 2015

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Summer gondola operations are now closed for the season.

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Vail Epic Discovery Update

Sep. 29, 2015

Epic Discovery zipline Vail Andrew TaylorTesting the zip lines of Vail’s new Game Creek canopy tour, set to debut as a part of Epic Discovery in summer 2016. Photo: Andrew Taylor

Who else wants that guy’s job? Yesterday testing was conducted on the zip lines of Vail’s new Game Creek canopy tour, slated to open for summer 2016 as a part of the resort’s new summer mountain experience, Epic Discovery.

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First Day of Fall 2015

Sep. 23, 2015

andrew taylor vail fall

Happy first day of fall from Vail!

While it may be the “first day” by the calendar, we’ve been seeing those incredible fall colors popping up for a couple of weeks now. We are now heading into peak fall foliage, so if you’re looking for a leaf-peeping get away, this is the weekend to do it! Photos by Andrew Taylor.

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