Hiking & skinning Vail Mountain: a message from USFS and Ski Patrol

Feb. 19, 2018

At Vail Mountain, the safety of our visitors and employees is of the utmost importance and that concern for safety is the deciding factor in all decision regarding uphill policy. Your cooperation with Vail Ski Patrol and U.S. Forest Service’s guidelines for safely skinning and hiking up Vail Mountain are what make the opportunity possible.

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Can you give me a lift?

Feb. 19, 2018

Skiing in one form or another dates back 5000 years. What transformed skiing from a means of hunting and survival, to an amazing winter sport was the development of the ski lift; a vehicle to take us mere humans back up the hill without having to be desperate for our next meal, or be in Olympian level fitness.

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Celebrating Henry’s Legacy

Feb. 13, 2018

10 years ago Henry became the first Vail Avalanche Rescue Dog. Although he is now unofficially retired, his legacy continues on. This is Henry’s story.

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Spring Skiing in Vail

Feb. 5, 2018

Friends Skiing Groomed Terrain in Vail, CO.

Sun-filled days, endless blue skies and temperatures that make you feel spoiled—spring skiing in Vail is an experience all its own. The snow is soft, the vibe is laid-back and the après scene takes on a new energy. If winter skiing is all you’ve known, get ready to enjoy the mountain in a whole new way as you close the season out in style.

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Go Slow and Go With the Flow

Feb. 4, 2018

Two Vail Mountain Safety employees discuss skier and rider speed on Flapjack

Our Mountain Safety team spends a lot of time monitoring skiers and riders on our 12 runs designated as Slow Zones. We stop and talk to a lot of people, giving compliments to safe skiers and riders, and correction when we see something unsafe. The question we get asked the most is: how slow is slow, and what’s too fast?

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Vail Mountain Slow Zones

Jan. 27, 2018


Mountain Safety staff talking to two kids on skis

Vail has about 350 acres of Slow Zones—just 12 out of our 195 runs. As a percentage of the total skiable area, slow zones represent 6% of all the maintained terrain, and about 4% of all the overall inbounds terrain. That means that on the other 95% of the mountain, you can ski in control as fast as you want.

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Ultimate Spring Guide to Vail

Jan. 26, 2018

Make memories this spring break in Vail.  This time of year, This time of year, Vail boasts warmer, sun-filled days that inspire and excite you, whether you’re skiing all day or exploring Vail Village. Start dreaming about your upcoming visit with this itinerary we’ve crafted for you and everyone in your group, so you can plan your days and maximize your time on and off the mountain. Get ready to make memories with your loved ones through activities you can only experience in Vail.

Book your hotel in Vail.

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