Over a foot of snow at Vail

Nov. 5, 2015

Rocky Ski Patrol DogPatrol dog Rocky shoulder-deep in snow this morning. P: Andrew Taylor

Time to get excited – winter is back in a big way at Vail! We received 10″ on the official Vail snow stake at 5am this morning and have seen at least a few more inches fall throughout the day today. The natural snow coverage is building up and chilly temps have allowed snowmakers to fire up guns on Born Free; all good signs for opening day, Nov. 20.

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Snowing again in Vail!

Nov. 4, 2015

 

Vail_1104_Lionshead_KariMohrSnow falling heavily in Lionshead around midday.

The snow has been falling heavily in spurts throughout the day. There’s more in the forecast through tomorrow so enjoy these pictures and video and check the blog tomorrow for more updates!

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Early Season In Vail: What To Expect

Oct. 31, 2015

Eary Season Conditions at Vail

Curious what it’s like to visit Vail in November through mid-December?

Here’s a taste: events abound, there are more affordable lodging options, quieter slopes and a friendly, slower-paced vibe in town. Snow conditions can vary quite a bit from season to season, so we caught up with meteorologist Joel Gratz to get his take on the long-range forecast. 

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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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