EPIC PASS: The Perks of Buying Early

Apr. 4, 2015

Why buy an epic pass

The ski and snowboard season isn’t even over and you’re already hearing about the 2015/2016 Epic Pass being on sale. Let’s be real, for many people, next season’s not even on the radar yet. But here’s why the Epic Pass should be.

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Easter at Vail

Apr. 2, 2015

Easter sunrise service VailJoin us for our Easter tradition, the sunrise service at the top of Vail Mountain! Not much of an early riser? That’s okay. We have two other services lined up throughout the day.

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Vail’s Black Diamond Groomers

Apr. 1, 2015

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Skiing China Bowl’s Poppyfields on spring mornings is a tradition among long time locals

Any given morning, Vail usually opens with at least half a dozen black diamond runs groomed over night. Many of these trails get groomed on a weekly basis, such as Riva Ridge, while others like Roger’s Run, are groomed only a few times each season.The reason for grooming these runs intermittently is to tame oversized moguls, avalanche mitigation, or just to create a new challenge for skiers.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be in Vail This Spring

Apr. 1, 2015

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We’re in the midst of one of the best times of year to be in Vail!

Spring in Vail means powder days in between bluebird days, sun-filled afternoons on the snow, goggle tans from on-mountain picnics, barbeques and après, great events and even better deals.

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A Short History of Grooming Snow

Mar. 31, 2015

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Vail has been at the forefront of modern day snow grooming right from the start. Even though flattening snow into a compacted surface to allow easier and faster travel has 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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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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