Tips for skiing at Vail

Insider tips that can help you make the most of your visit:

Arrive Early: Get to the mountain early to secure parking and beat the crowds. Vail can get busy during peak ski seasons, so arriving before the lifts open will give you a head start.

Use the Free In-Town Shuttle: Vail offers a free bus service around the town, making it easy to get to the slopes without dealing with parking hassles.

Explore the Back Bowls: Vail is famous for its Back Bowls, which offer incredible powder skiing. Check the grooming report and weather conditions before heading to the Back Bowls to ensure the best experience.

Vails Legendary Blue Sky Basin: Blue Sky Basin is a hidden gem at Vail. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but the tree skiing and stunning views are worth it.

Ski with a Local: If you have the chance, ski with a local or take a guided tour. They can show you the best runs, shortcuts, and hidden stashes of fresh powder. Or Call ME and I’ll make a few runs with you!

Plan for a Long Lunch: Make a reservation for lunch at one of Vail's mountaintop restaurants like the 10th. On-mountain dining offers not only excellent food but also breathtaking views.

Check the Snow Report: Keep an eye on the snow conditions and weather reports. Vail's high elevation can mean variable conditions, so knowing what to expect will help you plan your day.

Avoid Peak Holiday Times: If possible, try to avoid skiing during peak holiday periods like Christmas and Presidents' Week.

Ski the Front Side in the Morning: The front side of the mountain tends to be less crowded in the morning, so start your day there before heading to the Back Bowls or Blue Sky Basin.

Altitude Acclimation: If you're coming from a lower elevation, take it easy on your first day to acclimate to the altitude. Drink plenty of water and be aware of altitude-related issues like altitude sickness.

Know the Mountain: Study the trail map and familiarize yourself with the mountain's layout. This will help you navigate the different areas efficiently.

Rent Equipment in Advance: If you're renting equipment, consider renting it in town or online before arriving at the mountain to avoid waiting in long rental lines.

Apres-Ski Fun: After a day on the slopes, enjoy the lively après-ski scene in Vail Village. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from- see my favorites tab for some of my favorite spots!


Remember that skiing at Vail can be expensive, so plan your trip and budget accordingly. Also, be mindful of safety guidelines, respect the mountain and its rules, and have an unforgettable skiing experience at Vail Mountain.