Vail Skiing

 

Vail

 

Vail is one of the top ski resorts in the United States. Have you skied it yet?

If not, you are missing out on seven legendary back bowls for downhill skiing you will dream about for years. There is a reason adventure skiers keeping going back, there is nothing like it anywhere else and over 50% of the resort are expert runs.

Here are my travel tips for your ski trip:

Where to go:

Vail, Colorado

When to go:

January – April

Note: January is the snowiest month

How long to stay:

5-8 days

 

Recommended places to stay:

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa - ski in/ski out

Westwind at Vail - great, budget friendly condos

Simba Run Vail Condominiums - great condos for traveling with friends and huge outdoor hot tub for after skiing

Or check for these and other condos on VRBO.

VRBO

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Ski runs to hit at Vail:

Game Creek Bowl- Dealer’s Choice run

Sun Up Bowl – get some untracked snow in the trees by Yonder and Over Yonder runs

Blue Ox, Highline, Prima, Riva Ridge and Rogers Run – best runs on the front side

Blue Sky Basin – adventure skiing with a lift and the best snow in all the bowls

Golden Peak Terrain Park – one of the top ten in terrain parks

Rose Bowl – Spider run and Stone Creek

China Bowl – Genghis Kahn and some great powder stashes

Trail Map of the frontside and Trail Map of the backside bowls

Get a local guide and hit the backcountry Minturn Mile run that leaves the ski area in the Game Creek area and goes down a bowl ending up at the Saloon.

Note: stay away from chairs 2, 4, 5 and 11 between 10am-2pm  on the weekends- long, long lines

 

Après-Ski:

Los Amigos in Vail Village for a margarita or beer after skiing

Garfinkel’s in Lionhead for a spin of the shot wheel

The Red Lion for some live music

 

Other Mountain Adventures:

Ski Biking at Adventure Ridge

Vail Nordic Center for snowshoeing

Snowcat Skiing on Ski Cooper’s Chicago Ridge (40 miles south of Vail) and stay the night at Tennessee Pass in a yurt

Snowmobiling – either group tours or self-guided tours are available

Dogsled tours in Vail Valley

Colorado - Vail, Aspen & Central Mountains (Chapter) by Lonely Planet

Hope you are heading west on I-70 for a killer day of skiing!

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