Skiing & Snowboarding

Tips to make the most of skiing and snowboarding on Vail Mountain

Vail is world-famous for its skiing and snowboarding terrain. With an average yearly snowfall of 350″, 5,317 skiable acresseven legendary back bowls, an expansive front side with the most groomed terrain on the planet and 300 days of sunshine how could it not be?

Whether you are a seasoned Vail visitor or brand new, here are local tips and tricks to make the most of your Vail Mountain experience.


Getting Around Vail Mountain

  • Fastest track to the Back Bowls from Lionshead: BornFree (chair 8) to Avanti (chair 2) to Wildwood Express (chair 3) where you can dive blissfully into Sundown Bowl
  • On a busy day: Hit Game Creek Bowl early and then come back to the front side or ski the Simba area (chair 26) while other front side chairs clear out. Try to avoid the most popular Back Bowls and chairs 2, 3 & 4 – especially mid-morning through lunch.

Our Favorite Gear

  • Best place to rent your gear: Performance Sports in Lionshead – the best service hands down!
  • Goggles or sunglasses: Definitely goggles. Goggles with appropriate lenses are even better. Yellow, gold or amber tinted lenses in low light or fog, rose tinted lenses for flat or gray light, and polarized lenses for bright sunshine.
  • What to wear: Think layers. You can always add or take away as temperatures and conditions dictate.
  • What we always carry with us: Lip balm with SPF, sunscreen, energy bar, collapsible water bottle, cell phone, cash and neck gaiter if we’re not already wearing it. You’ve got lots of pockets in those parkas & pants – use ‘em!

Wining and Dining

  • Best places to do lunch: Either before 11am or after 2pm on-mountain to avoid the crowds. Or head down to the Lionshead base area. Moe’s BBQ in Lionshead is a filling, yummy & fast option. Bart & Yeti’s has a great deck. You’re also close enough to your condo for a quick, homemade lunch. From Lionshead, you can quickly hop back on chair 8 or the Gondola to get back to the mountain.
  • Apres ski: In Lionshead, Garfinkel’s deck is THE place to be. In Vail Village, hit the Red Lion for the legendary musical entertainment. And don’t miss town-wide Vail Apres celebrations and specials at 4pm each day!
  • One more “out of the box” lunch suggestion: If you don’t mind a little effort, head to Belle’s Camp in Blue Sky Basin on a sunny day. Free grills are available, so bring a backpack full of burgers. brats, drinks, etc. and enjoy the scene!


After a long day of skiing or snowboarding on the slopes, take advantage of one of our many amenities to recover. Soothe those sore muscles in our sauna or hot tubs. Stretch your legs in our fitness center. Let our concierge book a massage or recovery session with Mountain Fit.