Ultimate Guide to Snowboarding & Skiing in Vail, Colorado

For ski and snowboarding enthusiasts, there’s no place on earth quite like Vail. Designed by nature to inspire with its soaring peaks and over 350 inches of snowfall per year, it’s an ideal place for beginners and experts alike to experience big mountain fun. Here, downhill adventurers can access more than 5,300 skiable acres, including Vail's legendary Back Bowls and the most groomed terrain on the planet. When you’re ready to make the most of winter on Vail Mountain, you’ll find the best of it all is within reach.

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Vail Vacation Guide

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Where to Ski and Snowboard in Vail

Vail offers skiers and snowboarders a refreshingly balanced range of terrain to explore for skill levels of all types.

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Purchasing Lift Tickets

Whether you’re heading to Vail for a day on the mountain, or you’re planning on returning to ski or snowboard throughout the season, purchasing lift tickets and passes online in advance is a must!

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Gear to Bring

Having the right gear and apparel ready for your ski or snowboarding adventure in Vail ensures added fun and comfort along the way. We recommend:

  • Always dressing in layers when you hit the slopes as temperatures tend to fluctuate throughout the day.
  • Outdoor adventurers are also going to want to have quality ski goggles on hand as well as sunglasses, waterproof gloves, ski pants, and parkas.
  • Ski and snowboard accessories that are important to pack include sunscreen, lip balm, a collapsible water bottle, a neck gaiter, and a cell phone!
  • When you don’t have your own skis or snowboard, rentals are made simple at places like Performance Sports in Lionshead. Considering a more laid-back experience? Snowshoes are also available on a first-come, first-serve base - simply ask the front desk!
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Après Ski Stops

After a day of fun, nothing is more refreshing than enjoying savory bites and the beverages to match. Both Red Lion in Vail Village and Garfinkel’s in Lionshead promise to be top après ski options no matter what your palate-pleasing preferences may be!

Local Tip: For even more restaurant suggestions, read our blog about the best dining in Vail!

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Book Your Stay in Vail Today

When ski and snowboard fun bring you to Vail, booking accommodations through the Lodge at Lionshead is a sure way to enhance the getaway further. Recharge from your day on the slopes with standard amenities, including: outdoor hot tubs, complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks in the lobby, as well as an upgraded gym to stretch or condition. Let our concierge book a massage or recovery session with Mountain FitBrowse our accommodations, then contact us for personalized service and help to select the perfect loft or condo for you and your needs!