There’s a whole other world of outdoors beyond downhill skis or snowboards for adventurous spirits. From a new Nordic course atop Vail Mountain to ski biking and tubing at Adventure Ridge on top of the gondola. Vail has a lot to offer for family ski vacations and we have a variety of great ski vacation packages. It’s the perfect place for anyone looking for some unique activities off the skis!
With new extended daytime hours, now open 7 days a week, Adventure Ridge at the top of the gondola is fun for everyone! Snow tubing on a new state of the art covered tubing lift, ski biking, and kid’s activities like mini-snowmobiles on a kid-sized racecourse make it a great place to head anytime!
Nordic Sports Center
Snowshoe and Nordic ski tours ranging from beginner to advanced in difficulty, private wilderness tours, telemark skiing lessons, kids workshops and more! New for 2011/2012, a Nordic tour at the top of the gondola, exploring a side of Vail you’ve never seen before! Rentals available for all ages.
Rejuvenate the body and soul. Try one of our many state of the art spa and relaxation facilities.
Dozens of hot spots for dozens of reasons. Sunny decks and cold beers after a day on the slopes, an intimate piano bar for relaxing or perhaps, a dance club where you can catch some great live music. Whatever your speed, we’ve got your spot.
An array of activities awaits you. If it be a high altitude adventure or a leisurely snowshoe, there are plenty of mountain experiences to be had.
SKIING IN VAIL
Vail Ski Resort is the largest resort in the United States with 5,289 acres of the most diverse and expansive skiing in the world, blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Vail Mountain is accessed by three base areas: Lionshead, Vail Village, and Golden Peak. Lionshead is home to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Born Free Express (Chair 8). Mountain access out of Vail Village 2012/2013 is Vail’s new state of the art gondola, “One”. Golden Peak is home to the Riva Bahn Express (Chair 6), accessing the terrain park and Northwoods Chair 11, and the racecourse. Also at Golden Peak is Chair 12, the Gopher Hill Ski School beginner lift.
The Front Side of Vail is home to the most groomed terrain on the planet. Wide, long runs such as Riva Ridge, Born Free, and Simba, Lodgepole, and Bear Tree are popular. The Front Side is also home to Kid’s Adventure Zones, three Terrain Parks including Golden Peak Terrain Park, home of a 22 foot half pipe and site of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Game Creek Bowl, The EpicMix race course, and mountain dining restaurants at Eagles Nest (including Bistro Fourteen), Mid-Vail, the 10th, and Larkspur at the base of Golden Peak.
The World Famous Back Bowls offer wide open skiing and amazing views. Start by exploring Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls, and work your way back to China and Teacup Bowls. China Bowl offers the only groomed blue run runs in the Back Bowls (access from Front Side via Sourdough Express #14). If you are feeling adventurous, make your way all the way out to Siberia Bowl and the surface T-Bar style lift #22 and Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls!
Not enough terrain for you yet? Follow signage from Patrol Headquarters back to the three high-speed quad lifts and Blue Sky Basin. Ski the steep and snow filled sections under Skyline Express #36, or explore the runs on Pete’s and Earl’s Express lifts (#38 and #39), named after Vail’s founders Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton. With so many options, it’s no wonder that so many people choose a Vail season pass. All this mountain simply can’t be conquered in one visit!
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SKI SCHOOL
Enhance your 2015 World Championships experience by getting a lesson from the pros. You’ll be glad you did.
The Game Changer – 2015 World Championships Max 3:
Small group coaching to help you understand your technique and how it compares to the athletes competing in the World Championships. Spend time observing the athletes, assessing their movements, discussing the differences and similarities, and ultimately change your skiing as a result.
The Hero – 2015 World Championships Ultimate 4:
For children (ages 7 to teen). Enjoy the safety, security, and individualized attention of small group coaching for your children with special emphasis placed on race fundamentals. Observe and learn from the best athletes in the world as they compete at the World Championships. Our instructors will provide individual coaching to help improve race technique and tactics.
The Champion – 2015 World Championships Private Tour/Lesson:
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be the best in the world. Your private guide takes you to the venues and gives you an insider’s view at where the athletes practice, train, and prepare their equipment. One on one direct coaching from a trained professional instructor gives you the opportunity to understand how you stack up with ski racing’s world class athletes.