Ski School for Kids is Worth EVERY Penny!!!!
Vail Ski School is where my kids learned how to ski. It was a fantastic experience for them and the bonus is that now they ski better than I do!!!!
No more worrying that they can't keep up with us on the slopes, now I worry that I will break something trying to keep up with them! *smile*
I really do believe it's worth every penny to have them learn properly how to ski! On our next trip, my kids want to learn snowboarding! So, they wil be back in ski school again!
The kids instructors are awesome with the kids and by the end of the day you will not believe the difference! Vail has a whole area with it's own (shorter) ski lift for the school. So, not only do they learn in private safety how to ski & snowboard, but they also learn lift safety too!
I highly recommend this for kids!!!!! (and adults too) Another tip: If your kids don't ski very often....RENT their equipment!!!! They grow so fast that next year it will not fit them anyway! You will find ski rentals everywhere in Vail.
Skiing- Back Bowls, China Bowl
If you want to ski the back bowls but don't want the black diamonds, China Bowl is a good place to go. While you can drop off Dragon's Teeth (black, cliffs) or take Jade Glade or Genghis Khan or Emperor's Choice (blacks) down Tea Cup Bowl, Poppyfields East and West, and Chopsticks (blue, blue and blue) are great runs for steep practice, or you can hit the wide trees on Shangri-La (black).
Tea Cup Express Lift/Lift 36- High Speed Quad, 1666 vertical, 6 minutes, closes at 3:30 pm.
Orient Express Lift/Lift 21- High Speed Quad, 1565 vertical, 7.7 minutes, closes at 3:30 pm.
Skyline Express Lift/Lift 37- High Speed Quad, 1924 vertical, 8 minutes, closes at 2:45 pm.
Hang out at a Cowboy Ranch!
After a day of activities, this is a fun thing to do to wind down the evening. Dinner at the 4 Eagle Ranch! When we arrived, everyone rounded up a drink and munched on chips & salsa or brushetta. A ranchhand rounded up "Reject" a buffalo who got his name because he was a runt of the herd when he was born. His mother disowned him and he was hand fed by bottle. He wasn't a very big buffalo but seemed to be very friendly and knows when he will be fed. Dinner was BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pork Ribs (yum!), corn, beans, salad and chocolate cake. Live band played all sorts of music - not just country western and was pretty lively! A couple of campfires were started and we were provided all the fixin's to make smores. Smores aren't all that great to eat but when you're standing next to an open fire, heating up those marshmellows - boy, somehow they taste better than they really are. Smores are melted marshmellows with Hershey's chocolate bars and graham crackers all sandwiched together. They are called smores because....you want SOME MORE (get it?)! During the evening, you have opportunities to play horseshoes and take a horse drawn wagon ride. A storyteller all dressed in authentic garments was about, telling stories with his companions a mixed breed dog that was part wolf and a baby donkey. The whole thing sounds corny but it was actually a lot of fun. You have to do this at least once!
Skimming through Vail
So my brother came along with me on my move/road trip from Idaho to New York in late 2002. Along the way we passed right by Vail Ski Resort in Colorado, and he insisted we stop and take some photographs. We're both avid, if lapsed, skiers.
Unfortunately the photo of me wasn't taken very well - I guess he was too excited. So this is him posing in front of the ski lifts. He talked his way past car park security to be allowed to park without paying; I was impressed!
Nobbe's new Vail page
Vail, Colorado is a top destination resort for skiers, hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and vacationers from all over the world. Vail has some of the best skiing in the United States, and hundreds of restaurants, stores, shops and bars in several quaint villages. And I missed most of it because I visit it in the spring... Next time it will be in the winter!!! =)