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    Step 1: Ski school for beginners

    by Conspirator Written Jan 8, 2007

    If you have never skiied before, start your beginner classes as soon as you get to the mountain. You will need 3 full days and you might as well do them consecutively. You stop very frequently during classes, so 3 days running should be fine for almost everyone. In the Conspirator's case, Day 2 was pretty tough becuase it was New Year's day, but I fought off that hangover valiantly and was well rewarded.

    Booking skiing lessons: go to www. vail.com. You can also book in person at the Golden Peak complex (and possibly other locations).

    Cost: $200 for 3 days group lessons. Note that this includes lift passes for these three days so do not buy too many days of life passes like I did (although you can redeem unused days for cash at a ticket office).

    What to do when you get there on Day 1 (they don't tell you this on the Internet): Get to Golden Peak complex at least 15 mins before your first class starts. The easiest way to get there is on the free Vail village bus, which takes you right there. Go to the ski school office. You will need to fill out a waiver, get your lift passes and sign your credit card autorization before you can start, and this takes a little time. All the people in identical blue ski suits are instructors. They are very friendly and helpful so ask them if you don't know where you should be.

    A few tips:
    - Try to get in a smaller group (6 or less). The group generally progresses based on the abilities of the weakest student. My first day had about 12 people, progressed slowly and I got very little individual attention.
    - Speak to the instructor regularly and make sure they are giving you the advice and training you have paid for. They will be naturally inclined to focus their efforts on the weakest students. Ask them for suggestions and ways to solve problems you are having.

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    Vail Snowboard Resort

    by sundeviltraveler Updated Oct 17, 2006

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    Was early season and perfect conditions. Great place to ride but at close to $75 a day for a lift ticket it can get expensive. The entire backside bowels were not open yet so I can not give a truly unbiased opinion. It was beautiful and for Thanksgiving weekend pretty uncrowded. Still a top 10 resort in the U.S.

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    In-Town Biking

    by E_R_I_C Written Aug 29, 2006

    If you happen to be in Vail during the summer, a nice way to spend a few hours is to rent a bicycle and explore the bike path that meanders through the valley where Vail sits. It’s inexpensive and knocks out a few calories. It also helps you see the entire town and mountainsides in a short amount of time.

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    Great Bike paths!

    by klasher Written Aug 10, 2006

    Our favorite day on our 2 week Colorado trip was a day spent biking around Vail and the surrounding towns. Renting a bike was expensive, but there was so much to see. We picked up some sandwiches and took our lunch to the beautiful park in Vail Village. We wheeled our way through the extravagant neighborhoods and shopping villages. We wanted to do the downhill ride down the mountain, but after paying $25 dollars for sandwiches and a couple of waters, we were tapped out.

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    Horseback Riding!

    by GracesTrips Written Jun 28, 2006

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    This was again, at the 4 Eagle Ranch where we had dinner and dancing. We arrived in the morning and had about 1 1/2 hour ride. We saddled up on horses that they felt would be approriate for our size and riding experience. It was HOT! Definitely, put on some sunscreen and if you have a hat - put in on! It's dusty! Expect to want a shower after you do this. The horses seem well trained and they really try to keep you at a "walking" pace in a single file line. This part of riding is a bit boring but I still enjoy any opporunity to go horseback riding.

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    Hang out at a Cowboy Ranch!

    by GracesTrips Updated Jun 28, 2006

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    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!

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    White Water Rafting for Beginners!

    by GracesTrips Updated Jun 28, 2006

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    This was a blast! Timberline Tours came up to the hotel and took us by bus back to their "boat house". This is where we geared up with proper footwear, splash jackets, helmets, life jackets, wet suits, etc. Then we proceeded over to the river entrance where all the rafts were set down. In the bus we were given instructions what to do in the event we fall out of the boat, find ourselves stuck under the boat, etc. Of course, you sign a liability waiver that you won't sue them. We rode class 3 rapids in the beginning and then it progressed down to class 2 and 1 rapids. There is no chance in h..ll that you won't get wet! I was completely soaked! Mostly in part that we went in a group and we made every effort the splash the other boats and they splashed us back. The water temps were about 55 degrees. A couple of guys from our boat jumped into the river for a swim. At first I was a little skeptical as to how dangerous it could be. It wasn't dangerous at all. I could see a class 4 or 5 rapid would be much more risky. This was sooo much fun!

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    Ultimate Skiing

    by johnpaz85 Written Oct 19, 2005

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    If you don't ski when you go to Vail, then you probably went to Vail, Arkansas. The Back Bowls are crazy! Nothing but black diamonds, double black diamonds, and maybe one or two blue squares.

    Bottom line, Vail is one of the top three places to ski in the U.S. Period.

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    Vail Mountain

    by goingsolo Written Apr 25, 2004

    Vail Mountain has world class skiing in the winter. Ski season begins late in November, depending on the snowfall and ends in April or May.
    In the summer, the chairlift and gondola operate to take you to the top of the mountain. There are also hiking and biking trails open during the summer months

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    Skiing

    by goingsolo Written Dec 2, 2003
    Vail Mountain- opening day 2003

    The mountain on opening day of ski season.

    I was told Vail is one of the best places to learn to ski due to the snow conditions. I wouldn't know since I've never skiied anywhere else, but it was a great time.

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    Bring a skate board or blades...

    by SurfinDude Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Bring a skate board or blades in the summer because there is a great free skate park in the parking lot at the base of the Mountain. This was my first trip to Vail in the summer time and after a few days of down hill biking I was ready to leave when I found this skate park. I stayed another 5 days and skated every day from 7 or 8 in the morning until 9 or 10 at night. What a rush! I am hooked now...

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    Skiing!

    by Wilson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Vail is a beautiful city with world-class skiing. If you are going to ski, late January, February and early March are the best times in terms of snow condition. If you are going to Vail in the winter and not skiing, I am afraid you are crazy and wasting your time and money. Just ski, ski ski. Then, of course, it's time for APRES SKI!!!!!

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    Majestic Rockies

    by MM212 Written Feb 24, 2008

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    The majestic Rocky Mountains rise to approximately 4400 metres in the vicinity of Vail. Views of these mountains are breathtaking. Attached are some photos taken from the higher altitudes at Vail.

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    Vail ski slopes

    by plannersis Written Aug 13, 2006
    Spring skiing in shorts!
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    Wonderful opportunity to watch skiers as the slopes are facing the lodge and only a few feet from the main places downtown. Perfect setup for ski-photography.

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    Christmastime

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 25, 2004
    Christmas in Vail

    It is the weekend before Thanksgiving, but the Christmas feeling is in the air. The decorations are up and the snow is falling, creating a scenic beginning to the Christmas season.

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