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    skiing and snowboarding

    by CptCrunch767 Written Mar 9, 2007

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    for starters vail is about 7 miles wide so there is no shortage of runs and bowls to hit. everytime you go over a ridge there is anouther bowl to explore, its amazing! they have everything from groomed runs to back bowls, glade skiing, a nice park, and it never seems to end. this is one resort you can explore for days and not get bored. the front side where you can see the town is nice but for me gets to crowded and some of the runs get boring for me, so i spend most of my time in the back bowls where you can go down a bowl, go into the trees for a while and come back out into the chute and just go wherever you want.

    lots of cornices to jump off, cliffs, rockbands, and rock outcropings to keep you entertained by jumping off them. dont worry ifyour not that great of a skiier because you can avoid these if you would like (i search for them)

    some of my favorite bowls were the china bowl, sun up bowl, and petes bowl. siberia bowl was really sweet too but the thing i didnt like about it was it took kinda long to get to and once you went down you had to hit a huge cat walk all the way back to the lift... but this bowl was the lest ridden so if it hasnt snowed in a few days id recomend making the journy over to teh siberia bowl for some fresh snow. some of my favorite runs were lover's leap, dragon's teeth, and the headwall.

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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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    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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    Tubing at the top of Vail

    by BigBlueOne Written Mar 6, 2010

    Basically, for $25 per hour per person, you go to the top of the mountain, grab an intertube, get pulled up a hill, slide down same hill at pretty good speed, repeat 20 or so times. It was actually a lot of fun and a much better workout than you would think.

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  • Vail Snowmobiling Tours & Rentals

    by kellyben Written Sep 1, 2009

    Snowmobiling Tours as well as Self-Guided Snowmobile Rentals are available in the Vail Backcountry. Ride with a guide at Fremont Pass or explore the Continental Divide on your own atop Vail Pass on a rental machine. Various levels of tours are available for all abilities.

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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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    Green run notes

    by Conspirator Updated Jan 11, 2007

    Here are some comments on several of the green runs for beginners, based on my experience. I found that doing each run several times in a row was a good approach to build up confidence with the terrain.

    Eagle's Nest Ridge: Probably the the easiest green run, moderate slopes only. Finishes at the gondola, which you can ride down if you aren't up to taking blue runs. Also runs into the easy practice zone at the top of Minnie's lift.

    Pika: Pretty easy run, good to start on or to warm up for the day. Minnie's lift to the top is bloody slow.

    The Meadows: A mid-level green run I found myself doing many times due to it's central location. Very broad first half, with a variety of gradients - look for the flatter bits when you first start. Make sure you take your foot of the brake and shoot straight downhill as soon as you pass the big tree at the bottom of the first "meadow", otherwise you will find yourself slogging up a big hill.

    Lost Boy: Slightly harder green run. Most of it is easy, but it has one very steep slope (for a green run) right at the start, then another pretty steep one at the end. Some of the best views on the mountain and good slop training, I did this run several times.

    Ramshorn: Nice run, easy start and slowly gets harder, but with no really steep slopes *except* a well marked blue run section in the middle. You can go around this on a short catwalk trail ... make sure to snowplough heavily down this fairly steep, narrow track or you can easily slam into the side (or off the edge). Ends in the bottom part of the Meadows.

    Swingsville: Easily the hardest green run, I suspect it is only green because much of it is in a patrolled "slow zone". The slopes are as steep as the steepest on Lost Boy and probably three times longer. Save this one for after you've developed some confidence going down slopes.

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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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    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
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    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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    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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    Up the mountain

    by realde14 Written Aug 31, 2003

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    Even if you don't ski or snowboard (but then why are you here???), just take the lift up to the slopes, at least for the view!

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    Take the gondola to the top of...

    by Kay_C Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take the gondola to the top of the mountain, enjoy the views and then hike or bike down.
    It's beautiful and taking the gondola up the mountain makes it so easy (especially on your lungs!).

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