Tips & tricks: 

It's why the locals live here. It's why most people vacation here. It's skiing and snowboarding in Vail, Colorado! 

Famous worldwide as North America's premier ski resort, Vail has anything and everything you could possibly imagine. The legendary back bowls span 7 miles and are where powder lovers go to worship. Vail's front side contains the most groomed terrain on the planet for a totally different experience. Blue Sky Basin with its wilderness-like terrain is a world all its own. Vail truly is like nothing on earth. 

Lodge at Lionshead is great starting point to your adventure as it is a short 100 yards to the Eagle Bahn gondola and Born Free chairlift. Tip #1 - take the chairlift! The gondola may be enclosed and cozier, but you'll get on the mountain faster via the chairlift. I don't know of anyone on our staff who takes the gondola unless they are going to Adventure Ridge at Eagle's Nest because the line is always shorter for the chairlift.

Here are some more of our favorite tips... 

  • Fastest track to the back bowls from Lionshead: BornFree (chair 8) to Avanti (chair 2) to Wildwood Express (chair 3) where you can dive blissfully into Sundown Bowl
  • On a busy day: Hit Game Creek Bowl early and then come back to the front side or ski the Simba area (chair 26) while other front side chairs clear out. Try to avoid the most popular back bowls and chairs 2, 3 & 4 – especially mid-morning through lunch.
  • Best place to rent your gear: Performance Sports in Lionshead – the best service hands down!
  • Best places to do lunch: Either before 11am or after 2pm on-mountain or take a break at one of the base areas. Moe's BBQ in Lionshead is a filling, yummy & fast option. You can quickly hop back on chair 8 (no lines) to get back to the mountain.
  • Goggles or sunglasses: Definitely goggles.  Goggles with appropriate lenses are even better.  Yellow, gold or amber tinted lenses in low light or fog, rose tinted lenses for flat or gray light, and polarized lenses for bright sunshine.
  • What we always carry with us: Lip balm with SPF, sunscreen, energy bar, cell phone, cash and neck gaiter if we’re not already wearing it. You’ve got lots of pockets in those parkas & pants – use ‘em!
  • Apres ski:  In Lionshead, Garfinkel's deck is THE place to be.  In Vail Village, hit the Red Lion for the legendary musical enteratinment.  If you are looking for something a little more refined, the Vail Chophouse in Lionshead offers a free champagne toast at 3:30pm each day.
  • One more "out of the box" lunch suggestion:  If you don't mind a little effort, head to Belle's Camp in Blue Sky Basin on a sunny day.  Free grills are available, so bring a backpack full of burgers. brats, drinks, etc. and enjoy the scene!