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Good Morning from London Uk. We have read with interest your report and have a few questions if you would be so kind We are regular skiers ( Intermediate) in Austria and are considering a trip next Winter to ski in the USA We notice on all the photographs that the ski lifts appear to be the old fashioned steel chair lifts We feel that this must make for long queues? We also notice that nightly Grooming of the slopes, does not affect all the slopes but is done in a rotation method? We hope you have a few moments to advise us on our queries Our Best Wishes( from a damp London) Robert and Viktoriia
Hello, Yes the lifts are of the sit down chair variety. The queues are not normally very long except on holiday periods. They can be a bit longer on weekends but even then queues are less than 5 minutes 90% of the time. Some of the mountain is groomed each evening. This is done on a rotational basis as you suggested. Most easy (green) runs are groomed nightly. Some intermediate (blue) are groomed nightly and few advanced (black) runs are groomed nightly. As my wife and I have skied many places including Europe please let us know if we can be of further help planning your trip. David
What is there to do in the vail area just after ski season before summer? We are traveling to the area for business soon and considering to stay in vail because it's close. Open to suggestions to places to stay with a young family with in a90 minute drive of burns colorado.
Vail is full of stuff to do. As the other person replied hiking biking etc. there are mineral springs close by. We loved them. The village has great restaurants. If your looking for the best happy hour a where go to The George. It’s $4.50 or 5 dollars for any drink. All premium no knock off brands. Plus they have good food. The Marriott there is a great place for the kids. Has a pool.
We purchased a lift ticket in advance for every day of our trip. Unfortunately it rained the last day and our instructor cancelled. Is there a way to get a refund or an extension to use the passes next season??Thank you
If you booked the instructor through Vail than you can get a refund however an out sourced instructor will get no credit.
Hi will be there in February for a week with my 5 year old and husband, both are beginners. Private lessons are super expensive, can someone recommend a ski instructor that doesn't cost us one month salary? thanks
For beginners, go to Golden Peak only. The instructors are wonderful and groups not too large due to one lift for Gopher Hill at Golden Peak.
I will be in Vail from March 17-21. The weather seems to be warming up, with temperatures forecasted to reach high 50's. Will this temperature melt the snow and be a bad ski time? Will a few days of high 50's melt all the snow?????
Temperatures in the 50's will not melt all the snow. Hopefully the lows will be in the 30's. The top of the mountain is 11,500 above sea level so it will be colder there than in town or at the base. Toward the end of the day the snow might become soft to the consistency of mashed potatoes. I have skied in 60 degree weather. It is a unique experience.
We will be in Vail the week of March 13-18th. The pricing for snowboard lessons is so high!!!! We want a semi private class for snowboarding with our two teenage boys but the school does NOTHING to help arrange the groups. Anyone interested in splitting the cost for snowboard lessons for one day
We ski, don't snowboard and also we will be traveling to Central America those days .., Good luck with Vail prices !
we are staying at the Marriott Lionsgate.....struggling to decide where to rent equipment from due to the proximity of the hotel to the lifts. I have read reviews on trip advisor that stated that the ski valet at the Marriott was less than desirable,(stored boots outside/wet/etc.....) but wanted to know if there was a rental place where we could walk the 150-400 yds to the gondola in our snow boots, get on the gondola, then get our boots and skis at the top (store our boots while skiing, then store our skis and and ski boots while going back to the hotel on the gondola)....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Double Diamond, Skibase, Vail Sports are all within 100 yards of the gondola. But remember - this is Vail; it ain't cheap! Look online and in the village booklets for offers.