GET YOUR SKI ON at Vail Cascade Resort

Safely ski the largest single mountain in North America, Vail Mountain, at your next meeting or group gathering.

As we are rounding the bend out of summer and into our very short fall in Vail CO, Vailites are dreaming of champagne powder and freshly waxed skis in anticipation of our first big snowfall.

Vail Mountain opens this year on November 19, 2011. With an average snowfall of 350 inches of powder, skiers will experience some of the best snow ever.  Vail Mountain consists of 5,289 acres of skiable terrain – the largest single mountain in North America.  With 31 lifts and 193 trails, you can escape within the majestic beauty of the Colorado Rockies and create your own tracks down our mountain.

Skiing can be a ton of fun, but you need to do so safely.  Some things to keep in mind when visiting Vail Cascade and skiing our beautiful landscape in Vail Colorado:

  • Use proper equipment.  Make sure your ski boots are fitted properly.  There’s nothing worse than feeling pain in your legs when you are acres away from a lift or the bottom of the mountain.  Pick the appropriate ski for your height, weight and skill level. Many of our guests take advantage of our onsite ski concierge or stop by Charter Sports, conveniently located next to our ski in/ski out chairlift. 
  • Lessons.  Even if you have skied all your life, there is instruction for all levels from beginner to super expert.  If you have never skied Vail Mountain or the West, I always encourage people to start with a lesson within their ski level.  Our powder snow can be deep and is unlike snow back East.
  • Wear a helmet and protect your noggin.  
  • Dress appropriately.  In winter, the weather in the Colorado Rockies can be unpredictable.  You could be skiing in what feels like 50 degree weather one minute and have beautiful heavy snowfall the next.  Be prepared with proper gloves, hat and goggles to protect your eyes from the sometimes bitter cold.
  • If you are not used to deep powder, stick to the groomed runs your first few runs.
  • Stay in bounds. Vail Mountain is clearly marked on where skiers can and cannot go.  
  • Ski with a buddy. It’s best not to be alone in our vast acreage without a buddy, especially if you ski one our back bowls.
  • Don’t overdo it. Drink plenty of water. Get plenty of rest. Know your limits and quit when you are tired.  If you feel you've reached your ski peak, you can stop at any one of our mountain or Vail restaurants.  Or ski down to Cascade Village and enjoy a nice hot tottie at Fireside Bar or a warm meal at Atwater on Gore Creek. Or after an adventurous day on the slopes, slip into pure relaxation at Aria Spa & Club, one of Colorado’s top mountain spas. 
  • Most of all have fun!!! 

See you on the mountain!

Check out our Vail ski vacation packages at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa or learn more about our variety of accommodations, including spacious guest rooms, suites, condo rentals or family vacation home rentals in Vail Colorado. Whether you prefer skiing or relaxing in a luxury spa, Vail Cascade has it all, including family, dining, health & fitness and seasonal special offers.

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