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Vail Skiing & Mountain Activities

Skiing and Snowboarding

Vail's tagline, "Like No Place on Earth" really says it perfectly. With 5,289 acres of skiing, Vail Mountain is the largest single ski mountain in North America.

Enjoy the seven legendary back bowls full of soft power that span 6 miles, the natural terrain that mimics a backcountry skiing experience in Blue Sky Basin and the 127 runs on front side of Vail Mountain of both groomers and moguls.

There is truly something for everyone when it comes to skiing Vail. Make sure to visit our Vail page to view stats, terrain information, and helpful maps.

Lift Ticket Information

Did you know that you can save up to 25% by purchasing lift tickest online before your trip? Vail Resorts offers 3 ways to save on lift tickets! For any further questions, make sure to contact Vail Spa Condominiums concierge.

Ski & Snowboard School

A school where everyone has fun.  With classes ranging from privates, groups, camps in areas of cross-country, telemark, and adaptive skiing, Vail's Ski & Snowboard School has classes for every level, interest and age.  Whether you want to perfect your form, overcome a fear or try some tricks in the halfpipe, Vail instructors can get you there.  Plus, they aren’t just experts on the mountain, they’re experts on everything off the mountain too.  Vail is home to the finest snowsports school in the world, and the instructors will ensure that you have a one of kind experience on Vail Mountain.

Vail Ski & Snowboard School offices hours of operation:
Regular Season - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Phone: 970-476-9090 or 800-475-4543

Ski School Age Classifications:

  • Adults (16 years +)
  • Teens (13 years - 15 years)
  • Kids (3 years - 12 years)
  • Small World Play School (2 months - 6 years)

Where & When: The Vail Ski & Snowboard School has several locations for your convenience. Please review the locations listed below and the types of lessons they offer. Private Lessons can be booked and purchased through every location. Group Lessons can be purchased at all sales locations but have very specific meeting locations. Please review the chart below to see what location works best for you

Even seasoned riders and skiers get more from the mountain with workshops that challenge their skills and reveal Vail’s hotspots.  Private lessons let you name the time, place and terrain you want to cover and allow you to include up to five family members or friends.  The Burton Learn to Ride Program accelerates the learning curve for beginner snowboarders and will have you linking turns in your first lesson.  The Vail Adaptive Program is recognized as a leader in providing first-class instruction and training to people of all disabilities.  The First Time Skier & Rider Series for adults includes three consecutive days of lessons and lift tickets at a substantial discount.  Specialty programs are available specifically for women, snowboarders, telemark skiers, teens and more.  Kids will have so much fun, they’ll forget they’re learning as they make new friends and learn skills they’ll have forever while exploring the on-mountain Adventure Zones in one of the many Children’s Programs.

What to bring:
Bring warm, waterproof gloves or mittens, goggles or sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen, warm jacket, hat, snow pants, and a neck warmer

Reservations: For Private Lessons, advanced reservations are recommended. Private Lessons can be reserved by calling 800-475-4345.
All other adult group lesson products must be purchased in person at one of our Vail Ski & Snowboard School offices. These locations are listed above. We never sell out of our group classes.

Important Lift Ticket Information: Lift tickets are not available with all lesson products but are required for all lessons. Please be aware that all lesson/lift packages provide a lift ticket at a discounted price. This lift ticket is only valid while participating in the purchased lesson.

Group Lessons:

  • Alpine All Day Group Lessons (9:45am - 3:30pm)
  • Alpine Half Day Group Lessons (12:35pm - 3:45pm)
  • Snowboard All Day Group Lessons (9:45am - 3:30pm)
  • Snowboard Half Day Group Lessons (12:35pm - 3:45pm)

Registering: The best time to register for group classes is the day before the lesson start date -- 1:00pm-4:30pm. If registering the morning of, please allow a minimum of 1 hour prior to lesson start time to pick up tickets and get fitted for rental equipment.

Adventure Ridge

Adventure Ridge is open mid-December through mid-April.  Hours are 2:00pm to 9:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday).

Play all day and well into the night at Adventure Ridge, Vail’s day and night mountain top activity center!  It’s packed with fun for all ages with ski-biking, snowshoe tours, kid's snowmobile track, Bungee Trampoline and rip-roaring tubing lanes. Foot passengers ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola with a $28 scenic ride ticket for incredible views and access to all the fun. For more information, call 970-754-8245.

Ski Bike Tours at Adventure Ridge: Recommended for intermediate to advanced skiiers and snowboarders, ski biking allows riders to careen down the mountain after lifts are closed. Children must be 10 years of age and participants must be at least 4'6". Reservations are recommended at 970-754-8245

Nature Discovery Center

Located in an all-seasons yurt adjacent to the Eagles Nest gondola atop Vail Mountain, the Nature Discovery Center has provided the visiting public with meaningful access to the wonders of the natural world since opening its doors in 2000. The mountain top nature center is open during the winter and summer seasons and features an array of natural history exhibits and artifacts related to Vail Mountain life zones.

The Discovery Center also provides a variety of environmental education and interpretive programs led by Walking Mountains naturalists. During the winter season, Vail ski school students visit the Discovery Center as part of the ski school's SKE-Cologytm program, which educates youth about mountain safety and mountain ecology. In winter and summer naturalists lead snowshoe tours and nature hikes that explore the subalpine habitat atop Vail Mountain. Naturalists also assist walk-in visitors and provide environmental education programs to Eagle County youth.

The Nature Discovery Center is a partnership between Vail Resorts, Walking Mountains and the White River National Forest. For more information about programs, center hours, and contact information, visit the Walking Mountains website.


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