The three base areas of Vail Mountain are Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead. During the winter season, signs are posted daily at all three base areas with grooming reports and trail access information. Trail maps for those unfamiliar with the mountain can be found at all lift ticket windows, on-mountain lodges and throughout the base areas. Visitors should also familiarize themselves with the skier responsibility code on the trail map.
- Adventure Ridge offers great activities for families and kids. Tubing, ski bikes, a children’s snowmobile track and ice skating are available.
- Vail is home to some of the best ski and snowboard instructors in the world. Lessons are available for all levels of skiers, snowboarders, or telemark skiers. Newcomers to any of these activities are strongly advised to take a lesson—your knees and elbows will thank you for it later!
- The FREE PEAKS program is the best money and timesaver for multiple day skiers and snowboarders. Contact any of the Vail Resorts lift ticket offices to purchase. Open until 4:30 p.m. daily.
- Blue Sky Basin is one of Vail’s farthest-to-reach areas and is accessible by several lifts and trails from the front of the mountain. There are no dining options in the area, but a warming hut and bathrooms are available.
- Always be aware of lift opening and closing times.
- Tired legs are dangerous. If your legs are tired, download on the Vista Bahn, Riva Bahn, or Gondola rather than taking your chances with an injury.
- When a storm moves in, snow can accumulate quickly and the temperature can plunge. Layers are always the best way to go, with a waterproof layer on the outside. Goggles always work much better than sunglasses. The snow report is updated every morning at 970.754.4888.