Over 1200 acres are groomed each night at Vail
. . .with groomed runs off of almost every major lift. You can find the grooming report on line or there are printed maps daily at the Lionshead, Vail Village and Golden Peak bases.
Here is the list of what Vail calls their “signature grooms.”
• Monday – Riva Ridge
• Tuesday – Blue Ox
• Wednesday – Gandy Dancer
• Thursday – The Slot
• Friday – Riva Ridge
• Saturday – Blue Ox
• Sunday – Lindsey’s
When Riva Ridge is freshly groomed, it’s a great top to bottom cruiser with 3100’ vertical and only 2 steep sections. If you liked it once, ride up Gondola One and Chair 4 and do it again.
Whether it’s for the grooming or for the powder, the early bird gets the best skiing of the day. For whatever reason, snowstorms seem to happen at night. With lots of high speed quad chairs on Vail Mountain, the only way that you’re going to be able to experience fresh powder is to get to the lifts for the opening bell, or 30 minutes earlier.
Sundays in the summer from 10 am – 3:30 pm, the Vail Farmers’ Market and Art show is the place to be in Vail. Stroll through the streets of Vail Village and grab a bite to eat from local restaurants that have set up tents, get some fresh produce from around the state of Colorado and check out unique crafts from local artisans. There are also several live music performances as well as kids’ activities. The show runs June 17 – Sept 30, 2018.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is now available at Nottingham Lake in Avon, CO, which is just 9 miles west of Vail. Board rentals and instruction are offered by Stand Up Paddle Colorado. It’s a lot of fun and the whole family can do it.
On mountain summer fun for the whole family at Vail. Activities include ropes courses, ziplines, an alpine coaster, bungee trampoline, tubing and more. Epic Discovery is located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. Click on the Epic Discovery website for full details.
Get on the river or explore remote areas of the mountains. River rafting puts you right on the water that comes down from the mountains of Colorado’s snowmelt. Depending on the season, spring or summer, you can raft on the Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas rivers. Once the snow is all melted, open air jeeps can take you on rugged dirt roads in areas far from today’s civilization. Sage Outdoor Adventures offers rafting, jeeping, horseback riding, sporting clays and fishing trips.
The Booth Creek hike, with its trailhead about 4 miles from Vail Village, offers 2 great options on the same trail. At 2 miles you can see the Booth Creek Falls and at 4 miles, you arrive at the alpine Booth Lake. Total elevation gain is about 3036 feet to Booth Lake, which is at 11,480′. The lower part of the trail gets a lot of use, but the hike to the Falls is excellent and can be done in one morning for people who are in moderately good shape. Click here for a PDF from the Forest Service with more details on the hike as well as a topo map.
The Lionshead Rock hike is a fairly easy 4.4 round trip trail that has a great payoff at the top, with a view of the town of Minturn as well as south towards Leadville. It’s a short drive (6.8 miles – directions on Google Maps) from Vail to the trailhead in Minturn and you can have lunch at Magusto’s or one of several other restaurants in Minturn. Here is a link to the trail description on AllTrails.com. If you do the hike, please post some photos on Vail International’s Facebook page.
The Dobson Ice Arena is located adjacent to the Vail International condos. This indoor ice skating facility offers public skating, figure skating, adult and youth hockey leagues as well as tournaments and competitions. Click here for more information on the Dobson Ice Arena.
Vail International offers group rates for teams that are participating in events at Dobson. Please call us at 800-622-3477.