Planning a ski vacation can be an exciting but daunting task, especially for first timers. Destination Residences is here to help you prepare for your trip so your family can focus on hitting on the slopes. Browse our best tips for planning your Vail winter getaway.
Ski vacations can be expensive. Renting your ski equipment is one of the best ways to save some cash on your trip. It is much more cost effective than investing in your own gear and you will save money on over-sized baggage fees at the airport. Renting also gives families the opportunity to "demo" new ski equipment. For hassle-free rental gear we recommend Ski Butlers. They will bring the skis and boots your condominium and get you fitted in the comfort of your living room. Once your trip is over they will pick up all your gear for you.
Trail maps are your best friend for exploring the mountain and learning the terrain. The enormity of Vail is one of the reasons the mountain is one of best places in the world to ski but also can present difficulty for those unfamiliar with the geography. Trail maps show in detail, the different ski runs and their respective difficultly levels, as well as a the different zones available for each level of rider/skier. Becoming acquainted with the trail map will allow your family to go beyond the bunny slopes and have a true Vail ski vacation.
Vail's elevation can prove difficult for those traveling from a lower altitude to get used to. We recommend hydrating a week prior to coming to Vail and continuing to drink a lot of water during your vacation. Taking a rest day is also important, especially for those new to skiing. Vail has countless non-skiing activities to take advantage of on your day off including: snowmobile adventures, sleigh ride dinners, and hot springs. Adventure Ridge provides endless fun on the mountain for families with tubing, ski biking, and a mountain roller coaster.
Whether it's the first time skiing or you simply want to get better in certain areas, ski lessons are a fantastic way to get familiar with Vail Mountain. An instructor serves not only as a teacher but also a guide around the mountain for the day, plus you get to skip all the lift lines! Family lessons are a great option for those looking to enjoy the day together. For parents wanting to have time to themselves, Vail has a wonderful ski school program for teens and children. Remember, waterproof gloves, goggles, and helmets for your kids are a must!
During holiday periods, window lift ticket prices can go up to $220 per day to ski in Vail. If you're planning on skiing for a week or more, it will be cheaper to buy an Epic Local pass. These start at $719 and allow for 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with unlimited skiing and Breckenridge and Keystone. Advanced day passes are also offered at a lower cost than at the window.