An Insider’s Guide to Embarking on Vail, CO Skiing

Skiing in Vail—isn’t that why we’re all here? But where do you start? There are dozens of lift tickets options, hundreds of trails weaving through Vail Mountain, and several options for enhancing your ski experience. Don’t get caught in the mainstream this winter—enjoy Vail like a local with our guide to Vail, CO skiing.

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Everything You Need to Know About Vail, CO Skiing

Climb to new heights during your next Vail, CO ski trip. Don’t let the mountain overwhelm you—we have everything you need to know about making the most of your vacation. 


  • Vail, CO Lift Tickets

If you plan to ski, you’ll need a lift ticket. There are lift ticket options for everyone depending on the duration of your stay, your price point, and how you plan to use your tickets. Here are a few money-saving tips to consider when purchasing your lift tickets.


    • Buy them in advance. Purchasing your tickets online guarantees the lowest price and allows you to skip the lengthy line at the resort. Just scan the barcode on your phone and get on the mountain quicker.
    • Buy more, save more. If you plan on staying in Vail for a week or more, buy a pass for each day. Even if you’re not sure you’ll be skiing every day, you can save big by purchasing more days.
    • Get the Epic Pass. If you plan on purchasing lift tickets for five or more days, do yourself a favor and snag an Epic Pass. The limitless pass allows guests to access the mountain throughout this year’s ski season. And that’s not all—the Epic Pass also grants access to 17 other Peak Resorts ski areas such as Breckenridge, Mount Snow, and its newest addition, Hakuba Valley in Japan!
  • Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain encompasses over 5,300 acres of skiable terrain, 195 trails, and 31 lifts. So, where do you start? You’ll want to begin by assessing your skill level. Not all of the mountain was meant to be trekked by everyone. You don’t want to find yourself in a difficult situation. 

Keep a trail map handy. The Northeast Bowl is one of the most popular areas on the mountain. It offers just enough steepness and altitude to challenge the novice and excite the advanced. Mid-Mountain is best for families looking to casually move through the mountain while stopping at some of Vail’s most iconic shops and eateries. The China Bowl and the Sun-Up and Sun-Down Bowl offer wide-open, gladed runs, and breathtaking views. Find your perfect fit with the mountain’s trail maps.

  • Ski School and Equipment Rentals

Vail Mountain Resort provides a ski school for everyone from tots to adults. Ski school isn’t just for the beginner either. Book your Back Bowl experience and explore boundless skiing terrain with the guidance of a resort professional.

Need gear? Book with Gore Creek Properties and receive up to 30% off your ski and snowboard gear with American Ski Exchange


Ski-In and Ski-Out of Vail’s Most Iconic Home From Gore Creek Properties

16 Forest Rd Gore Creek PropertiesStay in a piece of Vail history at The Ark of Vail. The home was built by one of Vail’s Founding Families and has been used to honor the U.S. Ski Team and the 10th Mountain Division. Aside from its memorable presence, the home boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and comfortably sleeps twelve. It includes an indoor hot tub, game room, bunk room, an unmatched views of Vail’s winter wonderland. 

Don’t forget to book direct. Booking direct not only guarantees the best prices, but it also opens the door to convenience. Need to get fitted for your new gear? Let our Ski Butlers help you out! Don’t want to bother with the hassle of shipping your equipment? Let us do it for you! Start making the most of your time here in Vail and allow Gore Creek Properties to welcome you to the mountain!