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In Vail's 42 years of existence, this skier's dream has become the #1 ranked ski resort in North America, as chosen by the readers of Ski Magazine.With over 5,000 acres of terrain and 33 lifts, Vail is the largest single mountain ski resort in North America and is the host to world-class ski events and skiers from around the world.Vail's legendary Black Bowls combine with the excitement of the Blue Sky Basin and the vastness of the Front Side to construct 5,289 acres of the best skiing on the continent.Due to the immensity of Vail's ski resorts, you would be hard pressed to find more than four skiers per acre on a busy day. The ski slopes alone don't make Vail #1. Activities such as biking, horseback riding, shopping, and dining join skiing to make Vail a year-round ski resort destination for all ages.
Vail Snow Daze, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, returns for its eighth consecutive year in early December 2014. Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain and sponsor expo village by day, and après parties and free live concerts by night! Be sure to check out vail.com/snowdaze for band announcements, event schedule updates, lodging deals and more.
Vail Holidaze is the perfect place for family celebration this holiday season. Vail comes alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during December. From world-class ice skating shows with World Champion and Olympic skaters, Vail Tree Lighting as part of Logan Luminescence presented by Triumph Winterfest and the annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks. Come enjoy the holidays in Vail and be sure not to miss the fun and celebration!
This fall will kick off the second annual 2014 Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, September 26th – October 5th! With participating restaurants spanning across two neighboring World Class Mountain Resorts, Vail and Beaver Creek, this culinary celebration takes dining to new heights, literally! The ten daylong event will feature a wide variety of prix fixe menus and specials all set at .14 and all showcasing the incredible and diverse culinary offerings available throughout the Vail and Beaver Creek Villages. To further enhance each guest’s dining experience, each bite will be perfectly paired with spectacular autumn views spread across the stunning mountain backdrops provided by Vail and Beaver Creek.
Hiking & Backpacking
Rafting & Kayaking
Fishing & Hunting
Bravo! Vail (Classical Music Concert Series)
Summer Bluegrass Series
International Dance Festival
Farmers' Market & Art Show
Gourmet On Gore
Gopro Mountain Games
The USA Pro Challenge Road Cycling Stage Race
America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament
Mountain Biking Races
La Sportiva Trail Running Series
King Of The Mountain Volleyball Tournament
Vail Lacrosse Shootout
VAIL'S AWARD WINNING MOUNTAIN SAFETY PROGRAM
For the past twelve years, Vail has been recognized by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) for exemplary on-mountain safety programming. Our Mountain Safety team, along with all Vail employees, is dedicated to on-mountain education and enforcement every day of the season. You’ll see Mountain Safety personnel in their trademark yellow jackets through-out the day in high traffic areas. Give them a wave!
-THE MOUNTAIN SAFETY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Educating, enforcing, monitoring and providing positive reinforcement of “Your Responsibility Code” and the Colorado Ski Safety Act.
Monitoring slow zones and high traffic areas across the resort.
Increasing guest and employee awareness of safety initiatives through on-mountain and community-wide activities during National Safety Awareness Week and other designated dates through-out the season.
Daily public service announcements and safety tips on TV8.
Daily safety announcements with Ski School instructors and lift operators.
Promoting the ''Play it Safe, Play all Season'' campaign to guests and fellow Vail employees.
*Note: Any employee in uniform is available to assist with safety questions and is empowered to suspend or revoke the skiing or riding privileges of anyone demonstrating reckless or inappropriate behavior.
HEADS UP- KNOW THE CODE, IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
-YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE Vail is committed to promoting ski safety. While visiting Vail Mountain, you may be joined on the slopes by traditional alpine skiers, snowboarders, telemark or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, and snowshoe-ers. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk involved with skiing and snowboarding that common sense and situational awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe ''Your Responsibility Code'' - listed below - and share the responsibility with others.
Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Be advised that Vail Ski Resort does not mark all potential obstacles or hazards. When marked, poles, flags, fencing, signage, padding or other forms of marking are used to inform the skier/rider of the location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety. It is part of your responsibility under the Your Responsibility Code and the Colorado Ski Safety Act to avoid all obstacles and hazards. Learn more about safety on the mountain at www.nsaa.org.
-COLORADO SKI SAFETY ACT
The Colorado legislature, recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, has passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act, which provides inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the skier; and the ski area. You must obey the Act. Under the Act, any person using the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. A summary of the inherent risks is listed below:
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.
The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.
Skiers and Riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Vail Ski Resort is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts. Skiers and Riders should begin with the easiest terrain and then move up in difficulty as their ability permits in order to understand the relative rating at Vail.