The Ins & Outs Of Planning A Ski Trip To Vail in Colorado

Going skiing is one of the most exciting vacations you can take. The only downside being that planning a trip to the ski slopes requires a lot of time and effort. It’s no wonder that many travelers get put off the idea of skiing when there’s so much that needs to be planned out. From choosing the perfect destination to selecting the most suitable place to stay, there’s a lot that goes into your ski trip preparation.

Cross-country skiing - via Pixabay
Cross-country skiing – via Pixabay

To make it easier for you, I’ve narrowed down the location to Vail in Colorado. Vail is one of the best places in the world to ski, as it’s such a fantastic resort. Located at the foot of Vail Mountain, it is home to various ski slopes for different abilities. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular. As well as being a unique mountain town, it features various eateries, spas, gyms, and goodness knows what else. If you’re going to ski anywhere in the US, it has to be here.

Want to make planning your trip as simple as possible? Here’s everything you need to know!

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Choose accommodation that suits your budget

Ski resorts are renowned for their luxury accommodation, but that’s not all they offer. Just like all travel destinations, there are plenty of budget-friendly options, and it’s just a case of researching the best ones. There are hotels, guesthouses, hostels, lodges, and self-catered options. If money is tight, a hostel is your best bet. However, if you have a little more to play with, staying in a hotel or sharing a lodge with your travel buddies could work well.

Take lessons before you go

Of course, you can learn on the slopes, but you’ll be wasting precious skiing or snowboarding time. Take lessons before you go so you’ll be able to enjoy your trip fully – most dry or indoor ski slopes offer them. You can book some top-up lessons, but it’s worth getting to know the basics beforehand. Vail gets packed out, so most of the good ski instructors get booked up quickly. Therefore, it’s worth booking lessons before your trip to ensure you get a good instructor. (An English-speaking instructor is a must, else you’ll find it hard to learn.)

Book ski passes and hire equipment beforehand

Again, because of how busy the resort gets, it’s worth booking your ski passes and equipment before you arrive. That way, you won’t have to stress out about queuing for your passes once you arrive, you’ll be able to pick them up quickly. As for your skiing equipment, check out and book it in advance. That way, you can ensure that all the good gear won’t get hired out before you arrive.

Make time to relax

Last but not least, make sure to make time to relax. You might want to spend as much time on the slopes as you can, but you don’t want to end up exhausted after your trip. That’s why it’s so important to schedule time for relaxation into your itinerary. Vail is home to various spas, bars and eateries, shops, and gyms, so make time to explore. Spend the first half of the day on the slopes and the afternoon relaxing. To find out more about the resort, check out

So there you have it, there’s everything that you need to know about planning a ski trip to Vail in Colorado. So when are you going?


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Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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