Vail is the home of a world renowned ski resort sitting at an elevation of 8,120 Feet. This mountain town is a skier’s dream come true. With over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is the ultimate destination for creating a memorable ski trip. Although most magazines and pro skiers boast about powder days, having the perfect ski day doesn’t have to include any new snow at all. Skiing in itself will give you memories to last a lifetime, but there are some things you can do to help prepare for a perfect ski day.
The weather is an important determinant of how the day will go and what you need to wear. You can check the snow report and forecast on Vail’s website. Make sure you check the live webcams for the Vail Village and Wildwood. This will give you a better sense of what the weather is actually doing at the base as well as the summit.
Because of the elevation, weather can be extreme opposites from the base to the summit. You might notice a perfect sunny day when you park the car or pick up your skis, while it could be extremely windy at the top of the mountain. A wind chill can decrease the temperature in increments of -10 degrees. This is why checking ahead of time is important so you can dress for the elements.
Now that you know the ski conditions, dress accordingly. It is always a good idea to overdress. Using the layer system is the best way to stay warm. You can always take layers off if you get too hot. Start with sweat-wicking layers that dry quickly. The mid layer should also be fairly lightweight. This provides more insulation to keep you warm on the chairlift. Your outer layer is your ski jacket. Usually, these come as water resistant or waterproof and will have their own insulation rating. Bridge Street Ski Haus has a great selection of premium ski clothing that you can buy before you go skiing if you need.
A few things you definitely don’t want to forget before hitting the slopes are gloves, a helmet, goggles, and your lift ticket. Not only will gloves keep your hands warm on the lift, but will also ensure that you are able to hang on to your ski poles. Your helmet is extremely important for a few reasons. It will help protect you from a head injury. It also shields your head and ears from the wind adding an extra layer of warmth. Goggles will protect your eyes from the UV rays reflecting off the snow. The higher the elevation, the stronger the UV rays will be. Last, but not least, check for your ski pass. if you don’t have one, plan a visit to the ticket office on your way to the slopes.
Look at the trail maps before you get to the mountain. You can find more about the mountain from Vail’s terrain webpage. Trail maps on the mountain or on Vail’s website will also give you information about what runs are groomed or not. Another great resource is an interactive 3D trail map. Whether you are a first-time skier or a seasoned pro, knowing the terrain is always a great idea.
Vail is a huge ski area with close to 200 trails. Once you are on the mountain it is easy to get disoriented or caught in the wrong terrain. Each trail will be color coordinated with symbols like a circle, square or diamond. Green runs are best for beginners, blue is an intermediate trail, and black diamonds are advanced terrain. Generally, the runs get steeper, longer and will be more difficult to navigate as you move from green to black. This is why it is important to know the terrain as you would not want to ski a black diamond run as a beginner skier.
When you rent from Bridge Street Ski Haus, your equipment is ready to go. With overnight storage, you don’t need to worry about carrying the ski equipment from the car or hotel. There is no need to worry about forgetting any equipment either. Bridge Street will provide your ski boots, ski poles, helmet and any other ski gear you elected to have in your rental package. If you decide you need any more layers or accessories, Bridge Street has a great selection of winter clothes, goggles, socks, and other items you might need. After you pick up your gear, you can easily walk over to Gondola 1 as Bridge Street has the closest location to the gondola.
Truly, the fun begins when you start planning your Vail ski trip, but there is nothing like the feeling of your skis hitting the snow for the very first time. Skiing is a sport that takes practice, time and patience. Remember to have fun at each learning stage. Take lots of photos, and remember to be very careful taking that selfie on the chairlift. Many cell phones have been lost in the great snow abyss.
When the ski day is over you can drop your rental equipment off at Bridge Street and head to Vail Village for some more fun. Boutiques, art galleries, and shops will be open if you want to walk around before a meal. There are many restaurants and bars that you can take your pick from. You will not want to miss out seeing the beautiful Vail Village, it will be the perfect ending to a great ski day.
There is not one way to create a perfect ski day, but you can be sure one can be created with the right attitude. Vail is an extraordinary mountain and many people will never ski at such a magical place. At Bridge Street Ski Haus, you can be sure that your experience will help you create a seamless and wonderful ski day. With knowledgeable and experienced employees, your equipment will be safe, warm, and hassle-free. Contact Bridge Street Ski Haus today to start creating the perfect ski vacation.
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