A Powder-Hound's Guide to Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains

When the snowstakes at Vail and Beaver Creek both scream "Powder Day!" you'll need a game plan to get the goods. Follow our guide to 15+ stashes at the valley's signature resorts, as tested by local semi-pro athletes.

02/07/2020 By Kirsten Dobroth Photography by Scott Bellow


Meet the Vail Heli Guide Who Helped Pioneer the CBD Industry

After decades of guiding skiing and snowboarding legends in the wilds of Alaska, Vail-based heli guide Will Spilo is introducing CBD to pro athletes—and weekend warriors—as an alternative way to manage life's chronic aches and pains.

03/03/2019 By Kirsten Dobroth


Vail-Beaver Creek Weekend Agenda: March 1-3

We're flying into March with three days of action at the Burton US Open on Vail Mountain.

02/26/2019 By Vail-Beaver Creek Staff

Winter Festivals

Greensky Bluegrass Headlines This Year's Burton US Open

Plus, everything else you need to know about the 2019 Burton US Open in Vail.

02/01/2019 By Kirsten Dobroth

Skiing + Snowboarding

Everything You Need to Know about Vail Mountain's Terrain Parks

From pint-sized rails to monster halfpipes.

11/12/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth Photography by Zach Mahone

Skiing + Snowboarding

Vail and Beaver Creek Announce Early Openings

It's game on for the 2018/19 winter season.

11/12/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth


A Photo Recap of the 2018 Burton US Open

Wishing you could go back in time and relive this year's Burton US Open? We rounded up our favorite photos from a week's worth of parties, concerts, and action at snowboarding's biggest event.

03/22/2018 Photography by Jess Spencer


Everything You Need to Know About This Year's Burton US Open

Just off the heels of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the 36th annual celebration of all things snowboarding is back for another year, and it's bringing a week of parties, concerts, and plenty of high-flying competition with it.

02/26/2018 By Kirsten Dobroth and Jess Spencer

olympic hopefuls

Seven Local Athletes and Their PyeongChang Winter Games Odds

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, we ranked our local Olympic hopefuls' chances of making the podium.

11/17/2017 By Vail-Beaver Creek Staff

Skiing + Snowboarding

Will a Dream Lift Network Someday Span the Vail Valley?

While other resorts covet the vast, fast lift infrastructure at Vail and Beaver Creek, locals imagine a chairway to heaven: an aerial public transit network linking both villages and backcountry terrain from East Vail to Eagle-Vail.

02/10/2017 By Tom Winter Illustrations by Matthew Billington

Skiing + Snowboarding

Buses, Planes and Trains: New Travel Options Across Ski Country are Perfect for Powder Days

Avoid icy highway mayhem and relax with these great alternatives to getting to the slopes in time for first chair.

11/27/2016 By Tom Winter Edited by Kirsten Dobroth

Skiing + Snowboarding

The Valley's Homegrown Snowboard Brand Ditches Brick and Mortar for a Rolling Retail Experience

Weston Snowboards takes its Minturn showroom on the road with a tiny home mobile flagship store.

11/22/2016 By Tom Winter

Skiing + Snowboarding

What The Heck! Where is the Snow?

This year seems to be an anomaly, until you realize that Vail has kicked off the season with only the Born Free run on tap plenty of times.

11/08/2016 By Tom Winter


Three Great Early Season Lodging Deals in Vail

From mid-week escapes for skiers to a romantic Thanksgiving break, these deals offer a great introduction to Vail's secret season.

11/03/2016 By Tom Winter

Skiiing + Snowboarding

Vail Resorts' Investment Brings New High-Speed Lift, Lodging Renovations, and More

The most noticeable improvement for the 2016-17 ski season in the Vail Valley? A shiny new high-speed chairlift.

10/25/2016 By Tom Winter

Skiing + Snowboarding

How to Use Your Epic Pass to Score Free Skiing in the Alps

Your Vail Resorts Epic Pass does more than offer access to our local mountains—it’s a ticket to ride some of the best ski areas in Europe.

10/17/2016 Photography by Tom Winter

Skiing + Snowboarding

Ski Season Opening Date Roundup

We know you want to slide down snow-covered mountains. Here’s when you can do that.

10/11/2016 Edited by Tom Winter

Skiing + Snowboarding

Four Must-See Ski and Snowboard Movies

The best of the white room on the silver screen

10/03/2016 Edited by Tom Winter


It Just Snowed. What Does That Mean for the Season Ahead?

The white stuff has arrived, at least for a day or two. We caught up with weather expert Joel Gratz to talk about the upcoming winter.

08/26/2016 Edited by Tom Winter