3 Ways to Get Ready for Winter in Vail

By Tracey Flower | Monday, November 4, 2019

Ski season in the Vail Valley is right around the corner, with Vail Mountain scheduled to open on November 15 and Beaver Creek scheduled to open on November 27. With a couple of fall snowstorms already on the books, Mother Nature has been hard at work getting ready for the 2019–20 ski season. Here are three things you can do to join Mother Nature in prepping for winter in Vail.

Photo: Everything Vail Valley 

1. Get in shape

Give your legs a head start on ski season by hitting the gym between now and opening day (your muscles will thank you later). Whether you prefer the structure of a group class, the restorative nature of yoga or the torture of the stair climber, the Vail Valley has you covered with a variety of gyms and fitness studios to help you reach your goals. 

Photo: Dogma Athletica Facebook

For ski conditioning, I like a facility that offers options for all of the previously mentioned activities, so I can switch it up and avoid boredom or burnout. Try Vail Athletic Club, Athletic Club at the Westin Riverfront ResortDogma Athletica, Synergy Center for Wellness and Town of Avon Recreation Center, among others you'll find listed here

2. Get the gear

This is also a good time of year to take inventory of your gear closet, then visit your favorite local ski shop to get your skis or snowboard tuned, replace or repair broken equipment, buy a new pair of ski pants or stock up on hand warmers. Now is also a good time to reserve rental equipment if you’re planning a visit for later this winter, as some shops offer deals for booking in advance. 

Photo: Everything Vail Valley 

There are dozens of great ski shops throughout the Vail Valley that can help you with all of the above. Check out shops like Charter SportsChristy SportsBeaver Creek Sports, Base Mountain Sports or Vail Sports if you’re looking for a large retailer with multiple locations. Or, visit a tried-and-true locals’ favorite like Buzz’s Boards or Troy’s Ski Shop. Wherever you go, you’re sure to walk away with everything you need for a great day on the slopes.

3. Get in the spirit

Get wrapped up in the magic of winter in Vail during Revely Vail, happening November 22 to 30. Revely Vail features a little more than a week of festive events that will get you in the mood for the winter season. There are cooking classes, an ice-skating celebration, a gingerbread contest, a winter adventure film festival, a Kris Kringle market and more. I can’t think of a better way to kick off another season of winter wonder.

Photo: Revely Vail Facebook

We’ll see you in Vail!

About the Author Tracey Flower
Tracey spent more than a decade living, working and playing in the Vail Valley and now splits her time between Denver and Vail. She's big fan of hiking, running, camping and biking and loves travelling around Colorado and throughout the West, visiting places she’s never been and exploring old favorites.