Vail beginner skiing

Beginner skiers at Vail have several world-class “learn-to-ski” zones, and when it’s time to start exploring and testing out your new skills, Vail offers a slew of green runs dispersed all over the mountains.

Never-evers will want to start out on one of Vail’s many magic carpets, either at Golden Peak or at Eagle’s Nest’s Practice Parkway. After a day or two of with one of Vail’s knowledgeable instructors, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to explore a good portion of Vail’s terrain. Practice Parkway is located at an elevation of 10,000 feet, so beginners also get to enjoy Vail’s famed alpine scenery.

Vail beginner terrain

With 18 percent of the mountain’s 5,289 acres designated as green, beginner skiers and snowboarders at Vail have many options. Most of the beginner terrain is found on the front side of the mountain, like Lion’s Way, Gitalong Road and Trans Montaine, but beginners can also check out the impressive Back Bowls from the Sourdough Lift.

Vail Ski School

Like nearly every Vail experience, the ski school has a renowned history of excellence. Vail’s combination of high-alpine beginner terrain and its world-class ski school makes it one incredible place to learn to ski. Once beginners can ride the chairlift, the possibilities are endless.

Vail Ski School locations

Golden Peak, which is the main children’s ski school, provides several magic carpets, each designed for different ages and skillsets, and a small chairlift, which is great for progression.

Over at Eagle’s Nest, on the looker’s right side of the mountain, there’s another learn-to-ski area off the Coyote Crossing lift. Vail Village and Lionshead base areas also feature ski school locations.