A Guide to the Vail Ski Season

A family sits on a ski lift

Whether you are a novice skier or ready to shred the back bowls, the beginning of ski season is always an exciting affair in the Vail Valley! Planning on being there on opening day? Or looking forward to a mid-season trip? Check out our guide to the best ways to get on the slopes this Vail Ski Season! 

Vail Ski Season Opening Days 

With the snow beginning to fall and the days getting shorter, the 2022-23 ski season is on the horizon! Vail has already predicted opening days for both the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Resorts meaning you can start planning a Vail Valley ski trip. You may even be on the slopes as early as Thanksgiving!  

Estimated Opening Days: 
  • Vail Ski Resort: November 11th, 2022 
  • Beaver Creek: November 23rd, 2022 

Where to Rent Ski Gear this Season 

If you aren’t bringing your own ski gear from home, not to worry! There are plenty of local ski shops that are ready to assist you with getting everything you need to get out on the slopes! Check out some of our favorite local ski rental shops in the vail valley, or you can even opt for a more concierge ski service like Premier Ski Delivery that will bring the gear straight to you. We recommend selecting your ski rental outfitter prior to your vacation to maximize your time on the mountain! 

Best Spots for Après Ski in Vail 

A couple sitting and enjoying apres ski drinks

After the runs have closed for the day or you are ready to warm up, head into the Vaill Village for an après ski drink or snack! There are options to fit every mood and budget from a ski bum’s favorite to elevated cocktails overlooking Bridge Street. Here are a few of our favorite spots for Vail après ski! 

Red Lion — A Vail Village staple, the Red Lion is renowned for its après ski-friendly menu and atmosphere. Stop in to order a winter warmer cocktail along with a plate of their famous Red Lion nachos while jamming out to live music.  

The George — The George is another local favorite bar for unwinding after a day on the slopes. This underground bar will have you warmed up in no time with cozy booths, cheap draft drinks, and eclectic décor fitting of a ski town establishment. The George’s daily happy hour makes it a prime destination for après ski enjoyment!  

Pepi’s Bar — Keeping the cozy ski town atmosphere but elevating the cocktails, Pepi’s Bar is a perfect après pick. You can find seasonal craft cocktails while enjoying the live music and the view of Bridge Street. Stop in to this iconic vail pub or dine at the restaurant for an elevated dining experience with Austrian inspiration. 

Where to Stay During the 2022 Ski Season 

The interior of a Vail vacation condo

Ready to shred this ski season? Start planning a stay in a Vail vacation rental. Prioritize time on the mountain with a ski-in/ski-out Vail rental or perhaps you would like a hot tub to relax in after days on the slopes. Check out our portfolio of vacation rentals in the Vail Valley and start planning your next ski trip!

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