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Vail — Children’s programs

CHILD CARE: Ages 2 months to 6 years. Supervised playroom and non-skiing programs cost $125 regular season. Reservations required; call (970) 754-3285. Small World Nursery is run by the ski school and is in the Golden Peak base area. It is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Of note, Vail’s child-care programs are licensed and state of the art.

Other options: For a list of babysitters, call the Small World Nursery (970) 754-3285. Baby’s Away (800-369-9030; 970-328-1285) rents and delivers baby needs, such as cribs, strollers, car seats and toys to your lodge. The company is very attentive to detail.

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Lessons are available for children as young as 3 years old (toilet-trained). Ski lessons are offered for ages 3–18; snowboarding lessons are for ages 7–18.

Ages 3-4
All-Day Lesson, Lift Ticket* & Lunch $180
*NOTE: Lift tickets are free for ages 3-4.

Ages 5-12
All-Day Lesson, Lift Ticket & Lunch $201

Ages 13-18
All-Day Lesson/Lift $201
All-Day Lesson $160

Ultimate Four

A premium small group ski lesson program for children ages 3–15 years with only 4 children per instructor (Ultimate 4 Snowboard lessons also offered for ages 5-6).

Advance-Purchase Rates (book online at least 48 hours in advance)

Ages 3-12
Lesson & Lunch: $315
Lift, Lesson & Lunch: $335

Ages 13-15
Lesson only: $315
Lift and Lesson: $335

Peak season rates (Dec 27 – Jan 3, Feb 14-19 and Mar 9-29)

Ages 3-12
Lesson & Lunch: $325
Lesson, Lift Ticket & Lunch: $345

Ages 13-15
Lesson only: $325
Lift & Lesson: $345

Private Lessons:

Book at least 48 hours in advance online for the following rates. (NOTE: Booking in advance not only guarantees you the best price, it allows us to reserve the best instructor for your child’s needs.)

Full-Day (9 am-3:30 pm) - $815*
 (9 am-12 pm or 12:45-3:45 pm) - $595*

*Peak season rates (Dec. 27-Jan. 3, Feb. 14-19, March 9-29): $835 Full, $610 Half, $385 2-Hour, $235 1-Hour.

Lessons are for up to 6 people. You may book a lesson over the phone at (800) 475-4543, or you may book online.

Register for all lessons at 8 a.m. or pre-register the day before; you also can register online at the website. Reservations are not required. Vail encourages kids younger than age 14 enrolled in ski and snowboard programs to wear helmets. Rentals are available; if you don’t want your child to wear a helmet, you must decline in writing in order for your child to participate. Children’s Ski and Snowboard Centers are located at both Lionshead and at Golden Peak. Both centers offer “one-stop shopping” for lessons and rentals. You can reach either facility via the town bus.

Skiing with your kids: The resort is sprinkled with Kids Adventure Zones. Chaos Canyon features weather-theme trails Ricochet Ridge, Tornado Alley and Thunder Lane. Thunder Cat Cave has a replica of a wildcat hovering over a cave entrance. Inside, kids will find ecological information about the Rocky Mountains’ four-footed predators. A Kids Adventure Map highlights most of the zones so kids can find them, but some are left up to discovery. With the help of Vail mascots, Ranger Raccoon and Crazy Coyote, children also learn about SKE-Cology™, highlighting environmental awareness and responsibility on the mountain. Kids even have their own restaurant at Mid-Vail called Chaos Canyon Kids’ Cafe.