Vail welcomes guests from all over the world to ski and snowboard Vail Mountain.  While we are lucky that this experience takes place outside in the fresh open mountain air, the mountain is still committed to doing their part on keeping guests and employees safe.


There will NOT be a mountain reservation system this season, lifts and gondolas will be loaded at normal capacity, but ticket sales are being limited throughout the 2022-23 season to prioritize the mountain experience for guests.  

Guests are strongly encouraged to secure their lift access in advance.  Secure your lift access during these dates by pre-purchasing your lift tickets online. Lift ticket availability is visible on resort websites’ winter lift ticket page. If lift tickets are sold out on a specific day at a specific resort, that day will show as unavailable. If lift tickets are sold out on your desired day, secure your lift access with an Epic Day Pass and save up to 65% off lift tickets depending on the level of resort access you chose to purchase. Epic Day Pass can be purchased at until passes go off sale for the season. If a specific day at a specific resort sells out online, lift tickets will not be sold at resort ticket windows unless purchased with a Pass Holder benefit ticket (Buddy tickets or Ski With A Friend tickets) or through ski and ride school. Availability will be updated online if there are any lit ticket cancellations. 


Face coverings are not currently required in indoor settings, including Vail Resorts restaurants, restrooms, Vail Resorts lodging properties, retail and rental locations.  Face coverings are not currently required on Vail’s Gondolas – Gondola 1 not the Eagle Bahn Gondola.  Face coverings are not required on chairlifts at this time.


Thanks to continued improvement in COVID-19 cases, proof of vaccination is no longer required for guests to dine at our indoor restaurants, effective Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022.

The mountain provides a variety of dining options for all guests. In order to accommodate the high volume of customers restaurants will have the following dining policies:

  • All tables and seats will be available for present guests only. 
  • All tables have a time limit of 45 minutes.
  • There is no storage of personal belongings in the restaurants or lodges.
  • Catering or communal food for large groups is not permitted. Individuals and small groups are permitted to bring in their own food.
  • Holding multiple tables for large group dining and outside parties is not permitted.

Consider eating lunch in Vail Village or Lionshead as an option to on-mountain dining. We recommend making reservations to ensure you have a spot for the time desired.


Best pricing and availability is available online, in advance. Be aware that Ski & Ride School may be available on dates when lift tickets are unavailable. Book a lesson and add a discounted lift ticket at checkout! To book a group lesson within 24 hours or a private lesson within 48 hours, please visit one of the Ski & Snowboard sales locations or call ahead. Make sure all members of your group have a pass or lift ticket and rent gear if needed.  Arrive 30 minutes before the lesson to allow time for check-in. If you or your child are picking up rental gear, arrive 60 minutes early. Check-in for the lesson at the location or base area you selected while booking.

All group lessons will be sorted by ability level and child lessons will be sorted by age. The instructor will determine a plan for the day based on individual needs or group goals.  World-class instructors will help all participants have fun exploring more of the mountain by practicing new techniques at their own pace. All Full Day lessons will include a break for lunch, with food provided only for child lessons. If you are dropping off a child, make sure to confirm location and pick-up time. The instructor will provide a summary of their lesson and your child’s progress at pick-up.


For guest and employee safety, all transactions will be cashless unless otherwise required by local law. This includes Vail Resorts owned/operated hotels, restaurants, ski and ride school, and all other Vail Resorts points of sale. For the best experience, book and pay online in advance.

Please note that all policies are subject to change based on the ever-changing public health conditions and will follow public health guidelines.  For information on local guidelines, visit For state guidelines, visit

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