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Winter sports are very popular with VC50 members and include Alpine Skiing, Backcountry & Cross Country Ski Touring, Snowshoeing and Uphill  Skin and Spike.

Members volunteer to be Day Leaders for the different levels of Alpine Skiing, Backcountry Ski Touring and Snowshoeing. A brief description of each sport follows.

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Organizer:  Desi Desmairis

Vail Assistant Organizers: Joni Forman, Geoff Smith and Mart Matthews
Vail Latte Skiing Contact: Joni Forman

Beaver Creek Contact: Eric Noreen 

Days we ski:
Tuesday and Thursday at Vail; Monday at Beaver Creek/Arrowhead. Helmet is required -- no one will be allowed to ski with a VC50 group without a helmet. Advance sign-up is not required.

See Event Calendar for up to date meeting times and location.


Members who bring guests must ensure their guest has completed the Guest Liability Form.  The Form can be accessed by clicking the grey button below. When you click the button, the form will appear in a new window.  Click on the small printer icon in the grey banner to print.   Present signed form to the ski-level Leader that morning.    

Guest LiabilityForm Forms will also be available at the morning meeting place.

How We Organize:

Members meet in the morning at a designated place and self-select into ski level: 

blue/black cruiser, blue/black bumpers, black and double black. The volunteer leader of the respective level announces her/his plan for the day and asks for a volunteer to be the sweep. Each group then proceeds outside, dons their gear and meets at the designated lift. See the start times on the event page for Alpine Skiing each week.

The Vail “Latte” group meets later in the morning at Look Ma in Mid-Vail. As a group, latte skiers decide where to ski that day.  Lunch break is optional.

At the end of a Tuesday or Thursday ski day, all skiers gather for après ski at one of the local venues in Vail.

Mondays At Beaver Creek:

The more informal group who skis on Monday at Beaver Creek/Bachelor Gulch/Arrowhead is led by Eric Noreen and others. The ski level is generally blue/black cruiser but may break into smaller groups to ski trees or bumps if conditions permit. See important details about lunch on each Monday ski event description available to members. Parking is free at Arrowhead, but it fills up quickly so skiers are encouraged to arrive early.

Jamie Harrison

Days we XC/BC ski:
Fridays: Alpine Touring--Intermediate and Advanced (All Terrain and Telemark equipment)  
Mondays: Cross Country--All levels 
(More traditional cross country outings using wider metal edges skis and fish scales.) Advance Sign-up required for each trip. Members --Click on the Event Calendar to sign-up.

General description of our outings:

If gliding through quiet forests on fresh snow is something you yearn for, the club's backcountry ski program is packed full of weekly opportunities to do just that.  Under the leadership of experienced skiers, backcountry participants can look forward to exploring nearby trails and jeep roads in the beautiful mountain environment of Summit, Lake and Eagle counties. There will be outings on Fridays for more advanced skiers with All Terrain (AT) or Telemark equipment.  On occasion, there will be opportunities for Novice participants to increase their skills and confidence with practice sessions offered by VC50 volunteers at local Nordic ski areas.

The full schedule with date, day leaders names, locations, level of difficulty, approximate distance and specifics of each trip are on the events calendar available to members and available for sign-up mid-December.  

Please review trip descriptions carefully and assess your ability to participate.  It is critical to the safety and enjoyment of all on each outing that individuals are honest with themselves about their ability level.

Be aware that backcountry ski outings require good physical conditioning (similar to conditioning level needed for marmot and hare hiking), the appropriate equipment and former XC ski experience.  While the trails are usually packed out, conditions vary with the weather, thus trails may be icy and hard packed or covered in fresh powder requiring breaking trail.  The terrain is better suited to wider cross-country skis with metal edges and textured bottoms and not the narrower skis appropriate for track skiing at Nordic centers.  Telemark and AT (all-terrain) skis can also be used although necessitate the use of skins for uphill trekking.  


Organizer:  Chris Thompson

Days we “shoe”:

Wednesday & Saturday.  Advance sign-up required for each trip. Click on the Event Calendar button to sign-up.

General description of our outings:

Get away from the crowds. Climb a steep snowy slope. Commune with nature. Admire the gorgeous views. Share the day with the VC50 snow shoers! 

Snowshoes will be planned to accommodate three levels: Tortoise, Marmot and Hare. 

There are also several combined snowshoe/social events that include lunch or dinner. Check out the Event Calendar available to members.


Organizer:  Kate Pennella

General Description:

Try something new: go UP the hill on skis with skins OR boots & spikes and THEN ski or ride the chair down. That is what makes this discipline unique and worthwhile.

Participants from past seasons describe it as “fun,” “exhilarating,” “goal fulfilling,” “heart-pumping but worth it!" You can go as fast or as slow as you wish; the goal is to make it to the top and, more importantly, to have fun doing it. Then you can enjoy well deserved breakfast or hot chocolate with fellow members at the Arrowhead cafe! 

Special ski equipment is required – skins on the bottom of your skis and bindings that release at the heel. (AT or Tele gear). This equipment can be rented. OR you can simply use micro spikes and hike up. Bring a pack with room for shedded layers, hydration, dry gloves & hat, goggles, along with another upper layer to put on for the downhill after sweating uphill. Chairlift ride down can be quite chilly!