Frequently Asked Questions

What sliding devices are allowed on the mountain?

Vail Resorts allows the following sliding devices at our resorts: 

SKIS:  Allowed with a working brake binding system or a retention device.




acceptable sliding devices snowboard

SNOWBOARDS: Allowed with a retention device (Snowboard binding considered ok)





acceptable sliding devices telemark

TELEMARK SKIS: Allowed with a retention device or a working brake system. (Please be aware of releasable telemark bindings as they typically do not have a retention device)



acceptable sliding devices monoskis

MONOSKIS: Allowed with a working brake system or retention device.




acceptable sliding devices snowblade

SNOWBLADES (figgles): Allowed with a retention device.




acceptable sliding devices skibike

SKIBIKES/SNOWBIKES: Allowed under following parameters:

  • Bike must have no more than two (2) skis.
  • Must have metaledges on skis.
  • Only one (1) rider per bike.
  • Must be designed to load lift without slowing or stopping.
  • Must be loaded withing envelope of chair; bike counts as a rider on chair lift.
  • No homemade bikes.
  • NOT allowed in Terrain Parks.
  • MUST wear a leash at all times (on lifts & on slope)
  • May be restricted in certain areas and lifts for safety concerns.
acceptable sliding devices snowdeck

SNOWDECKS: Allowed, but must have metal edges and a leash.



acceptable sliding device snowshoe

SNOWSHOES: Allowed on designated lifts.




Below are a few examples of what Vail Resorts does NOT allow for alternative sliding devices at our resorts which includes but not limited to the following devices:

acceptable sliding device snowskate





acceptable sliding devices skitrike

SNOW TRIKES : NOT Allowed: neither sit down nor stand up versions (too wide of a foot print to load/unload chairlifts safely) 




acceptable sliding device snowbike

SNOWBIKES (bicycle conversion): NOT Allowed (bikes not allowed to have gears/chain/wheels/tires or crank assembly)



acceptable sliding devices plastic snowboards

PLASTIC SNOWBOARDS: NOT Allowed (plastic snowboards that not have metal edges)





 acceptable sliding device sled
 acceptable sliding device disc










acceptable sliding device snowscooter






 acceptable sliding device tube
 acceptable sliding device toboggan

TOBOGGANS/TUBES: NOT Allowed (except in designated venues, i.e. Adventure Ridge, Point, etc.) 









This list is subject to change at any time and may have slight variations at each resort.

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