Ski Scoop: February 2016 Edition

El Niño Delivers!

We’re halfway through the 2015-2016 ski season. Holy cow the pow has been top notch! While weather reports questioned the validity of El Niño, we’ve certainly seen her effects. With above average snow pack for Colorado, we’re loving it. How many days have you skied? Have you made it out to Vail yet? If yes, lucky you! If no, book your trip now the snow is falling.

Unlike the larger ski shops, we open our doors and our lives in order for you to get to know us as we continue our family owned and operated Vail ski shop. There have been several changes to our web site so pull up a chair and enjoy. The VBSR web site is now Spanish bilingual. We stirred up history and made a family photo album with heaps of stories to make you smile. On the front end, Dominique has news to share. A baby Underhill is due mid-summer! We can’t wait.

Cheers, Sacha Gros & Dominique Underhill, Co-Owners VBSR

Matt & Dominique Underhill

SIA SnowShow Previews

Every January the VBSR Vail ski staff and nationwide ski retail shops flock to the SIA Snow Show in Denver at the Colorado Conference Center. The SIA is a 5-day conference, including industry & intelligence seminars, and gargantuan expo hall featuring hard and soft good manufacturers presenting their new lines for 2016-2017. The expo is followed by two days of ski testing at Copper Mountain. Read our full recap of the SIA SnowShow.

VBSR ski testing crew. A chilly & powdery day

Family Photo Album

Vista Bahn Ski Rentals (originally Colorado Ski Service) has a long history as a family-owned and operated business. We invite you into our home and into our shop in order to get to know us. Welcome home to Vail!

Sacha and fellow Ski Club Vail pal, Anthony Larese – still friends today!

With over 50 historical photographs, starting in 1971 when Jane Met Joel in Australia skiing. He was a ski instructor. Jane was a ticket scanner. “I thought he was cute so I followed him up the lift,” says Jane Gros. View the full album.


Holidays with the Gros & Underhill family


Sacha's Racing Profile

BLOG: Sacha’s Racing Profile

Sacha Gros of Vail, Colorado has quite the historic ski profile. Sacha was born in Glenwood Springs, just before the Vail Valley had it’s own hospital. He grew up with a love of skiing that evolved from skiing faster than mom to racing and eventually back to seeking powder, though he’ll always be a competitor. These days he enjoys getting deep face shots in East Vail chutes or skiing fast on the killer groomers Vail Mountain has to offer. Read more…
“May we help you?” AKA “Do you have any treats in your pocket?” ~ Featuring shop dogs: Stitch, visiting local pal Beacon, and Otter.
Vail Village Ski Rental Vs. Buying Your Own

BLOG: Vail Village Ski Rental Vs. Buying Your Own

“Our goal at Vista Bahn Ski Rentals is get you the best possible skiing experience in the Vail Valley, whether that’s giving you the opportunity to try several different skis in variable conditions, or connect you with that sweet, new ski you’ve been eyeing.” Sacha Gros, co-owner VBSR.
The decision to rent or buy skis depends on several factors. We’ll break it down for you to help with your decision. The first and easiest one for us is the numbers game. Read more…