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About Vail

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.

Vail Mountain is accessed by three base areas: Lionshead, Vail Village, and Golden Peak, as well as by the Cascade Village Lift (#20). Lionshead is home to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Born Free Express Lift (#8). Mountain access out of Vail Village is via Vail's new state of the art Gondola One. Golden Peak is home to the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6), accessing the terrain park, the race course, and Northwoods Express Lift (#11), and the race course. Also located at Golden Peak is the new Gopher Hill Lift (#12), servicing the beginner learning area and Vail's youngest Ski School guests.

The Front Side of Vail is home to the most groomed terrain on the planet. Wide, long runs such as Riva Ridge, Born Free, Simba, Lodgepole, and Bear Tree are popular. Check the daily grooming report for up-to-date info on the best places to ski groomed terrain. The Front Side is also home to Kid's Adventure Zones, three Terrain Parks including Golden Peak Terrain Park, home of the 22 foot superpipe and site of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Game Creek Bowl, The EpicMix race course, and mountain dining restaurants at Eagles Nest (including Bistro Fourteen), Mid-Vail, the 10th, Wildwood, Buffalo'sTwo Elk and Larkspur at the base of Golden Peak.

The Legendary Back Bowls offer wide open skiing and amazing views. Start by exploring Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls, and work your way back to China and Teacup Bowls. China Bowl offers the only groomed blue runs in the Back Bowls [easily accessed via the Sourdough Express Lift (#14) on the Front Side].  If you are feeling adventurous, make your way all the way out to Siberia Bowl and the surface T-Bar style Mongolia Lift (#22) to access the far reaches of Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls!

Not enough terrain for you yet? Follow signage from Patrol Headquarters back to the three high-speed quad lifts of Blue Sky Basin. Ski the steep and snow filled sections under Skyline Express Lift (#37), or explore the runs on Pete's and Earl's Express Lifts (#39 and #38), named after Vail's founders Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton. With so many options, it's no wonder that so many people choose a Vail season pass. All this mountain simply can't be conquered in one visit!

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10 Reasons Why Vail Is The Best Ski Resort In Colorado

Never-ending terrain. Legendary back bowls. Top-shelf service, dining and lodging. There’s a reason Vail sets the gold standard for ski vacations. As the locals say, “you haven’t skied until you’ve skied Vail.”

Here are 10 more reasons why Vail is the best ski resort in Colorado:

We are the single largest resort in the United States

With 5,289 acres of diverse, exciting terrain, you will never be left searching for something new. In fact, you may have to start planning another trip just to experience all the runs in Vail.

There’s something for everyone

Vail’s size and diversity means that everyone can discover their favorite area of the resort, whether you prefer gentle groomers or prefer more advanced terrain.  We groom over 1,200 acres a night, and boast some of the most epic back bowls around.

Vail Dining

Our on-mountain dining menus are as diverse as our terrain

When you’re hungry for something special, you don’t have to look far. Vail has diverse dining options at every elevation on the mountain.

From casual restaurants such as Bistro Fourteen to upscale dining like the all-new The 10th, there’s no need to say goodbye to the mountain at any point in the day.

Top level service is never far behind, no matter where you go in Vail

From unparalleled lodging to personal concierge services, each staff member in Vail has one goal: to make your stay unforgettable.

We have runs designed specifically for kids

Vail has unique Kid’s Adventure Zones all over the mountain. With banked turns, tunnels, and small glades, these safe, fun areas are perfect to build confidence and challenge your child’s skiing and riding abilities.

There's lots more to do besides skiing at Adventure Ridge

After you've enjoyed as much of those 5,000 skiable acres as you can take, head over to Adventure Ridge for a great selection of winter activities, including tubing, snowshoeing, and even a zipline.

Vail Spa Services

We have more than 100,000 square feet of spa services

The Arrabelle’s RockResorts Spa alone is 100,000 square feet and includes 11 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a full-service nail salon.

You can immerse yourself in indulgence all day long.

Our on- and off-mountain events are world famous

If you’re looking for exciting events to get your blood pumping, we have dozens of celebrations and competitions in Vail every year.

The Burton US Open and Snow Daze especially draw some of the best on-snow and musical talent from across the country.

Five-star restaurants around every corner

With such inspirational scenery outside every window, is it any wonder why world-renowned chefs like Kelly Liken come to Vail to combine their love of food with their rustic alpine muse?  Vail has an incredible selection of top-notch cuisine catering to just about every taste.  Check out our dining guide here.

We offer private ski lessons to take your skills to the next level

Personalized service at every turn includes custom ski lessons for all ages. During a private lesson, we will tailor the instruction to exactly the areas where you need improvement.

Take a private class with the entire family and increase your skills together.

With so much to offer, it’s no wonder why so many people plan their ski vacations to Vail… whether it’s for a weekend, a week or a month.

Vail: The Best Ski Resort In Colorado

2015-2016 Winter Dates

Opening Day

Friday, November 20, 2015

Closing Day

Sunday, April 10, 2016


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