Vail’s expansive mountain is unique in and of itself, but these 10 exceptional highlights will help you discover even more of what sets Vail apart from every other ski resort.
Vail’s newest state-of-the-art gondola is the fastest of its kind. It lifts you up 2,000 vertical feet in only 7.5 minutes. But with heated seats and free Wi-Fi, we bet you'll wish it took longer.
Spanning nearly seven miles, Vail’s expansive Back Bowls are truly unparalleled and a bucket list must. Make a day of it, or pepper in some Bowl runs while discovering other aspects of the mountain, but just be sure you don't miss them.
The world's longest-running snowboarding competition draws the world's best boarders, showcasing Olympic-level skills in Halfpipe and Slopestyle events. It also draws world-class entertainment, so you can enjoy apres all day and watch free concerts from headliner acts each night
Finish off the 2015-2016 season with a bang as we welcome warmer temperatures in a massive mountain-wide celebration. Compete in the World Pond Skimming Championships and catch free live concerts and an on-mountain luau while squeezing in one final day on the slopes.
It’s only appropriate that Vail has a trail named after all-time Women’s World Cup Champion skier and Ski Club Vail alum, Lindsey Vonn. You may even spot the record-breaking champ training on her namesake slope.
Typically blanketed in white, Vail transforms into a sea of pink for the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. Think pink and pick out your favorite rosy ruffles, wigs and costume pieces to wear while skiing or riding down the mountain – all for a good cause.
From gorgeous views of Gore Range at on-mountain dining spot The 10th, to the majestic Mount of the Holy Cross as seen from the Back Bowls and Game Creek Restaurant, there’s no such thing as a bad view at Vail. And these panoramic vistas get even more astonishing from 11,000 feet in the air. Take the opportunity to book an Alpine Flight Tour and relish sweeping views of some of Vail Mountain and some of the highest peaks in the U.S.
Vail’s dining scene is almost as well-known as its mountain. With critically acclaimed chefs and a variety of cuisine, the options are endless as you stroll through Vail Village, offering everything from Austrian to French and New American fare. Eat, drink and be oh so merry with some of your favorite celebrity chefs as part of James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour, which brings world-renowned chefs (including Vail’s own Paul Anders of Mountain Standard and Sweet Basil) to Larkspur in Vail.
Vail’s wide variety of terrain and 5,289 skiable acres have a reputation for being one-of-a-kind, and for good reason. Paired with pristine conditions, skiing Vail is truly like no mountain you’ve experienced before. Thanks to the magical combination of averaging more than 300+ days of sunshine and 370+ inches of snow each year, plus the majestic, only-in-Vail views of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges, the phrase "Like nothing on Earth" comes to life before your very eyes.
You’ve seen his viral videos and dreamed about frolicking with him in the snow. Now is your chance to make those dreams come true. Jake the Ski Patrol Dog is the newest addition to the Vail Ski Patrol, but more importantly he’s a viral sensation, thanks to this video. Meet him and our other hard-working patrol pups at the top of Lift 4. The dogs and their handlers will be happy to let you see some tricks, take a few pics—and probably share a few licks (with the dogs, not the handlers).