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About Vail

Vail Ski Resort is the largest single resort in the United States with 5,289 acres of the most diverse and expansive skiing in the world, blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year. 

Vail Mountain is accessed by three base areas: Lionshead, Vail Village, and Golden Peak.  Lionshead is home to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Born Free Express (Chair 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 (Chair 6), accessing the terrain park and Northwoods Chair 11, and the race course. Also at Golden Peak is Chair 12, the Gopher Hill Ski School beginner lift.

The Front Side of Vail is home to the most groomed terrain on the planet. Wide, long runs such as Riva Ridge, Born Free, and Simba, Lodgepole, and Bear Tree are popular. Check the daily grooming report for up to date info on where the best places are 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 a 22 foot half pipe and site of theBurton 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, and Larkspur at the base of Golden Peak.

The World Famous 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 run runs in the Back Bowls (access from Front Side via Sourdough Express #14).  If you are feeling adventurous, make your way all the way out to Siberia Bowl and the surface T-Bar style lift #22 and Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls!

Not enough terrain for you yet? Follow signage from Patrol Headquarters back to the three high speed quad lifts and Blue Sky Basin.  Ski the steep and snow filled sections under Skyline Express #36, or explore the runs on Pete's and Earl's Express lifts (#38 and #39), 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

2013 - 2014 Winter Dates

Winter Season 2013-14
November 22, 2013 to
April 20, 2014

Lifts 8:30am-4:00pm

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