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Vail can justifiably claim to be one of North America’s top resorts for a luxury ski holiday, not least for its extensive skiing, with over 5,200 acres of terrain.

There are trails for all abilities and accommodation for all group sizes and due to the way the resort has been laid out in front of the mountain, you never have far to walk to the nearest lift from any of the village areas on your Vail ski holiday.

There are three areas of skiing – the Front Side and Back Bowls of the ridge overlooking Vail ski resort and beyond the Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin.

The Front Side which overlooks the main village and the Lionshead area in Vail ski resort is mainly interlinked, tree-lined slopes, which enjoy some of the most extensive grooming anywhere. This area is great for beginners with some delightful novice trails and progressive green/blue runs like Born Free which wends its way all the way down to Lionshead. Mixed ability groups will enjoy the choice of blues and nearby single blacks which allow for varying downhill challenges whilst riding the lift with friends.

Access to the slopes on your Vail ski holiday is considerably enhanced by the new 10 person gondola on the VistaBahn route from Vail Village to mid-mountain, which boasts Wi-Fi access amongst other features!

Vail ski resorts Back Bowls are renowned – wide open and often deep with snow (the resort gets more than 8m of snow a season, on average) – plenty to keep powder-hounds entertained. Whilst there are a couple of blue trails, the Back Bowls are really the domain of more capable skiers and boarders.

The highlight for many on their ski holiday to Vail is Blue Sky Basin, which offers a host of trails from interesting tree lined runs to gnarly pitches between rocky outcrops, which give the area a ‘backcountry’ feel.

Vail ski resort extends for several miles along the valley, but the core of the skiing and the off slope entertainment on your ski holiday to Vail is in Vail Village and around the superb Arrabelle development at Lionshead.

The heart of Vail Village has an atmospheric ‘Tyrolean’ feel. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as several clubs. Dining covers all major food groups and the nightlife is quite extensive too, there is even some lively straight off the slopes Après-ski. Each area on your Vail ski holiday is linked by a free bus service.

Ride the Eagle Bahn gondola free of an evening to Adventure Ridge for tubing and snow-shoeing plus the family friendly Bistro 14. Snow-mobiling and other activities are on offer in resort and a whole world of retail therapy awaits at Silverthorne, on the way to Denver.

Prepurchase your lift passes, rentals and ski shool for your Vail ski holiday through Frontier Ski and save at least 5% on the in resort prices.

Vail Ski Resort Ski Facts

Transfer / Driving Times
Denver  (2 1/2 hrs)
Vail/Eagle County (35 mins)

Base elevation
8,120 feet / 2,475 metres

Terrain Park
3 Parks: Golden Peak, Bwana and Pride, 1 Superpipe, 1 Halfpipe

Top elevation
11,570 feet / 3,527 metres

Average annual snowfall
353 inches / 897 cm

Vertical drop
3,450 feet / 1,052 metres

Lift capacity
54,963 skiers per hour

Number of runs

Ski season
Nov 17 to Apr 22

Number of lifts
32 inc 2 gondolas, 17 Quads
& 3 Triples

Skiable terrain
5,289 acres - 53% advanced, 29% intermediate & 18% beginners

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Insider Tips


Great place to Learn to ski as the beginner slopes are at the top of the gondola so you really feel you are in the mountains amongst all the action.


The Red Lion bar in the main Vail village area has great live music most nights!


Consider taking a picnic or barbecue ingredients to Belle’s Camp if you plan to spend the day in Blue Sky Basin.

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