Vail can justifiably claim to be one of North America’s top resorts, not least for its extensive skiing, with over 5,200 acres of varied 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.
Vail’s Back Bowls are renowned – wide open and often deep with snow (the resort gets more than 26 feet 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.
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 – perfect for that mountain selfie – among other features!
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
Vail resort is made up of three main villages, connected by pedestrian-friendly heated streets or using the complimentary in-town shuttle to travel easily between the three.
The iconic Vail village with its atmospheric, European alpine feel is home to some of the most famous hotels, including Vail’s original hotel, the Lodge at Vail. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, with a great variety of dining choices and the nightlife is quite extensive too, with some lively, straight-off-the-slopes après-ski.
The stylish and friendly and recently renovated Lionshead village also features fabulous properties, such as the Arrabelle at Vail Square, and the village is just a short walk to the Eagle Bahn gondola and the Arabelle Square outdoor ice rink. There are a mix of bars and restaurants from the popular to the more upscale and a range of shopping from luxury goods to outdoor lifestyle brands.
The more peaceful Golden Peak village is the main access point to Vail’s Golden Peak Terrain Park and home to the Manor Vail Lodge, which is popular with families.
Visit Adventure Ridge for ski-biking and tubing and the thrill of a ride on the Forest Flyer mountain coaster, maybe before enjoying dinner at the family-friendly Bistro 14. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also available in the wilderness around Vail in the White River National Forest.
|Transfer / Driving Times
Denver (2 1/2 hrs)
Vail/Eagle County (35 mins)
3 Parks: Golden Peak, Bwana and Pride, 1 Superpipe, 1 Halfpipe
|Average annual snowfall
54,963 skiers per hour
|Number of runs
Nov 17 to Apr 22
|Number of lifts
32 inc 2 gondolas, 17 Quads
& 3 Triples
5,289 acres – 53% advanced, 29% intermediate & 18% beginners
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