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450 E. Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81658
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Overview by Nathan Borchelt and Claire Walter

Vail is the 800-pound gorilla of American skiing. This massive mountain is all things to all skiers and riders—a soothing beginner environment, a nurturing place for small fries to make their first turns, a mountain full of electrifying challenges, and most of all, a huge ski area with abundant groomed cruising terrain for intermediates (in fact, Vail has more groomed terrain than any other resort on the planet). The country's largest ski school (with over 1,000 instructors and classes for all skill levels), unsurpassed on-mountain services and facilities, and an interchangeable lift ticket with Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and other resorts (depending on the level of season pass) are additional pluses, but the terrain at Vail alone could keep you knee-deep for weeks at a time.

The front side of the resort boasts all variety of skiing, from gentle blue cruisers to the four-mile-long Riva, a black-to-blue leg burner, to deep mogul runs to bunny slopes. Tree skiers on the front side should head into the Game Creek Bowl, where stashes of powder linger between the runs, or drop into the patches of pine below the Northwoods Express and Mountaintop Express lifts. Greens and blues are nestled into a nice pocket of terrain off Giant Steps Lift, and blacks and double-blacks are ... well, everywhere. But some of the most challenging terrain lies in the Back Bowls, a dizzying mix of black and blue runs that could easily swallow entire days of your vacation. During storms, the Back Bowls can become blustery as there’s no tree cover to brunt the force of the wind. In those cases, retreat either to the front side, or off to Blue Sky Basin,

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Average Snowfall
350 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
3450 feet
18% beginner, 29% intermediate, 53% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Mid-November to Mid-April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Vail

Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 64 F
Sun - Cloudy. High: 70 Low: 42
Mon - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 64 Low: 39
Tue - PM Thunderstorms. High: 64 Low: 38
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 68 Low: 38
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 68 Low: 38

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  • Surface Conditions:
    Packed Powder


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    23 of 31
  • Trails:
    177 of 193
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 12:44 PM

Traveler Reviews of Vail

jody rates Vail
Loved the place - wonderful, nice people. Pros: Easy to access.
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derek rates Vail
My husband and I went to Vail because we love to snowboard and were ready for the real mountains. We had an absolute blast! Vail really is "like nothing else on earth" You can`t help but say that once you have been there. We loved the mountains, the bars, the food, and the people! It is so relaxed in Vail and everyone is just there to have a good time. We cannot wait to go back!.We got the opportunity to see Vail last year for the first time at the Spring Back to Vail event. There was always something going on from sponsor samples at the bottom, to DJ`s and crazy people in costumes at the top, to free concerts in the town. Pros: Such a great experience! Good tours, Easy to access, Well maintained.
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James rates Vail
Let me begin by saying AWESOME! A group of 10 friends and I rented a townhouse in West Vail directly off I-70 Frontage Road and it was perfect! The Town of Vail runs free shuttle buses to and from the resort that drop you off just a short walk from the Vista Bahn Lift. You want to talk skiing - lets. Vail mountain is massive! On any given day you have access to North America`s second largest ski resort. You can ski the front with your children on its family-friendly groomed runs. We opted to take a ride on the wild side by scooting to the back and ripping down any of Vail`s numerous bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Vail has skiing/riding for all spectrums of skill level and we put ourselves to the test! Vail nightlife doesn`t disappoint either! Many legendary bars and eateries provide unforgettable memories and entertainment for you and your whole group - and don't forget Vail offers free public transportation if in fact you've had a little too much fun. Vail has it all. If you crave fresh air, blue skies, and epic skiing, search no more. Vail is your destination of choice. Pros: Easy to access, Great for kids, Well maintained, Short lines.
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Gabriella rates Vail
I would absolutely recommend Vail to every one of all ages. You feel like you are in a magical snow globe. The mountain itself is a treat to ski. I am from the east coast, so for me, Vail is ideal conditions. Vail Village is definitely where I would recommend staying; heated streets make it super easy to walk around and shop. You`re also right at the foot of the mountain. I am a total foodie, and I was totally impressed with all of the restaurants. I highly recommend Botega and Vandettas Pizza! If you`re in the mood for seafood, head over to Montauk. And definitely check out the tubing, SUPER fun!!!. Pros: Great for kids, Easy to access, Good tours, Well maintained.
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