Vail Overview

Vail Ski Resort is renowned for its expansive 5,317 skiable acres, corduroy groomers, famous back bowls, upmarket lodging & amenities, and unique village atmosphere makes it one of the biggest and most popular ski resorts in North America.

Known for attracting its fair share of successful movers and shakers and corporate types, Vail has built its outstanding reputation on the back of a spectacular mountain to ski, epic Colorado snow conditions, impeccable grooming, 300+ days of sunshine each year, outstanding dining, shopping and entertainment along with exceptional customer service.

Vail’s founder Pete Seibert, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, who had trained south of the valley at Camp Hale, returned to Colorado skiing after the war and teamed up with local skier and racer Earl Eaton to first climb Vail Mountain during the winter of 1957. They both agreed it would be the perfect ski area, needing $1 million in the bank in order to obtain a permit from the USFS, Seibert quickly secured investors, and the Vail legend was born.

Vail Mountain, Vail Village, and Vail Ski Resort are owned and operated by Vail Resorts and rest in the perfect location for a mind-blowing skiing and riding vacation experience.

Why Choose Vail?

  • Vail is one of the biggest resorts in the US with 5,300 acres
  • Vail’s famous back bowls
  • Blue Sky Basin offers an inbound natural terrain experience
  • World-class après, dining, and lodging options
  • Thrill the kids and the whole family at Adventure Ridge
  • Impeccable grooming and abundant hero snow

Vail Key Statistics

  • Beginner Runs 18%
  • Intermediate Runs 29%
  • Advanced Runs 53%
  • Summit Elevation 11,570 ft / 3,527 m
  • Ski Area 5,317 acres / 2,150 hectares

Vail Terrain

It’s hard to beat Vail’s legendary terrain spanning 5,317 acres. Whether you ski and ride the Front Side, Back Bowls or head out into Blue Sky Basin you will be continuously greeted by amazing terrain, light dry Colorado powder snow, and breathtaking views. With 195 trails and a state-of-the-art lift system with 31 lifts, there is the perfect run and terrain just waiting for you, your friends, or your family to experience skiing and snowboarding at the highest level. The skiing and snowboarding on mountain slopes and terrain choice is mouthwatering.

Vail Lodging

If you like to travel and stay in style then a vacation in the Vail Valley is up there with some of the best ski experiences in the world. You can choose from five-star, luxury private on mountain, residences, townhomes, condos, and hotels that take your breath away along with the altitude.

Vail Resort Lift Tickets

Vail Ski Resort offers adult, senior, and child tickets in day and multi-day options. Just be aware because of the popularity of Vail during holiday periods tickets may be restricted or not available so it’s best to pre-purchase your tickets especially over the peak and holiday periods.

One of the best value lift passes for Vail Ski Resort is one of the EPIC lift pass options. You can learn about the various from day EPIC Lift pass options to ski and ride Vail here or multi-day. However, Epic passes are only a preseason purchase option. Passes go off sale in late November or early December each season.

You can purchase EPIC and Vail 1-7 day ski passes through us.

Vail Resort Ski School

A world-class ski resort must have a world-class ski school and Vail Ski School is just that. With over a thousand instructors speaking over a couple of dozen languages there is a ski school program to meet your needs from beginner to expert, skier or snowboarder group or private lesson. Ski School programs run out of Vail Village and Lionshead.

Top 5 Things To Do In Vail

  1. 5,300 of mind-blowing powder, packed powder, and wide-open groomers
  2. Ice Skating Dobson Ice Arena & Vail Square, located in Lionshead Village.
  3. Snowmobiling – they even have kids snowmobiles
  4. Snowtubing and Snow biking at Adventure Ridge
  5. Fine dine in style
  6. Shop till you drop
  7. Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame
  8. Day spas

Vail Resort Restaurants and Bars

The on and off-mountain dining options are once again world-class. The on Mountain dining experiences vary from grab and go to grand and palatial. The village dining experience will have you in the family coming back for more. A trip to Vail will delight all of your five senses including taste and smell thanks to the delicious cuisine on offer morning noon and night.

Vail Resort Shopping

The eye-catching cobblestone walk between Lionshead and Vail Village overloads the senses with shops packed with world-class brands. If you enjoy investing in jewelry, perfumes, furs, and fashion or you just like to see the latest in gear from Oakley, Patagonia, and the North Face then you must visit Vail.

Estimated Ski Season Opening Dates

The season opens mid-November and closes mid-April. Vail is owned and operated by Vail Resorts.

How To Get To Vail Resort

Val is located 100 miles west of Denver, Colorado, and 30 miles east of Eagle, Colorado in the central Rocky Mountains. There are two main ways to fly into Vail either via Denver International Airport (3 hrs) or Eagle County Regional Airport (30 min). If flying private your closest airport is Eagle with a full Jet valet service. You can travel around the Vail area via free buses.

SkiBookings.com can arrange your Vail ski vacation packages including Vail Lodging, Vail lift tickets, Vail transfers, Vail lessons, and Vail rentals.

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