Vail ski vacation


Vail at-a-glance

Best known for:

Intermediate Skiing



  • Open: 11/20/2015 Close: 04/10/2016

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Nestled in the central Colorado Rockies, Vail is easily accessible via I-70 and considered to be one of North America’s most popular ski-vacation destinations. Boasting the second largest skiable acreage in the U.S., Vail welcomes nearly 1.7 million visitors every year. To cater to its many guests Vail continually invests in state-of-the-art lift facilities to increase its uphill capacity and effortlessly transport skiers around the massive mountain. With 5,289 acres of varied, skiable terrain and the famed “Back Bowls” to spread out on you’ll often feel like you have the slopes to yourself.

Non-skiing winter activities abound at Vail, too. Popular activities include snow tubing and snow biking at Adventure Ridge, as well as ice skating in both Lionshead Village and the Solaris complex in Vail Village.

Vail ski resort

This famed Colorado ski resort consists of 5,289 acres of exceptionally diverse terrain, making it the third largest ski area in North America, and second largest in the U.S. Vail is renowned for its seven famed Back Bowls, backcountry-style skiing in Blue Sky Basin and the expansive front side which offers 1,500 acres of perfectly groomed corduroy, long and challenging bump runs, multiple beginner zones and more. Vail's terrain contains deep powder stashes—some of Colorado's finest powder. With a yearly average of 346 inches of snowfall and 300 days of sunshine, Vail’s skiing conditions will have you begging for more.

To top off the experience, Vail’s world-class base villages provide exceptional and varied dining, shopping, après-ski and nightlife options, all just steps from luxury accommodations.

Vail at-a-glance

Stay…in one of the resort’s villages: Vail Village, Lionshead or Golden Peak or one of the nearby neighborhoods of East Vail or West Vail.
Ski…at a top elevation of 11,571 feet on an annual average of 350 inches of snow throughout 5,289 acres.
Travel…by flying directly into Eagle County Regional Airport for ultimate convenience, or fly into and drive or take a shuttle from Denver, Grand Junction or Colorado Springs.
Enjoy…breathtaking views of the rugged Gore Range to the east.
Explore…Vail’s seven wide-open Back Bowls.
Learn…about the state’s rich skiing history at the Colorado Ski Museum. 
Taste…Vail’s 100+ world-class restaurants.
Treat…yourself to designer shopping + award-winning spas.
Experience…cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating and snow tubing, which are a few examples of Vail’s many winter activities.

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Mountain Stats

  • 350 in of annual snowfall
  • 5289 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 11571 ft, base 8120 ft
  • 18% beginner, 29% intermediate, 28% advanced, 25% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/20/2015
  • Projected closing: 04/10/2016