About Vail Ski Resort
People travel from all over the globe to ski Vail's 5,289 acres. It is by far the largest ski resort in the state of Colorado and also one of the largest in the country. It is conveniently located within 2 hours of Denver right off of highway I-70.
When most people mention Vail's terrain, it usually has something to do with Vail's breathtaking back bowls. They are truly one-of-a-kind, and seem to offer an endless amount of acreage to play on. From the top of any of Vail's Summits you can drop off the back side of the mountain and shred wide open bowls.
On powder days at Vail, anywhere is good. The newer Blue Sky Basin has a good mix of terrain and is usually a smart choice early in the day. A nice area to find pow stashes later in the day is the Mongolia Bowls, an often overlooked part of Vail's back-side. Access it from the top of Orient Express Lift, then head skier-left (or right if you are looking at a trail map).
In addition to world-class bowls, Vail has a ton of variety in its terrain. Vail's got trees, steeps, cliffs, moguls, groomers, chutes, cornices, and everything in between. Beginners through experts will find what they are looking for at this Colorado ski resort.
Modeled after an Austrian ski village, Vail's main village is one of the coolest in the state. There are two main parts of the village: Lionshead and central Vail Village. Parking for the entire day at either village runs about $25, otherwise it is on an hourly basis, with free short-term parking for shopping around town.
Vail village has plenty of nice restaurants, luxury hotels, shopping, recreation, even an ice rink. If you are looking to save a few bucks, but still ski Vail, you can stay down the street in Avon, or a little further in Eagle, CO.
For a great slice of pizza pie, check out JP's Old Forge pizza in Lionshead Village. It's a unqiue and authentic pizza style from Old Forge, Pennsylvania. There are also plenty of restaurants located directly on the mountain at Vail.
Reasons to Go:
Epic back bowls; Largest ski resort in Colorado.
MTgnar Rating: 5 out of 5
Vail Mountain Info
Area Size: 5,289 acres
Bottom Elevation: 8,120 ft
Top Elevation: 11,570 ft
Vertical Rise: 3,450 ft
Lift Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm
Season: November 16, 2012 - April 14, 2013
Lift Capacity: 53,381 persons per hour
Lifts: 34 lifts
Beginner: 32% Intermediate: 36% Expert: 32%
Lifts: 1 Gondola, 14 High-speed quads, 1 Fixed grip quad, 3 Triples, 2 Doubles, 10 Surface lifts
Address: 450 East Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO
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One of the many, giant back bowls at Vail Resort.
More of the Vail Back Bowls.
Travis points to the trails on front side of Vail.
Aspens on the backside of a Vail bowl.
Massive Vail snowcat team mounting up.
A pleasant blue groomer under a lift at Vail.
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