Vail Colorado

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 163 reviews

Trails

Beginner
18%
Intermediate
29%
Advanced / Expert
53%

Overview

The Good 

  • Biggest ski area in Colorado covering 5,289 ac
  • Pristinely groomed and long wide runs 
  • Charming European-style pedestrian-friendly ski town 
  • Plenty of off-slope activities to keep skiers and non-skiers entertained 
  • Iconic Colorado ski destination

The Bad

  • Crowds can be a real pain
  • Prepare to dig deep into your pockets, it’s an expensive place to ski
  • Lacks an abundance of steep terrain
  • Quite corporate so lacks the local charm of other resorts
  • I-70 can be closed during snowstorms, with Vail Pass being one of the main closures, meaning you can't get in or out of town

Find Freshies: Fresh pow gets quickly tracked out in the easier-to-access bowls, so venture out east to Siberia (in particular the Rasputin's Revenge run) and Mongolia Bowls. You'll also find some good stuff between the trees. 

Ditch the Crowds: To escape the crowds at Mid Vail, head west to the long runs above Lionshead such as Bwana, Born Free and Simba.  

Local's Pick: You have to check out Forever. It has just the right steepness for the perfect ride and you can enjoy some stunning scenery as you zush down the mountain! 

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Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 163 reviews

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DCDouglas C.
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
Words cannot describe my love for Vail and the incredible options it offers. If you’re lucky enough to be stuck in Vail during a snow storm, you will know exactly what I mean. I look forward to my annual snowboarding trip there and this year’s trip (and some fresh powder) cannot... More
YKYanni K.
advanced skier
Good!

3.7 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
The king of mountains with the most expensive ski lift prices in America. But, buying the Epic Pass in advance will save you money! Its worth to buy it. Huge and endless ski trails. Great snow and scenery. The town is very boring, expensive accommodation. Stay at Silverthorn or... More
JNJohn N.
expert skier
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
Vail is the best of the Vail Resorts mountain ive skid. I was very happy with the staff. Accommodated at every step. I understand this is hard but parking is always an issue. ... More
JSJordan S.
advanced snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
Vail is a beautiful resort with varied terrain that seems to be never ending. It is the crown jewel of vail resorts and rightfully so. Keep you eyes peeled when you are there and you may even spot a celebrity or 2. My first time there Lindsey Vonn was dress as a liftee and put my... More
FTFrank T.
expert skier
Good!

3.7 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
I love the snow and expansive terrain. Parking is expensive and not convenient. Mountain is siiiick however. World class restaurant scene but little if any for blue collar patrons. Overall s must ski bucket list resort.... More
APAlex P.
expert skier
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
What it is like to ski in heaven. Between ripping the frontside chutes to looking at the view of sundown bowl to launching off of lovers leap vail has some of the best skiing in co.... More
MRMike R.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 29, 2017
I've been going to Jail for the past 11 years. It has never failed me. As a resort goes, it has something for everyone. We always find fresh runs somewhere. If you want intense off-piste skiing, Vail isn't for you. But for a complete resort skiing experience, Vails the place!... More
MRIMarin Rands I.
expert skier
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 28, 2017
This resort is the best for what it has to offer beginning skiers all the way to expert terrain. The ski school is top notch. My Florida born beach babies learned to ski at Vail and are now expert skiers. The mountain is so big that every level of skier can find excitement. The... More
JDJonathan D.
intermediate skier
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 27, 2017
Our favorite ski resort. It is the most family friendly and many (and long!) runs for folks of all abilities. The snow pack is very good-even in April although it gets a bit thin towards the end of the season.... More
DDDerek D.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 27, 2017
I've skied many places in North America including Whistler Blackomb, Park City, Deer Valley, Heavenly, etc., but the place I always love to go back to is Vail because of the overall experience including the snow, apres ski, lodging, and ski terrain that is unmatched. Every trip... More

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
2
High Speed Sixes
3
High Speed Quads
14
Quad Chair
1
Triple Chairs
2
Surface Lifts
9

Elevation

Base
8,120 feet
Summit
11,570 feet
Vertical drop
3,450 feet

Terrain

Total runs
195
Terrain Parks
4
Longest Run
4 miles
Skiable Terrain
5,289 acres
Snowmaking Area
461 acres
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