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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CColleen
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 09, 2011
I am very impressed with their kids skiing program. Vail has ski areas just for kids such as tunnels, forts, mini moguls etc.
DDave
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 12, 2011
The massiveness of vail provides extensive variety in terrain. In my eyes it is the creme de la creme.
TTom
Very Good!

4 / 5

Aug 28, 2011
Everything at the mountain appears to have been engineered to be 'smart'. Lifts work together to move lots of people in many different combinations of directions; trails blend easily; incredible varieties of skiing--cruising, trees, steeps, bowls, bumps. Crowds of people, yet... More
CCarol
Superb!

5 / 5

Aug 23, 2011
It is also beautiful, but i don't like it being on the main highway.
DDoug
Very Good!

4 / 5

Aug 15, 2011
The back bowls including Blue Sky Basin rock. Not crowded, lots of snow for fresh tracks.
GGreg
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 24, 2011
I have gone to Vail every year (sometimes twice/year) for the past 8 yrs. I have never been bored by the mountain...always finding some new areas, new challenges
LLori
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 23, 2011
We loved everyting about vail. In addition to great skiing, dining, shopping and nightlife was fantastic. The shuttle service was so convenient, it picked us up with our skis at our resport and took us right to the bottom of the gondola, we could take it to the village for great... More
WWillie
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jun 21, 2011
The nightlife is great here at Vail but I notice this is a destination resort. They need to work on I-70 to bring in more weekend worriers.
BBill
Superb!

5 / 5

Apr 24, 2011
I like the variety of lodging, the variety of dining, and the array of services available (although it is a very expensive place; I don't like that part very much). Oh, yeah...the skiing's not bad either.
JJmk
Superb!

5 / 5

Feb 08, 2011
There are so many runs on this mountain that you never get tired of it. Also, people with many different skills sets can ski together.

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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