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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JJohn
Very Good!

4 / 5

Feb 01, 2011
As I have inprovedover thirty years as a skiier, Vail has had the terrain to meet my needs......as well as I have aged aver the thirty years, Vail has had the terrain to meet my needs. I don't have a lot of money, but I'll always try and make Vail work for me before traveling to... More
CChris
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jan 04, 2011
WE GO TO VAIL BECAUSE OF THE TERRAIN AND SNOW CONDITIONS, IN ADDITION TO THE PROXIMITY TO VAIL VILLAGE AND LIONSHEAD BASE.
MMelinda
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 29, 2010
It is a good all-around ski resort - good skiing, good restaurants, good apres skiing, nice shops and cafes. Also good for low-intermediates through experts.
MMaureen
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 25, 2010
Ihave had the most fun skiing in VAIL,more than any other resort I have been to.
JJosh
Superb!

5 / 5

Jun 14, 2010
it has the best selection of terrain as well as great conditions and great night life.
DDonald
Average!

3 / 5

Jun 11, 2010
nothing like Aspen but good fun
SSusan
Poor!

2 / 5

May 30, 2010
it is way to glitzy
MMatt
Very Good!

4 / 5

Apr 14, 2010
there is terrain for every level and plenty of it. Sometimes a little crowded.
MMichael
Superb!

5 / 5

Apr 02, 2010
Vail mountain is HUGE. the back bowls don't get any better. need I say more.
CChris
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 09, 2010
I love skiing at Vail. Snow conditions and Mountain terrain are the reason. I haven't skiied at many of the other places, though.

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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