Vail Colorado


4.5 / 5

based on 163 reviews


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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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4.5 / 5

based on 163 reviews

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JAJoshua A.
expert snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Nov 26, 2017
I'm originally from the blue ridge mountains but I moved out to Colorado about 10 years ago. I'd really never been to any large ski mountains until I went to Vail. I was impressed with the number of lifts, runs, acreage and back bowls. It was tough to get used to powder at first... More
JHJohn H.
advanced snowboarder

4.3 / 5

Nov 25, 2017
I have been going to bail since I was 12. I love the expansive amount of run and all of the back bowls. It is nearly impossible to see all of the mountain even when boarding for 3 days. I love that aspect of adventure and novelty because it all ways seems like new terrain. The... More
CJCollin J.
advanced snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Vail is a world class resort. Beautiful part of the country with huge acreage, I can never get bored exploring the terrain around vail. Powder days at vail are the best, but you have to get it fast before it is tracked out and turns into huge moguls.... More
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Vail is Vail. Well known for a reason. Large and challenging as well as beginner friendly. The back bowls on a powder day are where you should be and in the trees is where you will avoid the crowd. Be prepared to have a lot less in your bank account. ... More
BMBradford M.
advanced skier

4.4 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Vail in a powder day is unbelievable in 2 ways. It's insane that 20k people can fit on the mountain and blue sky is heaven on earth. Also their bathrooms are nice. ... More
expert snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
One of my favorite places on earth. Amazing terrain for any skill level and with the right knowledge some amazing off piste terrain. Lift tickets and lodging are a bit costly which is my only complaint. The town is vibrant and always alive. Many great options for food and drinks... More
BFBen F.
expert skier

4.9 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Simply put, there is no comparison on the planet when it comes to skiing and riding Vail. Whether you like skiing knee-deep powder in Vail's legendary back bowls, navigating the tree-lined chutes in the steep, backcountry trails of Blue Sky Basin, or zipper-lining the... More
ZBZane B.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
Blue Sky Basin was life changing. I assumed Vail was over hyped and over groomed but BSB changed my perception. Lines weren’t as bad as I expected and the facilities were clean. The views were amazing. ... More
ABAustin B.
advanced skier

5 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
I skied Vail last year with a couple buddies last year. A good friend had the season local epic pass and was able to bring me on to his buddy discount. I had an absolutely phenomenal time. The back bowls were incredible and there was something for all levels. I have skied Beaver... More
MMMarco M.
advanced snowboarder

3.7 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
I really love this resort it was a lot of fun. It was overcrowded but if you go far enough away then it was too bad. It was very hard to get to the resort unless you are from the valley. Parking lot prices are extremely expensive. It is a long walk to get to the main gondola but... More


Gondola & Trams
High Speed Sixes
High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
Triple Chairs
Surface Lifts


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


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