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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CMChase M.
expert skier
Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
Vail has a ton of wonderful terrain. I am super excited for this upcoming Winter to ski and enjoy the snow. Vails best event in my opinion is the Burton US Open. ... More
KSKimberly S.
intermediate skier
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
It was awesome. I would definitely recomend it to others. I'm actually going back there in December and a few more times this winter because I just had such a great experience. Staff was very friendly... More
BKBruce K.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
best assortment of terrain and best bowls... More
CHChristopher H.
advanced skier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Busy during most of the season. The resort is pricey but a great time. Definitely worth a visit. Love the bowls and the variety of trails. Lots of restaurants and hotels around. It is a great ski town and easily walked.... More
CKCreig K.
expert skier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Have been skiing at vail since I was 5! I can't wait to get out there and crush some pow! Please please please let me win the new pass!! It just snowed!... More
AAlfonso
advanced snowboarder
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Vail, is the best, the town is so family oriented, lots of things to do. but I want to win the package for mammoth mountain because is closer to home.... More
KDKyle D.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
Was way to big of a mountain to enjoy in a few days. Too many mountains and too many people. Probably my least favorite resort I have ever been to.... More
GCGrant C.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
Best place to ski. Great for families. Great program for people and kids with disabilities. Like nothing on Earth is so true. Usually gets plenty of snow for waist deep powder in the back bowls... More
JJeffrey
expert skier
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 13, 2017
Vail is really a one stop shop for a great family ski experience. I grew up skiing in VT and was blown away by my first trip to Vail back in the 5th grade. Since then I moved to Colorado after college and would often ski Vail with friends. Although it is a bit pricey and the... More
GKGustav K.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 13, 2017
Vail was incredible. We went there for the 2016 season. While we were there the mountain just got dumped on the entire time we were there. They must have received upwards of 14" of snow. We had an amazing time being powder hogs, although the visibility was sometimes not as... 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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