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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JKJung K.
intermediate skier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
A little hard to get to and resort itself is pricey, but it truly is a ski paradise that can't be beat. The resort itself offers top of the line amenities including tissues handed to you at the door for those with sniffling noses. The lifts are top notch, never too crowded. ... More
SPShannon P.
intermediate snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
I went here the first time I've been out to CO. it was amazing compared to anything I've ever ridden on the east coast. ruined east coast riding for me tbh. the bowls were amazing! would love to be able to afford to go back soon. ... More
MSMichael S.
expert snowboarder
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
Vail is such an unreal experience. The first real mountain I got to ride, and it still stacks up with Jackson Hole, Snowbird and all of the other amazing resorts. The back bowls are what keep me coming back for more. Love Vail’s terrain. There’s something for everyone!... More
CACole A.
advanced snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
Love it. Had family and friends affected in the Houston hurricane that affected my ski budget. Have had an epic pass the last 5 years. Would mean the world to me if I was fortunate enough to win won so I could ride this season too! ... More
NBNicholas B.
beginner skier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
I like skiing in vail because it is very large and perfect for a beginner skierlike myself. I can ski blues all day and save the legs for some face deep back in the chutes!... More
GWGrant W.
expert snowboarder
Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
Vail is one of the best resorts in the world. Probably not the best for a single guy. More of a couple or group of friends destination. Also not the best bang for buck. ... More
PPatrick
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
The great thing about Vail is that no matter how crowded it is, there are always wide open runs somewhere. On the weekends you just park for free on frontage and ride for daylight.... More
JJim
advanced skier
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
Easy access from Denver. I can't say enough great things about Vail. The staff works very hard to make sure you have a great vacation. Highly recommend you arrange a trip this year. ... More
SKScott K.
advanced snowboarder
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
Vail offers some of the best skiing/riding in Colorado. The facilities are great and they foster an awesome family atmosphere. It has great restaurants and the the snow is pristine! I would highly recommend this resort!... More
KBKadri B.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
Great resort!!! The Backside is amazing great snow the BlueSky Basin is fun ! Great ski patrol and safety patrol all the works are great smile and great everyone very well!! ... 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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