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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DPDenis P.
advanced snowboarder
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
Best place I’ve ever been to snowboard! All the restaurants have amazing food. Lines for lifts usually are not long. Dress in a costume for the last day. Parking garages are close but can be expensive.... More
SBScotty B.
advanced snowboarder
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
Would luv a pass! I haven't purchased one this year. Luv the Epic pass! Having options along 70 is super convenient. Pray for lots snow! POW days, family, friends, and good times... More
JJared
advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
Worked here for a year, and had the time time of my life.. looking to come back and visit friends multiple times this season!! This is a place I️ consider moving back to every single day.. truly heaven on earth ... More
CWChristian W.
expert snowboarder
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
Vail is a wonderful place to ski. The staff is amazing and everyone is willing to go above and beyond to make sure you have the experience of a lifetime. ... More
TLTung L.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
Vail has a good mix of green in the blue runs which can keep the beginners interested. The back bowls are Vail is famous for and it is always the highlight for me. Resort is relatively easy to get to from Denver and plenty of logging in the resort. Good mix of food and... More
PCMPark C M.
expert skier
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
Vail is one of the best ski destinations in the world for good reason. Wide open groomers, tight trees, cliffs, untouched back bowls, a beautiful eclectic town and just a couple hours from Denver. The only downside is that this is far from a secret.... More
GBGenie B.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
I’ve been coming to Vail for over 30 years - I’ve skied all over the West & it’s still my fav place to ski ! It checks all the boxes for any resort ... More
RLRudolf L.
advanced skier
Poor!

1.2 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
It is pleasure and adventure in one and I like to be there. Snow and facilities like lifts and gondola are in best conditions and you will have the best holidays.... More
TCThomas C.
advanced skier
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
Still the best terrain in Colorado. It gets way too crowded on the weekends and holidays. Awesome town and really great in the summer as well. Will be back again for blue sky and the back bowls... More
DDDerek D.
advanced skier
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
I have been enjoying Vail, my favorite resort in North America, for about 30 years. I first skied here while in college in 1986 and continue to make new memories with my family and friends! Vail rocks!... 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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