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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TSTom S.
expert snowboarder
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Glad to see that some of the older chairs have been replaced with high-speed lines. Great tree riding throughout the mountain is the best part of the resort, allowing to avoid crowds at busy times. Ride midweek, or take trips off-holiday periods for best value... More
VVVldimir V.
expert skier
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
It is resolutely beautiful place like anywhere in the world. I am skiing Vail more then 24 years and will continue until I can not move anymore. Thank you Vail! ... More
WKWarren K.
advanced skier
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
I've skied Vail a number of times. Being from East Coast, I find Vail to be a treat. Always great snow and conditions. Wishing it was less crowded or maybe a few more lifts.... More
RBRebecca B.
expert skier
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Vail is my favorite resort because I love the skiing and the apres ski as well. Every trip we take there has always been a great time. We have enjoyed every minute ... More
DZDel Z.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Vail mountain is the greatest skiing experience available. Vail snow grooming is fantastic. People are friendly and helpful. The only downfall is the food service on the hill could be greatly improved.... More
SRScott R.
expert skier
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Just the greatest place on earth!! The amount of great terrain and great venues is unsurpassed. You’re going to love it. The best part about the resort is the amazing staff and clientele. Great people. ... More
CChase
expert skier
Average!

3.1 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
Vail needs more coffee shops. Unfortunately as well the parking charges are extremely expensive. I would highly recommend vail to someone who definitely has some money saved up. The George is the best bar at night ... More
RYRob Y.
advanced skier
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
Most amazing place that I have had the opportunity to ski! Wide open bowls no need for speed check just flylow all day! A day at vail is a happy day for me! I love that place. ... More
BDBrysen D.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 05, 2017
Vail is a great resort to go to on a week day. Weekends are a nightmare. Lift tickets are way too expensive for the level of crowding that Vail has. Other mountains, closer to the front range, have better slopes and way less people. The luxury at Vail is amazing but not what I am... More
BCBrett C.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 29, 2017
Worked as a snowboard instructor for a number of years. An amazing amount of terrain, and always adding. Spend enough time there and talk to enough people and you can really discover some incredible terrain. Been there on the busiest of days and still have found plenty of fresh... 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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