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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GCGrant C.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
I am from Atlanta but started skiing at Vail at age 7, I have seen the incredible and fantastic changes over the past 40 years. After college I worked for Vail resorts for one season what a great experience. Wish I could have stayed and found a career in Vail. Vail has always... More
DDDave D.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 06, 2017
Vail is fantastic. Its beauty is unmatched. It offers a great variety of terrain to choose from. While there are many people there on any given day if you move off the front of the mountain you can find plenty of space to yourself. On nearly every run in blue sky basin I find a... More
JGJohn G.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 06, 2017
Vail Ski Resort was incredible. We were blown away with how nice the venue was and how friendly the staff was as well. They even gave us some pointers when my wife and I fell. We plan to go back and to also ski at Breckenridge in the near future.
ZPZach P.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 05, 2017
I absolutely love going to vail!! The slopes in the winter are incredible and the biking in the summer is top notch! My favorite time of year is mid summer once all the wild flowers start to bloom.
DPDave P.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 05, 2017
I have only been fortunate enough to make it to Vail once. I tried to board the whole mountain in one day, and I only made it through about 1/8th of the runs. It's truly stupendous & I look forward to the opportunity to conquer the full mountain again this season!
SHSeth H.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 05, 2017
Vail is an amazing mountain that will challenge intermediate and advanced skiers to improve their skills and find better lines. Pros: Lots of varied glade runs Lots of varied cliff drop heights Massive footprint with a lot of varied terrain Easy to escape the crowds Epic... More
SSScott S.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 28, 2017
Our family purchased Epic season passes last winter and we had a wonderful time visiting several of the mountain resorts offered. Our favorite mountain resort was Vail, although ALL of the Vail Resorts we visited are incredibly well maintained! Vail is a classy town and the... More
GSGabe S.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 26, 2017
From wide open bowls, to glades, hikable terrain, or even perfect groomers, Vail has something for everyone. And the best part is that you can escape the crowds and find fresh turns on even the busiest days!
GGlenn
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 29, 2013
I love the back bowls. Ski a week almost without sking the same area two days.
SSarah
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 26, 2013
The bowls,especially China Bowl,are awesome. Beginners,Intermediate, and Advanced skiiers can all experience a back bowl together.

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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