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Season Start/End: 11/21 - 4/19
Elevation
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8120ft - 11570ft
Trails
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18%| 29%| 25%| 28%
Lifts
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31
Lift Tickets
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from US$52.00 to US$85.00
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Vail Ski Resort is world renowned for providing guests with an experience that truly is “Like nothing on Earth.” The resort is home to seven legendary back bowls spanning seven miles across the backside of the resort. The ski area is enormous with over 5,289 acres to explore and four distinct base areas connected by free buses and heated walkways.

The resort has great terrain options, excellent ski schools, and a large assortment of shopping and dining options. The two main base areas are Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail Village located at the base of Gondola One is the original base area and is home to Vail’s iconic covered bridge that crosses Gore Creek. Lionshead Village, located just west of Vail Village is serviced by its own gondola and is home to luxury resorts such as the Arrabelle and Ritz Carlton. 

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Vail is arguably one of the most well-known ski areas in the world and the main reason for that is its sheer size. Boasting 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, seven back bowls and Blue Sky Basin, the mountain offers something for every ability level. The front side of the mountain is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers looking to cruise perfect corduroy while more advanced skiers can head to the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin for a backcountry ski experience inbounds. 

On a powder day, there is no better place in the world than Vail’s Back Bowls. Chair 5, also known as High Noon Express, which services Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls is a great place to start. Take a pristine run down a classic like Forever or Ricky’s Ridge before working your way east. From the top of Chair 5, take a run in the Sun Up Bowl and head up Chair 17 (Sun Up Lift), which will put you in position to ski into Tea Cup Bowl. 

From here you have three options: ski down and over to Chair 21(Orient Express Lift) which will give you access to China Bowl and Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls, ski to Chair 37 (Skyline Express Lift) which takes you to Blue Sky Basin or ski to Chair 36 (Tea Cup Express) for more runs in Tea Cup and China Bowl. A good way to make this decision is to check the lift boards or talk to a patroller. On powder days, there is often a delayed opening for Chairs 21 and 37 to give ski patrol time to do avalanche mitigation. If this is the case, enjoy the powder off of Chair 36 until one of the other lifts open. At this point ski until the snow gets tracked out or your legs give in then start making your way back to the front of the mountain and your après destination.  

Groomers and Family

Vail’s world-class grooming is a little slice of heaven for skiers of all ability levels. More advanced skiers will enjoy black diamond cruising on Vail’s longest run, Riva Ridge which gives you four miles of thigh-burning excitement. Northwoods, accessed from Chair 11 (Northwoods Express) is a great option for intermediate skiers as are all the runs off of Chair 2 (Avanti Express). Beginners should head to friendly slopes like Flap Jack and Sourdough off of Chair 14 (Sourdough Express) on the East side of the mountain, Lost Boy in Game Creek Bowl or the myriad of green runs at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. For first timers, Eagle’s Nest is the place to be. Easily accessible from the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, a practice area with magic carpets and a non-intimidating beginner lift make this the perfect setting to find your ski or snowboard legs.  

For the young, and the young at heart, Kids Adventure Zones are scattered across the mountain, teeming with opportunities to discover. Runs like Chaos Canyon, Magic Forest, Sherwood Forest, Porcupine Alley, Coyote’s Escape and Buckskin Glade await young skiers and riders, promising adventure and excitement at every turn. 

When the ski day is done, Adventure Ridge, located at the top of the gondola is open into the evening—offering even more family activities like tubing, snow bikes, a kids snowmobile track and free guided nature snowshoe tours. 

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Breakfast 

Westside Café

The Westside Café in West Vail is the perfect spot to fuel up before hitting the slopes. Offering eight varieties of eggs benedict as well as traditional favorites, Westside should be your first stop on a powder day. Or any day. 

www.westsidecafe.net

2211 N. Frontage Rd. W.

Vail, CO 81657

970-476-7890

Yeti’s Grind

For a quick cup of coffee or a pastry on your way to the lifts, swing by Yeti’s Grind in Solaris Square in Vail Village. Husband and wife team, Nate and Tara will be waiting with a smile and a latte. 

www.yetisgrind.com

141 E. Meadow Drive, Suite 108

Vail, CO 81657

 

Lunch

Two Elk Lodge

If you don’t want to waste time skiing the seven miles to the base from the Back Bowls for lunch, pop into Two Elk Lodge at the top of Chairs 14 and 36. If the famous buffalo chili doesn’t inspire you for the second half of your day, the views will. 

www.vail.com

Moe’s Original BBQ

After skiing powder all morning, nothing hits the spot like Moe’s Alabama-style BBQ in Lionshead Village. Pork, chicken and turkey are smoked daily along with 8-10 southern-inspired sides. The mac n’ cheese is always a favorite along with the banana puddin’ but if you’re lucky enough to go on a day they have sweet potato casserole, it’s a must try. 

www.moesoriginalbbq.com

616 W Lionshead Circle 

Vail, CO 81657 

970-479-7888

 

Dinner

Restaurant Kelly Liken

Named for acclaimed Chef/Owner Kelly Liken, a finalist on both Top Chef and Iron Chef America, the restaurant that bares her name is an adventure in seasonal American cuisine. A destination for foodies, Kelly Liken does not disappoint with a frequently changing menu focused on locally-grown and cultivated ingredients. Not to be overlooked, the bar menu is as inspired as the food, featuring seasonal cocktails like the Clementine Kicker, a combination of Svedka Clementine Vodka, agave nectar, lime juice, fresh ginger and jalapeno. 

www.kellyliken.com

12 Vail Road # 100

Vail, CO 81657

970-479-0175

Larkspur Restaurant

Named the “most dynamic restaurant in Vail” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Chef/Owner Thomas Salamunovich’s Larkspur Restaurant brings fine dining to new levels with his contemporary American cuisine. Featuring an open kitchen, giant fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass wine room, Larkspur is a treat for your senses. Located at the Golden Peak base area, Larkspur features an extensive bar menu and dinner options that change weekly based on the selection and seasonality of ingredients. 

www.larkspurvail.com

458 Vail Valley Drive 

Vail, CO 81657 

970-754-8050

BŌL

Located in Vail Village at Solaris Square, this is not your neighborhood bowling alley. Complete with a full service dining room, a sixty-foot bar and ten bowling lanes, Bōl is a one-stop shop for an evening of entertainment. Featuring a modern but relaxed atmosphere and a surprisingly creative menu, Bōl is a perfect spot for a date, large groups and families.  

www.bolvail.com

141 E. Meadow Drive Suite 113 

Vail, CO 81657

970-476-5300

Vendetta’s Restaurant and Pizza Bar

A favorite spot for Vail Mountain Ski Patrollers, Vendetta’s has been serving some of the best pizza and Italian food in the Vail Valley for 28 years. For a quieter meal, sit in the main dining room, but for local color and excitement, opt for the pizza bar.   

www.vendettasvail.com 

291 Bridge Street

Vail, CO 81658

970-476-5070

 

Après

Los Amigos

Situated at the base of the Vista Bahn lift in Vail Village, Los Amigos’ deck is the perfect spot to end your ski day. Views of the black diamond runs like Pepi’s Face and Head First will provide entertainment while margaritas and queso dip will do the rest. 

www.losamigosvail.com 

400 Bridge Street

Vail, CO 81657

970-476-5847

The Fitz

One of Vail’s best kept secrets, The Fitz is tucked away in the Manor Vail Lodge adjacent to the Golden Peak base area, making it a popular destination for Vail Ski School instructors and significantly less crowded than the après spots in Vail Village. The atmosphere is casual and the menu features sliders, truffle fries and more.  

www.manorvail.com/vail-valley-dining-fitz.php

595 East Vail Valley Drive

Vail, CO 81657

800-950-8245

 

Nightlife

Samana Lounge

Samana is the place for late night and live music in Vail. Located just past the Covered Bridge in Vail Village, Samana brings world-class musicians and DJs from a variety of musical genres to their intimate setting every night of the week. 

www.samanalounge.com 

228 Bridge Street

Vail, CO 81657

970-476-3433

The Club 

The party starts early here with Steve Meyers, The Good Times Guy, and his infamous après show and goes late into the night with live music seven nights a week. It’s not uncommon to see people still in ski boots at The Club at last call.

www.theclubvail.com 

304 Bridge St.

Vail, CO 81657

970-479-0556

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While many other ski resorts in the western United States started as mining towns, Vail was built from the ground up to be a ski resort. During World War II the U.S. Army established a training center at Camp Hale located just 14 miles south of what would later become Vail Mountain. The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale and consisted of excellent skiers and mountaineers that fought in the mountains of northern Italy during WWII. Upon their return from the war they quickly became major players in the burgeoning ski industry.

A veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, Pete Seibert returned to Colorado after the war to search for a perfect location to build a ski area in the Rocky Mountain region. Pete teamed up with friend Earl Eaton who led Pete on a seven-hour climb up a no-name mountain where they crested the summit to discover the now legendary back bowls.

Vail is a great destination for many skiers but the resort can get crowded on the weekends, so check the chair lift status signs at strategic intersections on the mountain to avoid backups. A yellow light means the lift maze is full, so choose an alternative route if possible. A green light means you are good to go. 

Elevation

  • 11570ft
    Summit
  • 3450ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 8120ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 2
  • 0
  • 1
  • 17
  • 1
  • 2
  • 0
  • 8
  • 31
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    18%

  • Intermediate Runs

    29%

  • Advanced Runs

    25%

  • Expert Runs

    28%

  • Runs

    193

  • Terrain Parks

    3

  • Longest Run

    4 MILES

  • Skiable Terrain

    5289 ac

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski Season: 11/21/2014
  • Days Open Last Year: 157
  • Projected Closing Ski Season: 04/19/2015
  • Projected Days Open: 150
  • Years Open: 52
  • Average Snowfall: 350"

Vail Reviews

  • Walt Gray


    • 2
    16th April 2014

    Full review

      The area is huge, but so much of it is so flat you almost need a snowmobile to tow you. Very few...
     
  • Tevis Vandergriff


    • 5
    14th April 2014

    Full review

      This is our first time skiing here and today was our first day on the slopes. The white out conditions were a...
     
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