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Season Start/End: 11/22 - 4/20
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$0.00 to US$109.00
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Vail offers virtually everything a die hard powder junkie could crave, from the Lionshead cruisers to the famous Back Bowls. Blue Sky Basin is a "must ski." The Bavarian-like Village at the base is pedestrian friendly and charming. The shopping is upscale. The scene - trendy and charming all at once. Vail boasts three distinct areas of the mountain, each with their own features and fortes, including four terrain parks, seven bowls, and 5,289 acres of freeride terrain. At seven miles wide, finding fresh tracks is as easy as finding elbow room.

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The Mountain 

Vail is arguably one of the most well-known ski areas in the world and the main reason for that is it’s sheer size. Boasting 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, seven back bowls and Blue Sky Basin, the mountain offers something for every ability level, but it helps to have a plan. 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. 

Certain lifts 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. 

 

Epix Mix

With so much terrain it’s easy to lose track of the day’s adventures, but Vail Resorts’ EpicMix makes it easy to track and share your ski day. Making its debut during the 2010/2011 season, EpicMix utilizes Radio Frequency scanners at the bottom of each lift and RF technology built into every season pass and PEAKS Card, allowing you to track the number of days skied, vertical feet and the lifts you rode as well as earn pins and collect points. It’s easy to set up your EpicMix dashboard and you can automatically upload your stats to your Facebook and Twitter profile.

www.epicmix.com

 

Powder Day

On a powder day, there is no better place in the world than Vail’s Back Bowls. But get there early because most people share this opinion. It doesn’t matter which base you start from, just get up and out fast. Chair 5, also known as High Noon Express, which services Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls was replaced with a high speed quad in 2010 which significantly decreases the wait time, but also means the area gets tracked out faster. Head here first and take one 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 down 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 is groomed on Fridays and gives you four miles of thigh-burning excitement as well as Blue Ox which is groomed on Saturdays. 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 never-evers, 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. 

http://www.vail.com/activities/adventure-ridge.aspx

 

Park/Pipe

Thrill-seeking freeriders have three terrain park options at Vail to choose from along with one Superpipe and one Halfpipe. Although all three parks have small, medium and large features to allow skiers and riders to progress at their own pace, the Bwana and Pride parks located off of Chair 26 (Pride Express), are best suited for beginners and intermediates, while the Golden Peak park is a better option for the more experienced.

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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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Vail/Eagle County Airport is located 30 miles west. Shuttles (Vail owns Colorado Mountain Express) and car rentals available. Lessons and rentals available. Movie theaters, 111 restaraunts, nightclubs, bars, retail outlets, and spas. Child care available for children 2 months - 6 years.

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%

  • Terrain Parks

    3

  • Longest Run

    4 MILES

  • Skiable Terrain

    5289 ac

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski Season: 11/22/2013
  • Days Open Last Year: 157
  • Projected Closing Ski Season: 04/20/2014
  • Projected Days Open: 150
  • Years Open: 52
  • Average Snowfall: 350"

Vail Reviews

  • Vail

    by Walt Gray

    16th April 2014

    Full review

    • Overall Rating 2
    • Family Friendly 0
    • All Mtn. Terrain 0
    • Terrain Park 0
    • Nightlife 0
    • Can't think of any.
    • Hugely overrated and overpriced!!
     
  • Vail First Timers

    by Tevis Vandergriff

    14th April 2014

    Full review

    • Overall Rating 5
    • Family Friendly 5
    • All Mtn. Terrain 5
    • Terrain Park 0
    • Nightlife 0
    • Conditions
    • None
     
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