Vail is the Big Daddy of them all in Colorado. You'll find more than 5,000 acres of terrain, with plenty of powder. This season is the 10th anniversary of Vail's Blue Sky Basin, featuring more than 600 acres of wilderness-like terrain. Blue Sky Basin faces Vail's infamous Back Bowls which are legendary on a powder day.  The Back Bowls are actually seven miles wide. There are only two skiers per acre on an average day, and on a busy day, there are four.

Vail isn't just fun for skiing and riding. Take the entire family up the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Adventure Ridge when the slopes close. That's where you'll find ski biking, tubing, snowshoeing, a trampoline, and snowmobiling for kids. You can sign up for the nighttime ski biking tour with headlamps where you'll cruise down the Born Free run.

Snowmaking on Vail Mountain has been upgraded and improved this summer. This means there will be more snow on Golden Peak for Vail's flagship Fly Zone terrain park. The Aviator Park Q7 on Bwana will be extended up the west side of the mountain to Pride. Vail plans to be able to offer terrain park fun on opening day this season, weather permitting.

Vail's pre-season offer is the Epic Pass with no black-out dates. The cost is $599 ($299 for a child), and you get unlimited, unrestricted skiing and/or snowboarding at all Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin. It is also good for Heavenly in California. Vail Resorts makes the decision when the Epic Pass won't be for sale any longer so jump fast on the deal. 

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