Vail
Ski Resort Review

New For 2014

Mountaintop Express Lift

The Mountaintop Express Lift has been upgraded with a new 6 passenger chairlift. Giving a much needed 33% capacity increase to an important access route from Mid-Vail to the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.

Vail Ski Trail Map

Vail Ski Trail Map - Back

Vail Ski Resort Review

Founded in 1962 the attractive, purpose built ski resort of Vail brings Alpine charm to the American Rockies.

Ranked as one of the finest ski resorts in the world, Vail offers a wide variety of skiing for all levels on, 5,289 acres, making the resort the largest single ski mountain in the USA.

Almost half of Vail’s 193 trails are suitable for beginners and intermediates. The Front Side of Vail is home to the most acres of groomed terrain; with wide, long trails such as Riva Ridge, Born Free, and Simba. The Kid's Adventure Zones, 3 Terrain Parks including Golden Peak Terrain Park and a 22 foot half pipe can also be found on Vail's Front Side.

However Vail is more famous for The Mountains 7 Back Bowls, wide, open expanses of mostly black diamond rated slopes. China Bowl offers the only groomed blue run trails in the Back Bowls. If you are feeling adventurous, make your way all the way out to Siberia Bowl T-Bar and then to the Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls!

The Vail 'Colorado' ski pass covers the neighbouring ski resorts of Beaver Creek and Arrowhead connected by the lift at Bachelor's Gulch, as well as Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.


Vail Ski Resort In Brief

Getting To Vail:
Denver to Beaver Creek: 137 miles / 220km.
Denver to Vail: 125 miles / 200km.
Beaver Creek only 25 miles / 40km from Eagle County airport.
Shuttle from Denver and Eagle County airports.


Altitude:
Vail; 2,470 - 3,550m (8,100 - 11,650ft).
Beaver Creek: 2,250 - 3,500m (7,380 - 11,480ft).


Skiable Terrain:
Vail: 5,289 acres.
Beaver Creek 1,625 acre.


No of Lifts:
Vail: 34 - 1 gondola, 23 chairs, 10 surface lifts.
Beaver Creek: 14 lifts.


Types Of Pistes:Vail: 18% beginner, 29% intermediate, 53% advanced.
Beaver Creek: 34% beginner, 39% intermediate, 27% advanced.


Main Advantages:
Well groomed sloped; plenty of tree skiing; friendly customer service orientated resorts.


Drawbacks:
Few thrills for hard-core skiers; can be expensive


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