Colorado Resort Adventure Guide



Vail is the largest ski resort in the United States and offers every type of terrain for every rider, not to mention world-renowned accommodations, dining, shopping, and exciting outdoor adventures.

Vail is located 98 miles west of Denver via Interstate 70, served by the Eagle-Vail Airport a few miles to the west and has an excellent shuttle systems. Vail is a Tyrolean-inspired mountain village nestled in a valley between the ski mountain and a vast wilderness area.

The Vail Ski Area opened in 1962 and has grown to 5,289 skiable acres. Famous for their back bowl skiing...Vail is huge.

Base elevation - 8,120 ft.
Summit elevation - 11,570 ft.
Vertical Rise - 3,450 ft.
Snowmaking - 380 acres
Number of trails - 193
Longest run Riva - 3 miles long

Trail Classification:

Vail Front-side Back Bowls Blue Sky Basin
Expert: 40% 87% 53%
Intermediate: 32% 13% 47%
Beginner: 28% 0% 0%

Number of lifts - 33
Gondola - 1
High-speed quads - 14
Fixed grip quad - 1
Triple chairs - 3
Double chairs - 5
Surface lifts - 9
Total uphill capacity - 51,781

Vail Mountain Recent News and Improvements!

$5.9 million was spent recently for on-mountain improvements. Vail has increased the nightly grooming capacity by 15% with the purchase of three new snowcats. Blue Sky Basin has been improved for earlier skiing with the removal of tree stumps and rocks. Snowmaking has been upgraded which allow snowmakers to cover the slopes for early season skiing and snowboarding.

General Information: Vail Valley Tourism: 970-476-1000, Vail Mountain Information: 970-476-9090

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