Vail is known as one of the world's premier winter destinations. Vail Ski Area has consistently been ranked one of the top on the continent and among the very best in the world. Vail is the largest single-mountain ski area in North America, offering guests 4,644 acres of skiable terrain. The ski area stretches seven miles from east to west. Vail's legendary Back Bowls boast 2,734 acres of wide-open terrain and panoramic mountain range vistas. Vail's immense lift system includes 10 high-speed quads, a gondola and a network of 26 chair lifts. Adventure Ridge, Vail's mountaintop activity center, offers a variety of activities including tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ski-biking, laser tag, and other adventures for skiers and non-skiers alike.
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Skiing in Vail's legendary Back Bowls
Life off the slopes begins in Vail Village, an Austrian-inspired hub of activities with over 70 restaurants, excellent shopping and extraordinary lodge accommodations. Spacious hotels, quaint bed-and-breakfast inns and comfortable homes, and condominiums provide something for everyone's taste and budget. All properties located in Vail's three main base areas Lionshead, Vail Village and Golden Peak are within a five-minute walk to the slopes. Outlying areas such as East and West Vail are accessible by a free bus system. Avon and Beaver Creek Resort are a 15 minute drive or bus ride down the valley.
For more information call Vail Ski Resort at 800-427-8216 or call the Vail Resort Association 970-476-1000.
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 west 100 miles to exit #176, in Vail. Vail is 115 miles west of Denver International Airport.
Directions from Vail/Eagle County Airport: Beaver Creek is 33 miles east of the airport. During the winter months, the Eagle County Airport offers non-stop daily jet service from Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Newark, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles and Denver. Weekend service is provided from San Francisco, New York, Detroit and Miami.
Normal Ski Season:
Late November through Late April .