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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Colorado Ski Areas

Quick Facts


Advanced Terrain: 48%
Base Elevation: 8,120 Feet (2531.2 Meters)
Beginner Terrain: 21%
Double Chairs: 5
Fixed Quad Chairs: 1
Gondolas: 1
Half Pipe: Yes
High-speed Quads: 13
Intermediate Terrain: 31%
Number Of Lifts: 32
Number Of Runs: 174
Skiable Acres: 4,644 Acres
Summit Elevation: 11,480 Feet (3578.6 Meters)
Vertical Rise: 3,360 Feet (1047.4 Meters)
Surface Lifts: 9 Surface
Snowmaking Acres: 380 Acres
Snowboard Park: Yes
Triple Chairs: 3

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General Description

Skiing in Vail's legendary Back Bowls
Copyright: Jack Affleck - Vail Resorts
Skiing in Vail's legendary Back Bowls
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.

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Ski Season: Late November through Late April .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Daily Adult Lift Ticket Call for Current Fee Prices lower slightly for off-
Daily Child Lift Ticket Call for Current Fee Prices lower slightly for off-

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Very thin snow cover, need snow!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Downhill Skiing
ICON Snowboarding

Related Activities
Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek is an upscale resort west of Vail. Although groomed runs are one of their specialties, Beaver Creek offers terrain for all abilities and a quaint Village.

Copper Mountain - Located at the base of Vail Pass, Copper Mountain is a favorite for skiers from Denver and out of state alike.

More Information

Links to other sites:
CaliforniaVacation.com - CaliforniaVacation.com is the #1 travel guide for California vacation rentals, hotels and resorts.

Vail Ski Area - Official web site


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