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Vail at-a-glance

Best known for:

Intermediate Skiing


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Mountain Stats

  • Skiable Area:

    5289

    acres
  • Vertical Drop:

    3451

    ft
  • Snowfall:

    0

    in

Current Weather

20°F

High:27°F
Low:17°F
weather

Current Conditions

  • Last24Hrs:

    1in

  • Last48Hrs:

    3in

  • Base:

    38in

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Quick info

Stay…in one of the resort’s villages: Vail Village, Lionshead or Golden Peak or one of the nearby neighborhoods of East Vail or West Vail.
Ski…at a top elevation of 11,571 feet on an annual average of 350 inches of snow throughout 5,289 acres.
Travel…by flying directly into Eagle County Regional Airport for ultimate convenience, or fly into and drive or take a shuttle from Denver, Grand Junction or Colorado Springs.
Enjoy…breathtaking views of the rugged Gore Range to the east.
Explore…Vail’s seven wide-open Back Bowls. Learn…about the state’s rich skiing history at the Colorado Ski Museum.
Taste…Vail’s 100+ world-class restaurants.
Treat…yourself to designer shopping + award-winning spas.
Experience…cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating and snow tubing, which are a few examples of Vail’s many winter activities.


Unlimited Access Starting at $899
epic pass

About Vail Resort

Vail is all about being something to everyone, which is why it’s such a great ski destination for families. Every level of skiing, every lodging preference and every budget can find its own home on a Vail Colorado ski vacation. Skiers and snowboarders looking for incredible views will be thrilled with the scenic vistas of Vail’s Gore Range, and restaurant-goers can find everything from Iron Chef foodie-fare to down-to-earth pub food and New York City-quality pizza.

Ski Vail Colorado

As North America's fourth largest ski area (behind Whistler, Park City Mountain Resort and Big Sky Resort), Vail's terrain will please every level of skier or snowboarder. The resort's vast 5,289 acres offers wide-open, pristine bowl skiing, a plethora of meandering intermediate trails, multiple beginner areas and plenty of steep and deep terrain in the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin to keep expert skiers satisfied.

The beginner skiing at Vail is found all over the mountain, providing novices and first-timers with breathtaking views they won’t soon forget. Vail beginner skiing can be found from all three base villages: Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead Village. Gentle traverse trails allow beginner skiers to explore nearly the whole entire front-side of the mountain. But, at its heart, Vail is an intermediate to advanced intermediate skier’s paradise from the famed Back Bowls wide-open, groomed runs to the many zippy runs off of the Mountaintop Express lift and long, sustained cruisers like Simba and Born Free. Blue Sky Basin is an expert skier’s playground, with cornice drops, leg-burning mogul runs, trees and open powder fields.

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Vail Ski Packages

If you can just imagine the feeling of gliding through knee-deep snow in the Back Bowls or cruising up sun-drenched, wide-open trails that Vail is famous for, make it all come true this winter and start planning your Vail ski trip. We're here to help you make the process easy as possible. You can book your entire Vail ski packages, including:

  • Lodging. Choose from 149 lodging options. Popular Searches: Discounted Lodging | Luxury | Ski In Ski Out | Pet-Friendly | Hot Tub
  • Lift Tickets. Ski.com can save you up to 40% on window prices. Call for lift tickets!
  • Flights. We work domestically and internationally with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, SWISS, Air France, Alitalia, LAN and more.
  • Ground Transportation. Options include rental cars with top providers, like Budget, Hertz and Avis, private cars, private shuttles or shared shuttles.
  • Snowsports School. We've got beginners to experts covered with award-winning snowsports schools at every destination we work with.
  • Equipment Rentals. Pre-arrange your rentals or demos with us. Options include in-store pick-up or delivery service right to where you're staying.
  • Activities. Dog sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling...the list goes on. We can make it all happen for you.

Request A Group Quote

From air, lodging and excursions to ground transfers, lift tickets and equipment rentals, We will manage all your trip components so you and your group can get the most out of your time playing in the mountains and building memories that will last a lifetime.

Call Us At

1-800-908-5000

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Customer Reviews (31)

Overall Customer Experience*

4.8
Excellent
*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.

What the experts are saying

Christine Connolly
Christine Connolly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000 X 3628
4.3
Good

Fun Town and Great Skiing

Joseph Pohl
28/04/2018

Great Mountain but outrageously expensive

Vail is a great mountain, and we knew it would be expensive, but it was still outrageous. It’s clearly a place for people with money who ski, not for people who ski. Glad to have my kids experience it, but there are many better options that don’t cost a fortune. Can’t see returning any time soon.
Lior Evan
14/03/2018

Another great ski vacation

Despite a fairly low base (51"), conditions were decent, and grooming was good. Some fresh snow 2 nights made it worthwhile and because the mountain was fairly empty, we were able to find untracked snow even 2 days later! And, watching the Burton US Open was great.
Kelley Hochheiser
18/01/2018

Vail, a top notch skiing experience.

Even though they didn't have that much snow on this trip, Vail never fails to satisfy. The terrain is so diverse that there is something for everyone. Off the slopes as well you'll find first class dining and shopping. Vail is truly one of my favorite places to vacation. ❤️❤️❤️
John Hunnewell
30/04/2017

It's Vail ...What more needs to be said.

Freshies in April. Too bad most of the bowls weren't open. 50% off in restaurants. Cheap rooms...
Brian P
31/03/2017

Vail is the best

Literally nothing better in North America, best skiing period.
Jeff
15/03/2017

Great place for ski vacation

This mountain is massive and with all the new high speed lifts and gondolas, you never stand in lift lines.
Jill Blaker
14/03/2017

It was a convienant location but very noisy. Trash pick up woke us 7 am each morning and lasted awhile.

we had great skiing and resturants .

we have skied the area over many years, our first time staying village side. would not do again.
Lisa Talarico
01/03/2017

Great Ski Location

The resort is well run and the amount and variation of ski runs is wonderful! To eat lunch there is a bit pricey. We enjoyed Vail Very much!
Rodrigo Quintanilla
09/02/2017

excelente lugar, grandes pistas y mejores locaciones

ski perfecto, villa y lugares increíbles. vail es Vail, lo mejor para esquiar
Nancy Koppelman
23/01/2017

We always love Vail!

We love the back bowls and the beauty of the mountain. There is a good mix of trails for intermediate and expert skiers.

Expert Reviews (4)

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  • 4.0
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Expert reviews are written by our seasoned mountain vacation specialists based on their first-hand experiences.

Reviews

Christine Connolly
Christine Connolly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3628

Fun Town and Great Skiing

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Vail is one of my favorite destinations! It caters to families, singles, couples or anyone who likes a large mountain with a huge variety of terrain! While it is one of the more expensive destinations to visit, the experience is well worth the money and should be on your bucket list. It offers shopping, nightlife, a multitude of activities and some of the best skiing Colorado has to offer. There are a variety of areas to stay in....whether you pick one of the Villages (Vail Village or Lionshead) or if you want to save some money and stay in East Vail or across the freeway. There is something for everyone as far as lodging goes. There are 4 star hotels all the way down to your basic condo options. The mountain is so large that it is easy to find some powder stashes and short lift lines! Great ski school makes this one of the premier mountains to have your kids learn to ski!
Lori Wells
Lori Wells
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3653

Vail is for everyone

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The Vail ski resort and the town of Vail continually offer upgrades to the mountain itself, the lodging, infrastructure, free village shuttle service, restaurants, and equipment rental and sale shops. Since there are four base areas to access the mountain, almost all of the ski resort's lodging is either a short walk or very short shuttle ride from the lifts. Non skiers can access the activities on the mountain by gondola so non-skiers and skiers can meet up for lunch or hit the state-of-the-art tubing hill. Don't be afraid to take your non-skier family member(s) to Vail. There is a lot to do on and off the slopes.
Bryan Donnelly
Bryan Donnelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3347

Vail...one of the best

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The Vail ski resort and I go way back. I started going there when I first moved to Colorado when I was 23. When I worked at Keystone, my co workers and I would have a blast heading over there for a few nights. Vail has always been on my radar and is probably the root of the reason I live here. Longer story... Getting to Vail has always been pretty easy. Fly to Denver and it is 2 hours away by car or shuttle. Or you can also fly to the Vail/Eagle airport and drive only about 40 minutes. Skiing Vail is the reason to go, and they make it easy for you with their EPIC pass, a season pass valid at multiple ski resorts. If you're shopping early, you can snag this from Ski.com for under $500. It is the best deal in the ski industry. Anyway, the chance for a powder day in the back bowls of Vail have to be the best reason to come and visit in my opinion. You simply cannot fathom how wide open, humongous and steep these intermediate level bowls are until you have experienced them first hand. Sure Vail has the village plucked right from the streets of St. Moritz and the countless 5-star level hotels and the best ski shuttle system I have ever seen. But the back bowls are why they built this village in the first place. I recently visited Vail with a group of people and we had a blast. We stayed at the Antler’s in Lionshead and thought it was great. The river is outside the back door and it's a very short walk from the gondola, making it a perfect location. The Inside of the condo itself did not blow us away with its furnishings, but nobody complained and it was very spacious. We saw a free concert, had high-octane après ski and enjoyed a few inches of fresh snow. Hot tubs were hot, pool was warm and we did not get in our vehicles until our trip was over. Could not ask for anything more. Vail is overall one of the best places to go in the country. And even though the skiing is great, you might still find yourself sitting at Garfinkels in Lionshead, having a beer and watching all the people.
Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3692

Vail is one of North Americas Largest resorts

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Vail has 5289 skiable acres so it is not hard to see why I love it. It is one of my top selling destinations. Vail has plenty of terrain for every level of ability, and an excellent ski school. My clients love the fact that Vail is loaded with shopping (over 100 shops!), an abundance of dining options, as well as a lively après ski and night life in the vibrant town. There are several world class spas and many luxury hotels to choose from. Vail is not just about luxury either. It is a popular destination for families as well, with an abundance of family friendly venues to choose from. Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain is one of my favorite family activities, where this year they will begin offering night tubing. That is pretty unique in the industry, and the ski biking there also looks like a blast. Call or email me today, and let’s discuss a vacation to Vail.
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