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Vail at-a-glance

Best known for:

Intermediate Skiing


Nightlife


Shopping


Mountain Stats

  • Skiable Area:

    2140.384254

    hectacres
  • Vertical Drop:

    1052

    m
  • Snowfall:

    0

    cm

Current Weather

1.3°C

High:7.5°C
Low:-4.5°C
weather

Current Conditions

  • Last24Hrs:

    5.1cm

  • Last48Hrs:

    5.1cm

  • Base:

    45.7cm

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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.

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

Online group quote

Customer Reviews (28)

Overall Customer Experience*

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

What the experts are saying

Lori Wells
Lori Wells
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000 X 3653
4.5
Excellent

Vail is for everyone

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.
Maria Sagarduy
13/01/2017

Great

Good snow , very nice people working at the slopes
Daniel Dougherty
10/01/2017

5 Days in Vail Heaven

We flew into Eagle on Sunday and spent until Thursday in Manor Vail Resort.
The accommodations were excellent, and the environment was stunning. It snowed every day sometimes heavy, but the resort was up to the task. It was maybe too big for such a short trip, but we already plan to go back.
The skiing and riding was exactly what we wanted, but the only thing that we did not hook up with was the free tours that they provide on the mountain each day from the central lodges.
The staff at the ski shop and at the ski resort were very helpful, and even exchanged my skis when the snow conditions changed.
The agent from ski.com also was very helpful in arranging our trip.
Denny Fulmer
27/04/2016

got stuck in Vail for two extra days due to snow storm

Lucked out with a great powder weekend on their last weekend of the 2015-16 season. Snowboarded the front side with 11 inches on first day and was totally worn out and loved it. Skied the back bowls the next day with about 5 more inches. Fantastic! When the back bowls are good, there is no place else I'd rather be!

Expert Reviews (3)

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Reviews

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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