Vail is located two hours west of Colorado’s capital city of Denver, in the iconic Rocky Mountains. The picturesque, pedestrian friendly village at the base of the mountain plays host to trendy accommodation, shops, fine dining and vibrant après ski bars.
Recognised as one of the largest ski resorts in the world, Vail is home to over 2000 hectares of developed ski and snowboard terrain, seven legendary back bowls spanning seven miles, and carefully curated terrain suitable for all skill levels. Runs range from freshly laid, groomed snow through to deep powder runs.
Vail has a well-earned reputation as a hot-spot for foodies, with a diverse and exciting culinary scene on offer. Relax on one of the many decks that line the streets as you enjoy delicious local fare, before discovering Vail’s vibrant après and nightlife scene.
- Ski Season: Mid November to late April
- Overall Height: 2,470m
- Snow fall (Avg Annual Snowfall): 900cm
- Nearest township: Vail Village and Lionshead Village
Helipad, Accommodation, Shuttle Bus, Restaurants / Cafes, Bars / Nightclub, Shopping, Supermarket, Doctor / Medical Centre, Bank / ATM, Ski Hire, Chemist, Post Office , Visitor Information Centre, Police Station, Child Care, Petrol Station
Activities and Attractions
Vail’s highly regarding Ski & Snowboard School employs instructors speaking 22 different languages, providing plenty of lesson options for beginner to advanced skiers and boarders. Children are also well catered for, with Kid’s Adventure Zones located all over the mountain, featuring banked turns, tunnels, and small glades.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the list of activities at Vail is impressive, on the snow options include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, dog sledding or private heli-ski experiences. Off the snow, discover the world’s highest botanical gardens, glide across the ice on one of the ice rinks, enjoy one of the many award winning spas or explore the many designer and boutique shops.
Vail’s calendar of events is filled all season long with events and parties, including fireworks night and Mardi Gras. The resort also playing host to skiing and snowboarding championships on a regular basis.
Vail is linked by two bustling alpine base areas – Vail Village and Lionshead Village – both of which are home to impressive accommodation options and plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Lined with cobblestones and architectural features reminiscent of a centuries-old European village, these shopping and dining passageways are car-free zones allowing for an outdoor experience like no other. The two villages are connected by a convenient free bus system, making it easy to enjoy the resort without a car.
Accommodation options are plentiful, with everything from luxurious international hotels to trendy condos, lodges and private homes. You will also find all of the modern conveniences in Vail, including supermarkets, banks, a library, cinema and child minding services.
Vail is located two hours from Denver International Airport and is accessible by luxury transfer, car or snow shuttle services. Alternatively, those looking to hit the slopes in even less time can fly into Eagle County Regional Airport, located just 30 minutes from Vail.
Activities & Attractions
- Total Ski Area / Distance: 2140 hectares (third largest in the USA)
- Total Ski Lifts: 31
- Total Ski Runs/Trails: 193
- Beginner Ski Area: 18%
- Intermediate Ski Area: 29%
- Advanced Ski Area: 53%
Ski / Snow Activities:
Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-country skiing, Ski School / Lessons, Terrain Parks, Kids Adventure Zones, ice skating rinks, dog sledding, snowmobiling, heli-skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, tubing.
Spas, shopping, cinema, world’s highest botanical gardens, Nature Discovery Centre.
- Address: Vail, CO 81657, USA View website