The largest skiing area in the USA, Vail is approaching its 50th anniversary as an official skiing resort. Developed with a European Swiss style, it differs from other ski resorts in Colorado as it has never been an old mining town. The popular skiing destination is perfect for family or group ski holidays as it has justifiably fabulous slopes. Constantly in competition with Whistler for the crown of best ski resort in North America, Wild-West yet prestigious Vail allures its returners every year with its fairytale-like charming village feel.
Skiing in Vail
No need for a shuttle bus here, all of Vail’s skiing is spread across one single lift-linked mountain making Vail ideal for hassle-free family ski holidays. Beginner skiing holidays benefit from the superb Vail ski school and good nice runs from the top of the mountain down to the bottom. Intermediates will think this mountain was built especially for them and has great runs around the Black Bowls area. Experts will struggle to find their favourite slope here, but only because there is so much on offer! It’s a ski racing Mecca and has staged the World Alpine Skiing Championships twice, once in 1989 and then again in 1999.
Vail itself is part of 'Vail' resorts, so the ‘Vail’ ski pass covers other lift-linked skiing areas Beaver Creek, Arrowhead, Bachelor’s Gulch, Breckenridge, Keystone and Araphoe. You should expect an efficient lift system and minimal queues to whizz you back up to the top of these perfectly groomed pistes in a flash, meaning minimal downtime for your Vail skiing holiday.
Snowboarding in Vail
Vail is a popular choice for snowboarding holidays. The terrain lends itself as a great destination for every level of rider, ideal for mixed ability groups. The back country is jaw-droppingly good, try making fresh tracks in the powder trails under Chair 4. Freeriders will find a super-pipe and perfectly-groomed terrain park known as the Golden Peak. The chill-out area even has pumping music, video screens and drink vending services.
Apres in Vail
Known for its heavy snowfall and many days of sunshine, Vail is a skiing haven. The après scene in Vail can be as lively as you want it to be. With endless restaurants, bars and nightclubs it’s a fantastic option for group skiing holidays. There’s even an adventure entertainment centre at the top of the gondola which is very popular with those getting away on a family skiing holiday.
Accommodation in Vail
Skiing to holidays to Colorado may entail a few days adjustment to become accustom to the high-altitude conditions. However, for the quality of this world-class resort, you would expect it to be on the more expensive of the scale. The good news is everything is very reasonably priced meaning you will get a lot of bang for your American buck and have a fantastic bargain skiing holiday in Vail.
|Resort altitude||2500m||Skiing altitude||2475m-3235m|
|Transfer time||2hrs||Longest run||6.4km|
|Total kms of piste:||317km||Cross country||45km|
|Snow canons||380||Slope direction||N, S, E, W|
|Nursery area||1||Number of lifts||34|
|Night skiing||Yes||Snow making|
|Season||Nov - Apr||Mountain restaurants||16|
|Ski bus||Yes||Linked resorts|
|Summer skiing||No||Terrain parks||3|
|Half pipe||1||Tree runs||Yes|
Summary: Skill level, features and activities
|Type of resort||Alpine|
|Suitable for families|
|Apres ski (nightlife)|