"Like nothing on earth"

  • Largest resort in Colorado USA
  • Most groomed terrain on the planet
  • 7 legendary back bowls
  • 2 1/4 hours to Denver International Airport

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Vail ski resort summary

Internationally renowned Vail is the largest resort in the USA, with 3 huge faces & 195 trails, plus the most groomed terrain on the planet on the front side. It's 7 back bowls make finding fresh tracks the easiest thing in the world...

Vail has 3 main base areas:

  • Vail Village famous for its picturesque village & nightlife with the Vista Bahn gondola.
  • Lionshead Village, Vail a newer village with Eagle Bahn gondola & Born Free Express charilift & ski school.
  • Golden Peak is home to the nearest children's ski school to Vail Village & the River Bahn Express lift, chair 6 the quickest way to get to the Vail back bowls

Vail ski resort what's new?

  • 2020 / 2021 covid 19 reduced capacity, reservations needed, social distancing, face masks required throughout the Vail villages. For more details see: What's happening in Vail this year in the 2020 / 2021 ski season?
  • 2019 / 2020 Golden Peak expansion with new lift to take skiers & riders to the top of Golden Peak for an extra 760 vertical feet & 3 new ski runs.
  • New supermarket & liquor store in Lionshead Village making it even easier to self-cater or just pick up some breakfast items, snacks or drinks!
  • Vail became world's first mountain resort certified as a sustainable destination in 2018.
  • For 2018 / 2019 ski season Vail launched "EMMA" epic mountain assistant - the app gives guests up to the minute information on the condition of the snow, what has been groomed, lift lines, parking & recommendations on where to dine, ski hire & lessons.
  • For 2017 / 2018 ski season the Northwoods Chair 11 upgraded to a high speed 6 passenger lift, particularly useful for speeding up the journey across Vail's front side on the way home!
  • Vail upgrades Sun Up lift to a new 4 passenger high speed Express lift for 2016 / 2017 to cut ride times in half when accessing the legendary Back Bowls.


Vail ski resort piste classification

  • 18% Beginner
  • 29% Intermediate
  • 53% Expert/Advanced 
  • Longest run: Riva, 4 miles
  • Terrain Parks: 4

Vail ski resort terrain description

  • The Front Side offers 127 marked runs as well as all four terrain parks. Choose to cruise down the powder-filled blues next to the Mountaintop Express or challenge yourself to the four-mile long Riva Ridge. 
  • Blue Sky Basin offers up a whole different type of mountain experience.  With trees, rocks and natural terrain everywhere, skiers & boarders can enjoy gladed runs at a variety of levels.  Blue Sky Basin is filled with both intermediate & advanced runs, allowing skiers of at least mid-level ability to enjoy its unique scenery & terrain.
  • Vail’s Back Bowls are the stuff legends are made of. You need more than a day to explore the seven diverse bowls that stretch across six breathtaking miles. Whether it’s gliding down Poppyfields in China Bowl or making tracks on Genghis Khan, the Back Bowls offer a huge amount of terrain to challenge and satisfy the experienced skier.
  • Terrain parks Vail’s Fly Zones - Vail features four critically acclaimed terrain parks, each with its own purpose & special treats for experienced skiers and boarders.

Piste Map

Vail ski resort piste maps

1. Vail frontside map

Vail ski resort trail map front side

2. Vail ski resort back bowls map

Back bowls Vail ski resort trail map

3. Vail Blue Sky Basin map     

Trail map Vail ski resort Blue Sky Basin

Click on maps to see larger versions

Lifts / Snowfall / Elevation

Vail ski resort lifts

There are 33 lifts: 2 gondolas, 1 high speed six pack lift, 15 high-speed quads, 1 fixed-grip quad, 2 triple chairlifts & 12 surface lifts.

Vail ski resort snowfall

Vail ski resort elevation

  • Base elevation: 8,120 ft./2,476 m
  • Peak elevation: 11,570 ft./3,527 m
  • Vertical rise: 3,450 ft./1,051 m

Apres Ski

Vail ski resort apres ski

  • Vail exudes sophistication & offers cultural events from film festivals to world-renowned musicians & dancers performing high class entertainment.
  • Shopping in Vail features everything from unique artists’ works to must-have memorabilia for the kids.
  • Restaurant favourites include Sweet Basil, Up the Creek in Vail village, La Botega high end Italian & the new Mountain Standard restaurant, plus Montauk in Lionshead Village.
  • Vail’s nightlife is second to none & a must for your skiing holiday in Vail. Live music, DJ’s and local performers mix it up for locals and guests.

Vail ski resort other mountain activities

Adventure Ridge is Vail’s day and night mountain top activity center and wonderful for families:

  • Fly through the forest on the raised alpine coaster, winding your way 3400 feet down the mountain.
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola - free for scenic rides & Adventure Ridge guests after 3.30 p.m.
  • Snow Tubing - with multiple lanes, the lift-served tubing hill delivers rip-roaring laughs for all.
  • Ski Biking - intermediate skiers & riders can take to the slopes on a specially crafted bike that has skis instead of wheels.
  • Trampoline - rebound harnessed bungees support jumpers on two different trampolines as they bounce around & explore what they're capable of at such great heights.
  • Snowshoe Tours - explore further with the guided tours around the mountain.

Recommended Vail restaurants which Chalets USA have been to:

  • Montauk fantastic fish & seafood restaurant in Lionshead Village
  • Sweet Basil for fine dining in Vail Village
  • The Tavern on the Square in Lionshead Village
  • The Red Lion for casual burgers & live music
  • The Little Diner in Lionshead for breakfast
  • Frost in the Sebastian for cocktails
  • Yeti's Grind for espresso drinks in Solaris Plaza

Vail restaurants recommended by Chalets USA clients:

  • "Hibachi Japanese Restaurant (Vail Village), Lancelot (Vail Village), Los Amigos (Mexican restaurant base of Vail), Garfunkles" Knoblauch 2017
  • "Definitely The Four Seasons! Bully Ranch was great and the pizza place in Vail Village is awesome. " Fernandes, Feb 2017

Articles / Videos

Vail ski resort articles:

Vail epic powder day video


Ski season in Vail recap video

Vail fire in the fountain video


Vail ski resort Colorado USA video

Vail like nothing on earth video

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