"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

    Vail back bowls including Blue Sky Basin Vail ski resort   Vail Village in Vail ski resort with iconic clocktower USA
    • Internationally renowned Vail is the largest resort in Colorado with 195 trails.
    • It's famous 7 back bowls make finding fresh tracks the easiest thing in the world!
    • The front side has stunning groomed runs for all ability levels.
    • Vail has 3 main base areas:
    • Traditional Vail Village
    • Newer Lionshead Village 
    • Golden Peak
    Vail Village in Vail ski resort Colorado USA clocktower   Lionshead Village Vail in Vail ski resort Colorado America
    • The classic Vail Village is a picturesque pedestrian village, known for its iconic clocktower.
    • Stroll the cobblestone streets perusing the boutique shops, wonderful restaurants & nightlife. 
    • Lionshead Village, Vail is a more modern pedestrian base village with plenty of shops, bars & restaurants.
    • With lodging close to the slopes & the main ski school, Lionshead is a convenient choice for families.
    What is the quickest way to get to the Vail back bowls Golden Peak base area    
    • Golden Peak is a much smaller & quieter base area, within walking distance of Vail Village.
    • Taking chair 6 from here, is the quickest way to get to the Vail back bowls & there is also a ski school.



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      What's new

      Vail ski resort what's new?

        Vail Resort Sun Down Bowl new lift for 2022 2023 ski season   Face masks to be worn skiing on your USA ski holiday
        • For 2022 / 2023 new Sun Down Lift in the infamous Vail Back Bowls.
        • The new high speed quad will go from the base of chair 5 High Noon Express to the WIldwood restaurant & make it much easier for skiers & riders to access the Sun Down Bowl terrain.
        • Game Creek Bowl lift upgraded to 6 pack.
        • 2021 / 2022 season no reservations system & lifts will operate at full capacity.
        • Face masks required indoors, but not required outdoors, in lift queues, on chairlifts or gondolas.
        • Proof of vaccine required to dine at cafeteria style restaurants.
        Family ski holiday in Vail kids learn to ski   Apres ski in Vail Village by Solaris plaza ice rink
        • Vail became world's first mountain resort certified as a sustainable destination & must meet and maintain progress on: environmental stewardship, climate change adaptation, greenhouse gas reductions, cultural heritage protection, low impact transportation, waste reduction & more.
        • New supermarket & liquor store in Lionshead Village making it even easier to self-cater or just pick up some breakfast items, snacks or drinks!
        Learn to snowboard in Vail resort at Vail ski school adult kids lessons   Which is the biggest ski resort in Colorado Vail
        • 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.
        • 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.
        Vails famous back bowls skiing the powder snow    
        • 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


        Vail ski resort terrain description

        Snowboarding in Vail resort Colorado America   Whats skiing like in Vail groomers at Vail ski resort
        • 18% Beginner
        • 29% Intermediate
        • 53% Expert/Advanced 
        • Longest run in Vail: Riva, 4 miles
        • Terrain Parks: 4
        • The Front Side of Vail 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. 
        Skiing in Vail back bowls at Vail ski mountain   Pistes in Vail powder skiing in the gladed tree runs
        • 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.
        • Blue Sky Basin in Vail 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.

        Piste Map

        Vail ski resort piste maps

        Vail frontside trail map

        Vail ski resort trail map front side

        Vail ski resort back bowls trail map

        Back bowls Vail ski resort trail map

        Vail Blue Sky Basin trail map     

        Trail map Vail ski resort Blue Sky Basin

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        Lifts / Snowfall / Elevation

        Vail ski resort lifts


            Vail ski resort snowfall & elevation

            What lifts does Vail ski resort have   How many lifts does Vail ski resort have Mount of holy cross view
            • Vail resort has 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 annual average snowfall: 354 inches / 899 cm
            • See latest Vail snow report
            • 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

              Apres ski drinks beers cocktails at Vail ski resort   Skiing holiday with friends exploring Vail Village nightlife
              • Enjoy a slopeside apres ski drink or two in the sunshine, at one of the many bars like the Tavern on the Square in Lionshead Village, Vail.
              • Take a leisurely stroll with friends, along the heated cobblestone streets & explore the wonderfully picturesque villages of Vail.
              Apres ski drinks appetizers at Express Lift in Vail ski resort   Kids enjoy apres ski treats in Vail ski resort
              • Head inside for fantastic appetizers & drinks at the Express Lift Bar, by Gondola One.
              • Pause for a hot chocolate & after skiing treat with the kids.
              Nightlife in Vail Snowdaze live music concert   Vail ski resort cultural events in winter concerts ballet
              • Vail’s nightlife is second to none & includes outdoor concerts, pub style live music, DJ’s, cocktail bars & breweries, for when it's time to party on your ski trip!
              • Vail exudes sophistication & offers cultural events from film festivals to world-renowned musicians & dancers performing high class entertainment.
              Vail Village with boutique shops art galleries   Romantic ski holidays for couples to Vail Colorado America
              • Shopping in Vail features everything from unique artists’ works & designer clothing stores, to must-have memorabilia for the kids.
              • Restaurant favourites include Sweet Basil, Up the Creek, La Botega high end Italian, Mountain Standard restaurants, all in Vail village, plus Montauk in Lionshead Village.
              Vail ski resort nightlife at Matsuhisas lavish restaurant Solaris Plaza in Vail   Recommended restaurants in Vail fondue on your ski trip

              Recommended Vail restaurant's 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

              Restaurants in Vail recommended by Chalets USA clients:

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


              Vail ski resort activities

                Vail adventure ridge kids snowmobiling family on mountain activity   Family friendly winter activities in Vail snow tubing
                • Adventure Ridge is Vail’s day and night mountain top activity center and wonderful for families, try the kids snowmobiles.
                • Great for families, the snow tubing hill has multiple lanes & a lift to take you back up the hill, such fun for all ages!
                Adventure Ridge in Vail ziplining fun activities for all the family   Non-skiing winter activities in Vail snow biking
                • Experience the thrill of flying above the snow on Vail's zipline, a fantastic winter activitiy for your ski holiday.
                • Try snow biking where intermediate skiers & riders can take to the slopes, on a specially crafted bike, which has skis instead of wheels!
                Solaris Plaza Vail things to do sculpture shops bowling cinema ice rink   Romantic sleigh ride non-skier activity for couples in Vail Colorado
                • The new Solaris Plaza in Vail Village has a cinema, bowling alley (with bistro), ice rink, plus sculptures lit up in different colours at night.
                • Take a magical sleigh ride or snowshoe tour & explore different parts of Vail, with the guided tours around the mountain.
                Shopping in Vail for all the family   Fireworks celebrating Christmas holidays in Vail ski resort USA
                • Shop to your hearts content, meandering around the boutique clothing stores, outdoor shops, art galleries, fine jewellery & souvenir shops. 
                • Celebrate the Christmas & New Year holidays with spectacular fireworks over the mountain & Vail villages


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