"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?

  • 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.
  • Vail became world's first mountain resort certified as a sustainable destination in 2018.
  • For 2018 / 2019 ski season Vail is launching "EMMA" epic mountain assistant - the world's first digital mountain assistant giving guests real time information on snow conditions, grooming, lift queues, parking to recommendations on restaurants, ski rental & lessons.
  • For 2017 / 2018 ski season the Northwoods Chair 11 is being 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

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

Vail frontside, Vail back bowls, Vail Blue Sky Basin          

Vail USA ski resort The Front Side 1718 Vail USA ski resort Back Bowls 1718 Vail USA Ski resort Blue Sky Basin 1718

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Lifts / Snowfall / Elevation

Vail ski resort lifts

There are 31 lifts: 1 gondola, 16 high-speed quads 1 fixed-grip quad, 2 triple & 3 double chairlifts, 3 surface lifts & 5 magic carpets.

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

  • Don't miss the free StreetBeat concerts that take place every third Wednesday night in November, December, March and April starting at 6 p.m. in Vail 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.
  • Shopping in Vail features everything from renowned 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.

Vail ski resort other mountain activities

Adventure Ridge is Vail’s day and night mountain top activity center featuring:

  • Eagle Bahn Gondola - free for scenic rides & Adventure Ridge guests after 2 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 - the Guided tours around the mountain.
  • Kids Snowmobiling - the Blizzard Speedway track lets little "racers" zip around as mum & dad watch.
  • Nature at Night - expert naturalists from Gore Range Natural Science School for nature give talks under the stars.
  • Family Dinner Theatre featuring The Buckaroo BonanzaBunch
    The night comes alive with a performance of wacky western fun featuring the “J. B. Tucker “Showman & The Buckaroo Bonanza Bunch” wild western children’s theatre company.
  • Family Movie Night at Eagle’s Nest - dive into nature through our special film series.

Recommended Vail restaurants which Chalets USA have been to:

  • 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

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


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