Vail Resort, located in Colorado, is one of the world’s premiere ski resorts. With 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, seven bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain in the world, it is one of the largest and most incredible ski resorts in the world that provides skiers/riders an experience that truly is “Like nothing on Earth”. This is why Vail Resort is home to many world-class skiing and snowboarding athletes. Couple this with a Bavarian style village and all of its great restaurants, après-ski, and shops and you see why Vail Resort is one of the highest rated resorts in the world.
Photo by Jack Affleck courtesy of Vail
Vail Resort has the most skiable terrain in the U.S. It has 195 trails over 5,289 acres with any type of skiing that you could imagine for all levels of skier/boarder from nice smooth greens to difficult steeps. The back bowls are fantastic. The views from the bowls are amazing and there is almost always fresh powder. Vail Resort has a large amount of groomed terrain with wide, long runs such as Riva Ridge, Born Free, Simba, Lodgepole, and Bear Tree. Vail Resort is also home to a 22 foot superpipe and has hosted the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.
When people compare Vail Resort to other resorts, they don’t compare it to other Colorado resorts. They compare it to the rest of the world’s resorts. It is “world-class”. You’ll find numerous activities, festivals, shops and spas, an abundant number of quality restaurants, après ski, and luxurious accommodations. But, Vail does serve a high-end clientele and it can be expensive. So, if you want to experience Vail Resort but have limited funds, check out the deals online. To get to Vail, you can fly directly into Eagle Airport and then take a 35 minute car ride. You can also fly into Denver where the ride will take you about 2 hours or more depending on conditions.
Vail Resort Notable Trails:
- Sun Up
- Over Yonder
- Bolshoi Ballroom
- Anything on Blue Sky Basin
- Widge’s Ridge
- Grand Review (blue)
- Any of the bowls. China Bowl offers the only groomed blue runs.
Vail Resort Tips:
- Do the front side early and move on mid-day when it begins to get crowded.