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United States
Phone: 970 476-5601

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About the Ski Resort

Vail, with its size and terrain, is America's premier ski destination. There is no comparison. The mountain is consistently ranked the No. 1 Ski Resort in North America, according to the readers of many magazines. To be exact, Vail has been the No. 1 Ski resort 13 times in the last 17 years.

Vail has earned this premier designation for terrain, snow conditions and challenge. Combining the largest single-mountain in North America with 5,289 acres of skiable terrain, Vail provides a huge variety of trails for skiers and riders of every level. Vail also boasts the largest network of express quad chairlifts in the world with 34 total lifts, 14 high speed quads and one gondola.

One of Vail's most prominent features is Vail's world-famous Back Bowls, with 2,966 acres of wide-open skiing terrain. Blue Sky Basin is an amazing place for terrain, with 645 acres of natural adventure experience. Vail's terrain park is massive, providing a plethora of rails and jump to test any level skier and boarder.

Vail is also proud to be one of the premier ski and snowboard schools with more than 800 instructors. There are a multitude of programs for all abilities, from the renowned learn-to-ski lessons to expert mogul and powder workshops. In addition, lessons are offered in many languages for International visitors, as well as for students who have adaptive needs.

The town of Vail also rivals the mountain. A Tyrolean-style village features a wide range of ski shops, activities, & lodging. With more than 250 shops and 100 restaurants and bars, this village is the center of the Vail Valley. And to get around, Vail has a free intra-resort bus system and other private transportation.

Just 100 miles to the west of Denver, Vail is one of North America's most famous winter playgrounds.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Cross country: 16 km
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  28 %

 More Difficult:  32 %

 Most Difficult:  40 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  8,120 ft
Summit elevation:  11,570 ft
Vertical drop:  3,450 ft
Skiable area:  5,289 acres
Annual snowfall:  346 in
Snowmaking:  33 %
Number of trails:  193
Number of lifts:  34
Types of lifts:  10 Surface Lifts,
 5 Double Chairs,
 3 Triple Chairs,
 7 Fixed Grip Quad,
 14 Hi-Speed Quads,
 1 Gondola (12 person)

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  Yes
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Ski Resort directions

Vail is located 100 miles west of Denver via I-70, and 32 miles east of Eagle Airport. Driving time from Denver is about 2.5 hours.