Established as one of the world's top ski resorts, Vail offers superb accommodation, an attractive village centre and the largest ski area in America, stretching 7 miles from its east to west boundaries! Vail village itself is a colourful, characterful resort centre offering a fabulous apres ski atmosphere. The Lionshead area at the foot of the gondola and high speed chairlift provides a second focal point to the village centre, with its own selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Vail's sister village of Beaver Creek is smaller, with infinite charm and elegance and the ski area at Beaver Creek has been extended by the addition of the Bachelors Gulch area and a connecting lift to Arrowhead.
With the choice of six lifts up to the mountain from different points along the valley it would be very unfortunate to get caught in a queue. From the Mid-Vail the slopes fan out in all directions and are mainly intermediate territory. The Back Bowls near the top of the mountain are best for beginners, although there are some drop offs and tree-skiing opportunities for experts too. The Golden Peak terrain park features a 400ft super-pipe with 18ft walls. There is also a smaller park in Bwana.
Life off the slopes starts in Vail Village, an Austrian-inspired hub of activity featuring range of restaurants and shops. At Eagle's Nest there is an activity centre open in the evening with tubing, skating and snowmobiling. Nightlife is varied and lively with a fantastic choice of bars and entertainment.
New for 2016/17
The slow Sun Up triple chair in the back bowls will be replaced by a high-speed quad. That means that all major chairlifts on Vail mountain will now be high-speed. The new Sun Up chair will increase capacity by 65% to 2,400 people an hour and reduce the ride time in half to make it four minutes.
New for 2015/16
The Avanti fast quad above Lionshead was replaced by a six-pack, which improved the capacity by 30%.
New for 2014/15
The renovation of the flagship Lodge at Vail (Vail s first lodging, dating from 1962 and close to the gondola from Vail Village) was completed._ Along with Beaver Creek, Vail hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in February 2015.
New for 2013/14
A new six-pack replaced the Mountaintop quad at Mid-Vail, increasing capacity by 33%. A double chair on the nursery slopes at Golden Peak was replaced by a triple
New for 2012/13
A gondola (with heated seats and Wi-Fi) replaced the old Vista Bahn chair from Vail Village to Mid-Vail, increasing capacity by 40%.
- One of the largest areas in the US especially great skiing for confident intermediates
- The Back Bowls are large areas of treeless terrain not typically found in the US
- Picturesque area of ungroomed, wooded slopes at Blue Sky Basin
- For the most part traffic-free resort centres