Vail is probably the best ski area in Colorado for diversity of terrain, certainly the BIGGEST!. Vail is regularly voted the best ski area in colorado and the USA. For experts there are the back bowls and intermediates have plenty to keep them occupied, in fact as well as vail itself the lift ticket also allows skiers and boarders access to Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone Resorts. The Europeann flavor of the base area attracts skiers fromall over the world and you could just as easily ride the lift with a German a Brit a Brazilian or a Lithuanian! Vail is also easily accessible from anywhere in the world or the US.
The Vail Valley is made up of a number of quaint villages and towns. Below is a map and descriptions of each area, so you have a better idea of where you'd like to stay.
In December 2000, Vail put the final touches on the second phase of its Blue Sky Basin terrain expansion, with the addition of its fourth new high-speed quad chairlift and the opening of an additional 125 acres of ski terrain in Pete's Bowl. This expansion, although completed in December 2000, is still considered "new", offering skiers and snowboarders a unique wilderness experience different from any other on Vail Mountain. This brings Vail's total count of high-speed lifts to 15, more than any other ski area in the United States.
Vail's crowning Blue Sky Basin terrain expansion provides a unique wilderness ski experience unlike anything else found on Vail Mountain and features a total of 645 acres of natural, gladed terrain from intermediate to advanced terrain in its two world-class bowls.
With the addition of Blue Sky Basin, Vail continues to strengthen its position as the largest single-mountain ski area in North America, offering three distinct mountain experiences: the front side, the Legendary Back Bowls, and the new Blue Sky Basin. With this exceptional ski experience, superior customer service and extensive vacation options, Vail continues to take its place at the top of the ski world year after year.
In addition, Vail's renowned Two Elk restaurant has expanded to include a new 250-seat outdoor, heated deck. Opening for the 2002-2003 season, the deck offers pristine views of the Gore Range and features in-floor heating to help take the chill out of cool toes.
In the Works
In fiscal 2001, the Company announced plans to dramatically enhance the aesthetic appeal of Vail's front door, the link between Vail Village and Vail Mountain. Revitalization plans for Vail's Front Door encompass approximately four acres of land located at different sites within the uppermost portion of Vail Village. These plans include a new and beautified ski yard and plaza, and will generate numerous improvements throughout the Town of Vail. Construction could begin as early as June 2003 and on the balance of the Vail Front Door project in the fall of 2003 or more likely the spring of 2004. Construction will be completed within 24 months.
In June 2003, Vail Resorts unveiled its plans for a complete revitalization of Lionshead in Vail, one of the most significant development projects ever undertaken by the Company. The project includes a new skier services portal, a five-star, luxury hotel, riverfront townhomes and more than 400 additional "hot beds," 50,000 square feet of retail space, a small number of single family home sites, improved auto and pedestrian access, and more. Complementing the historical architecture of Vail, classic European architecture will be featured throughout the Lionshead area.
Try one week here and a week in Crested Butte a 3 or 4 hour very scenic drive away.
Lift Operation: 8:30-4:00pm
Lift Capacity: 45,977 people per hour
Number Of Lifts: 29
High Speed Quads:10
Quad Chairs: 1
Triple Chairs: 3
Double Chairs: 5
Total Acreage: 4,644
Longest Run: Flapjack to Riva Ridge: 4.5 mi
Top Lift: 11,450