Vail, Colorado Skiing
SKIING / SNOWBOARDING
Hitting the Slopes in Vail Colorado
Photo Courtesy: Peter Fredin, Vail Resorts.
Rated as one of the top ski areas in North America, Vail has earned this premier designation for terrain, snow conditions and challenge. Combining the largest single-mountain ski area in North America with more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, Vail provides a huge variety of trails for skiers of every level. Vail also boasts the largest network of express quad chairlifts in the world.
The front-side of the mountain is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. Most of the front-side is groomed on a daily basis, making conditions almost perfect, day after day. There are plenty of wide open, meandering green runs for those learning to ski or ride, there are several great blue runs that are perfect for cruising, and for the more advanced skiers and boarders, there is no shortage of bump runs and steep blacks to get your heart racing.
One of Vail's most prominent features is Vail's world-famous Back Bowls with over 2,700 acres of wide-open skiing terrain. And now with the new Blue Sky Basin open there are 654 acres of more gladed terrain. The legendary Back Bowls of Vail are a big reason why so many people flock to the mountain. These vast bowls provide some of the best skiing in the world. These massive bowls collect huge amounts of snow and if you’re lucky enough to be there on a powder day, you can rest assured that it will be one of the best days of your life! Catering to advanced and expert skiers and boarders, Vail's Back Bowls offer fantastic glade runs, steep chutes, cornices to launch off, and steep cruisers that will make your legs burn all the way to the bottom!
Majestic views of Vails legendary Back Bowls
Photo Courtesy: Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts.
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 every ability - from the renowned learn-to-ski lessons to expert mogul and powder workshops. In addition, lessons are offered in many languages to accommodate the international visitors.
The town of Vail also rivals the mountain. A Tyrolean-style village featuring a wide range of accommodations with more than 250 shops and 100 restaurants and bars is the center of the Vail Valley. And to get around, Vail has a free intra-resort bus system.