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About Vail, Colorado

Vail Mountain is one of the most diverse ski resorts in the United States, which is why it’s such a great ski destination for families. Every level of skiing, every lodging preference and just about every budget can find a place to call home during a ski vacation to Vail, Colorado.

Skiers and snowboarders looking for incredible views will be thrilled with the scenic vistas of the surrounding Gore Range, and restaurant-goers can find everything from Iron Chef foodie-fare to down-to-earth pub food and New York City-quality pizza in Vail Village.

Those looking to relax in luxury will be happy to find a multitude of hotels whose objective is to pamper their guests like VIP's.


in one of the resort’s villages: Vail Village, Lionshead or Golden Peak or one of the nearby neighborhoods of East Vail or West Vail.


at a top elevation of 11,571 feet on an annual average of 350 inches of snow throughout 5,289 acres.


by flying directly into Eagle County Regional Airport for ultimate convenience, or fly into and drive or take a shuttle from Denver, Grand Junction or Colorado Springs.


breathtaking views of the rugged Gore Range to the east.


Vail’s seven wide-open Back Bowls.


Vail’s 100+ world-class restaurants.


yourself to designer shopping + award-winning spas.


cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, ice skating and snow tubing, which are just a few examples of Vail’s many winter activities.

Skiing Vail, Colorado

As North America's fourth largest ski area (behind Whistler, Park City Mountain Resort and Big Sky Resort), Vail's terrain will please every level of skier or snowboarder. The resort's vast 5,289 acres offers wide-open, pristine bowl skiing, a plethora of meandering intermediate trails, multiple beginner areas and plenty of steep and deep terrain in the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin to keep expert skiers satisfied.

The beginner skiing at Vail is found all over the mountain, providing novices and first-timers with breathtaking views they won’t soon forget. Vail beginner skiing can be found from at all three base villages: Golden Peak, Vail Village and Lionshead Village. Gentle traverse trails allow beginner skiers to explore nearly the whole entire front-side of the mountain.

But, at its heart, Vail is an intermediate to advanced intermediate's paradise. From the legendary Back Bowls to the many zippy, groomed runs off of the Mountaintop Express lift, the varied groomed terrain is perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike. Blue Sky Basin is the expert skier’s playground, with cornice drops, leg-burning mogul runs, trees and open powder fields.

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Vail Ski Packages

If you can just imagine the feeling of gliding through knee-deep snow in the Back Bowls or cruising up sun-drenched, wide-open trails that Vail is famous for, make it all come true this winter and start planning your Vail ski trip. We're here to help you make the process easy as possible. You can book your entire Vail ski packages, including lodging, lift tickets, flights, ground transportation, ski lessons, equipment rentals, and off-mountain activities for the whole family.



*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.