Overview of Vail Ski Resort
Ski Vail and you’re at one of the most successful resorts in the near 150 year history of ski resorts. Indeed it is so successful and the resort has, as a result, expanded so far along Vail Valley, and for seven miles across the mountains above, that it can be hard to accept that Vail is still less than 50 years old, created by visionaries in the early 1960s from pretty well nothing. There’s no cowboy or mining town history here like there is at Aspen or Steamboat, it’s all new, built for skiing. The accommodation heavily reflect this, with a wide range of luxurious hotels and self-catered condos on offer.
Vail’s status as a world leader relies firstly on its ski area, which is generally agreed to be one of the world’s best, as well as the biggest single-mountain ski area in North America, covering nearly 5,300 acres with nearly 200 trails and the world famous Back Bowls, of which there are seven. There are several stats in which Vail is undisputed as world number one – their 17 high-speed quad chairlifts are more high-speed-quads than any other resort on the planet and the resort claims (although this one is a little hard to verify) that it grooms more terrain each night than any other ski area on earth.
Just as the ski area has drawn the great, the good and pretty much everyone else from around the world, so the young resort has grown along Vail Valley. Beyond the original pedestrianised Vail Village there are now five distinct districts (East Vail, West Vail, Lionshead, Golden Peak and Cascade Village) and between them they offer hundreds of high quality shops and restaurants so that you can have a good holiday in Vail without even setting foot on the slopes, although it might be considered a crime not to do so.
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