Vail facts




Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing:


Aprés Ski:

Village Height: 2475m

Avg. annual snowfall: 878.8cm

No. of lifts: 88

Season dates: Late Nov - Mid Apr

Acreage of terrain: 5289 acres

Terrain parks: 3

Snow making: 7%

Distance to airports: Denver 193km

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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Skiing in Vail Colorado

Vail Snow Report



Partly cloudy, some sunny spells

last snowfall
Last snowed:
26th Dec
Report date:
2nd Jan
Piste conditions

Piste conditions - Good

Good skiing on well groomed pistes

Piste / Off-piste run status
Runs to resort:
Lifts open
Lower/Upper snow depth

Vail Webcams

  • Blue Sky - 3527m

    Blue Sky - 3527m
    Last update: 12:15 / 23 Jan 18

  • Two Elk Lodge

    Two Elk Lodge
    Last update: 12:15 / 23 Jan 18