A Guide to Skiing Vail Mountain in Colorado

A Guide to Skiing Vail

If you’ve never skied in Colorado, then you are in for a treat. Nothing is better than cruising down a perfectly-groomed run, the sun warming your face under a blue sky, the wind whipping past your helmet as you rush down the snowy mountain. Colorado is home to some of the best skiing in the world. And, skiing Vail tops them all. According to Forbes Magazine, Vail is the “King of American Ski Resorts.” Because it is such a large resort (there are over 200 trails across 5,289 acres), many people are daunted by Vail mountain. This shouldn’t be – which is why we created our guide to skiing Vail mountain. Here are tips and tricks to make skiing at the resort a breeze:

 – Getting to Vail

If you are flying into Vail, you will need to fly into one of two airport choices:

  • Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)

Eagle Airport is closer to Vail, but is still about 35 minutes from Vail. You can take a van, which will cost around $70 per person. Denver International Airport is 120 miles from Vail, and you will be required to drive over 2 mountain passes. Renting a car is a good option, but be sure you are comfortable driving in snowy conditions. If you don’t want to drive, there are van services that will take you from the Denver airport to your accommodations in Vail.

 – Terrain at Vail

Skiing Vail is great for all ages and experience types. There are beginner (green circle), intermediate (blue diamond), and advance (black diamond) runs over the entire mountain. Lionshead offers access to many beginner runs, while the back bowls offer more advanced runs. Follow this link for a list of terrain and lift status.  Follow the links below to see a map:

 – Ski and Snowboard Schools at Vail

If you are new to either skiing or snowboarding, you may want to consider attending ski school. According to Forbes Magazine, Vail has “one of the best and largest ski schools on earth, with an endless array of group, semi-private and private lessons and camps for every age and ability.” Getting lessons can be fun, as group trips are enjoyable and adventurous.

 – Where to Eat and Where to Stay

There are countless restaurants and places to stay in Vail. Thankfully, you have the resources you need to determine the best option for you and the rest of your party. We have a full Vail dining and nightlife guide on this site, as well as lodging listings for Vail and Beaver Creek. Search through these sections for information and tips on where to stay and what to eat during your skiing trip to Vail.

Our Advice for Skiing Vail: Have a Great Time

While making plans and having a schedule is important for your skiing trip to Vail, it is also important that you remember to let loose and have fun. Nothing could be more fun than bursting through fresh powder on Vail. Remember to stop and realize just how incredible it is to burst through untouched powder on a beautiful day in Colorado!

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