Eagle Airport: 45 mins
Denver: 2 hrs 30 mins
Vail offers a combination of sophistication and elegance with a distinct Tyrolean feel. Attractive, tree-lined streets are home to a vast array of boutiques, bars and restaurants. The resort extends along the Vail Valley, comprising four main areas: East Vail, Vail Village, West Vail and Lionshead. The high-speed, efficient lift system departs from Golden Peak, Vail Village, Lionshead and The Cascade in West Vail. As if Vail was not already a first-class ski destination, its continuing development this year has resulted in more shops, a new ice-skating rink, entertainment venues, enhanced streetscapes and landscaping, not to mention even better skier services.
The jewel in the crown of America’s ski resorts and rightly recognised as one of the finest international skiing destinations, Vail has the largest single ski mountain in the USA. Add to this a fantastic range of tree-lined runs and the extensive back bowls and you have an unparalleled choice of superb skiing for all skier levels. Advanced skiers will enjoy the expert terrain in the back bowls and steep mogul challenges on the front faces. Vail is ideal for intermediates with its wide-open pistes. Beginners benefit from good nursery slopes and short lifts at the base area.
There are plenty of activities for the non-skier: swimming, skating, sleigh rides, tubing, snowmobiling, ski-biking, theatre and indoor tennis to name but a few. Adventure Ridge, a huge floodlit snow playground for kids, is a fantastic addition to the Vail après ski programme. As the last lift stops, the many bars and restaurants of Vail Village and Lionshead come alive with numerous dining and entertainment options.