Vail Ski Resort
Vail Ski Resort
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450 East Lionshead Circle

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Skiing Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Boasting 5,289 skiable acres, a vertical drop of 3,450 feet and 31 lifts, the Vail Ski Resort is massive. And Vail's 195 trails cater to a wide variety of skiers, with well-tended slopes for novices and rugged runs for experts. But what's even more impressive is that all of this primo powder is found on one mountain, making this one of the largest single-mountain resort in the country. Across its terrain are four parks that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced, along with several upper alpine areas called bowls. After the snow has melted, the resort offers a bevy of summer activities, including hiking, biking, zip lining, alpine coasters, and the perennial traveler favorite, gondola rides up to Vail Mountain's summit.  

Most recent skiers praised Vail's size and quality runs and its diverse range of mountain activities, including tubing, ski biking and snowshoeing – perfect if you've got travelers in your group who aren't up for skiing. Though reviewers lamented the high price tags for everything, they do concede that the experience is worth the money. To cut down on costs, recent travelers advised purchasing your lift tickets online (at least seven days in advance) and investing in a multiday pass to score a discount.

Located just south of town along Interstate 70, Vail Ski Resort's slopes are open between mid-November and late April. The lifts operate between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., although hours are often extended during the course of the season. Lift ticket prices vary by month, but you can expect to pay at least $116 for a one-day adult ticket and $80 for a one-day ticket for a child between the ages of 5 and 12. Multiday lift tickets purchased at this resort are also valid at Beaver Creek. Tickets for the resort's summer activities can be purchased individually (starting at $14 for Gore Creek mini-golf); all-day access for adults costs $94 and $54 for children. For more information and deals, check out the Vail Ski Resort website.

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