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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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#1 Hiking Though Vail's ski terrain receives much of the spotlight, the area's many hiking trails are just as impressive. If you've got a car, you may want to ... Read more » Jack Affleck / Getty Images

#2 Vail Ski Resort 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 ... Read more » Jack Affleck / Vail Ski Resort

#3 Betty Ford Alpine Gardens It's no secret that Vail was the preferred vacation spot for former President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty. In fact, Betty Ford became known by locals as the ... Read more » Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

#4 Holy Cross Wilderness Area Straddling the Arkansas River about 30 miles south of Vail, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area makes for a great daytrip during the warmer months. Encompassing an impressive 122,797 acres ... Read more » clare_and_ben / Flickr

#5 Beaver Creek Resort Located about 13 miles west of Vail in Avon, Colorado, the Beaver Creek Resort is the newer kid on the block. Still, since it opened in 1980 Beaver Creek has ... Read more » Jack Affleck / Beaver Creek Resort

#6 Eagles Nest Wilderness Area Covering nearly 133,500 acres of the Gore Mountain Range just north of Vail, the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area is not for the faint of heart. This park's 180 miles ... Read more » Patrick_Lienin / Getty Images

#7 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame Before hitting the slopes, consider taking a quick tour of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame. This small facility in central Vail pays tribute to the ... Read more » brent flanders / Flickr

#8 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Named for former President Gerald Ford, this outdoor performance venue plays host to some of Vail's most popular events, including the Vail Dance Festival and the Bravo! Vail music ... Read more » John Ryan Lockman, ShowLove Media

#9 River Rafting If you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled, warm-weather activity, you may want to heed the advice of recent visitors and book a river rafting and tubing trip. Not only does ... Read more » ranplett / Getty Images

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Though Vail's ski terrain receives much of the spotlight, the area's many hiking trails are just as impressive.  Jack Affleck / Getty Images

The Vail Ski Resort welcomes about 350 inches of snowfall each year. Jack Affleck / Vail Ski Resort

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Straddling the Arkansas River about 30 miles south of Vail, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area makes for a great daytrip during the warmer months. clare_and_ben / Flickr

Beaver Creek boasts 1,815 acres of skiable terrain Jack Affleck / Beaver Creek Resort

Intrepid hikers can explore the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area on 180 miles of trails just north of Vail. Patrick_Lienin / Getty Images

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This beautiful outdoor performance venue  named in honor of former President Gerald Ford  hosts some of the area's most popular events, including the Vail Dance Festival. John Ryan Lockman, ShowLove Media

If you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled, warm-weather activity, you may want to heed the advice of recent visitors and book a river rafting and tubing trip.  ranplett / Getty Images

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