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Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
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  Resort Information
 Season  November - Mid April
 Nearest Airport  Eagle Vail or Denver
 Ski Area  420km
 Ski Lifts  34
 Ski Runs  192
 Longest Run  9km
 Resort Height  8,200ft
Snowball Ratings
 Beginners 4 / 5
 Intermediates 5 / 5
 Experts 4 / 5
 Families 4 / 5
 Nightlife 4 / 5
 Affordability 4 / 5
 Non Ski Activities 4.5 / 5


Vail is high on our recommended must see must ski list being one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. With the largest single mountain in North America, it is a skier's and snowboarder's dream. With modern, high-speed lifts, endless groomed pistes and some of the best alpine bowls in the world. The town consists of a sprawling though thoughtfully designed, European-style town and is bustling with lively and smart bars, quality and varied restaurants and lovely boutiques.

There is just so much skiing choices in Vail for all abilities. Beginners are well looked after by its internationally acclaimed ski school and the nursery area is on the mountain so perfect for mixed groups who also want to meet for lunch and there are plenty of easy runs to ensure you enjoy yourself. Intermediates will just revel in the many tree lined pistes and the truly awesome Blue Sky Basin and other back bowls. Experts and advanced and skiers have so many bowls and steeps to choose from. Just check the weather reports and conditions and then choose your ideal area! Vail is also popular with snowboarders thanks to the wide gladed runs as well as the terrain park and super-pipe on Golden Peak.

Vail has a huge selection of restaurants, bars and is well-known for its nightlife. Off with the skis and then maybe pop into the popular Red Lion bar or Los Amigos for a special Margerita or Bart and Yetis in Lionshead for a well earned drink. There is a large choice of hostelries offering comfortable, relaxed apres ski, some with live music, to exclusive clubs where the cash splashers come to party. Shopping is another unique experience, with many designer boutiques and if nothing else it is a fantastic place to window shop. There is also a good selection of non-skiing activities from sleigh rides, ice skating to snowmobiling.

Accommodation in Vail is pretty much available for any level of budget and there are some great early booking offers to be had so the key really is to book early. The more reasonably priced accommodation tends to be clustered around the Lionshead base area or in West or East Vail with the higher end properties being more in the centre. We have a few Catered Chalets to offers you as well, spread around. There is a very good range of hotel and condo choices and if you are looking for a luxury property for that special occasion then you really are spoilt for choice. The standard of service and elegant opulence and ambience of the hotels such as the St Regis,Sonnenalp, Solaris,Sebastian and Four Seasons will make for an unforgettable stay.

The ski pass for Vail also allows you to ski Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin during the course of your holiday, enhancing your Colorado experience. You could also look at combining Vail with other resorts such as Heavenly,Whistler or Park City (all on the same ski pass)as well as a stopover maybe in New York or Las Vegas.If going late season we often package up with San Diego for a Colorado/California experience.We can help you plan that perfect trip even if its a honeymoon!!


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Customer Reviews of Vail Ski Resort, Colorado

We have 4 review's for Vail Ski Resort, Colorado.

"Just emailing to say you organised such a great chalet for the 12 of us we will have to return.The skiing was also just amazing and can see why you are enthusiatic about the area.Thanks for organising the day in Aspen too.All in all the best holiday we have ever had and I am now 45!!How can you beat Blue Sky Basin?Thanks so much and back soon with dates."
Penny Tofts, Ilfracombe (Review Submitted: 28/04/2011 at 10:26)


"We had a fantastic holiday thanks. The Scorpio condo, resort and weather conditions in Vail and the accom in Denver were perfect and the snow was outstnding considering we left on 17 April."
Gordon, Scotland (Review Submitted: 30/04/2011 at 05:11)


"Hi Martin Just a quick mail to say that we had a great trip, the chalet was excellent with Sam & Shelly caring hosts. A top-up of snow had just arrived a few days before we got there so conditions were packed powder and we had some great skiing with Thurs & Fri cold with snow showers but Sat through to Fri sunny & cool. The Buick SUV served us well and we visited Keystone and Beaver (twice) and on 2 trips we were 6 up with gear. We also had a day off with shopping at Silverthorn and a trip to Leadville. I’m not sure what the transfer costs would have been but we certainly made a good choice by transporting ourselves. The George was our favourite watering hole as we used Gravity Jones to store our skis and boots and it was just across the road. We didn’t fancy the hike from the bus stop up the hill with gear in boots and I would say this was the only down side of the chalet. However I would recommend the ski storage to punters as the cost was only $40 for 9 days and the pain is removed. I thought you did us a great deal on the lift tickets. We skied 8 out of 9 days which made that 37 / day which is remarkable for the US. We paid 28 / day in La Clusaz / Gr Bonond for senior’s tickets in Jan. The tickets gave us the ‘Epic Mix’ facility which we had not seen before and it was great fun guessing our daily total before checking later. Our best was 24,000 ft although the experts in the chalet were clocking 40,000 ft. We enjoyed our meal out at Billy’s Island Grill at Lionshead which was reasonably priced with plenty of atmosphere, the natchos at the Coyote Bar in Beaver went down a treat, and the 2 Elk was as good as ever. Our chalet food was well above the European average, as I said Sam & Shelly looked after us very well and although the wine at dinner was a bit limited it was very drinkable (unlike some French chalets) so no complaints on the food side. So Martin all in all a very successful holiday, we thought it would go into our top 5 ski holidays over the past 26 years, thanks for all your help and I’ll probably speak to you again before next year’s trip."
Jim, Devon (Review Submitted: 13/03/2012 at 16:43)


" What a great resort.Superb accom at Mountain Haus and in a great locationI certainly think we are sold on North American skiing!"
Nigel, Devizes (Review Submitted: 29/04/2012 at 09:20)



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