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Winter at Vail Resort

The Vail Ski Resort is located in Eagle County, Colorado, next to the town of Vail. One of the largest mountain ski resorts in the U.S., with 5,289 acres, Vail Mountain features seven bowls, and three sections: The Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin and the Back Bowls. Opened in 1962, Vail Ski Resort is the fourth largest resort in North America, behind Park City, Big Sky Resort and Whistler Blackcomb. Most of the mountain is wide open terrain and features trails of all types, from cruising runs off most of Front Side and Blue Sky Basin lifts, to the wide open Back Bowls, glades, chutes and moguls in the Northwoods area. Vail Village is modeled after a Bavarian Village with pedestrian streets and rugged mountain backdrops.

Skiable Terrain

5,289 ac

Vertical Drop

3,451 Ft

Annual Snowfall

350 IN


11,572 Ft

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Projected Closing


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Where to stay

Vail has multiple options of locations to stay at. Below you'll find some quick info on the different locations as well as links to full list of hotels and accommodations in that area. Or select from one of the Vail Destinations best selling lodges.

Vail Village

  • Most popular place to stay
  • Plenty of dining, shopping and nightlife options
  • Most expensive

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Cascade Village

  • Quieter area, away from main villages
  • Served by its own lift
  • Sells out quickly

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East Vail

  • Quiet area
  • Hotels and condos
  • 25 minutes away by resort bus

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West Vail

  • Fast food chains and supermarkets
  • Hotels and condos
  • 25 minutes away by resort bus

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Getting to Vail

Getting to Vail is easy. The resort is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, just 100 miles west of Denver International Airport (DIA) and just 30 miles east of Eagle/Vail Airport. You can rent a car and drive, or take the ultra-convenient, relaxing and affordable Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service via I-70.


Vail is serviced by both the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) and Denver International Airport (DEN). EGE has non-stop jet service from numerous major domestic and international cities, and DEN is just two hours east of Vail.

Recommended Option

Flying to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) may end up costing more but the time and savings by getting a transfer can make it worth while. EGE is only 30 miles from Vail making it a short drive wheather getting a rental car or transfer.

Travel by car

Getting to Vail by car is simple via Interstate 70. Vail is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, just 100 miles west of Denver and just 30 miles east of Eagle.

Benefit of renting a car

The biggest benefit of renting a car is Vail is located in the heart of Colorado. Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone are all close and are on the EPIC pass.

Downside of renting a car

Colorado is know for getting lots of snow and Vail pass is no exception. The pass often gets closed due to weather and can cause the 100 mile drive from Denver to take twice as long.

Get a transfer

Epic Mountain Express, previously Colorado Mountain Express and CME, offers both private car service and frequently scheduled airport shuttle services to the Vail area. Professional and well-trained drivers ensure that your trip gets started off right, navigating the mountain roads so you arrive relaxed. All vehicles feature complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. If you need assistance planning transportation to Vai

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Vail Ski Vacation Packages

If Vail's epic Back Bowls, lively base villages and gorgeous Rocky Mountain views sound like the Colorado ski vacation of your dreams, start the booking process today. You can begin by searching our online Vail lodging inventory. Use the filters to narrow down the options based on your budget and preferences. You can also book your flights, ground transfers, lift tickets, lessons and equipment rental online. Or if you'd prefer, leave the heavy-lifting to's knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists. They can help you customize your ideal Vail ski vacation package, including accommodations, air travel, ground transportation, lift tickets, ski or snowboard rentals, activities to events around town and more.

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