Vail provides everything that’s great about North American skiing, plus the ski to door convenience and large ski area we’re used to in Europe. It also has a more pleasant village than North America’s other big single ski area resorts (e.g. Whistler, Mammoth), gets better quality snow, and more of it too – huge dumps of champagne powder. Advanced skiers play in the legendary back bowls, a vast area of ski-anywhere powder. Intermediates have mile upon mile of perfectly groomed pistes and can also venture into a lot of the back bowls without a problem. Beaver Creek is only 10 miles away. It’s a pedestrianised development of luxurious ski-in / ski-out hotels and condos but the skiing has plenty of challenges, and its deserted pistes are also great for those fun Super G turns, putting those new carver skis to the test!
Families and groups alike love Vail because it has everything that a skiing holiday should have from great restaurants to good shopping and excellent amenities. Vail has basically set the benchmark by which all other US resorts are judged and they have set an impressive standard to follow. Vail isn’t just about the skiing, even though it is top notch. Vail is an attitude, an expression, a place to see and be seen. It’s everything and more. It’s Vail.
Why Go There?
Why Go Elsewhere?
Wonderful back bowls for powder skiing
Largest ski area in United States
It’s got everything!
Back bowls face south; can be in disappointing condition
Purpose built mock-Tyrolean village lacks American character
There are tons of accommodation options. You can stay slopeside in Beaver Creek, which is reassuringly expensive for highly discerning clients, or in the smart pedestrianised Vail Village centre, or in the user-friendly slopeside Lionshead. The shuttle system is impeccable so regardless of where you stay, getting to the slopes is quick and easy. Minturn is a nice little town between Vail and Beaver Creek with much lower prices and more American character than either resort.
Destination Resorts: Condominiums and lodging options ranging from one bedroom to four bedroom+loft units. Each individually decorated condominium includes a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, balcony, daily maid service (winter only), covered parking, scenic views, separate living & sleeping areas, Cable TV/VCR, and a choice of outside heated pools, hot tubs, and saunas. Standard and deluxe units are available.
Vail Cascade: If you are looking for a high-end resort hotel with every conceivable amenity and service accounted for, this is the spot. It’s impressive without being overly formal. Each room is spacious and comfortable. The plethora of non-skiing options is great for those who might need a break from the rigors of skiing everyday! The chair lift is as close as it can be, literally out the door of the hotel. This is probably the best place to stay in Vail if luxury and leisure are on your list of must haves.
Beaver Creek West: This is a great condominium value, closer to Beaver Creek in the town of Avon. The property offers 1 to 4 bedroom units with all mod cons including fireplace and private balcony. Facilities include outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and large sauna. Car-hire is recommended.
Day Trip Options:
Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Copper
Two Centre Options:
Anywhere in Colorado