Why Ski Vail: The Diverse Appeal of Vail Ski Resort

Nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains, Vail is the perfect Colorado ski getaway destination for singles, couples or the entire family. The weather is typically accommodating since the area boasts a minimum of 300 days filled with sunshine every year. Located about 100 miles west of the "mile high" city of Denver, Vail is also the largest ski facility in the country. Here, you will find a vast number of diverse trails, accommodations to suit all budgets and a wide selection of activities. 
 
The Slopes
 
Vail Mountain rises to a height of 3,450 feet above sea level and has more than 190 trails for skiing and snowboarding. A variety of 31 lifts accommodate the novice to the experienced by taking winter sports enthusiasts to different areas of the mountain. The front face features a number of popular runs that include Bear Tree, Born Free and Lodgepole. The backside has the world renowned Back Bowls that attract the expert and adventurous at heart. Cross-country skiing is also an option in the backcountry. Instruction provided by trained and certified coaches is available for all sports and experience levels. 
 
Terrain Parks
 
Vail has the Golden Peak, Bwana and Pride terrain parks. Golden Peak remains the largest and features a 13-foot and a 22-foot half pipe. There are also nine jumps ranging from 10 to 50 feet in height. The location additionally has more than 30 boxes, jibs and rails to practice or test skills. Bwana Park is designed to assist in the progression from beginner to the more advanced through an array of 25 features. Pride Park provides more chances for fun in the snow and sun with a variety of features that include a milled log slide. 
 
Adventure Ridge
 
From noon to 8:00 P.M. daily, we welcome guests of all ages to enjoy tubing, snowshoe tours, ski biking, snowmobiling and zip line adventures. A specially designated gondola ventures to the site that also includes a bistro. The venue offers casual or sit-down meals along with having a full-service bar. Here, you might indulge in anything from an order of nachos and a soft drink to lobster linguini and a glass of wine. 
 
Dining and Shopping
 
With 20 different restaurants spanning from Vail Square to various heights along the mountain slopes, you are never at a loss for somewhere to eat. Cuisine options also vary. You can find an eatery in the square, take a lit gondola ride or hop aboard the snow-cat up the side of the mountain. In addition to the restaurants, our après ski and nightlife options include 10 venues that appeal to various age groups. Enjoy craft beer and a slice of pizza, mixed drinks, live music and dancing or an intimate wine bar. 
 
We have a large selection of shops offering clothing, outerwear and ski gear. You can easily find ski rentals Vail apparel stores carry, typically offering many different types of equipment. Specialty shops offer everything from artwork and home decor items to gourmet confections and toys. Whether in search of personal items, a unique gift or a memorable souvenir, odds are that one of our shops will meet your needs.
 

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