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Vail Colorado

Vail tops the charts every year in ski publications for best Colorado ski resort. Vail is huge, with a great ski town at the base, and great lifts to get you up and out - into Vail's immense Back Bowls.

Vail has over 5,200 acres of skiing, bountiful snowfall, high blue sky and gorgeous Colorado sunshine. For families, Vail has excellent kids ski lessons and adventure camps, plus events all season long in the European village and on the slopes. A family ski vacation to Vail promises epic skiing on the Front and Backside plus Fort Whippersnapper, plus day trips to sister resorts Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge.

The après ski in Vail Village is the stuff movies are made of. In fact Vail Village and Lions Head base area have has undergone an extreme ski town makeover, bringing posh lodging, great new shops and restaurants, and more bars than your ski boots can carry you to. Lodging at Vail, take you pick of slopeside at Vail Cascades Resort, in town at the Lodge at Vail or Arabella, Four Seasons Vail or Vail Ritz Carlton are a few of the top places to stay and ski Vail. Michelle Obama stayed at the Sebastian during her Vail family ski vacation.

Vail celebrated 50 years winter 2013 (1962), with a new 10-passenger gondola complete with heated seats and WiFi - so very Vail! All hail! This ski season, a new high speed sixpack replaces lift #4, the Mountaintop Express.

Vail Resorts now owns and operates the most ski resorts in North America - from Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge in Colorado, to the Canyons in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe California, Afton Alps and Brighton in Michigan. The Vail Epic Pass continues to be one of the best values for season pass holders in the country - it even includes 6 days of free skiing at Verbier Switzerland!

Vail Stats:
5,289 acres
31 lifts, 193 trails,
3,450' vertical, 11,570' summit elevation

Vail Ski Reviews:
Hail, the new old Vail
Vail is King in Spring
Aspen vs. Vail, Colorado's Best Ski Resorts Compared
Ski 6 of Colorado's Best Ski Resorts

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