All About Skiing
Welcome to Vail, where winter is the favorite season
and by far the longest.
Last year, Vail's legendary back bowls were blanketed with 38 feet of champagne powder! With 300 days of sunshine a year, Vail still managed an average yearly snowfall of 335 inches and has 380 acres of snowmaking potential. For the beginner and intermediate skier, there is more groomed terrain in Vail than anywhere on the planet! And for those powder hounds, there are the legendary Back Bowls which span 7 miles and provide expanses of deep untracked powder glades with adrenaline pumping pitch. In total, Vail encompasses 5,289 acres, North America's largest ski resort. 53% of the terrain is considered Expert or Advanced; 29% intermediate and 18% Beginner 31 lift service 193 trails, with the longest run (Riva) stretching 4 miles long! The vertical rise is 3,450 feet and the base elevation is 8,120 feet. At the summit, 11,570 feet high, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Rockies.
The Birds of Prey FIS World Cup is held at Beaver Creek, which is the highest in elevation of all the world cup venues! The worlds best downhill racers come to Beaver Creek to compete for the overall championship.
The Vail Snow Daze (held in mid December) is a week long event with village parties, three huge concerts and on mountain activites..
Carnivail is Vail's Mardigras and tribute to the Big Easy. This street party includes live music, beads and outrageous outfits, cajun cooking and contests.
The Vail Street Beat concert series is a great experience. Outdoor concerts, often during snowfalls, where the crowd generates its own warmth by dancing in the streets.
The Taste of Vail in the spring is a celebration of food and wine where local restaurants offer tastings, interactive seminars and a huge mountaintop picnic.
The Vail Film Festival in early April is a forum for independent filmmakers. See if you can resist the slopes long enough to catch the artistry of world class filmmakers.
Spring Back to Vail offers a raucus celebration of the closing of the winter season. Enjoy the warmth of the sun, huge concerts, on-the-snow picnics, and the World Pond Skimming Championships. What a way to cap off the season - skiing in T shirts and shorts!
Just west of Vail, you'll find Beaver Creek Resort, a luxurious village nestled at the base of 1,805 acres of skiing delight. Beaver Creek seems to offer the best of both worlds for beginner and expert skiers alike. One amazing feature is that the very top of the mountain is a huge expanse of beginner terraine. No longer will the new skiers yearn to be able to get to the top of the mountain! They will be there before they know it! - enjoying the finest grooming and the most breathtaking views of the Rockies. Those skiers interested in comfy cruising will find 776 groomed acres of pure corduroy. While the more aggressive skiers will find plenty to challenge them on the Talons, Royal Elk glade, and the steep bumps on Grouse Mountain. Beaver Creek has 38% expert/advance terraine; 43% intermediate, and 19% beginner. There are 17 lifts which access bowls, terrain parks, glades and cruising runs. The base elevation of Beaver Creek is 8,100 feet and the summit rises to 11,440 feet.
Whatever you do, cruise down the Centential run, Beaver Creek's longest (2.75 miles) and be at the base village at 3PM each day. Look for volunteers dressed in chef's hats and handing out trays of the world famous Beaver Creek hot chocolate chip cookies!
One of the newest innovations at Vail/Beaver Creek this year is the use of "EZ Pass"-like ski passes. You'll find the liftlines moving even faster now that the lift attendants won't need to actually see your pass to scan it. You'll be able to leave it tucked inside your jacket, and they'll just wave a sensor over you! What will they think of next!