From the backcountry of East Vail to the back bowls at blue sky basin and the trees on Grouse Mountain the Valley is home to some of the most diverse and exciting terrain in the country. Not to mention the rails, pipes, kickers, and logs that add to the fun you can experience when riding Vail or Beaver Creek mountains. There are so many runs and so many different areas to ride while at Vail that is a great idea to pick up a trail map before you ride, and choose your general route early. Vail resort has 3,450’ of vertical rise, 34 lifts, 193 trails, 5,289 ski-able acres, and almost exactly 1/3 each beginner, intermediate and expert terrain. Beaver Creek resort has 4,040’ vertical rise, 17 lifts, 149 trails, 1,815 ski-able acres, and all but 20% intermediate and expert terrain.
Vail Valley Freestyle Parks and Pipes
The freestyle terrain including parks and pipes are nothing to gawk at! Vail’s superpipe is 425 feet long with huge 22-foot walls, Beaver Creek’s pipe runs anywhere from 350 to 400 feet long with walls less than 20 feet. Vail’s Golden Peak Terrain Park features pipes as well as a rail park and numerous table tops. The Mule Skinner Terrain Park is a more intermediate and less nerve-racking, you can also find some nice log rails off the main run! There is also Bwana Park, Hunky Dory, and Chaos Canyon Kids Park for those in the learning stages or who want to play around a little.
Beaver Creek has an equally expansive set of terrain parks for the young, old, and anything in between. Their first park is rightfully named Park 101, which is a series of smaller obstacles of different types for those in the learning stages. The Lumber Yard and the Zoom Room are intermediate parks that feature progressively more difficult obstacles including tables, rollers, and rails. The most difficult park at Beaver Creek with all expert terrain is The Rodeo. For skiers and riders ages 3 to 17 they offer a nationally recognized freestyle terrain course, called Parkology!
Don’t forget to be prepared when hitting the slopes of either resort or the backcountry terrain. There are dozens of shops in the area at which you can rent or purchase any type of equipment or clothing you may need for your vacation. They may even be willing to deliver it right to your door. The photos featured on our website are a collection from various people enjoying the many activities in the Vail Valley. If you would like to share photos of your Vail Valley ski vacation, please email us. We are putting together an exciting gallery of photos for all to enjoy. Wouldn’t you like to show off your photos to thousands of people?!
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