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Vail Mountain, Colorado

Vail is known internationally for its beautiful mountains and great skiing! In addition, Vail Valley offers an exciting nightlife, with one-of-a-kind shops, gourmet dining to tempt the tastebuds, and endless outdoor adventures. There is always something to do no matter the season!

Consistently ranked the country's most popular ski resort by skiers and ski magazines almost since its inception, Vail has the look of a Tyrolean village, and is visited regularly by almost as many Europeans as Americans. This gives its restaurants, hotels, and shops a continental air. The size of the mountain and the varying degrees of difficulty and excellent condition of its trails are the main draw.

Vail Mountain sits 100 miles west of Denver and is one of the largest ski areas in North America. On an average day, there are only two skiers per acre and on a busy day, only four! Easy access to the slopes is made possible by a well placed network of lifts and trails. There are 1,220 acres of varied runs on the front side, and the existence of the Back Bowls makes this a play ground for skiers of various experience levels.

During the warmer months those same slopes and trails provide the perfect escape to nature experience for hikers and mountain bike devotees in summer. The village hosts a wide variety of festivals year round, also check out our Calendar of Events to see what’s happening!

If your looking for accommodation then check out the Short Term Rentals and Long Term Rentals rental listings. You are sure to find something warm and inviting waiting for you here in Colorado. Let us know how we can help! Visit the Contact Us page for our details. We are waiting to serve you and your lodging needs.



Best Time to Go?

It depends on whether you prefer winter or summer. In the winter time, you can enjoy your Christmas Holiday’s here where the Town of Vail is beautifully decorated, or you can come in January, which is the off-season. This is also a fantastic month to visit as the snow conditions are excellent and the Holiday crowd has gone home.

In the summer, June is the time for wild flowers and other spring blooms. Then in mid to late September is fantastic for seeing the changing color of the trees.

Summertime is when the artsy crowd visits Vail for the Bravo! Colorado Vail Valley Music Festival starting in late June and running until early August. The festival features classical orchestra and chamber music, vocal and pops, baroque, and modern jazz. Vail is also home to a satellite school of the famous Bolshoi ballet that sponsors summer performances.


Off Season

During the off-season, from snowmelt until snowfall, you'll be able to visit Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Ford Park, east of Vail. The gardens offer an alpine display, perennial garden, and mountain meditation garden showing approximately 2,000 varieties of plants.

Also during the off-season, check out The Piney River Ranch located about 12 miles north of Vail on Piney Lake for a variety of outdoor activities, including horse back rides, hayrides, a lake for fishing, and a cattle round up! Look into a guided fishing trip, mountain bike and off-road tours, plus white water rafting. Denver also is close enough to visit for a day.

Betty Ford Gardens



Vail has serious winter weather. In winter, the average lows from December through February can be ( - 5 ) degrees Fahrenheit, with the first freeze coming in November. Vail does have a long ski season!

In summer, the average temperature in summer is the high 70’s, the warmer months are July-August, hottest day hitting high 80’s.

Vail Facts:

  • 5289 acres of lift served terrain for skiing and riding, hiking and biking
  • 356 inches of snow on average and 275 days a year of sunshine
  • Base elevation: 8120 feet
  • Summit elevation: 11,570 feet
  • Vertical Rise: 3,450 feet
  • 34 Lifts, including: 14 high-speed quad chairlifts and 1 gondola
  • Longest Run: Riva, 4 miles
  • Seven natural bowls including Game Creek, China Bowl, Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls 




From mid-December to early April, visitors can fly into Eagle County Airport, 35 miles outside of Vail, on American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, or United. Eagle Transportation Services provides shuttle service from the Eagle County Airport to Vail. Most visitors fly into Denver International Airport; shuttle service to Vail is available via Airlink Shuttle, Airport Luxury Express, Colorado Mountain Express, or Vail Valley Transportation. All of the major car rental companies have outlets at Denver's Airport.

Once you are in Vail you really do not need a car. The Town of Vail runs a free shuttle service starting off first thing in the morning and running until 2 a.m. The town itself is compact and easy to walk around.