Vail offers a wide variety of terrain and fun for families, extreme skiers, snowboarders, newcomers and everyone in between. All of this is conveniently located ~2 hours west of Denver International Airport. With more than 190 trails, a Front-side alone that has more ski area than most major resorts and 7 back bowls (8 including Game Creek), plan to spend several days. Vail averages nearly 30 feet of snow annually (370 inches) with an average base depth of more than 45 inches, and plenty of powder all season long (all that while enjoying ~300 days of sunshine). The Epic Pass provides unlimited access (5 days for an adult to breakeven) and the Epic Local provides up to 10 days per season (only 4 days for an adult to breakeven). Vail’s leading teaching program offers group and private lessons with global instructors for all levels. Vail has 3 main base villages, all are pedestrian friendly and offer ski in ski out access. Vail Village offers a vibrant après ski season, fine dining and regularly hosts events. Getting around is easy.


Avant Ski

Full - unlimited
Local - up to 10 days

Quick Take

  • Size and scale are hard to match

  • Excellent variety of terrain for differing ability levels with convenient access to meet between runs

  • Expansive back bowls preserve powder

  • Charming, European style pedestrian base villages with plenty of luxury shopping, colorful après ski scene and fine dining

  • Relative ease of travel (2 hours from Denver Airport or fly directly to Eagle Vail from 10 American cities) 

  • Vail is massive, pick an area for a day (see our Daily Guides) and avoid spending your time traversing

  • Purchase an Epic Pass (the earlier the better) to maximize value if planning to ski 4-5 days or more

  • On powder days, head to Blue Sky Basin; enjoy the more open glades on Champagne Glade and barbeque at Belle’s Camp for lunch

  • Vail offers ski school in multiple locations, make sure you coordinate with your accommodations and members of your party to find the most convenient

  • Can be crowded and lifts bottleneck during peak times (weekends, holidays and after a big storm)

  • Budget travelers beware, while there are budget-friendly accommodations near by, the resort is relatively more expensive resort for lessons, on mountain dining and other amenities

  • Super steeps are lacking


Flying to Vail
Getting To
  • Closest Major City: Denver, CO

  • Distance: ~120 miles West of Denver

  • Travel Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (without traffic) 

Neighboring Resorts
  • Neighbors on Epic Pass

    • Beaver Creek (12.5 miles)​, ~20 mins

    • Breckenridge (35 miles, ~45 mins)

    • Keystone (40 miles, ~55 mins)

  • Other Neighbors

    • Arapahoe Basin (42 miles, 48 mins)

    • Copper (21 miles, 25 mins)​

    • Winter Park (82 miles, 90 mins)

Travel by Plane
  • Closest major commercial airport: DEN - (Denver International Airport)  

      - ~100 miles West, ~2 hrs, 10 mins

  • Closest regional airport: EGE

      (Eagle County Regional Airport)

      - ~35 miles East, ~35 minutes

  • Private planes can also come into / out of Eagle Aiport 

Travel by Bus
  • The Town of Vail runs free shuttles to and from Vail and throughout the town (one of the largest free transportation systems in the U.S.)

  • Airport shuttle services is available to / from DEN and EGE

​Cars are not essential if staying in Vail or the sourrounding area

  • Pros: Conveniece, useful for getting groceries, greater optionality for dining and off mountain activities

  • Cons:  Parking is limited and Vail charges for space in its structures at the base ($20 for 3 - 4 hours,  $30 for 4 - 15 hours) - this is unique, most resorts have free parking at the base. You can find free parking offsite, but be ready for a walk 

Travel by Car

Vail is an easy drive from Denver, go straight West on 1-70. Cars are not essential if planning to stay within Vail Village. The Village is mostly walkable and Vail runs shuttles throughout the sourrouding area. However, ride shares are limited, so consider a car if traveling with a family, desiring greater flexility or planning to visit neighboring areas / resorts

The Lay of the LAnd

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