Celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2012-13 ski season, Vail Mountain has 5,289 acres of skiable terrain to make it the largest single ski area in the United States. The acreage is split between the Front Side, Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.
At 1,627 acres, the Front Side consists largely of intermediate cruisers and draws the bulk of Vail's crowds that in many years make Vail the nation's most-visited ski area. The largely open terrain comprising the 3,017 acres of the Back Bowls draws raves on powder days. The bowls' southern exposure, however, can also create unfriendly "variable conditions" after a few warm, sunny days. Blue Sky Basin was added to the resort's boundaries in 2000.
Disclaimer: Travel accommodations were provided during visit to Vail.