Upon visiting vail.com the first thing you read is their tagline like nothing on earth. That about sums it up. Vail is one of the biggest resorts in North America with over 5,200 acres of chutes, bowls, backcountry, parks, and anything else a snowbound powder hound could possibly want. From one end to the other is about seven miles so one day just simply isn’t enough to really get a full grasp on what Vail is all about.
Vail is uber popular with skiers for all of the obvious reasons but their prominence on the mountain is partly due to the size of Vail. When a mountain is as big as Vail is it means navigating cat tracks and skiers have a sizeable advantage there. Long flat runs (on a powder day at that) for a snowboarder mean that the back leg is gonna burn but whatever you do don’t stop or fall, because then you’re unstrapping and walking your way. First world problems.
Lift tickets are $120 all said and done. Vail does not do coupons, deals, buy one get one free, or anything to save you a dollar. Why not? They don’t have to. Ride Vail once and you realize that they’ve got you. Vail has the manpower to handle the massive crowds that flock on the weekends and the holidays when it gets a bit crazy, plus the sheer size of the resort makes it easy to avoid crowds and find some open snow.
The town of Vail itself has tons of charm, both of the homegrown and manufactured variety. The local eatery flanked by a gingerbread swiss fondue house is a common sight, sprinkle in some ski bums and fur wearing divas and you get the idea. If you are planning a trip to the rockies and want to get the experience and are willing to pay for it, Vail is without a doubt your one stop shop.
Once in the rockies the options are wide open. Something for everyone is a term used often when speaking about Colorado and the same applies to Vail. You don’t have to set a foot on the mountain to have a blast although it is highly recommended. Any other snow activity you can imagine is available, from dog sledding to snowmobiling everyone can get their winter fix at Vail. Somethings in life are worth the price of admission. Without question Vail is one of them.