Vail Ski Resort


Vail is a large resort with name recognition. If you want to drop names like, "I skied Vail on my vacation", then this is the place. You will pay for the privilege. Lift tickets are expensive and parking is expensive. If you are not familiar with the ski area, you may find yourself traversing a catwalk to get over to where you want to be. All the time the parking meter is ticking.

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Statistics for Vail Ski Resort

Base Elevation 8,120 ft./2,476 m
Peak Elevation 11,570 ft./3,527 m
Vertical Rise 3,450 ft./1,052 m

Average Annual Snowfall 350 inches/889 cm

Total Skiable Area 5,289 acres/2,141 hec
Front Side 1,627 acres/658 hec
Back Bowls 3,017 acres/1,221 hec
Blue Sky Basin 645 acres/ 261 hec

Trail Classification:
53% Expert/Advanced
29% Intermediate
18% Beginner
Conventional Trails 193
Longest Run - Riva (4 miles/6.4 km)

Total number of lifts: 31
Gondola: 1
High-speed quads: 16
Fixed-grip quad: 1
Triple chairs: 3
Double chairs: 1
Surface lifts: 3
Conveyors: 6
Total Uphill Capacity: 54,963 people per hour

Terrain Parks:
3 Parks: Bwana, Pride & Golden Peak Terrain Park
1 Superpipe
1 Halfpipe

Lift Ticket Prices

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Vail Ski and Ride School

Classes are offered for skiers and snowboarders of every ability, from never-evers to powder bashers and mogul masters. Private lessons are available.

Adult Lessons
$135 - Adult Full Day Lesson Only
$105 - Adult Afternoon Lesson Only (12:45pm -3:45pm)
$170 - Adult Beginner Full Day Lesson & Beginner Lift Ticket
$208 - Adult Beginner Full Day Lesson, Beginner Lift Ticket & Ski Rental Package
$217 - Adult Beginner Full Day Lesson, Beginner Lift Ticket & Snowboard Rental Package
$270 - Adult First Time Series Lesson & Beginner Lift
$399 - Adult First Time Series Lesson, Beginner Lift & Ski or Snowboard Rental

Private Lessons
$710 - Full Day Private Lesson from 9am - 3:30pm
$510 - Half Day Private Lesson (9am - 12pm or 12:45pm - 3:45pm)

Children's Lessons Ages 3 - 6
$149 - Child All Day Lesson & Lunch
$169 - Child All Day Lesson, Lunch & Lift
$92 - Child Half Day Morning Alpine Lesson (Age 3 - 6); Level 1 Only
*Please note that children ages 3 & 4 ski for free

Children's Lessons Ages 7 - 12
$149 - Child All Day Lesson & Lunch
$169 - Child All Day Lesson, Lunch & Lift

Teen Lessons
$135 - Teen Lesson (Lift Ticket Required)
$169 - Teen Lesson & Lift Ticket

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.

Getting to Vail Ski Resort

Vail is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, just 100 miles west of Denver and just 30 miles east of Eagle. I-70 is a scenic and direct route into Vail from just about anywhere!

From Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Take Pena Boulevard from DIA to Interstate 70 (I-70) west
- Proceed for approximately 120 miles (estimated time: less than 2 hours) to the Vail exit #176

From Eagle County Airport (EGE)
- Take Cooley Mesa Road (main airport road) to Highway 6. Take a right on Highway 6. You will be heading east.
- Follow Highway 6 to signs for Interstate 70 (I-70) east.
- Proceed on I-70 for approximately 25-30 minutes, to the Vail exit #176.

Vail Terrain Parks

Located under the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Bwana run. Bwana and Pride Terrain Parks are a learning park with small to medium features where riders and skiers can practice on low box top rail features, which gradually become more challenging. The 2 small step down jumps are fun for everyone from beginner to experienced riders and skiers looking to practice spins

Located in Golden Peak under the Riva Bahn (Chair 6), accessed from the half way point on Chair 6. A 450' Superpipe, kink and straight rails, boxes (C box), snow features, a 24' disco box, battleship, Water tank jib, hip jump and our new signature wall ride! The big jumps are open with a 30', 40' and 50' step down jumps. Also, come check out the new superdome and log jobs!

Located just below the Superpipe there are small to medium jumps, which are great for practicing tricks, a learning line of box top rails, and short steel rails. The 13' mini pipe is open for the season and is great for warming up to the Superpipe

Vail Ski Resort Maps

Downloadable Trail Map (PDF)

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