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This is Vail: the largest ski resort in the U.S., the most groomed terrain on the planet, seven back bowls, 300 days of sunshine, and perfect…

This is Vail: the largest ski resort in the U.S., the most groomed terrain on the planet, seven back bowls, 300 days of sunshine, and perfect snow.
PHOTO: Jack Affleck

Harsh, long winters made living in the mountains tough for the miners who ventured to the Vail Valley in the 1870s for the mining boom, so they set…

Harsh, long winters made living in the mountains tough for the miners who ventured to the Vail Valley in the 1870s for the mining boom, so they set up Belle’s Camp, which now offers a ski patrol outpost, a warming hut and public restrooms.
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Vail serves up a tantalizing amount of total skiable acres - 5,289 to be exact.  The front side offers 1,627 acres, the back bowls take the cake with…

Vail serves up a tantalizing amount of total skiable acres – 5,289 to be exact. The front side offers 1,627 acres, the back bowls take the cake with 3,017 acres, and the Blue Sky Basin offers a cozy 645 acres of fresh pow.
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With 348 inches of annual snowfall and 390 acres covered by snowmaking operations, you'll have no problem finding your perfect line.PHOTO: Jack…

With 348 inches of annual snowfall and 390 acres covered by snowmaking operations, you’ll have no problem finding your perfect line.
PHOTO: Jack Affleck

There's a whole other outdoor world at Vail, and in it you'll find ski bikes, a kids' snowmobile track, a slippery slope of rip-roaring tubing lanes,…

There’s a whole other outdoor world at Vail, and in it you’ll find ski bikes, a kids’ snowmobile track, a slippery slope of rip-roaring tubing lanes, and more.
PHOTO: Jack Affleck

Looking for a bed with 750-thread-count sheets? Or just a bed, period?  Vail has a wide array of accomodations for the family-oriented pocketbook or…

Looking for a bed with 750-thread-count sheets? Or just a bed, period? Vail has a wide array of accomodations for the family-oriented pocketbook or the luxury-seeking vacationers.
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Vail offers a family-friendly atmosphere with its Adventure Ridge mountaintop activity center, kids ski & snowboard school, kids camps, family dining…

Vail offers a family-friendly atmosphere with its Adventure Ridge mountaintop activity center, kids ski & snowboard school, kids camps, family dining options, and more.
PHOTO: Jack Affleck

Vail has seven bowls stretching six miles, representing only a third of its total terrain. Another third is Blue Sky Basin, located two miles from…

Vail has seven bowls stretching six miles, representing only a third of its total terrain. Another third is Blue Sky Basin, located two miles from civilization, offering a gladed adventure. And then there’s the Front Side, boasting 127 trails and four terrain parks.
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With a peak elevation of 11,570 feet and a vertical rise of 3,450 feet, you'll find all the steeps you want to satisfy your cravings.PHOTO: Jack…

With a peak elevation of 11,570 feet and a vertical rise of 3,450 feet, you’ll find all the steeps you want to satisfy your cravings.
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At seven miles wide, finding fresh tracks at Vail is easy.  On an average day, there are only two skiers per acre, and on a busy day, only…

At seven miles wide, finding fresh tracks at Vail is easy. On an average day, there are only two skiers per acre, and on a busy day, only four.
PHOTO: Jack Affleck

With Vail offering so much in backcountry skiing, you'll find tons of challenging terrain.  Trail classifications are 53% expert/advanced, 29%…

With Vail offering so much in backcountry skiing, you’ll find tons of challenging terrain. Trail classifications are 53% expert/advanced, 29% intermediate, and 18% beginner.
PHOTO: Jack Affleck