The original Colorado behemoth continues to make its already world-class winter experiences better. To complement the reader-praised, numerous high-speed chairlifts spider-webbed throughout the mountain, the ski resort has invested in large-capacity, low-energy snowmaking fans over the last few years to make early season turns even more delightful.
No one can deny’s Vail’s incredible terrain variety, a breadth of choices that makes the price make a little more sense. After all, you get what you pay for, and we guarantee that money will be the last thing on your mind when enjoying the views from Game Creek Bowl and Blue Sky Basin.
When the lifts close, it’s hard to make a wrong choice for après, but we prefer getting a pizza at Vendetta’s or Normy style wings at Bart and Yeti’s. If you’re feeling fancy, end the day watching the alpenglow of the sunset on Vail’s frontside with a cocktail from Matsuhisa or a local pint at the Vail Brewing Company Taproom, followed by a stroll along the babbling Gore Creek before dinner at Mountain Standard or Russell’s.
Resort Guide 2022—Vail Mountain, Colo.
Vail Mountain Stats
Vail Mountain Pass Info
Vail Mountain is on the Epic Pass; Epic Pass holders get unlimited access to the mountain with no blackout dates. Epic Local pass holders get 10 blackout-restricted days to use between Vail and Beaver Creek.
Vail is home to a fun town with plenty of visitor amenities, from great bars and dining to shopping and family diversion. Here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Vail.
Stop in at the Legacy Hut at the top of Vail Mountain for a guided or self-guided history tour. Follow the historical signs placed around the resort that explain the cherished history of the iconic ski area. Then visit the newly renovated Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail Village for more.
Stop into 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirits’ tasting room in Vail Village. The 10th Mountain Rye whiskey is a staff favorite here at SKI, and the brand’s Moonshine burns so good, you’ll probably need to shed a layer.
Think Vail is too high-end and overpriced? Stop into Vendetta’s for cheap pizza slices, pitchers, and a dose of normalcy.
On storm skiing days, the crowds head to the Back Bowls, but the Northwoods area has phenomenal glades and visibility.