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Listed under Skiing in Vail, United States.

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Excellent for the back bowls and the customer service. The snow is always kept well groomed and the low temperatures mean it’s quite powdery.

Written by  Andrew Lockerbie.

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Rated as one of the world's best resorts, Vail offers great skiing, with one of the biggest ski areas in the US. The Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin offer great skiing for experts, who wnjoy a vast extent of skiing on offer in Vail, with just over half of… Read more...

Written by  David Holyoak.

“Vail Ski Resort Guide”

By Bill Pennington for the New York Times First Published 21st March, 2008 Calling Vail a ski resort is like calling Paris a city in France. Vail is not only the biggest and the most popular snow sports destination in the United States, it is an Americ… Read more...

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Vail Ski Resort

Vail is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the United States. Vail Mountain, located in Eagle County, Colorado has the space and amenities for all of its visitors. Measuring seven miles wide, Vail has three terrain parks, seven bowls and 5,289 acres of free ride terrain. The three sides of the mountain (Front-Side, Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin) let skiers and riders choose between varied settings and conditions.

The mountain opens in mid-November and closes in mid-April, weather permitting. The longest run (Riva) extends 4 miles/6.4 km, and while Vail certainly has something for everyone, 53% of the terrain is rated for experts. 29% is ranked intermediate, and the remaining 18% is deemed beginner.

The resort has dining options ranging from 5-star cuisine to inexpensive vendor food. Game Creek Restaurant and Bistro Fourteen are perched at the top of the mountain offering both exquisite cuisine and breathtaking views. Vail Valley extends to include Vail and neighbouring Beaver Creek ski resorts and offers dinning, shopping and nightlife of its own.

Vail Resort Background Information

Vail Ski Resort, Colorado is the largest single ski resort in the U.S., situated on North America’s largest mountain. At seven miles wide, with seven bowls, 200 trails and 33 lifts, Vail offers slopes for all standards. The Back Bowls offer difficult/ expert terrain, while the Blue Sky Basin is suitable for most skiers and beginners can learn on the gentler slopes of the Front-Side Famous for it’s powder skiing, Vail offers lessons, activities and a town purpose build for the resort modeled after a Bavarian Village with pedestrian streets and a spectacular backdrop.

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