Overview Vail

Visiting Vail

To a serious skier, the Vail/Avon area of Colorado is the mother lode. Vail receives consistent top ratings from skiers all over the world, and with its diverse terrain—which includes seven natural bowls, formed by 19th-century droughts in the area—it’s easy to see why. Nearby Avon provides access to the Beaver Creek Mountain Resort, another excellent ski destination that offers a quieter atmosphere. Either way, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more alluring winter wonderland.... Read More To a serious skier, the Vail/Avon area of Colorado is the mother lode. Vail receives consistent top ratings from skiers all over the world, and with its diverse terrain—which includes seven natural bowls, formed by 19th-century droughts in the area—it’s easy to see why. Nearby Avon provides access to the Beaver Creek Mountain Resort, another excellent ski destination that offers a quieter atmosphere. Either way, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more alluring winter wonderland.    Close

Stories and Tips Vail

The air is thinner up here...

Written by Jglassb311 on 11 Mar, 2005

Don't be surprised if you find yourself short of breath in Vail while climbing a small set of stairs or carrying your skis to the car. It's the air, not you. Because Vail is so high up in the mountains, the air is…Read More


Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park

Written by Bev'sTravels on 08 Jun, 2005

After leaving the wonderful Denver museums, we drove up to Estes Park, and the Rocky Mountain National Park. WOW! It took almost 2 hours because we hit rush hour and drove on Interstate 25, which was packed at 4pm on a holiday weekend, sometimes bumper-to-bumper.…Read More


Vail, Aspen, Glenwood Canyons day trip

Written by Bev'sTravels on 07 Jun, 2005

An hour west of Vail is Glenwood Canyon, cut by the Colorado River. It is cited as the most beautiful section of the Interstate Highway system -- it was FABULOUS! A MUST SEE! The walls of the Canyon are red - the "color red"…Read More


White Water Rafting 30 minutes from Vail

Written by Bev'sTravels on 07 Jun, 2005

RAFTING: White-water rafting is a MUST in Colorado. We took a guided white-water rafting trip down the Eagle River, which runs into the Colorado. The rafts start in Eagle, about 30 miles west of Vail on Interstate 70 (half an hour from Vail). We used…Read More


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Hiking in the Rockies and Vail: Glenwood Canyon area

Written by Bev'sTravels on 07 Jun, 2005

Glenwood Canyon is a huge canyon with the Colorado River running through it. The walls of the canyon are red - the color red - which is where Colorado gets its name. The red walls are sandstone with iron in it, giving it it's…Read More


Vail Telephone Numbers for your Trip

Written by JodiJill on 24 Aug, 2000

Here are a few important numbers so you can plan your trip. Enjoy the slopes! Snow report 1-800-985-9843 www.vail.com Vail Resort 1-800-985-9843 (970) 476-5601 Ski and Snowboard School (970)476-3239 Small World Play School Nursery (child care place) (970)479-3285 Womens Programs 1-800-475-4543 Reservations in other languages other than English (970) 845-5745 (Spanish, Portuese, Dutch, French, Italian and…Read More


Vail, Tickets and Transportation

Written by JodiJill on 24 Aug, 2000

Buying a ticket at Vail means you can also ski at Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek. The tickets for the 2000-2001 season are expected to (once again) rise so I can't give you the exact price. Transportation to and from the ski area are free and…Read More


Vail the City/Colorado Ski Museum

Written by JodiJill on 24 Aug, 2000

When you think of Vail, you might think of the ski part where you fly down the mountain and enjoy the sport of the Rockies. However there is a city which accompanies the resort. It has the basic essentials of a city: banks, supermarkets, galleries, library…Read More


The best about Vail

Written by JodiJill on 24 Aug, 2000

The longest run of the mountain would have to be the Flapjack to the Riva at 4.5 miles. You are tired after that little jaunt (of course I was out of shape at the time.) The most challenging hill is the Prima Cornice. Personally I…Read More


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Camp Hale

Written by TRAVELPRO guide on 30 Jan, 2001

Leaving Vail, we drove west to Minturn and then south to the old Camp Hale site. We imagined how remote the military installation would have been in the early 1940s when Vail was still an unknown. We reminisced back to the days when we…Read More


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