Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities including Epic Discovery, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.
Vail Vital Statistics: Since its incorporation in 1966, Vail has earned the distinction as one of the leading mountain resort communities in North America. With more open space than any other community of its kind, free transit and other environmentally-sensitive services, plus an abundance of recreational, cultural and educational opportunities, Vail has become not only a great place to visit, but an even better place to live.
Elevation: 8,150 feet
Location: 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70 in Eagle County and easily accessible via the Eagle County Regional Airport, 35 miles to the west. Vail is surrounded by 350,000 acres of White River National Forest land.
Climate: Vail receives more than 335 inches of snow annually and almost 300 days of sunshine each year. During the summer, daytime temperatures average 75 degrees and 45 degrees for the nighttime low. Winter daytime temperatures average 45 degrees, with lows dipping below 30 degrees.
Town: Vail has evolved into an appealing recreation-friendly alpine community now comprised of nearly 5,000 full-time residents and an estimated 5,000 part-time residents. Together, Vail is considered to be a leader in its resort-community qualities and best practices. Examples include:
• Largest free transit system in the nation.
• First modern roundabout interchange in the nation.
• More open space (30 percent of its lands) than any other resort community in the U.S.
• Home to Gore Creek, one of only 11 Gold Medal fishing streams in the state.
• 4 percent ski lift tax is the first of its kind in the country and represents the highest contribution level by a ski resort to its municipal partner in the state and perhaps the nation. The funds assist in the operation of Vail’s free transit system.
• First to host two World Alpine Ski Championships in the U.S. (1989, 1999).
• First venue for New York Philharmonic summer residency outside the state of New York.
• Recognized as a resort leader in redevelopment initiatives of $1.5 billion in public-private investments from 2004 to 2008, representing more than 50 percent of property in the core areas of Vail Village and Lionshead.
Resort: Vail Resorts, Inc. is the operator of Vail Mountain, which contains over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain and 33 lifts on land leased by the U.S. Forest Service. Vail Resorts, Inc., also operates ski areas at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly. Vail provides a variety of activities and lodging packages that keep our guests coming back year after year.