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Vail Ski Resort Guide

Vail, United States

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,530m11,581ft
Resort Height2,500m8,202ft
 Nearest AirportsVail/Eagle and Charlottesville-Albemarle
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The ski area of Vail is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 2,500m8,202ft.


Vail has direct access to 193 marked pistes, served by a total of 33 ski lifts.

Vail comprises the villages of Arrowhead.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Vail is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Vail.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Vail?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Vail.

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Snow Forecast by day for Vail

Ski Area Stats

Vail Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Number of runs
Cross Country
Total Length
45km28 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Vail Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,530m11,581ft
Resort Altitude (Vail)2,500m8,202ft
Lowest Piste2,480m8,136ft
Max Vertical1,050m3,445ft

Ski Slope Aspects

N, S

Vail has ski slopes facing both north and south, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Vail
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Vail?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Thurston, Washington.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Vail is Vail/Eagle, 38 minutes drive away.

Charlottesville-Albemarle, Washington Reagan, Shenandoah, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Washington Dulles, Yampa Valley, Denver International and Grand Junction airports are all within three hours drive.

Vail/Eagle is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 33 ski lifts are able to uplift 51,781 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Vail open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late April .

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Vail Piste Map

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