Ski holidays in Vail

Vail is justifiably one of the best ski resorts in the US, famous for its Back Bowls. THE Village is quite different to its neighbours - the architecture here is distinctly Tyrolean and if you close your ears you might well think that you are somewhere in the Alps.

This is definitely a resort which can be enjoyed by non-skiers as well, with a wealth of shops, boutiques, art galleries and spa treatments available. As in most US ski resorts the grooming of the wide pistes is superb, which affords the beginner ideal conditions to learn rapidly. Intermediate and advanced skiers will thoroughly enjoy the skiing whether they stay on the resort side of the mountain and the pisted runs or venture over into the back bowls. This excellent ski area boasts some very challenging un-pisted terrain where substantial powder is usually to be found. The Back Bowls, predominantly for good intermediates and above, were extended two seasons ago with the opening of Blue Sky Basin, which has expanded the area by another 645 acres. The Back Bowls of Vail provide the unique experience of off-piste terrain, which is controlled by the ski patrols.

Another unique feature of Vail is Adventure Ridge. This area, located at the top of the Gondola at Lionshead provides a wide range of exciting mountain activities including tubing, snowmobiling, ski biking, thrill sledding and ice skating. This is the largest winter "theme park" in North America - and possibly the world!


  • Ice skating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sleigh rides
  • Snowshoe Tours
  • Dog Sledding
  • Factory outlet shopping in Silverthorne


  • The Red Lion
  • Trail's End
  • McCoys
  • Sweet Basil
  • Lancelot
  • Blu's


Beginners: 4
Intermediates: 5
Advanced: 5


Easy: 33
Intermediate: 61
Difficult: 80

Plus 8 back bowls


Village Height: 2500m
Highest Lift: 3500m
Total Lifts: 32
Total km of piste: 317km
Longest run: 4.8km
Direction of slopes: N,S,E,W
Artificial snow: 380 acres covered
Mountain restaurants: 10
Cross country tracks: 45km
Photo for lift pass: No


  6 days Extra day
Ski hire: £73 £12
Ski and boot hire: £91 £15
Ski hire (Superior): £105 £18 
Ski and boot hire (Superior): £127 £21
Snowboard and boot hire: £120 £20 

N.B. All of the above prices are approximate.

LIFT PASSES (Colorado Ticket)

  6 out of 9 days 9 out of 12 days 12 out of 16 days
01 Dec - 19 Dec, 03 Apr - EOS
£146 £153 £198 
02 Jan - 16 Feb
£206 £218 £284
17 Feb - 02 Apr
£236 £309 £397
20 Dec - 01 Jan
£266 £399 £494

N.B. All of the above prices are approximate.

Accommodation for Vail

Blue Spruce Chalet - 4 Star | Vail - USA - The home of "Champagne" powder snow

This RECENTLY BUILT chalet HAS BECOME A FIRM FAVOURITE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. The 6 bedroom/6 bathroom property is located in sunny, West Vail with great views over the Vail valley. The Blue Spruce Chalet prides itself on its high level of service and has its own chauffeured vehicle to take you to the slopes. All the bedrooms have private bathrooms and the chalet team will make your stay one to remember.

Blue Spruce Chalet

The Antlers at Vail - 3 Star | Vail - USA - The home of "Champagne" powder snow

The Antlers at Vail is a superb condominium block located in Lionshead area and only 150m from the main gondola. It has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme recently which has not only added over 20 new condominiums but also a new lobby, ski room, fitness room and underground parking.

The Antlers at Vail

The Lodge at Vail - 5 Star | Vail - USA - The home of "Champagne" powder snow

The Lodge at Vail is the resort's most prestigious hotel, renowned for relaxed luxury and impeccable personal service, combinING the elegance and charm of an alpine inn with the warmth of western hospitality. The Lodge is located at the base of Vail Mountain, just a few steps away from the Vistabahn ski lift, and right in the heart of Vail Village, offering easy access to the boutiques, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs within Vail's pedestrianised centre.

The Lodge at Vail