Vail

Vail

Overall Rating

Vail

Vail4/527
Vail4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews
  • Recommend
    81%
  • Would Revisit
    81%

Vail - Reviews

Vail - Reviews

Vail

07/11/2021

John Hoffman

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

John Hoffman

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    3

Vail

07/11/2021
My favorite ski resort, if I had it all to myself! Vail was crowded on weekends in the 90's, now you cant tell a weekday from a Saturday. Not knowing your way around the mountain will definitely put you in long lines. But if you get up early for first chair on a pow day, you can get some great turns in the back bowls and then head to blue sky basin and try to stay ahead of the masses. Hopefully it dumps all day and keeps most of the softer folks inside. Its got good groomers, trees and glades. Typically more snow then summit county.

Vail for the weekday win

17/09/2021

Tom Venezia

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Tom Venezia

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    2

Vail for the weekday win

17/09/2021
Vail is awesome. Ignore the hatters, the fact is it has ascended to its notoriety for a reason. It is crowded, but if you go during the week it is so much fun.

Vail - Powder Stashes Galore

26/08/2021

Brandon

Powder Enthusiast
Powder Enthusiast

Brandon

Powder Enthusiast
Powder Enthusiast
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Vail - Powder Stashes Galore

26/08/2021
pow in trees
THE Legendary Back Bowls
Pow field under the rock wall at the top of Orient
Prima Cornice woods
This was my 3rd time at Vail and on this trip we opted to do 2 days there and 3 at Beaver Creek. I’d recommend getting your rental property at nearby Avon if your looking to save some money and still be super close (11 mins) to Vail, and walking distance to Beaver Creeks gondola. There’s also a shuttle that takes you from Avon to Vail.

Vail has always been a favorite of mine. There’s just soooo many skiable acres that even long after a storm you can still find stashes if you try hard enough. On day one we wanted to ride Blue Sky Basin because none of us had ever ridden back there. So we lapped Orient Express til it opened and then hit the famous Blue Sky Basin. Here’s some of the noteworthy runs we hit: Champagne Glades, the further towards the OOB line you went the more untouched pow you found. The Divide, under the lift line through the trees, it got steep and challenging but it was fun. And Lovers Leap, another fun steep run with some cliff drops up top that leads you down to a little gully.

For lunch we ate at the Two Elk Lodge which was great since they were doing a reservation system you never had to stress to find a table. And as a perk for me, the guy who’s always rushing his friends to get back on the mountain, there’s a 45 min max time for lunch so they literally start kicking you out at the end of it.

After lunch the highlight was hitting Prima Cornice which had been another goal of mine going into the trip. We didn’t drop the cornice itself but instead followed along the ridge of it and dropped into some real steep trees and unexplainably deep powder just where the ridge ends.
Day 2 we found tons of great pow stashes on the frontside in the trees in between Mid-Vail Express and Overeasy, Overeasy and Cold Feet, and in between the switchbacks on Cold Feet. After 3 runs through those we headed to Game Creek Bowl and fell in love with it over there. The first run down Ozou Glades was sunbaked and chunky but im glad we decided to give the other side of the bowl a shot cause it was a dense forest of mellow-angled, deep pow. Everything in the trees from The Woods to Lost Boy had great stashes.

Alright so as far as everything else at Vail. It’s Colorado snow, they get a lot of it and there’s plenty acres to find it. Yes, the lines can be atrocious there. Avoid weekends and holidays and it won’t be too bad. It’s Vail, you know their lift infrastructure is top notch. We didn’t have any awful lines when we went on a Monday and a powday Wednesday. The nightlife is pretty solid too with 2 large base villages and lots of restaurants. It’s absolutely child friendly, its like the Disneyworld of ski resorts. Both the piste trails and off-piste trails are great but in reality you’re a powderhound, your coming to Vail for the off-piste. And it’s one of the best off-piste resorts I’ve ever been to. Now with the value category it gets tricky… Vail has one of, if not THE, most expensive lift tickets you can find. And on a busy weekend that you can’t get a lot of runs in… I'd say it may not be worth it. However, if you can time it right, theres just so much diverse terrain across so many skiable acres that I feel like its definitely worth making a trip to. If you’re an Epic Pass holder you absolutely have to make it out there at some point.
Would I revisit?
Hell Yea.

earls lifts in blue sky closed all christmas week due to employee shortages

jay
31/12/2019
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earls lifts in blue sky closed all christmas week due to employee shortages

jay
31/12/2019
some of the best terrain is closed in blue sky leaving 1/3 of the blue sky area closed during christmas week.

Second to none

Prawn
09/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    April
  • Admin Rating
    3

Second to none

Prawn
09/04/2019
I was totally blown away by Vail. Other ski areas do not compare. The skiing here is on another level. Snow quality, length of runs, lift system, terrain, day lodges, the backbowls (THE BACKBOWLS!!!) are all top notch. This is obviously a very well run ski area. Do yourself a favor. If you have never been to Vail, Go! Every skier and rider in the US should visit here once if they can. Sorry I waited until my 50's to ski Vail. Will return.

Vail

Pb
11/08/2018
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  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Vail

Pb
11/08/2018
Vail, Such a great mountain. Unfortunately it is just that. The people coming here are not worth writing about. Vail itself cares about the one week tourists and that is all. It is sad. Vail resorts are all about the turn and burn, to make money.

Huge!!!

B
07/01/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Huge!!!

B
07/01/2016
Wow!! What a resort!
My uncle works here so he basically showed me and my brother around. There are lots of crowds, but there are also lots of places to escape them.
Vail is great for advanced skiiers! I loved Orient Express in the Back Bowls for great pow! (But look out for the "small" cliffs on the skiier's left.).
We also did Highline, Prima, and Pronto, which was my first time on a double black. Advanced skiiers must try these!! The Front Side was great for cruising, but it got crowded. The Back Bowls had the best snow, but they got packed as well. If you want to ski in the Back Bowls but avoid the crowds, do Siberia and the Mongolias.
Blue Sky Basin was my favorite of the three areas. There are great views from Belle's Camp! Resolution was great for bumps!!
On the downside, it was really expensive! The food was the best I've had at any ski resort!

Massive resort

Daniel Sherwin
01/07/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    5

Massive resort

Daniel Sherwin
01/07/2015
Vail is huge! In my opinion, it is better value for money than Beaver Creek nearby. It boasts better snow and more terrain options. The dragon's teeth are highly recommended for some fun in the powder.

Because of the sheer size and the excellent aspect of the back bowls, Vail holds snow well and it is relatively easy to find untracked powder.

The town/village of Vail is absolutely beautiful and visitors really should go for a walk throughout it during the evening. The bridges under light are absolutely stunning.

Thoroughly recommended - just don't forget to bring your wallet!

Best suited to: Families with a lot of money! Intermediates chasing excellent intermediate terrain. Great fun for snowboarders when the backbowls are carrying decent powder which is quite often.

Pros:
Resort is so large that it becomes uncrowded
Beautiful village

Cons:
Highly commercial experience
Very expensive

Best Bowls in America?

Andrew Mueller
20/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best Bowls in America?

Andrew Mueller
20/03/2015
Vail is potentially the best resort any of us have been to. Definitely the largest overall...which is a problem when it's 2:30PM, you're done, and you realize that you're on the backside. Time for the longest black diamond in the US! 4.5 miles to the front side. Don't screw up, have to re-do something and get stuck miles away from where you need to be when the resort closes!

Anxiety aside, Vail is one of the craziest places in the US. You want world-class bowls with a foot or two of untouched powder for as far as you can see? Go to the back bowls. Oh, and there's like 6 of them??!? Each one is way bigger than the bowls at other resorts. China Bowl and Siberia Bowl in particular are OUTSTANDING. Cliffs, jumps, why not try stuff? There's a foot or two of soft powder to break any bad landing you might put down! It's just ssssooooooooo big. You WILL get lost. First thing, go to the backside...do the bowls...maybe BlueSky Basin too. Start heading front side around 1pm.

Ridiculousness

Grant Petracca
16/01/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Admin Rating
    2

Ridiculousness

Grant Petracca
16/01/2015
Awesome Mountain. So big. So much fun. On a pow day snow is ridiculous. Back Bowls are the best slopes in the world to ski on pow days. Blue Sky is great always not really crowded back there only the front side is crowded. The love resort. Best shopping by far over any other resort. I would live here if I could.
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