For most tourists Vail Valley vacation is synonymous with the largest single ski mountain in North America, offering an array of skiing opportunities for all tastes and abilities. With 300 days of sunshine and 346 inches of snowfall, Vail Valley will change your idea of a perfect vacation. Nothing can be compared to Vail Village with its world-class shopping, dining, spas, nightlife and galleries.
The front side of the mountain is regarded as the most popular destination of Vail Valley vacation, boasting about 127 individual trails, ranging from gentle beginner slopes to advanced terrain. You'll find here 14 lifts, also including the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The front side is divided into the Eastern Side, famous for its Golden Peak and Northern Bowl with such prominent runs like Prima & Pronto, North Rim and Northwoods; the Central Mountain, offering gentle cruisers like Ramshorn and Christmas, as well as intermediate runs Berries, Bear Tree, Pickaroon and Avanti; the Western Side, featuring Lionshead and its famous runs such as Safari, Born Free and Simba. While most resorts are happy to have one bowl, Colorado's Vail boasts seven of them with the world-renowned Back Bowls representing 35 percent of the mountain's total terrain. Stretching over 3,000 acres, it is seen as a skiing paradise. The Back Bowls itself can be divided into Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl, Tea Cup Bowl, China Bowl and Siberia Bowl.
While on Vail Valley vacation, don't miss opportunity to visit Blue Sky Basin, recognized as the center of ski universe. Its 645 acres of natural terrain offer an adventure experience for both intermediates and advanced skiers.
Among others Beaver Creek Resort makes itself conspicuous due to the unique combination of old-world charm and modern luxury. Such ambience of the resort makes it a perfect destination for a family-friendly Vail Valley vacation. A great number of lodging facilities are ski-in ski-out, which results in the design of Beaver Creek village. Situated between Arrowhead Village and Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch houses Ski & Snowboard School, retail store, restaurants and beginner and intermediate terrain. Those gracing the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain are provided with challenge and thrill of adventure.
The impact of such renowned resorts as Val d'Aran in Spain, St Moritz in Switzerland and Cortina in Italy has resulted in the luxurious and excited atmosphere of Bachelor Gulch. Designed originally to focus on winter recreational activities, the village is enjoyed by a great number of summer and winter enthusiasts. It is also famous for its world-class lodging and dining, shopping and nightlife.
Available in the Vail Valley are also a number of non-skiing activities. With its eleven golf courses the resort has a reputation of a golfer's paradise.
During the period of 1995-2005 more than $125 million have been invested in the improvement of Vail Mountain. Vail resorts are working in close collaboration, planning new skiing facilities, new residential opportunities, additional entertainment venues and other amenities to make Vail Mountain top destination in the world.