Recognized as America's Favorite Resort, the Vail Valley is an amazingly charming place, which boasts a favorable location, diverse selection of lodging, great recreational facilities and wonderful weather. It is best known for its skiing as well as other winter sports, and is regarded as all-the-year-destination for various outdoor activities. With more than 5,200 acres of terrain, the Vail Valley is the largest single ski area in North America, attracting adventurous skiers from all over the world. No wonder nearly 1.5 million visitors enjoyed the slopes of America's Favorite Resort last ski season.
The majority of them are frequent guests to the Vail Valley. For several past years the resort ranked highest in the nation for the number of visitors, ranging from beginners to world-class skiers. Out of its 193 trails, 18 percent are destined for novice skiers, 29 percent for intermediates and 53 percent for advanced skiers. The longest trail, Riva is a challenge for every skier at the resort.
The Vail Valley is a great destination for snowboarders, who never leave it unsatisfied. Currently the resort boasts 34 latest-technology lifts, including 14 high speed quads, 10 surface lifts, 5 double chairs, 3 triple chairs, 1 fixed grip quad and 1 gondola. More than a thousand professional instructors are available within the resort. The fastest way to get to the top of Vail Mountain is Golden Peak, famous for its Riva Bahn Express, ski programs for children, a beginner area, terrain parks, snowboard rentals and a number of dining options. Located on the eastern side of Vail Village, Golden Peak is about a seven-minute walk.
Despite the fact that Vail has long ago become synonymous with skiing, the Vail Valley offers a variety of other winter and summer activities. One mile east of Vail Village golfers can enjoy the Vail Golf Course and the Vail Golf Club. The village itself is home to many restaurants, hotels, stores, boutiques, nightclubs and bars, providing the visitors with a relaxing break from a variety of outdoor activities.
A great number of opportunities are available in the surrounding villages, like Lionshead Village, featuring lodges, restaurants and shops in addition to the only gondola of the Vail Valley. Located about half a mile from Lionshead, Cascade Village is home to the cascade village lift, which provides the Vail Resort with its ski-in, ski-out location. The visitors are offered the Cascade Village Theatre, showing first run movies. West Vail is a shopping Mecca with a variety of supermarkets, retail shops and exclusive boutiques. The free shuttle system operates throughout West Vail, delivering skiers into one of the villages.
Coming into America's Favorite Resort from the east, you'll have an opportunity to observe prominent East Vail, offering cross-country skiing, ice-climbing and snowshoeing in winter and plentiful hiking trails in summer. Also available in East Vail are Vail Racquet Club, a market and a restaurant.
With its abundant superb facilities for winter and summer recreational activities, great shopping area, cozy hotels and restaurants, the Vail Valley is truly America's Favorite Resort.