VAIL

United States, Colorado

VAIL

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world

Why go there ?
Enormous quantities of snow
Very dynamic after-skiing
Extreme backcountry-style terrain served by lifts

An immortal winter giant, the mountain stands tall with a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, blanketed in fresh snow. From the base it invites you, calm and silent. Over a hundred trails expertly carved through its depths and seven chairlifts raising excited patrons to the sky, you stand in awe, captivated by its brilliance as the sun peaks curiously through the snow-filled clouds. It is the Legendary Arapahoe Basin.

Since 1946 Arapahoe Basin has been serving up a fantastic ride for skiers or riders from the Colorado area as well as the world. A-Basin opened on October 9, 2009 and was one of the first to open nationally. Arapahoe Basin receives over 350 inches of snowfall annually.

Skiable surface
960 acres
Average snowfall
350 inches
Lifts
350
Trails
109
Beginner
10
Intermediate
30
Advanced
37
Expert
23
Summit elevation
3975 meters
Base elevation
3285 meters
Vertical drop
690 meters

“The Beav” is the quieter side of the Vail Valley, but it is a full-scale, World Class resort in its own right. A high-speed quad now links Beaver Creek Village to Arrowhead Village allowing you to ski or ride from mountain to mountain, stopping to graze at Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch Village and Arrowhead Village. A special night-time treat is to ride the “cat-pulled” tram to a mid-mountain restaurant. Short, steep gladed runs in the Stone Creek area will offer in-bounds adrenal pumps for expert skiers and riders. The chutes are located to the east of Rose Bowl and the area can be reached from Cinch Express Lift.

Skiable surface
1805 acres
Average snowfall
310 inches
Lifts
310
Trails
148
Beginner
19
Intermediate
43
Expert
33
Summit elevation
3486 meters
Base elevation
2469 meters
Vertical drop
1017 meters

Breckenridge is a great mountain town, the “most-visited” resort in the United States. This is a great ski town. A vertical rise of 3,398 feet and 28 lifts including two high-speed six SuperChairs and seven high-speed quads. The longest trail – Four O’Clock – is 3.5 miles long. All that terrain, professional grooming, and down-home atmosphere make it easy to see why this area is such a favorite. New for 2006/07: they’re installing an 8-passenger gondola linking the town to Breckenridge Ski Resort, calling it – the BreckConnect™. It will run visitors between the town and the ski resort’s base area at Peak 8 and, in the future, Peak 7.

Skiable surface
2358 acres
Average snowfall
300 inches
Lifts
300
Trails
155
Beginner
15
Intermediate
33
Expert
52
Summit elevation
3962 meters
Base elevation
2926 meters
Vertical drop
1036 meters

Keystone Resort is one of the closest major resorts to the Denver area, an easy 90-minute drive from Denver International Airport. Part of Vail Resorts, Inc., Keystone is known for its more than 2,800 acres of skiing and riding terrain on three mountains, its snowcat skiing with Keystone Adventure Tours, one of the largest night parks in North America, award-winning restaurants, two golf courses, mountain bike park, and superior conference facilities. Keystone attracts both local and destination skiers and snowboarders. Challenging skiing abounds in the North Peak area. There are plenty of mogul runs. The resort is self-contained and easy to maneuver on skis or as a pedestrian in the village.

Skiable surface
2870 acres
Average snowfall
230 inches
Lifts
230
Trails
117
Beginner
19
Intermediate
32
Expert
49
Summit elevation
3781 meters
Base elevation
2828 meters
Vertical drop
953 meters

Perhaps the best vacation experience in the world. Vail mountain offers virtually everything a die hard powder junkie could crave, from the Lionshead cruisers to the famous Back Bowls. Blue Sky Basin has catapulted Vail back to the top of the heap of skier preference, judging from recent polls. The Bavarian-like Village at the base is pedestrian friendly and charming. The shopping is upscale. The scene – trendy and charming all at once. Vail boasts three distinct areas of the mountain, each with their own features and fortes, including four terrain parks, seven bowls and 5,289 acres of freeride terrain. At seven miles wide, finding fresh tracks is as easy as finding elbow room. In fact, on an average day, there are only two skiers per acre, and on a busy day, only four.

Skiable surface
5289 acres
Average snowfall
348 inches
Lifts
348
Trails
193
Beginner
18
Intermediate
29
Expert
53
Summit elevation
3526 meters
Base elevation
2475 meters
Vertical drop
1051 meters

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