Vail Ski Resort is the biggest single-mountain resort in Colorado. The variety and amount of terrain is mind boggling and will keep you busy for plenty of time and many visits. In total, there is over 5,200 acres to ski. Although less than Aspen, the skiable terrain at Aspen is spread over 4 different peaks or mountains those being Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.
There are 3 main areas to ski on Vail Mountain: The Front-Side; Blue Sky Basin; and the famous Back Bowls of Vail. The Front-Side is primarily cruiser or mogul runs. The Back Bowls is wide open with glades and chutes. And Blue Sky Basin has a bit of everything to it.
Vail is huge! The Back Bowls are vast. You can pretty much ignore the whole front side if you are an advanced skier, and have a tough time covering all the terrain over 5 days of skiing. At the same time there are definitely runs on the front side that should not be missed, especially the all time favorite Riva Ridge.
Vail Mountain Statistics:
Base Elevation – 8,120 feet
Summit – 11,570 feet
Vertical Rise – 3,450 feet
Average Annual Snowfall – 370 inches
Skiable terrain – 5,289 acres
Trails – 195 (18% beginner, 29% intermediate, 53% advanced/expert)
Longest Run – Riva Ridge (4 miles)
Bowls – 1o
Terrain Parks – 3
Superpipe – 1
Lifts – 31