at a glance...

5289acres of pistes
2500m resort height
2.5 hours transfer time
All levels great for
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Resort overview

Vail is vast. It’s one of the largest ski areas in the US – huge and diverse ski terrain with beautifully groomed pistes and ski-anywhere mostly un-groomed back bowls. And this is why you come to Vail, to eat up the miles of superb slopes covered in 9 metres of snow per season.

The resort has four ski bases in Vail Village, Lionshead, Golden Peak and Cascade Village. Vail Village is built in a Tyrolean style with the peaked roofs, pastel coloured buildings and painted shutters. Luxury hotels and fantastic restaurants and plentiful here and it’s by far the most lively village, where Vail was born, if you like, a 1950s creation of founder Pete Seibert.

The villages are connected by a very efficient shuttle system so it’s easy to get from one to another, meaning it doesn't matter which village you ski back to at the end of the day, so why worry.

Skiing in the resort

Vail is essentially three tiers of skiing with the groomed front, home to the pisted trails cutting through the trees. Divided by a ridge to the back bowls which are un-groomed and unusually treeless providing wide open terrain which links to the Blue Sky Basin again is largely un-pisted yet wooded for some brilliant tree skiing.

Intermediates and experts will be thrilled by the sheer acreage of ski area on offer. There are also some great mogul fields and double black diamond runs, served by a fast and efficient lift system. Beginners on ski holidays in Vail will enjoy having the choice of wide nursery slopes both at resort level and higher up the mountain.

Flexiski tip: Belle’s Camp at the top of blue Sky Basin has BBQs for you to cook your own lunch and you can bring your own drink as well for a self-service lunch without the crowded canteen.
The resorts of Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone are all also covered by the lift pass and can be easily accessed by car if you need a change of scenery.

Après ski

On-mountain dining isn't something Vail prides itself on, off the mountain however is another matter. There is an endless choice ranging from fine dining at Ludwig’s (in the Sonnenalp) to great value at Los Amigos. There is so much choice whatever end of the culinary scales you fancy.

After a day on the slopes, there are countless places to enjoy the après scene. The Red Lion offers live music or Garfinkel’s serves great drinks at the base of the mountain and a sun deck fuelled by DJs. Anyone looking for dancing and music will find the Shakedown Bar a very popular option as well.

Best for...

  • Foodies
  • Families
  • Relaxing
Accommodation in Vail

The majority of the flexiski accommodation is centred around Vail Village, each with at least one hot tub to hop into after a day exploring the huge amounts of terrain on offer.

We do however also have a further hotel in Cascade resort which offers perhaps a quieter and very luxurious option with onsite chairlift for incredible access to the slopes and still only a short shuttle ride to the main villages to enjoy the bars and restaurants. The shuttle runs until the early hours so you don’t have to miss out on the action.

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3* Evergreen Lodge
3* Evergreen Lodge
3* Evergreen Lodge

Positioned between Lionshead and Vail village, this modest but cosy property delivers great value accommodation with a wide range of facilities.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Jacuzzi
More info
4* Tivoli Lodge
4* Tivoli Lodge
4* Tivoli Lodge

Lodge style accommodation in a family-run hotel, offering boutique service and only a stone's throw from both the slopes and the town centre.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Concierge
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
More info
5* The Lodge at Vail
5* The Lodge at Vail
5* The Lodge at Vail

The Lodge at Vail offers both luxury guest rooms and larger residences and chalets, in an excellent position only moments from the centre of Vail.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Conference
  • Concierge
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Jacuzzi
More info
5* The Sebastian
5* The Sebastian
5* The Sebastian

Sitting in a prime location in Vail village, with alpine architecture and wonderful spa facilities, plus ski valet service at the base of the slopes.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Conference
  • Concierge
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
More info
4* Hotel Talisa
4* Hotel Talisa
4* Hotel Talisa

With a chairlift located onsite and ski in, ski out access, this luxury hotel is in Cascade Village, with available shuttle.

Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Steam room
  • Massage
  • Gym
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ski lockers
  • Car parking
  • Concierge
  • Ski concierge
  • Conference
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Jacuzzi
More info

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Resort guide

Vail

The resort
Resort height - 2,500m
Highest point - 3,525m

Ski areaVail - 5,289 acres to ski

Slopes

The front slopes are all groomed and cut through the trees. Back bowls are un-groomed and unusually treeless providing wide open terrain. Blue Sky Basin again is largely un-pisted yet wooded for some brilliant tree skiing.

Green runs 18%
Blue runs 29%
Black runs 53%

Lifts - 31

Season length - November to April

Resort ratings
Beginners - 3/5
Intermediates - 5/5
Experts - 4/5
Snowboarders - 3/5
Families - 4/5
Après - 3/5
Eating out - 5/5
Charm - 3/5

Activities
Cross-country skiing | dog sledding | ice skating | snowmobiling | snowshoeing | tubing

Transfer time
Denver - 2 hours 30 minutes

Vail Epic lift pass
6 day lift pass from £800
9 day lift pass from £1061

Mads Brand & Digital Manager "There's nothing like American service - staff at hotels in Vail are ready to cater to your every need, with services such as ski valets being common" View Mads' profile
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