Vail Ski Resort is one of the better known ski
resorts located in Eagle County, Colorado in United States. It was
opened for the tourists in 1962. Vail Ski
Resort is famous for its 193 runs. The longest measures up to
4 miles (6.4 km). Vail Mountain has three sections: The
Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin, and the Back Bowls. There are about 25
square kilometers of ski-run terrain and the elevation difference is
about a thousand meters. The ski school on the Vail Ski Resort has
approximately eleven-hundred ski instructors working there who speak
various international languages. Several competitions were held at
the Vail Ski Resort World Championships in Alpine Skiing 1989, 1999
and 2015. Several World Cup competitions in Alpine skiing have also
been arranged in Vail Ski Resort.
Transport around Vail Ski Resort
If you are staying in Vail or Lionshead, having a
car will be more hindrance (parking fees) than a value. The town is
set up so you can walk between most places and the slopes. There is
also a free shuttle that will take you to the immediate surroundings
as well as up to Beaver Creek.
By car If you are coming
from somewhere else and skiing, you can park on site. It will cost
about $25 (2010) per day. Best advice arrive early (before 9AM) on
busy days and you won't have problems. There are two parking
garages, one in Vail and one in Lionshead. The Lionshead garage is
the shortest walk to the slopes.
If the garages do fill up,
you may to park on the road. The problem being that they don't let
you park on the road until BOTH garages are filled. So say you drop
your friends off at Golden Peak (so they can put their kids in child
care) then go back to the Vail parking lot, its full, so you then
have to go park in Lionshead and take a bus back to catch your
For those doing child care there is also a ($25/day)
valet parking at Golden Peak, cheaper to park at the main Vail
garage and walk (5 mins). Most Hotels in Vail, (see: upscale) will
provide you with a free shuttle, just ask before you arrive.
Most major car-rental firms are located in Denver and Vail airports.
There a many free buses going throughout the Vail valley.
Vail Transit. It is completely free and the buses go from East Vail
to West Vail every 30min or so. The best part is that it's they run
til 2AM everyday. Free.