The largest ski resort in the United States, at Vail you can experience four terrain parks, seven Back Bowls, gourmet restaurants, world-class spas, amazing nightlife and three hundred days of sunshine a year.
Vail Mountain has three areas – Front Side, Blue Sky Basin and Back Bowls. Together they span over seven miles, making Vail the nation’s premier ski destination. The summit at Vail Mountain is 11,570 feet, while the base elevation is 8,120 feet. There are 32 lifts and more 193 trails. The longest run at Vail Mountain is Riva Ridge at four miles.
Front Side has the largest number of beginner runs of the three areas: 28 percent of the runs are suited for beginners, 32 percent are intermediate and 40 percent are expert. The other two areas–Blue Sky Basin and Back Bowls–don’t have any beginner runs. Blue Basin is about half and half intermediate and expert runs, while the Back Bowls are for the more advanced skiers with 86 percent of its runs for experts.
For newcomers, Vail has more than 1,000 instructors to teach both children and adults.
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