Located 2 hours west of Denver, in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Vail is the single largest ski area in North America.
The ski and snowboarding experience at Vail is huge - plenty of runs, generally short lines. Base elevation is 8,120 feet (2,475 m) while the summit reaches 11,570 feet (3,527 m), giving a vertical descent of 3,450 feet (1,052 m).
The ski resort maintains over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain across three main sides of the mountain– the front side, the back bowls, and blue sky basin. The front side contains groomed open intermediate cruisers interspersed with faster steeper runs through the pines. The back bowls cover a territory six miles across from edge boundary to boundary.
Vail's famous nightlife includes a huge choice of bars, dancing, dining, sleigh rides, and so much more.
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Video interview with season workers who have spent a winter in Vail. Filmed at the London Metro Ski & Snowboard Show in 2009.