Vail is a town located in Eagle County, Colorado, USA.
Vail is known as one of the world's premier winter destinations. Vail Ski Area has consistently been ranked one of the top in North America and among the very best in the world. The alpine terrain that makes Vail famous in the winter also lends itself to incredible hiking and mountain biking in the summer.
known for its incomparable world-class skiing and riding, the Vail Valley
additionally offers an exciting nightlife, unique shops, gourmet dining and
nonstop outdoor adventure, summer or winter.
100 miles west of Denver, is larger than nearly every other North American ski
area, and is linked by a well-placed network of lifts and trails. There are
1,220 acres of varied runs on the front side, and the existence of the Back
Bowls make Vail a skier’s heaven. Those same slopes provide the perfect trails
for mountain bike devotees in summer. The village hosts a wide variety of
festivals year round.
ranked the country's most popular ski resort by skiers and ski magazines almost
since its inception, Vail has the look of a Tyrolean village and is visited
regularly by almost as many Europeans as Americans. This gives its
restaurants, hotels, and shops a continental air.
Two people with
a vision planned what has become Vail. They were Pete Seibert, 10th Mountain
Division veteran and Earl Eaton, a uranium prospector who had grown up in area’s
wild ranges. In 1957 they climbed to the summit of the mountain now known as
Vail and discovered a skier’s dream: the Back Bowls; 4,000 acres of open
glades. (The Bowls had been formed unintentionally, centuries earlier, when the
Ute Indians set "spite fires" to the timberland in retaliation for being driven
out by ranchers and miners). Through the efforts of Seibert and Eaton, the
fabulous Vail resort was created.
Vail is an
excellent example of integrated mountain and village design. The development is
divided into the residential East Vail, upscale Vail Village, and the more
ski area of Beaver Creek, developed in the 1980’s, has become a substantial
resort in its own right. Beaver Creek’s strength is that it is one of the best
ski areas in America for lower intermediates. The linking of Beaver Creek's
trail system with that of neighboring Arrowhead Resort and with Bachelor Gulch,
a new area between the two, has added 30% more novice and intermediate terrain
to the area and created a European-style "village-to-village" ski experience.
summer at Vail bring a wealth of new opportunities. The mountain streams and
lakes provide superb fishing, canoeing, rafting, and the ski trails open for
mountain biking. Horseback riding in the rugged backcountry is another seasonal
favorite, as are hiking, golf, balloon rides and tennis. These activities
unfold against the spectacular backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, which are so
striking in their beauty and grandeur that the first glimpse of them at each
visit to Vail literally takes one’s breath away.
The Rockies, Vail,
the surrounding White River National Forest, all provide peak esthetic and
recreational experiences. All are ready and waiting to welcome you and your
family year round.
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