Spotlight On: Vail Ski Resort

The Inn at Riverwalk is mere miles from Vail Ski Resort, a world-renowned ski destination nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Founded in 1962, Vail has a rich history and has grown into one of the largest, highest-rated ski resorts in the United States. With more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and over 200 runs, Vail offers something for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.

Vail’s vastness sets it apart from other ski resorts. The mountain is divided into four separate areas: the Front Side, Blue Sky Basin, the Back Bowls, and Game Creek Bowl. The Front Side is the most popular and hosts a wide variety of runs for beginners and intermediate skiers. Blue Sky Basin is known for its powdery snow and more challenging runs – an adventurous destination for skiers with higher skill levels and has beautiful views to stop and take in. The Back Bowls are a true backcountry experience with long, rolling runs, wide open spaces, and tree-heavy runs. Game Creek Bowl is a more secluded area that is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds.

In addition to its impressive acreage, Vail is known for its commitment to providing a top-notch resort experience. Vail has invested heavily in its infrastructure, complete with state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment. This ensures that the mountain is always in excellent condition, with smooth, well-groomed runs, or powder stashes for the best experience for every visitor. The Village is made up of two main areas: Vail Village and Lionshead. Free shuttles run between the two areas every 10 minutes during operating hours for easy access. 

When not on the mountain, guests can enjoy the wide selection of dining and shopping options. The resort has more than two dozen restaurants, ranging from casual to fine dining, and more than 80 shops and boutiques. The pedestrian-only village at the base of the mountain provides a charming and convenient place to shop, eat, and relax after a day on the slopes. Strolling through the Bavarian-inspired architectural village allows for photo opportunities around every corner.

The resort hosts a number of other events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and fireworks displays. The most popular summer event is the GoPro Games, which features competitions involving several extreme sports such as the World Championship of Rock Climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, dock dogs, and slacklining. Free concerts held during these ongoing events add to the excitement. 

Along with skiing and snowboarding, visitors enjoy a wide range of other winter activities. The surrounding areas provide networks of trails that are safe for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snowmobiling. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned winter athlete, there are several shops with gear rentals and expert guide reservation services. There are also two outdoor ice skating rinks in the area – one in the Vail Village and one in Lionshead.

Vail Ski Resort is well-established as a premier destination for skiers, snowboarders, and adventure travelers who want to connect with nature and have all the modern comforts. The majestic landscape, excellent snow conditions, and wide range of activities offer memorable experiences for everyone. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is something unique at Vail to suit your abilities and interests.

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