The Difference is Vast Nick Laver, Product Manager

"Vail offers some of the best skiing and snow I have ever experienced; even at the end of the day we were finding fresh tracks through the trees. If groomed pistes are more your thing, then you'll be pretty happy here as Vail offers the most groomed terrain in the world! No visit to Vail would be complete without cooking up a BBQ at Belles Camp - a very unique experience."

Vail Ski Holidays

With jaw-dropping terrain and exceptional luxury hotels, glamorous Vail more than deserves its reputation as one of the best ski destinations in the world. And with an impressive powder record and over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder skiers and boarders flock to this special Colorado resort.

Explore the slopes

If you love perfectly groomed terrain, Vail has the most in the world. With 5,289 acres of pristine packed powder, ranging from gentle tree-lined greens to exhilarating black diamonds, you need never ski the same run twice. The entire front face of the mighty Vail Mountain has an easy trail option at the top of each lift, so mixed groups and beginners can safely explore the full elevation of the mountain.

Fans of off-piste skiing and riding should venture over to the back side of the mountain to explore Vail’s legendary Back Bowls. With seven miles of powdery wilderness to play in, this is some of the most incredible inbounds backcountry terrain we’ve ever seen. From the Back Bowls, you can then try the challenging runs in Blue Sky Basin, the most remote of all Vail’s terrain. The sweeping views of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges from these lofty slopes will take your breath away. 

Enjoy the resort

Vail is a large resort famous for its unabashed luxury. The Tirolean-inspired Vail Village was the resort’s charming original base, gradually expanding along the valley to include the contemporary Lionshead and peaceful Golden Peak areas, as well as more secluded spots beside Gore Creek. Both Vail Village and Lionshead boast traffic-free heated streets, an eclectic choice of restaurants and shops, and some rather glitzy après-ski venues. Don’t worry if you prefer down-to-earth hangouts, there are several local tap rooms and bars where you can relax beside a cosy log fire.

Families and non-skiers can enjoy a huge range of activities away from the slopes. Soak up the stunning scenery from the comfort of a four-track snowcoach, horse-drawn sleigh or alpine spa. Try your hand at dog sledding, tubing, hot air ballooning or winter horseback riding. Or why not visit one of the resort’s three picturesque outdoor ice rinks?

Where to stay

Vail boasts a truly luxurious portfolio of accommodation, from five-star hotels to spacious condos and private homes. Many of our featured options are situated in stunning slopeside locations, offering the ultimate in convenience and ease. For the ski trip of a lifetime, it has to be one of Vail’s lavish five-star hotels. Guests are treated to superb first-class service, breath-taking mountain views and unrivalled facilities including indulgent spas, heated robes, ski concierges and open-air fireplaces. Vail also offers lodgings in smaller boutique hotels, some in beautifully secluded locations, as well as great value lodges and condos.

Getting to Vail

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying direct from London into Denver, and indirect into Vail Eagle and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Vail include a shared, scheduled shuttle transfer from Denver, but if you want to take advantage of your EPIC Pass, you may want the flexibility of a self-drive, SUV or minivan. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra driver fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav. We also offer a full range of private transfer options.

Important information
Season Late November - Late April
Ski Area 5,289 acres
Annual Snowfall 30ft
Number of Lifts 31
Ski Range 8,120–11,570ft
Ski Shuttle Free, efficient bus service between lifts and accommodation. Small charge for transfer between resorts.
Blue Runs 18%
Red Runs 29%
Black Runs 53%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Distance from airports
Denver 2hr30mins
Vail Eagle 30mins