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Skier Comments:

"Enjoyed our trip to Vail.  Endless cruising and even learnt to ski off-piste (a bit!) in those huge Back Bowls."
Mr. D. Blackmore - East Molesey



































































Blue Sky BasinThe Back Bowls Click on the map above for an enormous version (.pdf file)


The skiing in Vail

Vail has three distinct ski areas spread over three ridges behind the town and we would argue that it is the best ski area for accomplished to advanced skiers. The frontside of Vail mountain leads back down to the village and has mainly gentle broad trails: the famous Blue Sky Basin and legendary Back Bowls hold a wealth of light fluffy un-tracked snow for endless hours of off-piste fun.

THE RESORTs within Vail

Vail Village
The original town of Vail is quite small and composed mainly of apartment buildings with a few hotels. The centre of the village is pedestrians only and there are some good bars and restaurants although it is by no means a large resort.

Vail Village
Vail Lionshead

The recent development of Lionshead on the western edge of town is now nearly completed. This modern plaza-style creation has been designed form the ground-up to provide quick access to the skiing along with walkways from the apartments and hotels to the range of bars and restaurants in the centre of Lionshead.


The best airport for Vail is Denver to where we can arrange direct flights for you with British Airways or other US carriers. There is also an airport at Eagle, which is closer to Vail, but would involve a change of aircraft in the US.
From Denver Airport it is a two hour drive to Breckenridge, 90% of which is on Freeways. We can arrange a (4WD) hire vehicle for you to make the trip yourself and give you easy access to the other Colorado resorts. Or we can provide a Chauffeured mini-van for you: either exclusively for your party or book you onto one of the frequent scheduled trips.


If our recommendations below do not fit your bill, please enquire as there are an enormous number of other possibilities.

The Lodge at Vail

Styled like an old alpine inn the Lodge at Vail provides elegant modern accommodation in its 165 bedrooms. The hotel is located in the heart of Vail village, extremely convenient for the skiing and the town.

In addition to all the other amenities, there are two restaurants at the Lodge: The Wildflower described as "eclectic American" or try the Italian Cucina Rustica.

The Lodge at Vail

Lodge Room
Lodge Rooms have either a King or two double beds.

Studio Room
Studio Rooms feature a fully equipped kitchen, and a wood-burning fireplace. Studio Rooms feature sofa-beds with a regular queen-sized mattress. Most Studio Rooms have a balcony.

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Rooms have King bed or two Queen beds and a marble bathroom. Most Deluxe Rooms have a balcony.

Luxury Room
Luxury Rooms, located in the Lodge's International Wing, have either a King or two Queen beds and views of either Vail Mountain or The Wildflower courtyard. All have oversized bathrooms with separate bath and shower, twin basins and heated marble floors.

Apartment style accommodation is also available - please enquire.

Lionshead Lifthouse Condos
Simple, basic condominiums in the very centre of Lionshead. Not the height of luxury but the location is unbeatable - right in the centre of Lionshead and only 41 seconds (in ski boots) from the Eagle Bahn express gondola up the hill.
Each individual condo is arranged as a long room with the kitchen and dining area at one end, a central double bed and sitting area (with sofa-bed) at the other end. And naturally a bathroom too!
Since 1973, the Lifthouse has attracted a clientele more interested in getting out and about on both the mountain and in town than luxuriating in an opulent hotel. The staff are extremely friendly the Manager has been in situ since 1973 as have many of the staff; guests return year after year, giving the condos an almost clublike atmosphere.
Please note if you are hiring a car there is a daily charge for parking.