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Vail, Colorado

It may be an understatement to say that Vail is synonymous with skiing. Vail Ski Resort, one of the largest resorts and ski-corporate entities in North America, shaped this I-70 town. The history of Vail begins during World War II when soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division trained in the area’s backcountry. After the war, several of the members returned with the intention of opening a ski resort. Vail is now the epitome of a winter resort town, complete with palatial hotels, boutique shops, and fine dining. The mountain offers 3,450 feet of knee-burning vertical rise and nearly 5,300 acres of skiable terrain. While the resort has a reputation for catering to the affluent, smaller nearby towns and multiple-resort season passes still keep the ski-bum dream alive. The valley also hosts a plethora of backcountry options if Vail’s six-person chairlifts start to feel claustrophobic. During the summer months, visitors enjoy hiking, golfing, mountain biking, and fishing, all with professionally guided options for those who can afford it. Whether you’re visiting your private mountain villa, or living out of the back of your truck, Vail is still one of the top winter destinations in the US.

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Featured Mountains in Vail

Mountain Approx. Elevation
Vail Mountain 11,161 ft (3,402 m)
Red and White Mountain 11,181 ft (3,408 m)
Ptarmigan Point 10,974 ft (3,345 m)
Mount of the Holy Cross 14,005 ft (4,269 m)
Lionshead 9,921 ft (3,024 m)
Battle Mountain 11,489 ft (3,502 m)
Bald Mountain 12,132 ft (3,698 m)