Vail mountain ski resort is about 97 miles West of Denver Colorado in Eagle County on Highway I-70. Vail is the second largest single mountain ski resort in the United States with 5,289 acres of terrain, second only to Park City/Canyons which has over 7,300 acres. Although Vail attendance is high, the mountain is so large that it is possible to avoid lines at the lifts, which is sure to make ski vacations pleasant.
Vail has three distinct mountain sections: Front-Side, the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Vail village was built with an Austrian style which gives it a unique look for a Colorado resort. The two main villages have mountain access, the larger and central "Vail Village" and "Lionshead". West Vail does not have mountain access.
Parking is available at "Vail Village" and "Lionshead" in their very large parking structures. After 3:00 parking is free. Vail was designed to be navigated by foot rather than by car, so it is best to park and then walk. A free town bus hauls people along the frontage road to alleviate any potentially long walks.