Vail ranks as one of the world’s great ski resorts. If you have skied everywhere else but not skied Vail, frankly, you should grab the next flight to Denver and experience the largest single ski mountain in North America.
There is perhaps American ski resort that engenders stronger feelings both pro and con than Vail. Supporters laud its wide-open bowl and incredible breadth of terrain. Detractors think Vail is overpriced, overrated and overcrowded. As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Vail often comes top of the rankings of U.S. ski resorts and for a variety of reasons. Years of investment in ski facilities have provided an unrivalled range of lifts and runs. Constant attention to the slopes throughout the season keeps them in pristine condition and when you move off the slopes Vail has that essential sense of style-mock Austrian-Tyrolean in parts, certainly-but style nevertheless.
In sum, Vail has fabulous skiing, glitz, a lively crowd, and good nightlife. But sometimes it is crowded, suffers lift lines that are long by American standards, and prices both in the resort and on the mountain are relatively high.