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Colorado Ski Resorts: Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek

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Vail Colorado Ski Resort
Photo © Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts.
Photo © Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts.
Vail is a marquis ski resort in the Colorado Rockies, and it is Big: it's the largest single ski area in North America, seven miles wide, with three mountain areas and 5,289 acres of terrain.

Ski lifts conveniently serve three village areas and shuttles connect the villages so guests can easily get from place to place. The newest pedestrian village, Lionshead, has styling inspired by Europe's Alps, an ice rink, great spots for apres-ski, and Vail's only gondola for comfortable riding up the slopes.

Vail has it all: a nightlife scene, kids' programs, a tube park with covered lift, 300 days of blue sky a year, and huge ski areas including the legendary "back bowls" which might get over 30 feet of powder in a season. About.com's Guide for Skiing has a profile of Vail ski resort.

History buffs might be interested in Vail's origins and connection to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, which trained in Camp Hale, near Vail, and fought in tough mountain terrain in Italy.  (See info at the Colorado Ski Museum.) Riva Ridge, a 4-mile run on Vail mountain, is named for a place in Italy where a battle was fought.

Guests can reach Vail by shuttles from either Denver International Airport or Eagle County airport, which is just 30 minutes from Vail. Guests flying into Eagle can ski free on the day of their flight by showing a boarding pass.

Find flights to Eagle County Airport or Denver International Airport.

And in case you want to try even more terrain -- Beaver Creek is just a ten-minute drive away.

- continue to Beaver Creek Colorado Ski Resort

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